Get to know the final list of featured speakers from SIGGRAPH 2021

The speaker sessions presented at SIGGRAPH 2021 provide industry experts the opportunity to discuss some of the most important topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques. This final list of speakers joins six conferences already announced by 3Blue1Brown’s Grant Sanderson, Dr. Kate darling, University of California, Berkeley Professor Hany Farid, The SPA Studios’ Sergio Pablos, Skydance Media’s Amy hennig, and ACM AM Turing Award winners Ed catmull and Pat Hanrahan.

“We can’t wait for attendees to experience these amazing discussions from our partners,” said Pol Jeremias-Vila, SIGGRAPH 2021 conference chair, Pixar Animation Studios. “Each speaker brings with it an impressive experience in everything from media and entertainment to rendering and immersive technologies.”

Eric Iverson, CTO of Media and Entertainment at Amazon Web Services (AWS), will join SIGGRAPH 2021 with over 21 years of experience leading technology strategy in a multitude of organizations, including Creative Artists Agency and Sony Pictures. In a session titled “Through the Looking Glass: The Next Reality for Content Production,” Iverson will talk about new ways studios are speeding up content creation pipelines and will be joined by guests from Amazon Studios, Company 3, Epic Games, Netflix and Weta Digital.

Then, Jim jeffers, Senior Principal Engineer and Director of Advanced Rendering and Visualization at Intel, leads the design and development of Intel’s oneAPI rendering toolkit. For his session “High Fidelity Ray Tracing Pushing the New Limits”, Jeffers will share what his team is doing to meet today’s demands and deliver powerful ray tracing and rendering through a complete, flexible end-to-end platform. and scalable and open, heterogeneous programming.

“I am delighted to deliver this speech and discuss our efforts to provide a wide range of choice, flexibility, and open, heterogeneous development that is efficient, productive and standardized for cross-platform use,” said Jeffers. “This pushes new boundaries for a wide range of GPU and CPU platform applications, while maintaining the open environments that best serve the community.”

Richard kerris is vice president of Omniverse platform development and general manager of media and entertainment at NVIDIA. During SIGGRAPH 2021, Kerris will be joined by guest speakers to discuss “graphics, AI and the emergence of shared worlds” in a session that highlights the long history of innovation of the two organizations.

Last but not least, Timoni West, Vice President of Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality Tools at Unity, is at the forefront of creating tools that enhance cognition and intention, augmented social and physical spaces. digitally, applied machine learning and hardware for new mediums. In her session “Omni, Meta, Uni and all the other verses you care about”, she will share her thoughts on what keeps the community from diving head first and understanding whether the elements of a tri-metaverse can possibly be. -be already there. .

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ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing company, bringing together educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address challenges in the field. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members of research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The SIGGRAPH Conference is the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2021, the 48th annual conference hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, will take place virtually with live events August 9-13 and on-demand content available August 2-October 29. Click here for news from the conference and its partners.


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