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[December 08, 2008]

ACM Expands International Initiatives With First SIGGRAPH Conference in Asia

launches its first conference in Asia with a comprehensive
program of technical talks, a Computer Animation Festival, a
computer art gallery, and an exhibition of new technologies
by leading international software, design, and educational
enterprises. SIGGRAPH Asia
(http://www.SIGGRAPH.org/asia2008/), which runs from
December 10-13 at the Suntec Singapore International
Convention & Exhibition Center, is a major initiative of ACM
SIGGRAPH and an integral part of ACM's commitment to provide
high-quality technical activities and programs to computing
communities outside the US. ACM SIGGRAPH's goal is to
mirror the model of its successful North American conference
with a rich technical program and diverse exhibition that
cover every aspect of leading-edge computer graphics,
animation, and interactive techniques.
"As the world's largest international computing society,
ACM plays a significant role in providing forums for the
presentation of the highest quality research and the
exchange of ideas that advance innovation in computer
graphics and interactive techniques," said John R. White,
ACM's Chief Executive Officer. "SIGGRAPH's ambitious plan
to create a conference that incorporates the favorable mix
of elements from SIGGRAPH in North America is an
instrumental component of ACM's expanding international
ACM President Wendy Hall hailed SIGGRAPH Asia as a mecca
for the region's rapidly growing computer graphics
community. "We have witnessed the increasing enthusiasm and
interest in computer graphics and digital media industries
in this part of the world, and we want to welcome these
researchers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs to ACM's
extensive array of programs and services," said Hall, a
professor of computer science at the University of
Southampton, UK.
Hall cited SIGGRAPH Asia's impressive roster of
presenters, panelists, and creative artists as evidence of
the growing importance and success of digital media
technology in the region. "This conference has attracted
papers that set the technical standard for excellence in the
field. But it also offers a wide variety of educational,
networking, and interactive opportunities as well as a
Computer Animation Festival (CAF) with special effects
screenings from feature films and games. This year, China,
Japan, and Korea contributed close to half of the entries at
the festival," she noted.
Invited speakers at SIGGRAPH Asia include Don Greenberg
of Cornell University, who is recognized as one of the
pioneers in computer graphics and an award-winning
researcher; and Rob Cook of Pixar Animation Studios, the
first industry professional to receive an Oscar for
SIGGRAPH Asia also features a job fair to connect
computer graphics professionals with potential employers and
an art gallery showcasing work in all media - including
"hybrid" formats such as text-literature collaborations,
ubiquitous sounds, and zero-gravity space art, as well as an
emerging technologies preview video. Another SIGGRAPH Asia
highlight is the continent's first exhibition devoted
exclusively to computer graphics and interactive techniques,
featuring hardware, services, and software from some of the
best-known companies in the world. This three-day event
includes exhibitor tech talks that enable attendees to
engage industry experts and learn about pproduct updates,
and hear hands-on presentations that introduce the latest
developments in product innovation.
About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery
(http://www.acm.org/), is the world's largest educational
and scientific computing society, uniting computing
educators, researchers and professionals to inspire
dialogue, share resources and address the field's
challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's
collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the
highest standards, and recognition of technical
excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its
members by providing opportunities for life-long learning,
career development, and professional networking.
SIGGRAPH, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer
Graphics and Interactive Techniques
(http://www.siggraph.org/) is an interdisciplinary community
of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists
and other professionals who share an interest computer
graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH provides
information to the computer graphics community through its
annual SIGGRAPH conference as well as symposia, chapters in
cities throughout the world, awards, grants, educational
resources, online resources, a public policy program,
traveling art show, and the SIGGRAPH Video Review.
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