Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

Smithsonian Natural History Museum ‘Bone Hall’ Comes To Life (not just at night)

by on Feb.26, 2015, under Events

Smithsonian Natural History Museum ‘Bone Hall’ Comes To Life (not just at night)

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH at the Torpedo Factory Art Center – February 26, 2015

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to host a presentation of how an innovative augmented reality tool developed for use in conjunction with the spectacular Bone Hall, one of the oldest and most successful exhibits, featuring approximately 300 skeletons of vertebrates that has its museum foundation dating back to 1881, is being brought to life.

On Thursday, February 26th please join us as the lead researcher Diana Marques provides an overview and details of the 3D digital experience known as augmented reality. This exciting technology allows the user to superimpose a virtual world onto the physical one. Also as part of the digital experience users can test their natural history skills playing games. Diana is pursuing a doctoral degree in Digital Media focusing on the use of technology and its visual narrative potential for the future of museums and science communication; her research is taking place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History where Diana has collaborated for a number of years as a scientific illustrator and animator.

Please join us on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we have the opportunity to hear how technology gives a 21st century experience to a 19th century museum exhibit.

Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

703-838-4565

www.torpedofactory.org

Directions: The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria http://torpedofactory.org/visit/directions/

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information: www.dashbus.com/Trolley

Contact Information: http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-siggraph

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Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH Meeting at the Torpedo Factory Art Center – January 15, 2015

by on Jan.06, 2015, under Events

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH at the Torpedo Factory Art Center – January 15, 2015

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to host a lecture focusing on Digital Art and Animation. Hannah Benbow and Roberto Ortiz (chapter Chair), both members of the Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH with very different backgrounds, will discuss their approaches to the digital medium along with how a traditional art background has played a role in their current fields. Members of the chapter will also be available to answer questions and to discuss their experiences in the field of Digital Art and Animation.

Please join us on Thursday, January 15 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we explore the world of Digital Art with the members of the Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH.

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565
www.torpedofactory.org

Directions: The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria
http://torpedofactory.org/visit/directions/

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information: www.dashbus.com/Trolley

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DC ACM SIGGRAPH Socialize/Network -November 6th (Elections+ Dinner)

by on Oct.30, 2014, under Events

When: Thursday, November 6 from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm

Where: US Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 – (Remsen Building)

It’s election time! Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH is currently accepting nominations for the following positions: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer and we will be voting on Thursday, November 6. The main requirement for a leadership position is that all officers must be voting members of ACM and members of ACM SIGGRAPH. Information about the duties and responsibilities of each member is located here: http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/bylaws/

Currently nominations are as follows: Roberto Ortiz – nomination for Chair, Chris Rahaim – nomination for Vice-Chair, Mark Jette – nomination for Secretary, Kim Wallace – nomination for Treasurer. If you’d like more information about a position or would like to volunteer for a committee or to even present at a meeting feel free to contact us at dc_siggraph@mail.com or robertoortiz1@yahoo.com .

And after the meeting we will go for dinner at TEDs in Alexandria.
http://www.tedsmontanagrill.com/tmg028.html

Join us for holiday treats, a chance to socialize/network and get a sneak peek for what’s in store for 2015! Bring your ideas and suggestions for what you’d like to see in a meeting and volunteer to present! Bring your laptop or DVD and show us what you’re working on as well! See you there!

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Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH Demo Reel Night – October 16th

by on Sep.26, 2014, under Events

Next Meeting October 16 –
FROM:
6:30pm to 9pm (6:30-7:00 social networking, 7:00-9:00pm demo reviews)
WHERE:
US Patent and Trademark Office (Remsen Building), at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA

Come join DC SIGGRAPH for our demo reel/portfolio review night. We will be reviewing demo reels and portfolios and take part in an open discussion and review of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the one thing that shows your skill, talent, and experience… your demo reel or portfolio. If you don’t have a reel yet, just come over and enjoy networking with other like-minded individuals.

As we face the effects of layoffs, budget cuts and a tightening economy, many people are thinking about updating their demo reel. How long should it be? What are interviewers looking for? If you are looking for ways to improve your present position, or shopping around for a new one, the time to polish up your demo reel is now. If you’re looking to hire, this will be a great opportunity to see a range of fresh new talent. Join us on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9pm as DC_SIGGRAPH discusses these questions and more at our Annual Demo Reel Night.

Please RSVP to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph) and indicate if you will be bringing a demo reel to share. You can also put you’re demo on a website and we will test the link before the event to make sure everything works. Light snacks will be provided (soda and chips). Hope to see you there!

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Computer Animation Festival at the Torpedo Factory Art Center – Sept 18, 2014

by on Sep.09, 2014, under Events

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to host the 2014 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival in Alexandria, Va. The Computer Animation Festival showcases some of the year’s most dazzling and innovative collection of submitted works selected by a distinguished jury of computer graphics experts and specialists. SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 41st year as the world’s leading festival of the most innovative and accomplished computer graphics.

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a “Best Animated Short” Academy Award. In the words of CAF Director Jerome Solomon, “There’s no other stage in the world comparable to SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival.”
Please join us on Thursday, September 18 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we watch some of the best examples of computer animation from the past year.

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565
www.torpedofactory.org

Directions: The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria
http://torpedofactory.org/visit/directions/

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information: www.dashbus.com/Trolley

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SIGGRAPH Re-cap and Social Event – September 4, 2014

by on Aug.21, 2014, under Events

SIGGRAPH Re-cap and Social Event

When: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: US Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street – Remsen Building
Alexandria, VA 22314

RSVP: robertoortiz@yahoo.com

DC_SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to a SIGGRAPH conference information exchange and social event. For those of you that did not get to go to the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, our own Roberto Ortiz will be sharing his experiences and insights from the conference! Whether or not you made it to Vancouver, please join us for a post-conference social event!

DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to join us for an information exchange social event at the US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, September 4, from 7:00 –9:00 pm. If you attended the conference, share your experiences with those who could not attend this year. Bring your laptop and flash drives and exchange photos! Show off your coveted Pixar teapot or other fun give-aways! Tell us about the cool parties we missed! If you couldn’t make it, sit back and hear a re-cap from Roberto’s perspective!

See you there!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 – An Evening with Samar Shool – Pixeldust Studios (CG Supervisor/technical director for Emmy Award Winning Pixeldust Studios)

by on Jul.19, 2014, under Events

An Evening with Samar Shool – Pixeldust Studios (CG Supervisor/technical director for Emmy Award Winning Pixeldust Studios)

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

USPTO CAMPUS – Remsen Building
400 Dulany Street, Alexandria , VA

Event Details:
DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to another round of informal Q&A and project presentation with our very own Samar Shool.

Samar will be talking about cgi work done multiple clients for television and film among them National Geographic and Discovery Channel networks.

You can view some of Samar’s work at his site:

http://www.pixeldust.tv/
http://vimeo.com/m/92352855
http://vimeo.com/m/82123232
COST:
$5.00 Dollar At the Door- for Non Members Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH.
LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) at the 1st floor conference room. We are located 2 blocks from the KING STREET METRO
station (BLUE/YELLOW Lines)

http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=48
http://goo.gl/maps/UW6p0
(Walking Directions)
PARKING:
Street Parking is available.
Also at the campus Garage Structure

http://goo.gl/maps/SslD5

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PIZZA NIGHT+ LETS TALK ABOUT SIGGRAPH 2014 – July 17, 2014

by on Jul.03, 2014, under Events

When:  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Where:  USPTO CAMPUS – Remsen Building
400 Dulany Street, Alexandria , VA

 
Join us for a Pizza Meet & Greet and an informal talk about the upcoming SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver. http://s2014.siggraph.org/

 
We will discuss the upcoming presentations, and showcase the latest trailers for Tech Papers & the Computer Animation Festival.
EVENT DETAILS:

On Thursday, July 17th, DC_SIGGRAPH will have a meet & greet and an informal conversation over Pizza about the upcoming SIGGRAPH Conference in Vancouver. We will be meeting at the Remsen Building in the USPTO campus.
http://www.uspto.gov/main//buildings/map_alex_bldg.htm
WHO IS ACM SIGGRAPH:

Since its beginning in 1974 as a small group of specialists in a previously unknown discipline, ACM SIGGRAPH has evolved to become an international community of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and business professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

We are the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH branch.
For more information on us go here:  http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/

 

COST:
$5.00 Dollar At the Door- for Non Members Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH.

 

LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) at the 1st floor conference room. We are located 2 blocks from the KING STREET METRO station (BLUE/YELLOW Lines)

http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=48
http://goo.gl/maps/UW6p0
(Walking Directions)
PARKING:
Street Parking is available.
Also at the campus Garage Structure

http://goo.gl/maps/SslD5

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US Copyright Law & Visual Artists Rights @ Torpedo Factory (Talk by US Copyright Office) – June 19

by on Jun.16, 2014, under Events

Thursday, June 19, 2014

7:00 PM

 

105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA

Old Town Waterfront Alexandria: METRO: King Street (BLUE/YELLOW) Take Free Shuttle to End of Line

 

Missed our first IP talk on MAY 22th?

Don’t Fret. Come join us for this one!  This talk is intended to be more focused on Artists Rights. We will be discussing topics as varied as Orphan Works, Creative Commons, and IP law.

WHO IS THIS TALK INTENDED TO: This talk is intended for all Artists of all stripes. From 2D/3D Animators, Graphic Designers to Traditional Artists interested in learning more about their rights under US LAW.

 

EVENT DETAILS:
On Thursday, June 19th, DC_SIGGRAPH, in conjunction with the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, will hear a presentation from John Saint Amour. Mr. John Saint Amour is a Copyright Information Specialist for Public Information at the Library of Congress Copyright Office. He will be talking about the fundamentals of copyright law and how it relates to visual artists.
The United States Copyright Office, a part of the Library of Congress, is the official U.S. government body that maintains records of copyright registration in the United States, including a copyright catalog. It is used by copyright title searchers who are attempting to clear a chain of title for copyrighted
works.

The emphasis of the talk will be about the core copyright protection available for visual artists under US Law and the basics of US copyrights.

WHO IS ACM SIGGRAPH:
Since its beginning in 1974 as a small group of specialists in a previously unknown discipline, ACM SIGGRAPH has evolved to become an international community of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and business professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and
interactive techniques.

We are the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH branch.
For more information on us go here: http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/
What is the Torpedo Factory Art Center
The mission of the Torpedo Factory Art Center is to foster connections among artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. We provide dynamic interactions with the arts through our community of visual artists, exhibitions, and programs. We offer art up close, in person, and in progress. For more information on us go here: http://torpedofactory.org/

 

COST:
FREE OF CHARGE.

 

LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in the Alexandria Waterfront

http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=48

http://goo.gl/maps/f62Ul (Walking Directions)
PARKING:
Street Parking is available.

Torpedo Factory Art Center to Central Parking – Google Maps

 

You can RSVP here:
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/184760422/

 

or here
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/675331605835376/

 

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Meeting Highlights for March 27, 2014

by on Apr.10, 2014, under News

The DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to thank Christy Spangler, an animator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), for her insightful lecture on forensics reconstruction animation. Christy discussed how she uses various data sources such as photos, diagrams, photogrammetry, and point cloud data to create forensics animations of accident scenes. Her animations are created using Autodesk Softimage, Adobe Illustrator, along with other specialized applications. Christy showed several animations from various cases she has worked on which were intriguing yet disturbing due to the nature of the events. Thanks again to Christy and we look forward to having here return in the future!

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