Welcome to Singapore and welcome to SIGGRAPH Asia 2012!
Throughout the next four days, computer graphics professionals, educators, students and enthusiasts, will gather in the Singapore EXPO for the 5th SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia. Attendees will be treated to hands-on experiences within the Emerging Technologies venue, immersive pieces in the Art Gallery, educational and enlightening courses, a variety of special sessions, technical papers presentations and the Computer Animation Festival.
For 2012, the International Center returned to the prominent South Lobby of the LA Convention Center. As in previous years, it was located adjacent to the ACM SIGGRAPH Village, and provided a lounge area for attendees to meet or work informally, or just take a break from a long day at the SIGGRAPH Conference. Its presentation area, known for many years as the ‘International Theater’, was renamed this year to ‘ACM SIGGRAPH Theater’. This reflects the global and inclusive quality of the ACM SIGGRAPH Organization, and continues to include the ‘international’ quality of presentations to be found there, including regional group meetings, organizations such as the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community or the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, and the international ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters.
NEW FOR 2012!
- Meetings were held focusing on Australasia and Africa and Middle East, making for a truly international range of regional presentations.
- We also saw that the International Center is becoming the hub for all things ‘Chapters’ at the Conference. Information sessions were held for those interested in joining or starting an ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter in the ACM SIGGRAPH Theater. There were also sessions of those who wanted to find out more about the events and activities of Chapters in different parts of the world, all in the ACM SIGGRAPH Theater and categorized by world region.
- The ACM SIGGRAPH Theater also hosted sessions for those who run an international user groups (truly ‘global’ or highly ‘regional’) that planned individual Birds of a Feather sessions for SIGGRAPH 2012.
About the International Resources Committee:
The International Center is managed by the International Resources Committee. With over 30 members based around the world, this committee engages in year-round activities that include facilitation of worldwide collaboration, English Review Service, and promotion of ACM SIGGRAPH and its conferences. Some of these committee members attend the conference every year. Assisted by a helpful army of international Student Volunteers at the International Center, they are available to provide pathfinding, networking, and translation services.
Be sure to visit them in Anaheim at SIGGRAPH 2013!
Student Volunteer (SV) Orientation kicked off just after 4pm on Saturday. For those of you unfamiliar with the SV program, it’s designed to get students involved in the conference by making it more affordable. Maya Karp, the SV Chair for 2011, made a brief introduction before playing a video to introduce the SV Committee and Team Leaders. It was hilarious and indicative of the Chair’s (and her team’s) fun-loving nature.
Pete Braccio, the conference chair, made a small statement on what the conference’s theme means to him before introducing the various committee chairs. Pete also made the SVs aware of how many committee members started off in the SV program… Quite a few of them as a matter of fact. Some have made this conference their home as this year’s theme “Make It Home” indicates and have volunteeredfor years.
After the committee members left, the SV Committee went over the FAQs for the SV program.
The time has come for SIGGRAPH 2011 and this year we’re taking over Vancouver! After years of staying within the US of A, it’s time to experience new things like: Canadian currency, the Skytrain, and Centre being spelled differently. Or should I say new… if you’re not usually traveling from Canada to attend the conference. 🙂
Whether it’s students volunteering at the conference to make attending more affordable or industry professionals coming to see the latest, SIGGRAPH has something for everybody. From the Job Fair to Emerging Technologies, there is so much to see and experience that we’ve created a blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account to keep you abreast of everything because it’s impossible to see it all. So whether you’re double booked with two different events of interest or simply weren’t able to attend SIGGRAPH, we’re here to fill in the gaps and allow you to experience SIGGRAPH vicariously through us. And as this year’s theme is “Make It Home,” we hope you’ll make our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed your home for all things SIGGRAPH.