Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

SIGGRAPHITTI Issue 2 - May 2012

View 3D TVs Without Glasses: Technical Papers Sneak Preview

Technical Papers Sneak Preview

See the future of computer graphics and interactive techniques in Technical Papers that detail new advances in 3D display technology, photographic prints for HDR images, and textile design.

The SIGGRAPH 2012 Technical Papers program continues to expand the boundaries of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

“This year’s program features papers that propel the field forward as rapidly and vibrantly as possible, while at the same time keeping us well-grounded academically, ensuring that SIGGRAPH remains a breeding ground for significant new areas of research,” said Hanspeter Pfister, SIGGRAPH 2012 Technical Papers Chair from Harvard University.

A sneak peek of a few of the papers:

Tensor Displays: Multilinear Optimization of Multilayer Light Field Displays with Directional Backlighting
Authors: Gordon Wetzstein, Douglas Lanman, Matthew Hirsch, and Ramesh Raskar, MIT Media Lab
This paper presents a new display technology for glasses-free stereo viewing. Combining multiple layers of LCD, directional back-lighting, temporal modulation, and a new mathematical formulation, allows for greater depths of field, wider fields of view, and a thinner display.

Printing Spatially Varying Reflectance for Reproducing HDR Images
Authors: Yue Dong, Microsoft Research Asia; Xin Tong, Microsoft Research Asia; Fabio Pellacini, Dartmouth College and Sapienza University of Rome; and Baining Guo, Microsoft Research Asia
When traditional photographs are printed, the range of brightness can be heavily compressed, and the result can look flat. This paper presents a solution for viewing high-dynamic-range (HDR) images using a reflective sheet of paper, glossy ink, and a torch light illuminating the paper. With the proposed technique, one can get a better sense of the range of brightness in the scene and adjust it by moving the light or the paper.

Structure-Aware Synthesis for Predictive Woven Fabric Appearance
Authors: Shuang Zhao, Kavita Bala, Steve Marschner, and Wenzel Jakob, Cornell University
Using 3D scans of real fabrics to design new 3D fabrics for rendering. The fabrics are rendered in physically based way, which allows textile designers to predict how a given weave pattern would look if it were fabricated, resulting in highly realistic results for textile design, ecommerce, entertainment, and apparel visualization.

Out of 412 submissions, 94 papers were conditionally accepted to SIGGRAPH 2012, representing an acceptance rate of 23 percent. A complete listing of all selected Technical Papers will be available on the web site in late May. Technical Papers are published as a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG). An additional 37 TOG papers published during the past year will also be featured at SIGGRAPH 2012.


Courses Preview

Learn from the experts in the field and gain inside knowledge that is critical to career advancement.

Courses are short (1.5 hours) or half-day (3.25 hours) structured sessions that often include elements of interactive demonstration, performance, or other imaginative approaches to teaching.

A few highlights of Courses to look out for at SIGGRAPH 2012:

Physically Based Sound for Computer Animation
Authors: Doug James, Jeffrey Chadwick, and Changxi Zheng, Cornell University
This course addresses the need to make the principles and methods of physically based sound accessible to a broader graphics audience. It covers sound-source models for numerous animated phenomena (rigid bodies, fracture, thin shells, cloth, fluids, and fire), and take a hands-on approach to implementing practical systems.

Courses PreviewComputational Displays: Combining Optical Fabrication, Computational Processing, and Perceptual Tricks to Build the Displays of the Future
Authors: Gordon Wetzstein, MIT Media Lab; Douglas Lanman, MIT Media Lab; Diego Gutierrez, Universidad de Zaragoza; and Matthew Hirsch, MIT Media Lab
This course introduces computational displays that exploit the co-design of optical elements and efficient computational processing while taking particular characteristics of the human visual system into account. Applications include 3D displays, next-generation projection systems, high-dynamic-range displays, perceptually-driven devices, and computational probes.

The complete Courses schedule will be available in late May.


Early Bird Registration

Early Bird RegistrationRegister by 15 May with promo code SIG2012B, and qualify to win a gift card to offset your travel expenses.

Join the international SIGGRAPH community of digital innovators, inspired researchers, award-winning producers, provocative artists, energetic executives, and adventurous engineers at SIGGRAPH 2012. Select the registration category that works for your schedule and budget, and register today!

Register for SIGGRAPH 2012 on or before 18 June to receive the best discounted registration rate. And if you register by 15 May using promo code SIG2012B, you’ll be eligible to win one of four $250 American Express or Visa gift cards to help offset your travel expenses to SIGGRAPH 2012.

Visit the For Attendees tab for an overview of all conference programs and a sneak peek of what to expect this year.


Gaming Panel Preview

A panel of motion-tracked gaming pioneers will debate what the future holds for motion-controlled gaming and beyond.

Panels are moderated discussions on important topics, with expert panelists chosen by the organizers to provide a wide range of perspectives. One exciting panel planned for SIGGRAPH 2012 is:

Gaming Panel PreviewThe Battle for the Future of Motion-Controlled Gaming
Jason Jerald, Digital Artforms; Richard Marks, Sony Computer Entertainment; Joseph LaViola, University of Central Florida; Evan Hirsch, Engine Co. 4; Brian Murphy, Microsoft Studios; Randy Pagulayan, Microsoft Studios; Amir Rubin, Sixense Entertainment
Although motion tracking has existed in research labs and some niche markets for decades, only recently has it gained mainstream acceptance in the living room in the form of the Nintendo Wii, the PlayStation Move, Microsoft Kinect, and the Sixense Razer Hydra.

These devices and their corresponding software have pushed human-computer interaction to new levels in gaming. Is this just another passing fad that will move back to the laboratory or is it here to stay? Will motion control move beyond gaming to control a wide range of digital media? Or is it only appropriate for a small subset of technologies? This panel of motion-tracked gaming pioneers who are revolutionizing the gaming industry will discuss their experiences developing such systems, debate the most important aspects of motion control, and speculate on the future of motion control for gaming and beyond.

The panelists bring a broad range of expertise, ranging from art to business to engineering, and represent leadership in bringing this new form of motion control to the masses.

The complete list of Panel topics will be available in May.


I am SIGGRAPH 2012

Attendees shared what they were most excited to see last year at SIGGRAPH 2011. Watch the video.



SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles

SIGGRAPH in Los AngelesMake your SIGGRAPH 2012 hotel reservation through onPeak by 9 July for negotiated discount rates.

Downtown Los Angeles delivers an ideal forum for thrill, discovery, and imagination through renowned historic districts, restaurants, clubs, and cultural institutions, all within an easy walk or short cab ride of the SIGGRAPH 2012 hotels.

SIGGRAPH 2012 has negotiated discounts at select hotels available only to conference attendees. View a list of participating hotels. Discounted rates are guaranteed until 9 July 2012. Reservations made after 9 July will be based on availability only, and rates may increase.

Book your hotel today online or contact onPeak, the SIGGRAPH 2012 travel partner, directly at 800.631.5557 (Continental US and Canada) or +1.312.527.7300. Please note: If you are contacted by a hotel vendor other than onPeak, they are not associated with SIGGRAPH 2012 and may not be reputable.

View additional travel information and plan your trip to Los Angeles.


SIGGRAPH 2012 Job Fair

The Job Fair is the best place to meet with employers from around the globe.

Whether you are a job seeker or a casual networker seeking career development tips and new connections, the SIGGRAPH 2012 Job Fair has something to offer you.

SIGGRAPH 2012 Job Fair Exhibitors will post their jobs on the and ACM SIGGRAPH job boards in July, giving you the opportunity to connect with employers before the conference, during the conference via the Job Fair, and after the conference via the job board and candidate profiling system.


Top 10 Reasons to Attend SIGGRAPH 2012

Most SIGGRAPH conference attendees rely on their employers to fund their registration and travel in part or in full. If you need some persuasive talking points for your employer, share the top 10 reasons to attend SIGGRAPH 2012.


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