SIGGRAPH Asia 2019’s Dream Zone, a magical place of digital imagery

SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 commences this weekend with a stellar lineup of content, from visualizations of space and autonomous cars, to the art of animating the year’s greatest movies, to the discussions about technology such as deep fakes and the challenges of cybersecurity. Close to 10,000 visitors are expected to attend SIGGRAPH Asia and will participate in some 15 programs. This is the Asia Pacific region’s key event that enables you to explore careers in, and the business of, the CGI, FX and Animation industries. Held for the first time in Australia, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 17-20 November, the Queensland Government is proud to support SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Business Events Acquisition and Leveraging Fund. Dream Zone Conference Kicking off SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 on 17 November is the Conference, themed Dream Zone, which comprises 250 sessions and features over 800 speakers. “This year, the SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 team has prepared a truly amazing and inspirational program for you, putting you in Dream Zone. And that is with the goal to constantly keep you engaged and smiling while experiencing the best computer graphics and interactive techniques in the region,” said SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 conference chair Tomasz Bednarz. Highlights of the panel discussions and invited speaker sessions include:
  • Keynote: Revolutions in Mapping the Digital Universe by Donna J. Cox, Advanced Visualisation Laboratory and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • Keynote: Making Things Making Meaning – Frontiers in New Media by Jeffrey Shaw, Center for Applied Computing and Interactive Media, City University of Hong Kong
  • KeynoteWhy Do I Create Images with Mathematics by Shadertoy co-founder Inigo Quilez
  • Featured Session: Shaping Shocking Moments for “IT Chapter Two” by Josh Simmonds, Nick Tripodi & Alex Halstead at Method Studios
  • Featured Session: ‘Frozen 2’ and the Past, Present, and Future of Tech at Disney Animation by Walt Disney Animation Studios Studio CG supervisor Ernest Petti
  • Featured Session: Staging the ‘Endgame – Avengers: Infinity War’ and its sequel Avengers by Weta Digital animation supervisor Sidney Kombo-Kintombo
  • Featured Session: The Cyber Security Challenges for Next-Generation Mixed-Reality by a panel of speakers who will approach the topic from four different directions.
  • Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talk: MPC Film Presents: VFX of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ by MPC Films VFX Supervisor Elliot Newman
  • Featured Session: The Story of HoloLens by Microsoft product lead Charlie Han
  • Featured Session: Childish Gambino’s Pharos-Real-Time Dome Projection for Live Concert by Keith Miller, Weta Digital & Alejandro Crawford
  • Featured Session: Making of Pixar’s ‘Onward’ by a panel of technical directors & animators from Pixar Animation Studios
  • Featured Session: Visualizing ‘Birth of Planet Earth’ for Fulldome Theaters by a panel of speakers from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States of America
  • Featured Session: Empowering Storytellers Through Technology, In Conversation with Zareh Nalbandian Animal Logic’s co-founder and CEO
  • Featured Session: Bridging the Gap between Education and Industry in the VFX, Games and Animation Fields by a panel of experts from the VFX Industry
  • Featured Session: ‘Star Wars’: Over Four Decades of Storytelling with Innovation by Industrial Light & Magic SVP, executive creative director & head Rob Bredow
  • Featured Session: How Weta Digital Created Junior for Gemini Man by Weta Digital visual effects supervisor Guy Williams
  • Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talk: Featured Session: Proactive Large-Scale Pipeline Efficiency Management by a panel from large-scale Animation and VFX studios to share insight to their challenges
  • ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers Workshop: Deep Fakes, ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers Workshop panel discussion led by Hao Li, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California