sig­graph asia

Asia’s largest com­puter graph­ics con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion hits Thai­land for the first time – and you won’t want to miss it!

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Find out what’s in store at this year’s eastern CG con­fer­ence

It’s that time of year again where the bright­est minds in the world of graph­ics and in­ter­ac­tive tech­niques gather to­gether for SIG­GRAPH Asia. Hosted in Thai­land for the first time, SIG­GRAPH Asia 2017 will be held in the vi­brant city of Bangkok, at the In­ter­na­tional Trade and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (BITEC), which ex­pects to wel­come ap­prox­i­mately 7,000 at­ten­dees from over 60 coun­tries through its doors.

This year’s theme – The Cel­e­bra­tion of Life and Tech­nol­ogy – aims to show­case how hu­man ex­pe­ri­ences help push the bound­aries of dig­i­tal imag­ing, re­search, sci­ence, art, an­i­ma­tion, gam­ing, in­ter­ac­tiv­ity, ed­u­ca­tion and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies. As well as a cou­ple of stel­lar key­note speak­ers, other fea­tured ses­sions in­clude se­nior graph­ics soft­ware en­gi­neers at Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios Pol Jeremi­asvila and David G Yu on how real-time graph­ics helps Pixar makes fea­ture films, di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing at Face­book Brian Cabral on the fu­ture of VR/AR and VFX su­per­vi­sor at Frame­store Richard Hoover on the mak­ing of Blade Run­ner 2049.

Also keep­ing at­ten­dees busy will be the Emerg­ing Tech­nolo­gies pro­gram, aim­ing to demon­strate how re­search on in­ter­ac­tive tech­nolo­gies can help us in our ev­ery­day lives. If how we in­ter­act with dig­i­tal con­tent and novel uses of graph­ics on mo­bile de­vices is more your forte, be sure to check out the Sym­po­sium on Mo­bile Graph­ics and In­ter­ac­tive Ap­pli­ca­tions (MGIA) too. SIG­GRAPH Asia will also see the re­turn of the VR show­case, high­light­ing the im­pact of im­mer­sive VR in var­i­ous fields, and the ever-pop­u­lar Com­puter An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val, show­cas­ing a world-wide col­lec­tion of the year’s best works.

And if all that wasn’t enough to whet your ap­petite, lead­ing brands in­clud­ing Epic Games, FORUM8, Fox Ren­der­farm, Rit­sumeikan Univer­sity, SOFA Frame­work, The Khronos Group and Ts­inghua will be there to demon­strate their de­vel­op­ments in hard­ware and soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ex­cit­ing times

“Over a decade, SIG­GRAPH Asia has grown from a niche event to one of the largest com­puter graph­ics and in­ter­ac­tive tech­niques con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tions in the re­gion,” says Dr. Su­rapong Lert­sithichai, SIG­GRAPH Asia 2017 Con­fer­ence chair and di­rec­tor, Cen­ter for Creative Econ­omy Project, Mahi­dol Univer­sity, Thai­land. “This year, we are proud to host SIG­GRAPH Asia in Bangkok, which is home to one of the re­gion’s fastest-grow­ing com­puter graph­ics and an­i­ma­tion in­dus­tries. It is a very ex­cit­ing time to be in an in­dus­try that is evolv­ing so quickly, where we are us­ing tech­nol­ogy to change the way we ex­pe­ri­ence new things.”

Hav­ing been lucky enough to at­tend SIG­GRAPH Asia in the past, the 3D World team can vouch that this con­fer­ence re­ally does have some­thing for ev­ery­one. It’s also an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to net­work with some of the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the in­dus­try right now – and who knows what op­por­tu­ni­ties might arise? We hope to see you there!

some­times it’s the venue that makes all the dif­fer­ence. 2017’s event is to be held in the im­pres­sive Bitec, Bangkok

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