SIGGRAPH 2004, the 31st conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, brought 27,825 professionals from nearly 90 countries to Los Angeles for the annual conference and exhibition 8 - 12 August 2004. A total of 229 exhibiting companies exhibited in 73,000 net square feet of space.
"SIGGRAPH 2004 exceeded all expectations with an overall 14 percent increase in attendance over last year and close to a five percent increase in technical program attendance. One of the most striking aspects of this year's conference was the incredible diversity of uses for the technical advances in computer graphics and interactive techniques," said Dena Slothower, conference chair from Stanford University. "In addition, the energy on the exhibit floor was vibrant and exhibitors reported solid interest in the computer graphics hardware and software tools on display."
Science Fiction Writer Bruce Sterling Keynotes Conference
Bruce Sterling, world-renowned science fiction author and futurist, appealed to the graphics community to redirect its energies to strengthen the application of technology to the betterment of mankind. "Our material culture as it is today is not sustainable," Sterling said. His speculation on what happens when graphic simulation conquers the world was presented to nearly 2,800 attendees.
SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Awards
The Computer Animation Festival jury selected "Birthday Boy," produced by Sejong Park student at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, as the Best Animated Short. "Ryan," produced by Chris Landreth received Jury Honors. "Birthday Boy was selected because of its captivating and expert storytelling and filmmaking. "Ryan" received the Jury Award because the jury perceived it as a milestone in using this new animation and rendering style to tell such a poignant and intimate story. "Ryan" was produced by Copper Heart Entertainment in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada in association with Seneca College Animation Arts Centre.
ACM SIGGRAPH Announces Award Winners
ACM SIGGRAPH presented three awards at the conference to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the computer graphics community. Hugues Hoppe, Microsoft Research, was the 2004 Computer Graphics Achievement Award recipient. Hoppe was selected for his pioneering work on surface reconstruction, progressive meshes, geometry texturing and geometry images. Zoran Popovic, University of Washington, received the Significant New Researcher Award for his outstanding and highly promising contributions to computer animation. Judith R. Brown, The University of Iowa (retired) and Steve Cunningham, California State University, Stanislaus and National Science Foundation, received the Outstanding Service Award for their individual and collaborative contributions to SIGGRAPH's success.
SIGGRAPH Conference Returns to Los Angeles in 2005
SIGGRAPH 2005, the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center, 31 July - 4 August 2005 in Los Angeles, California.
For information on how to participate, see the SIGGRAPH 2005 Call for Participation at www.siggraph.org/s2005/main.php?f=cfp.