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Birds of a Feather

Informal presentations, discussions, and demonstrations for people who share interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds. Birds of a Feather sessions are proposed by SIGGRAPH 2016 attendees. They must be free of charge, related to computer graphics or interactive techniques, and non-commercial in nature (topics specific to one commercial product or for-profit company are not allowed). Sessions are presented in the convention center, official conference hotels, and the ACM SIGGRAPH Theater.

All Birds of a Feather requests are subject to a review and approval process.


Birds of a Feather is still accepting submissions through Friday, 22 July.

Submit to Birds of a Feather

Massive Collaborative Animation Project

Sunday, 24 July, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

Join us to see how students, worldwide, can become part of a Massive Collaborative Animation Project.

William J. Joel joelw@wcsu.edu

International Collegiate Virtual Reality Contest (IVRC)

Sunday, 24 July, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

International collegiate Virtual Reality Contest (IVRC) is a long-lasting academic event in virtual reality since 1993. This BoF shares latest activity of IVRC between Japan, France Laval Virtual.

Akihiko SHIRAI shirai@mail.com

Education Committee Open Forum

Sunday, 24 July, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

The Education Committee hosts a presentation and informal discussion about its activities, mission, structure, and how to become involved. Sessions from the SIGGRAPH 2016 Education Focus are highlighted.

Ginger Alford ginger.alford@gmail.com

Maker Movement Meets Formal Education

Sunday, 24 July, 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Educators forum on pedagogy, trends, and best practices, as making becomes part of the curriculum.

John Cays john.m.cays@njit.edu

Blender Foundation - Community Meeting

Sunday, 24 July, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

Chairmain Ton Roosendaal hosts a presentation and open discussion of the past year's events and upcoming plans for the free and open-source Blender software project.

Blender Foundation ton@blender.org

Christians in CG

Sunday, 24 July, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

A gathering of Christians from all walks of the Computer Graphics world. This will be a time to network with other Christians and be inspired.

Christians in CG ben@bentheanimator.com

CS + X: Cross-Campus Collaborations

Sunday, 24 July, 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Educators forum to discuss obstacles to and best practices for establishing interdisciplinary programs.

Erik Brunvand elb@cs.utah.edu

Blender Spotlight

Sunday, 24 July, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

In this open stage event, Blender artists and developers give short presentations to share their work with the audience. More information

Blender Foundation ton@blender.org

Teaching Computer Graphics Inside a Browser: WebGL and Three.js

Sunday, 24 July, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Leading graphics educators share examples, experiences, and perspectives on using browsers to teach graphics programming.

Ginger Alford ginger.siggraph@gmail.com

Taipei ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Reunion

Sunday, 24 July, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Capistrano

This session is for attendees from Taiwan and everyone interested in graphics in Taiwan.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Bing-Yu Chen robin@ntu.edu.tw

Web3D Consortium Strategies and Activities

Monday, 25 July, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Malibu

A discussion of strategies and activities of the Web3D Consortium.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

Immersive Visualization for Science, Research and Art - International

Monday, 25 July, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

Focus on immersive visualization systems for science and research, scientific visualization information visualization, and art+science. Invited speakers and panels discuss collaborative initiatives in visualization and visual analytics frameworks.

Tomasz Bednarz, CSIRO and Judith Terrill, NIST tomasz.bednarz@siggraph.org

Educators Session: Production-Pipeline Fundamentals for Film, Games, and TV: Where Does Your Course Fit?

Monday, 25 July, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Educators learn about production pipelines and discuss how to prepare students for the industry.

Kathleen Milnes kmilnes@otis.edu

University and Industry Partnerships: Bringing Educators, Industry Talent, and Students Together

Monday, 25 July, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

This session focuses on how partnerships raise the bar through industry-related coursework. Creative talent and educators share knowledge on how to scale courses and projects to meet learning objectives.

Grazia Como grazia.como@dreamworks.com

Empowerment and Informatics Program at University of Tsukuba

Monday, 25 July, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

Students and instructors present current research in the Program in Empowerment Informatics, a leading graduate program funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Aki Yamada akiyamada124@gmail.com

Alembic

Monday, 25 July, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

The annual gathering for updates on the latest release, abc file layering discussion, and a Q&A with the Alembic development team.

John Burnett jburnett@blizzard.com

Virginia Commonwealth University Students, Alumni, and Friends Reunion

Monday, 25 July, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Palos Verdes

Organized by the VCU chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, VCU students, alumni, and friends and affiliates are welcomed to gather, have a bite, and reunite.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Meredith Brindley brindleyme@vcu.edu

UNC CS SIGGRAPH Alumni Reception

Monday, 25 July, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Sheraton Park Anaheim, Sheraton Park Anaheim - Tiffany Terrace

The UNC Department of Computer Science and Consortium for Vision and Virtual Reality (CV2R) are hosting their Annual Alumni and CV2R Reception at SIGGRAPH 2016. Attendance by invitation only.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Sheraton Park Anaheim hotel.

Ming Lin and Henry Fuchs lin@cs.unc.edu

Open Shading Language

Monday, 25 July, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

Updates and discussion for users and developers of Open Shading Language.

Larry Gritz lg@larrygritz.com

Beyond Geography: How the Cloud Will Unlock a Flexible Future

Monday, 25 July, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

This session is for attendees interested in the power of the cloud to democratize creativity, transforming how and where we work, and with whom.

Isabel Napier-Wilson isabel.napier@thefoundry.co.uk

Educators Session: ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educators Forum Asks: How is Virtual Reality Changing the Way We Teach?

Monday, 25 July, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Current issues facing graphics educators in the VR era.

Dori Littell-Herrick Dori.littell-herrick@woodbury.edu

ACM SIGGRAPH Cartographic Visualization (Carto) Birds of a Feather

Monday, 25 July, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

This ACM SIGGRAPH Cartographic Visualization (Carto) session explores how viewpoints and techniques from the computer graphics community can be effectively applied to cartographic and spatial datasets.

Theresa-Marie Rhyne theresamarierhyne@gmail.com

Web3D Korea Chapter

Monday, 25 July, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Malibu

X3D progress and plans for projective texture mapping, CAD model conversions, mixed augmented reality, humanoid animation, C++/C# language bindings, and physical sensors. New participants are welcome! 환영합니다

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

Preparing Students for Careers: A Conversation With Industry

Monday, 25 July, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Industry representatives explain how to help students prepare to enter industry. Learn what students will face: hiring trends, getting noticed, tips for CVs, and more.

Session Lead: Glenn Goldman, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Jeff Brownlee (Legend3D)
Scott Campbell (Blizzard)
Patricia Kung (Animal Logic)
Andrea Pace (Sony Pictures Imageworks)

Production Rendering in the Cloud

Monday, 25 July, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Avila

How to make use of hybrid solution for its rendering requirements. Come and hear how hybrid rendering is making a difference in live productions.

Jellyfish Pictures jeremy.smith@jellyfishpictures.co.uk

Gaffer: An Open-Source Application Framework for VFX

Monday, 25 July, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

Discussion of the latest developments from the Gaffer community. Gaffer is an open-source node-based application framework designed for the visual effects industry.

Andrew Kaufman andrewk.imageengine@gmail.com

State of Cloud Rendering for VFX

Monday, 25 July, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

An expert panel discusses the latest offerings, technologies, opportunities, pitfalls, and best practices of this year’s hot topic in rendering.

PipelineFX michelle@pipelinefx.com

Educators Session: Undergraduate Research Alliance

Monday, 25 July, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Educators discuss best practices in undergraduate research and explore collaborations.

William Joel joelw@wcsu.edu

The Computer and Conceptual Art Practices in the 1960s and 70s

Monday, 25 July, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

This forum explores conceptual art practices of the 1960s and 70s in relation to the rise of computer art, technology, and consciousness before the advent of the personal computer.

Leslie Jones ljones@lacma.org

Educators Session: Teaching Lighting Theory Using Unity

Monday, 25 July, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Overview of how Unity can be used as a tool for teaching lighting theory.

Stephan Keith skeith@srkgraphicsrsch.com

Creating Digital Societies in VR

Monday, 25 July, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

Discussion and presentation of Sagea: how combining simple UI, a dynamic community, and a blockchain economy can form a breakthrough new form of society that can only exist in virtual space.

Stephanie Riggs & Blair Erickson stephanie@sunchaserent.com

Global VFX PIpelines

Monday, 25 July, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Pacific A Ballroom

An informal gathering for anyone interested in hearing about and discussing the latest trends in production pipelines.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Hannes Ricklefs hannes-r@moving-picture.com

The 29th SIGGRAPH Sake Party

Monday, 25 July, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Pacific Ballroom B

This event, organized by Yoichiro Kawaguchi, invites guests to enjoy conversation and Japanese sake.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Yoichiro Kawaguchi yoichiro@iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Common Graphics Challenges in the DoD

Tuesday, 26 July, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

An opportunity for military and US Department of Defense artists to network and discuss common challenges and solutions.

Rod F 561jts.uslm@us.af.mil

International Khronos Chapters Program

Tuesday, 26 July, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

An overview of the International Khronos Chapters Program, its activities across the Globe. Find out about this awesome international community interested in open standards such as OpenGL/WebGL, OpenCL, Vulkan.

Tomasz Bednarz tomasz.bednarz@siggraph.org

Managing Time Zones: Ensuring Consistency in Global VFX

Tuesday, 26 July, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

VFX is increasingly global. In this session, studios with a worldwide presence discuss how communication, workflow, and a streamlined pipeline can ensure consistent output in a global environment.

Claire-Dee Lim claire@grammatikagency.com

Let's Talk VR

Tuesday, 26 July, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Laguna

An Oscar-winning VFX supervisor, a former Pixar animator and shorts director, and a VFX supervisor from Mirada: they're all doing VR projects. What will you ask them?

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Sunil Rampersad m6d5@yahoo.com

CAD, 3D Printing, and 3D Scanning

Tuesday, 26 July, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Santa Monica

Web3D applications for CAD export and import. New capabilities include 3D printing, 3D model correlation, STEP, and CAD data conversion. Just-completed Web3D Conference workshop results will also be presented.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

Shader Languages, Compilers, and Effects

Tuesday, 26 July, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

This session is for attendees interested in the current state of shader languages, their compilers, and the challenges of translating shaders across different APIs.

Roderick Kennedy roderick@simul.co.uk

Virtual Globes Using WebGL and Cesium

Tuesday, 26 July, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

Cesium is an open-source 3D engine for creating virtual globes on the web with WebGL. This session presents an overview of the engine, user apps, and future plans.

Thomas Fili tomfili84@gmail.com

Big Data in Media and Entertainment

Tuesday, 26 July, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Palos Verdes

In media and entertainment, big data presents unique challenges. Let's all share knowledge on how we are each tackling this topic across companies around use-cases, architecture, reporting, and culture.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Justin G. Decker DreamWorks Animation SKG justin.decker@dreamworks.com

Explore the Vulkan API Loader and Validation Layers

Tuesday, 26 July, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

The Vulkan API loader and validation layers are open-source elements of the Vulkan Ecosystem. Come learn and exchange technical information with key developers in this open-source project.

Karen Ghavam karen@lunarg.com

Rendering in 2016 and Beyond – The Tools Changing the Trade

Tuesday, 26 July, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

In this session, rendering innovators and VFX studios discuss how cutting-edge technology has opened up fast and powerful avenues to tackle the challenges of rendering today.

Claire-Dee Lim claire@grammatikagency.com

Volume Rendering and Medical Visualization

Tuesday, 26 July, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Santa Monica

Interoperability and reproducibility are crucial concerns in medical imaging. This session includes discussion of current and next-generation applications and standardization efforts for volume rendering.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

ID Matte Solutions : OpenEXR/Id, Cryptomatte and Other Studios Solutions

Tuesday, 26 July, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

A presentation of ID Matte solutions by various studios and the presentation of the opensource solutions : OpenEXR/Id and Cryptomatte, followed by a discussion towards a potential industry open standard.

Alexis Casas alexis@siggraph.org

Harvest4D - Harvesting Dynamic 3D Worlds From Commodity Sensor Clouds

Tuesday, 26 July, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

The Harvest4D project consortium invites researchers and practitioners for a get-together and exchange of ideas about capturing, registering, processing, and visualizing large dynamic datasets from diverse sensors.

Michael Wimmer wimmer@cg.tuwien.ac.at

Digital Thought Within the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies at RISD

Tuesday, 26 July, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Huntington

The best way to introduce freshmen to the world of digital thought? At RISD, we’re teaching design through sound, through robotics, through Processing, Maya, Rhino, and even through hacking.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Mark Milloff mmilloff@risd.edu

Browser-Based Mobile 3D VR

Tuesday, 26 July, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Santa Monica

Declarative 3D is used for displaying interactive 3D VR content. This session discusses how it is done (orientation, stereographic) and options for the future using JavaScript, HTML5, and X3DOM.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

Qt and Graphics

Tuesday, 26 July, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

A discussion of current and future graphics technologies in Qt, how different people use them, limitations, and solutions. Come and share your experiences with mixing widgets, QML, renderers, and more.

James Turner james.turner@kdab.com

CCIFF, Art and Entertainment Technology Film Festival

Tuesday, 26 July, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

This BoF is for attendees interested in entertainment technology (ET/CG/HCI) in film: a prelaunch opportunity for ET enthusiasts to participate in the first edition of Canada China International Film Festival.

Miao Song, Serguei Mokhov, and Canada China Art-Tech miao@cciff.net

The Future of Web3D Graphics Standards

Tuesday, 26 July, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Santa Monica

Get involved! This session reviews X3D content in HTML5 and open web platform: X3DOM/Cobweb, JSON encoding, C++/C# language binding, X3D object model, and mixed augmented reality.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

The Art of Character Rigging

Tuesday, 26 July, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Avila

This session is for attendees interested in talking about the challenges, failures, and successes of character rigging, tools and technology, training, and where to go from here.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Brad Clark brad@riggingdojo.com

Getting Your Project Done IV

Tuesday, 26 July, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

Ideas are a dime a dozen. But getting personal projects done - no easy task! No time, no money, people flaking. So how did these guys do it? Ask them yourself!

Sunil Rampersad m6d5@yahoo.com

Going Cloud-Native

Tuesday, 26 July, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Join a discussion with key representatives from around the graphics community who are currently utilizing or helping to support elastic computing and gaining efficiency by pushing infrastructure to the cloud.

Doug Sherman doug.sherman@dreamworks.com

Can Fabrication Build Bridges?

Tuesday, 26 July, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

Computational fabrication has taken hold at SIGGRAPH. This session discusses how computer graphics can make meaningful contributions to a fabrication landscape that includes roboticists and engineers.

David Levin and Stelian Coros diwlevin@gmail.com

Remote Studio Productions - Online Collaboration

Tuesday, 26 July, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

A continuation of the discussion of studios remotely managing productions with artists and other studio hubs.

Shane Davis shaned@breakiron.com

Ohio State University/ACCAD Alumni Gathering

Tuesday, 26 July, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Malibu

All students, faculty, staff and alumni affiliated with Ohio State University and/or The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design are welcome to attend this gathering.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Elaine Smith smith.3560@osu.edu

CTO/CIO/IT Management

Tuesday, 26 July, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Mezzanine 4

This session is for chief technology officers, chief information officers, or senior IT managers who are tasked with the strategic, operational, and development aspect of studio IT ecosystems.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Louise Nicholls louise.nicholls@brownbagfilms.com

Render Farming

Tuesday, 26 July, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Palos Verdes

Discussion of large-scale rendering: render-farm infrastructure, software and queue management, remote data centers, reliability, and performance.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Mark Hills mark.hills@framestore.com

Dynamic Simulation in Production

Tuesday, 26 July, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Capistrano

This session is for attendees interested in hearing about and discussing the latest trends in dynamic simulation (rigid, cloth, hair, fluids, etc.) in production. Come. Connect. Collaborate. Experience. Enjoy. Eat.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Mark A. McLaughlin Mark.McLaughlin@disneyanimation.com

MIT Media Lab alumni gathering

Tuesday, 26 July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Palisades

Join your fellow alumni and current Media Lab faculty, staff and students at the Hilton for food, drink, and fantastic company!

Signe Swenson signes@media.mit.edu

VES All-Sections SIGGRAPH Party

Tuesday, 26 July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - California Ballroom B

Reception with the legends of VES from around the globe! Open to all VES members and one guest per member.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Joan Collins jcollins001313@gmail.com

LA SIGGRAPH Chapter Reception

Tuesday, 26 July, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - California Ballroom B

The Los Angeles Chapter is inviting ACM PIONEERS and VES legends to join the 25th anniversary of SIGGRAPH Chapter Parties. All LA Chapter members are invited, plus one additional guest.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Leonard Daly siggraph@realism.com

Accelerating Vision Processing with Khronos OpenVX and OpenCL

Wednesday, 27 July, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Pacific A Ballroom

The latest updates on using OpenVX and OpenCL to accelerate vision-processing applications ranging from embedded augmented reality to neural-net scene recognition in the cloud.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Khronos Group marketing@khronos.org

Humanoid Animation (H-Anim)

Wednesday, 27 July, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Santa Monica

The Humanoid Animation (H-Anim) International Standard supports anatomically correct humanoids with interchangeable motion capture. Current work includes high-resolution facial modeling, different skins, medical records support, and plugin-free X3D rendering.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

MaterialX: An Open Standard for Network-Based CG Object Looks

Wednesday, 27 July, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Huntington

Presentation and discussion of MaterialX, an open standard for transfer of rich material and look-development content between different DCC tools and renderers, with recent feature-film production examples.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Douglas Smythe and Jonathan Stone smythe@ilm.com; jstone@lucasfilm.com

OpenSceneGraph

Wednesday, 27 July, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

A discussion of the current state of OpenSceneGraph. Attendees can show off their open-source visualizations and learn about OpenSceneGraph's plans for 2017. SceneGraphs rule!

John Richardson richards@spawar.navy.mil

The State of VR: What’s Hot? What’s Next?

Wednesday, 27 July, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

Sales of VR headsets may top 12 million units in 2016. In this session, industry leaders review the current state of the VR ecosystem followed by a roundtable discussion and an informal meet and greet.

Ed Lantz ed@vorteximmersion.com

3D Technology in Fine Art

Wednesday, 27 July, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Artists and vendors interested in creating fine art or those teaching STEAM with a variety of 3D technologies including, but not limited to, 3D sculpting, printing, scanning, and CNC milling.

Bridgette Mongeon bridgette@creativesculpture.com

Academy Color Encoding System (ACES)

Wednesday, 27 July, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

VFX and DI facilities worldwide are embracing ACEScg and ACEScc. Hear artists and technologists from top facilities discuss how they implemented ACES, and how their work benefited. Refreshments served.

Ricardo Rodriguez rrodriguez@oscars.org

DCAJ Presentation "Industrial Application of Content Technology in Japan"

Wednesday, 27 July, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

Japan's advanced digital content technology including CG, VR/AR, UHD/3D will be presented. ex. FOVE: a VR head mount display with internal IR eye tracking sensors.

Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ) namikoshi@dcaj.or.jp

Heterogeneous Computing With Khronos OpenCL, SYCL, and SPIR-V

Wednesday, 27 July, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Pacific A Ballroom

An update on the OpenCL ecosystem for parallel computation, including SYCL single source C++ programming and the SPIR-V intermediate language for parallel computation.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Khronos Group marketing@khronos.org

Data Processing in the Cloud

Wednesday, 27 July, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - El Capitan

A discussion of cloud-based processing (batch rendering, simulations, and transcoding) and problems and solutions related to network, storage, and performance.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Bjorn Leffler bjorn@leffler.org

DCAJ Presentation "Industrial Application of Content Technology in Japan"

Wednesday, 27 July, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

Japan's advanced digital content technology including CG, VR/AR, UHD/3D will be presented.
ex. FOVE: a VR head mount display with internal IR eye tracking sensors.

Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ) namikoshi@dcaj.or.jp

Documenting Cultural and Natural Heritage With Mixed Augmented Reality

Wednesday, 27 July, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Santa Monica

Millions of artifacts populate museums worldwide, all awaiting discovery online. See the latest mixed augmented reality techniques for 3D documentation and interaction for cultural and natural heritage.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

Keeping Filmmaking Collaborative

Wednesday, 27 July, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

How do you harness the creative vision of hundreds of people to focus on one singular idea? Today's content creators and directors explore the Hollywood VFX model and where it's heading.

Claire-Dee Lim claire@grammatikagency.com

VFX Reference Platform - A Common Target for Building VFX Software

Wednesday, 27 July, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - San Simeon A

Hear the latest news on the VFX Reference Platform industry collaboration and discuss software-versioning challenges and opportunities with your peers from both studios and software vendors.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Nick Cannon nick.cannon@disneyanimation.com

NVIDIA Material Definition Language (MDL)

Wednesday, 27 July, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Laguna A

Share your ideas on MDL, the emerging industry standard on material exchange, with Allegorithmic, Chaos Group, NVIDIA, and others in this informal event.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Lutz Kettner mdl-bof@nvidia.com

Berthouzoz Lunch

Wednesday, 27 July, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 A

Continuing the tradition of the SIGGRAPH women's lunch, women undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers are invited to an informal gathering to get to know each other and share their experiences.

Valentina Shin hishin@mit.edu

ISEA International - Open Forum

Wednesday, 27 July, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Hall C

This discussion includes information about the organization, the upcoming ISEA2017 Manizales, Colombia, “Bio-creation and Peace” and on ISEA2018 Durban/South Africa - “Here and Now”.

Contact: Sue Gollifer- Director

Sue Gollifer sue.golllifer@googlemail.com

3D Web Graphics With Khronos WebGL & glTF

Wednesday, 27 July, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Pacific A Ballroom

Discover the cutting edge in WebGL applications with fast-paced demos and presentations, including the upcoming glTF, the “JPEG for 3D” format specification.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Khronos Group marketing@khronos.org

Managing Technology Changes in Production

Wednesday, 27 July, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

Change is hard when introducing technology during busy production schedules. This discussion presents success stories, failed experiments, and proven techniques for smoother deployments of new technology.

Ray Forziati, Christina Lee Storm and Markus Kurtz, DreamWorks Animation ray.forziati@dreamworks.com

Computer Graphics for Simulation

Wednesday, 27 July, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

This session is for people who live to see their complex wonderful simulations. People who live for simulation theory and anthropomorphic reality. Symbolic visualization for your thoughtful consideration.

John Richardson richards@spawar.navy.mil

State of Animation Tools in the Industry

Wednesday, 27 July, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Manhattan

As a follow-up to the SIGGRAPH 2014 panel, this session continues the discussion and brings together animators and engineers to discuss animation tools used in the industry.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Paul DiLorenzo paul.dilorenzo@dreamworks.com

VFX Union - Crafting Your VFX Workplace

Wednesday, 27 July, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

A discussion of how and why to form a union in the visual effects industry. Open to all who are interested in the features, episodic, and games industries.

Steven Kaplan skaplan@iatse.net

Geospatial 3D Data

Wednesday, 27 July, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Santa Monica

Advanced computer graphics enhance our understanding of geospatial data. This discussion includes X3D geospatial component advances, WebMercator projection mashups, and the US Navy's SPIDERS3D visualization system.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Anita Havele anita.havele@web3d.org

Leonardo/ISAST Community Meeting

Wednesday, 27 July, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

Presentations on the Leonardo/ISAST Art/Science programs, which always stimulate lively discussions about the joys and challenges of offering cross-disciplinary education to university students.

Leonardo/ISAST danielle@leonardo.info

3D Graphics With Khronos Vulkan, OpenGL, and OpenGL ES

Wednesday, 27 July, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Pacific A Ballroom

The very latest on the Khronos family of 3D APIs, including Vulkan, OpenGL, and OpenGL ES.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Khronos Group marketing@khronos.org

Findings and Aims of the Eurotransmedia EU Project

Wednesday, 27 July, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 B

The success of the transmedia approach is a mix of storytelling, worldbuilding and the right technologies to address all digital contents properly to the audience while ensuring the business model.

Eurotransmedia EU project santi.fort@eurecat.org

Web Animation and Interaction Online

Wednesday, 27 July, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

Do you work with HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript? Come share your work, learn where your colleagues are going, make friends, and help sculpt the future of the Web.

Rachel Nabors Rachelnabors@gmail.com

LASig Activities

Wednesday, 27 July, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

The Los Angeles SIGGRAPH Chapter's annual session discusses how to expand your skills and knowledge for virtual and augmented reality.

LA ACM SIGGRAPH siggraph@realism.com

Cogswell College Friends & Alumni

Wednesday, 27 July, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Laguna

A friendly mixer that includes industry alumni and Cogswell College students, faculty, and staff.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Cogswell College epagan@cogswell.edu

Khronos After-Party

Wednesday, 27 July, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton Anaheim - Pacific Ballroom B

Come join the people behind some of the industry's leading visual computing APIs and help us celebrate our many years of cooperation in the Khronos consortium.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

Khronos Group marketing@khronos.org

RIT Alumni Meet & Greet (Alumni & Faculty)

Wednesday, 27 July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Sheraton Park Anaheim, Sheraton Park Anaheim - Garden

All Rochester Institute of Technology alumni and faculty at SIGGRAPH 2016 are welcome to join us for an evening of mixing and mingling.

PLEASE NOTE: This Birds of a Feather Session takes place in the Sheraton Park Anaheim hotel.

Dan Christner dtcdar@rit.edu

Meet the Candidates for the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee

Thursday, 28 July, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213 D

Come meet the candidates vying for Director at Large on the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee. The candidats discuss their visions and answer any questions you might have.

ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee owen@siggraph.org

Educators Session: Education Committee Town Hall

Thursday, 28 July, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 201 D

The ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee holds an open meeting to reflect on the conference week and plan for the future.

Ginger Alford ginger.siggraph@gmail.com

Depth Cameras

Thursday, 28 July, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203 B

A discussion of the current state of depth cameras for use in motion capture, scanning, facial capture, virtual reality, and other applications.

Mike Amron misha_dd@yahoo.com