SIGGRAPH Asia 2017 Honors Top Talent in
Computer Graphics and Digital Imaging
Asia 2017 wrapped its 10th edition on a high note. This year’s
edition brought together some of the biggest names and organizations in the
computer graphics and interactive techniques industry. Held from 27 to 30
November 2017 at Bangkok International Trade and
Exhibition Centre (BITEC),
Asia’s premier graphics, animation, art and technology event drew 6,526
computer graphics professionals, researchers, enthusiasts and trade visitors
from 58 countries and regions under one roof.
to 600 speakers presented at the conference, discussing the latest industry
developments and future of the computer graphics and interactive techniques
industry. The exciting line-up featured distinguished keynote speakers and
panellists such as Albert Yu-Min
Lin, Research Scientist & Explorer, California Institute for
Telecommunications and Information Technology @ UC San Diego, National
Geographic Society; Michael Cohen,
Director of the Computational Photography Group, Facebook; Mark Oftedal, Co-Director
of “Piggy”, a Google Spotlight Story; Chris
Harvey, VFX Supervisor, Oats Studio and Mathieu Muller, Film Engineer, Unity.
production teams from Pixar (Coco), Industrial Light & Magic (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Disney (Moana), Marvel Studios (Thor: Ragnarok) and Framestore (Blade
Runner 2049) also took to the
stage to showcase their ground-breaking digital work in these films.
and augmented reality was also featured strongly at SIGGRAPH Asia 2017. One of
the highlights was the featured sessions’ panel,
Stronger Human Connections in AR/VR, which
featured a mixed reality setup with one panellist
speaking remotely in VR, a first-time showcase in the region. Industry
pioneers, James Fong, CEO, Jaunt China; Ido
Banai, CEO and Founder, Plenoptic Cognition
and Jake Kahana, Co-Founder, Caveday, discussed the production challenges and lessons from making story-driven VR
films. Other well-attended sessions include Artificial Intelligence Meets Virtual And Augmented Realities and Before And After AR/VR: Empowering The Paradigm Shifts In
Education, where panellists
discussed the synergies between virtual and augmented reality, artificial
intelligence and machine learning, and its impact on education.
Showcase Program immersed visitors into virtual and augmented worlds to convey
how virtual reality can be applied to fields such as healthcare and
entertainment, as well as influence human interactivity and engagement. The
content rich program also featured
interactive sections that included live painting sessions with local and
regional transmedia artists, as well as a VR Dailies Theater.
exhibition show-floor featured the latest hardware, software, technologies and
innovations from around the world. The
exhibition featured a total of 73 exhibitors from over 15 countries. Of these, 53 are first-time
exhibitors, including companies such as ArtFX, Epic Games, IKEA Communications, Luxion Inc,
NewOlderVFX Co. Ltd, Ringling College of Art and Design, SOFA Framework, Unity
Technologies and Yannix (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
an awards component for the following four programs:
Graphics and Interactive Applications, Symposium on Visualization,
and the Computer Animation Festival.
The list of award winners includes:
Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications
Best Paper: ProsumerFX: Mobile
Design of Image Stylization Components by Tobias Dürschmid, Hasso Plattner Institute /
University of Potsdam, Maximilian Söchting, Hasso Plattner Institute /
University of Potsdam, Amir Semmo, Hasso Plattner Institute / University of
Potsdam, Matthias Trapp, Hasso Plattner Institute / University of Potsdam and
Jürgen Döllner, Hasso Plattner Institute / University of Potsdam.
(Runner-up): Mixed Reality Collaboration through Sharing a Live
Panorama by Gun Lee,
University of South Australia, Theophilus Teo, University of South Australia
Seungwon Kim, University of South Australia and Mark Billinghurst, University
of South Australia.
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Best Demo: Pictory –
Neural Style Transfer and Editing with CoreML by Sebastian Pasewaldt, Digital Masterpieces GmbH,
Amir Semmo, Hasso Plattner Institute / University of Potsdam, Mandy Klingbeil,
Hasso Plattner Institute / University of Potsdam and Jürgen Döllner, Hasso
Plattner Institute / University of Potsdam.
(Runner-up): Mobile Augmented Reality Illustrations that
Entertain and Inform with the Hololens by Christian Zimmer, Michael Bertram, Fabian Büntig,
UDaniel Drochtert and Christian Geiger, University of Applied Sciences
Best Paper: Smooth Animation of
Structure Evolution in Time-Varying Graphs with Pattern Matching by Yunzhe
WANG, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Mention: Winding Angle Assisted Particle Tracing in Distribution-Based Vector
Field by Cheng Li and Han-Wei Shen, The Ohio State University.
Exploration of Ionosphere Disturbances for Earthquake Research by Fan Hong, Peking University, Siming
Chen, Peking University, Hanqi Guo, Argonne National Laboratory, Xiaoru Yuan,
Peking University, Jian Huang, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Yongxian
Zhang, China Earthquake Networks Center.
Demonstration Voted by Attendees:
Various Actuators Simultaneously by Projected Images, by Ryo Shirai, Yuichi
Itoh, Taichi Fukamachi, Mayu Yamashita, Takao Onoye from Graduate School Of
Information Science And Technology, Osaka University
Demonstration Voted by Committee:
Pitch And Roll Redirected Walking, by Tatsuki Yamamoto, Jumpei Shimatani, Isamu
Ohashi, Keigo Matsumoto, Takuji Narumi, Tomohiro Tanikawa, Michitaka Hirose
from The University of Tokyo
Animation Festival honored the top talents in animation, including:
Show: AFTERWORK (Ecuador), directed by Luis Uson, Uson Studio/Matte CG and Andrés Aguilar, Matte
Best Student Film: Garden Party (France), directed by Florian
Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon
and Lucas Navarro
Jury Award: Here’s the Plan (Chile),
directed by Fernanda
Jury Award: (OO) (South Korea), directed and produced by OH Seo-ro, Chungkang College of
announcement of the Computer Animation Festival Award Winners.
2018 will be held at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan from 4 – 7 December
that SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 will be a unique event where there will be a huge variety
of crossovers between people, cultures, companies, industries, entertainment,
art and digital technologies. In this sense, Tokyo is the best city for
the attendees to experience and feel the crossovers between anime and 3DCG;
digital and traditional cultures; and be at the cutting edge of digital media
and new industries,” said Ken Anjyo, Conference Chair of SIGGRAPH Asia 2018.