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SIGGRAPH Spotlight

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SIGGRAPH Spotlight is a podcast that explores cutting-edge projects and topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques, one episode at a time. Episodes are hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH leaders and feature experts spanning everything from animation and visual effects to engineering and virtual reality. This show was founded as an extension of the ACM SIGGRAPH North American conference.

SIGGRAPH Spotlight is a podcast that explores cutting-edge projects and topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques, one episode at a time. Episodes are hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH leaders and feature experts spanning everything from animation and visual effects to engineering and virtual reality. This show was founded as an extension of the ACM SIGGRAPH North American conference.

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United States

Description:

SIGGRAPH Spotlight is a podcast that explores cutting-edge projects and topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques, one episode at a time. Episodes are hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH leaders and feature experts spanning everything from animation and visual effects to engineering and virtual reality. This show was founded as an extension of the ACM SIGGRAPH North American conference.

Twitter:

@siggraph

Language:

English

Contact:

321-673-4758


Episodes

42 – The Intersection of AI, VR, and Technology

3/26/2021
ABOUT THE EPISODE In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Special Projects Chair Ian Failes (editor, "befores & afters") hosts a discussion on the intersection of AI, VR, and technology. Guest Arthur Miller (researcher and author), discusses how the mind shapes experiences and interactions, creativity challenges that stem from AI, VR, and technology, and AI's role in collaboration between humans and technologies to augment creativity. || MUSIC Podcast theme, "SIGGRAPH," composed...

Duration:00:25:26

41 – Art in the Age of TikTok

2/12/2021
ABOUT THE EPISODE Time to talk art in the age of TikTok! In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Art Gallery Chair Angus Forbes (associate professor, Department of Computational Media, UC Santa Cruz) connects with creators who use data and new realities in their art, and who use social media both in their art and in sharing their art. Guests Sophia Brueckner (assistant professor, University of Michigan Stamp School of Art and Design), Hashmukh Kerai (motion designer and 3D...

Duration:00:38:04

40 – Virtual Production

1/7/2021
In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Production Sessions Chair John Kalaigian (senior technical director, Blue Sky Studios) is joined by Erik Winquist (visual effects supervisor, Weta Digital) and Paul Franklin (creative director, DNEG) to discuss the hot topic of virtual production, what it entails, how it has worked in the past, how the COVID-19 pandemic spurred new opportunities, and what trends experts can expect for pre- and post-production virtual work in the future....

Duration:00:43:40

39 – Deepfakes

12/18/2020
ABOUT THE EPISODE For the latest episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Technical Papers Chair Sylvain Paris (fellow, Adobe Research) is joined by a group of the computer graphics industry’s best and brightest to tackle the subject of deepfakes — from the history of deepfake tech through to how it’s being used today. Press play to hear insight in two parts from Chris Bregler (sr. staff scientist, Google AI), Eakta Jain (assistant professor, University of Florida), and Matthias Nießner...

Duration:01:15:41

38 – Game On

9/9/2020
In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2020 and SIGGRAPH 2021 Games Focus Area Chair Carlos Gonzalez-Ochoa sits down with a panel of talented creators, developers, and researchers within the games industry. Arthur Brussee of DeepMind, Daniel Cornel of VRVis Research Center for Virtual Reality and Visualization, Neal Kaviratna of Uber Advanced Technologies, and Artem Kovalovs of Naughty Dog discuss the richly immersive and diverse games industry, performance and production...

Duration:00:46:36

37 – Age Manipulation in VFX

7/17/2020
ABOUT THE EPISODE In this all-new episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2020 Production Sessions Chair Derrick Nau (CG texture & look development artist, DreamWorks) discusses the science, technology, and technique behind age manipulation in VFX with a group of the industry’s best and brightest visual effects leaders on everything from well-known projects like Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and manipulating Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to the subtle beauty work that...

Duration:00:50:35

36 – Multiperson Immersive Experiences

6/19/2020
ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, SIGGRAPH 2020 Immersive Pavilion Chair Chris Redmann (engineering manager, Unity Technologies) connects with the creators behind two SIGGRAPH 2020-selected projects, “Dr. Crumb’s School for Disobedient Pets” and “The Outpost.” Guests Kimberly Adams (COO and co-founder, Adventure Lab), Maxwell Planck (CEO and co-founder, Adventure Lab), Ken Perlin (director, NYU Future Reality Lab; professor, Department...

Duration:00:45:40

35 – Real-time, Ray Tracing, and Realism

6/5/2020
ABOUT THE EPISODE In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2020 Real-Time Live! Chair Marc Olano sits down with four incredible creators who are pushing the boundaries of innovation in real-time graphics. Arisa Scott of Unity Technologies, Eric Haines of NVIDIA, Mike Hardison of Blizzard Entertainment, and Mohen Leo of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) discuss the evolution of real-time technology as well as techniques in ray tracing, games, VFX, artificial intelligence (AI), and...

Duration:00:36:49

34 – Computer Animation Today

4/24/2020
ABOUT THE EPISODE Have you ever wondered what it’s like to participate in a SIGGRAPH conference jury? In this all-new episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2020 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater Director Munkhtsetseg Nandigjav (associate chair of digital communications, Savannah College of Art & Design) sits down with five of her six 2020 jurors to discuss the state of computer animation today and hear their reactions to the incredible breadth of content they reviewed from the...

Duration:00:44:48

33 – Interactive and Immersive Art

3/13/2020
SIGGRAPH Spotlight Show Notes: Episode 33 Title: 33 – Interactive and Immersive Art ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, SIGGRAPH 2020 Art Papers Chair Andres Burbano (associate professor, Universidad de los Andes) catches up with Rachel Dickey (assistant professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Sandro Kereselidze (co-founder and art director, ARTECHOUSE), and Marc Petz (instructor, Kent Career Tech Center) to discuss their...

Duration:00:23:42

32 – Celebrating Black History Month

2/14/2020
ABOUT THE EPISODE In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity and Inclusion Chair Tony Baylis sits down with three incredible storytellers and creators — Everett Downing Jr., Sidney Clifton, and Roger Ross Williams — to discuss their powerful work on projects like the Academy Award®-winning animated short “Hair Love,” BET and Marvel’s “Black Panther,” and VR immersive documentary “Traveling While Black.” The group also speaks to diversity and the African American...

Duration:00:40:20

31 – Trevor Romain

12/6/2019
In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee member Jide Ajide sits down with Trevor Romain, a successful author, artist, filmmaker, and all-around storyteller whose works have been featured on PBS. Romain's DVDs are used in schools across the United States, and he has worked with former child soldiers in Africa and spoken to kids on military bases.

Duration:00:19:36

30 – Tim Sweeney and the Metaverse

10/25/2019
ABOUT THE EPISODE For the first time, SIGGRAPH Spotlight presents a live, in-session recording from the annual conference in North America. Tune in to hear Tim Sweeney (founder and CEO, Epic Games) during his SIGGRAPH 2019 Talk, “THRIVE: Foundational Principles & Technologies for the Metaverse.” You’ll hear Sweeney posit the state of the games industry, the rise of creator-centric and social gaming, what the “metaverse” really is, and what it will take to build the medium on a larger scale....

Duration:01:14:20

29 – International Collaboration With Blur Studio’s Chris Bedrosian

9/27/2019
ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee’s Asiya Asha (OMSCS, Georgia Tech) catches up with Chris Bedrosian (senior CG supervisor, Blur Studio) to discuss international collaboration for VFX, working on Netflix’s “Love, Death & Robots,” and more. || MUSIC Podcast theme, "SIGGRAPH," composed by Julius Dobos. || LINKS *Episode* http://www.blur.com/ |...

Duration:00:14:34

28 – Prescription & Foveated AR With NVIDIA

9/13/2019
ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, you’re hearing from the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee’s Bektur Ryskeldiev (postdoc, University of Tsukuba) as he interviews a member of the team behind the SIGGRAPH 2019 Emerging Technologies Best in Show winner. Jonghyun Kim (research scientist, NVIDIA) shares insight into the team’s AR display research as well reflects on the future of foveated rendering and prescription AR glasses. ||...

Duration:00:11:57

27 - Live From SIGGRAPH 2019 With NASA

8/23/2019
ABOUT THE EPISODE In the latest episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, the team brings you live to a discussion from SIGGRAPH 2019 that features a group of brilliant scientific data visualizers. Tune in to our satellite feed for the chance hear from SIGGRAPH 2020 Conference Chair Kristy Pron (media arts and pipeline developer, Walt Disney Imagineering) as she chats with four representatives from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center about the department’s cinematic scientific visualization efforts:...

Duration:00:18:13

26 – Adaptive Technology: Tech 4 Good

8/2/2019
ABOUT THE EPISODE SIGGRAPH Spotlight welcomes SIGGRAPH 2019 Emerging Technologies Chair Courtney Starrett (associate professor, Texas A&M University, Department of Visualization) to lead a discussion on adaptive technology, including new research and practical applications, as well as participants’ inspiration and personal connections to this focus area. Courtney is joined by SIGGRAPH 2019 Adaptive Technology Co-Chair Natalie Rountree, Konrad Tollmar (associate professor, KTH Royal Institute...

Duration:00:30:16

25 – Netflix and Stream: A Look at VFX for TV

7/12/2019
ABOUT THE EPISODE SIGGRAPH Spotlight welcomes SIGGRAPH 2019 Production Sessions Chair Derrick Nau (CG texture & look development artist, DreamWorks) as he leads our latest podcast discussion on VFX for streaming. Derrick is joined by Sean Santiago (director, Original Series VFX, Netflix), Chrysta Burton (manager, Original Series VFX, Netflix), Paul Graff (VFX Supervisor, Crazy Hours Effects – “Stranger Things”), and Chris White (VFX Supervisor, Weta Digital – “The Umbrella Academy”) for a...

Duration:00:36:04

24 – Machine Learning and AI

6/28/2019
ABOUT THE EPISODE In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, host and SIGGRAPH 2019 Technical Papers Chair Olga Sorkine-Hornung (professor, ETH Zurich) sits down with four of the leading minds in machine learning and artificial intelligence research: George Drettakis (senior researcher, Inria), Jaakko Lehtinen (professor, Aalto University), Adriana Schulz (professor, University of Washington), and Daniel Cohen-Or, Ph.D. (professor, Tel Aviv University). Together, they discuss the evolution,...

Duration:00:38:05

23 – Evolution of AR

5/10/2019
ABOUT THE EPISODE SIGGRAPH Spotlight welcomes Kent Bye (Voices of VR) to the podcast as host of this timeless episode. Bye takes the mic to lead the discussion and share his expertise and insight alongside two augmented reality titans: Paul Reynolds (CEO and co-founder, Torch 3d Inc.) and Alexandria “Ali” Heston (UX and interaction designer, Magic Leap). The group chats about the past, present, and future of augmented reality, shedding light on new ways to utilize the technology, including...

Duration:00:55:29