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

SIGGRAPHITTI Issue 6 - July 2012

Showcasing Advancements in Real-Time Graphics

Real-Time Live!

Real-Time Live! presents demonstrations of real-time graphics from Epic, LucasArts, Naughty Dog, and Square-Enix, among others. Pulling from a range of industries, the 90-minute show combines an eclectic and visually stimulating array of projects.

Real-Time Live! presents the most prominent demonstrations and advances in real-time graphics over the last 12 months. Pulling from a range of industries, the show combines an eclectic and visually stimulating array of projects including audio, controller, and gesture-based inputs to a variety of techniques for abstract, physically based, and photorealistic rendering solutions.

“As the momentum behind real-time photorealism accelerates, Real-Time Live! 2012 presents multiple projects pushing human character performance alongside physically based lighting and shading techniques,” said Jason RM Smith, Real-Time Live! Director and Chair from LucasArts. “The show retains a strong breadth of diversity with breakdowns of an audio-driven procedural graphics engine, an augmented reality gesture-based control solution, proprietary and commercial rendering engines, and a number of unreleased games titles.”

Keep an eye out for these Real-Time Live! projects:

Unreal Engine 4 Elemental
Paul Oliver, Epic Games, Inc.

Developed by Epic Games, Elemental is the first real-time demonstration showcasing its next-generation Unreal Engine 4 technology. The demo presents rendering features utilizing DirectX 11 hardware. It takes per-pixel deferred shading to the next level: energy-conserving specular highlights from area lights and shadowed reflections from emissive materials creating area lights with shadowing, dynamic global illumination that affects both opaque and translucent materials, glossy surfaces that feature accurate reflections, subsurface scattering, and deferred decals. All lighting is complemented by the new GPU-accelerated particle simulation and the new post-processing pipeline.

Star Wars 1313
Roger Cordes, LucasArts

Take control of a lethal bounty hunter in a never-before-seen dark and mature world. Star Wars 1313 introduces an integrated development approach by bringing together great artists across the Lucasfilm organization, including LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. and Skywalker Sound. The Coruscant underworld is brought to life through a combination of audio, performance capture, asset production, VFX and post-processing techniques from film, seamlessly blended with explosive game-play and real-time rendering performance.

Uncharted 3 Visual Effects
Mohammed Ikram, Naughty Dog

For Uncharted 3, Naughty Dog tackled the challenge of rendering multiple environmental effects, such as fire, water, and sand in the game set pieces. The biggest challenge was delivering high-quality visual effects in real time while keeping the strict cinematographic and artistic style of the game.

Luminous Studio Tech Demo
Yoshihisa Hashimoto, Square Enix Co., Ltd.

This technical demonstration reveals some of the graphics capabilities of the next-generation Luminous Game Engine: Tessellation, photo-realistic rendering, real-time global illumination, reflection, refraction, particle systems, advanced shading of hair and skin, and much more.

View the entire Real-Time Live! line-up.


Emerging Technologies Preview Video

View a preview video of selected Emerging Technologies installations to be featured at SIGGRAPH 2012. Watch video >



See images and short animations of extraordinary power and beauty.

SIGGRAPH Dailies! is where you can participate in the vibrant production culture that sweats through inspiration, creation, production, and post-production despite seemingly endless obstacles.

“We are in the third year of this fun, fast-paced program that highlights the stories behind the pixels in a live presentation setting,” said Rajesh Sharma, SIGGRAPH Dailies Chair from Disney. “We are seeing an encouraging trend in submissions that has expanded the scope of entries to include not just the big movie studios but increasing participation from games studios, student work, scientific visualization, and art. Be sure to attend the SIGGRAPH Dailies! Program (Tuesday, 7 August in room 515B from 6:15-7:45 pm). New for this year is the live voting by the audience for their favorite!”

Watch for these SIGGRAPH Dailies!:

Poetic PlumesPoetic Plumes
Presenter Scott Keating from SideEffects Software said: “When creating any animation or visual effect, it is always necessary to hold a vision of the final product in your mind. I had been tasked with creating a volcanic ash plume and rendering the final result in a beautiful way. While working on this project, which was to demonstrate the capabilities of our new smoke simulation tools, I found myself in a constant struggle between my artistic goals (a beautiful image), the technology (our new smoke solver), and reality (it needed to look and behave realistically). This struggle, I've found, is what makes being a computer artist so compelling, and why I was so pleased with the final result of this project.”

Snake Attack
Presenters: Fangwei Lee and Andrew Pearce, DreamWorks Animation

Can cobras swim? They do in DreamWorks’ latest animated feature, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”.

See the full list of SIGGRAPH Dailies!


SIGGRAPH Business Symposium

Join an intimate, interactive forum for discussion of the business of our business at a high level.

In its second year, the SIGGRAPH Business Symposium provides an intimate, interactive forum for discussion of the business of our business from a high-level, experiential vantage point.

This full-day experience at the J.W. Marriott brings together leaders from a broad spectrum of computer graphics, animation, education, motion pictures, gaming, and visual effects to explore the present and future of our industry and community. Participation at the SIGGRAPH Business Symposium requires a separate registration.

The featured speakers are:

  • Carl Rosendahl, Founder of Pacific Data Images, Venture Capitalist, and Co-Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center-Silicon Valley
  • John Textor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Domain Media Group

Check the web site for the full schedule and other panelists who will speak at the SIGGRAPH Business Symposium and register today.


Online Scheduler

The scheduler provides easy access to session information and conference schedules on your mobile phone. 

Browse all programs and events, sort them by day and time, registration level, and focus, then create your own schedule and import it to your calendar program. The Scheduler is optimized for use on most mobile devices. 

Check back later this month to access the SIGGRAPH 2012 Scheduler on your mobile phone.


Exhibitor Tech Talks

Get the inside story direct from the developers of tomorrow's hot hardware, software, and systems. 

SIGGRAPH 2012 exhibitors demonstrate software, hardware, and systems; answer questions; and host one-on-one conversations about how their applications improve professional and technical performance.

  • Unity Art Pipeline, Butterfly Demo, Unity Technologies
  • AMD FirePro Advanced 3D Graphic and Compute Features & AMD FirePro 3D Graphics and Compute Combined on Latest GPU Architecture in Deep Dive, AMD
  • RealFlow 2013 Technology Preview, Next Limit Technologies
  • Huge-Scene Interactive Rendering on a Laptop, CentiLeo
  • Accelerating Look Development *With* Rhinoceros Interactive Ray-Traced Viewports, Imagination Technologies Limited
  • Learn How to Develop Powerful Advanced Visualization Applications and UIs With Qt Commercial, Qt Commercial, Digia Oyj


Make Your Travel Plans

Book your hotel reservation and review airport shuttle bus options.

Book your hotel online or contact onPeak, the SIGGRAPH 2012 travel partner, directly at 800.631.5557 (Continental US and Canada) or +1.312.527.7300. The official deadline for discounted hotel rates has passed, but a few hotels still have availability. 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.


Airport Shuttle Bus Discounts

SIGGRAPH 2012 has partnered with Super Shuttle to offer transportation to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

  • Shared Ride Van: $13 per passenger (up to 9 passengers)
  • Town Car Service: $63 per sedan (up to 4 passengers)

These discounted rates are valid from five days before the conference to five days after it ends.

Book by phone at 800.258.3826 (toll free) or +1.310.222.5500, extension 4. To receive the discount, you must mention the SIGGRAPH 2012 discount code: PK7AU. Or you can book online at the Super Shuttle web site.


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


SIGGRAPH in the News

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SIGGRAPH Unveils 2012 Fest Preview
Animation World Network

Top animated shorts: SIGGRAPH 2012 announces Computer Animation Festival Winners
3D World

View the latest SIGGRAPH news.



Distinguished experts in the field share their work during the ACM SIGGRAPH Award Talks.

ACM SIGGRAPH is honored to announce its 2012 award recipients:

  • Greg Turk, Computer Graphics Achievement Award;
  • Karen Liu, Significant New Researcher;
  • Jean-Pierre Hébert, Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art; and
  • David Kasik, Outstanding Service Award.

The awards will be presented during the SIGGRAPH 2012 keynote session on 6 August. The awardees also will give their individual talks that day from 2 – 3:30 pm in room 408B. Learn more about the award recipients.


Call for SIGGRAPH 2013 and 2014 Volunteers

Get involved in a future conference - it is a fun and rewarding experience that can enhance your personal network and professional career. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a SIGGRAPH volunteer, we want to hear from you! To take that first step, either apply online or stop by the SIGGRAPH 2013 booth during the conference to discover how you can contribute your expertise and energy. All attendees are welcome.

Subcommittee candidates can meet their respective committee chairs at the SIGGRAPH 2013 booth onsite, and 2014 candidates for committee chairs can apply online.

Questions, suggestions, and comments are encouraged. Learn more about applying for SIGGRAPH conference positions.


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