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ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers Talks

The ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers Talks showcase perspectives on emerging and adjacent areas of interest to the SIGGRAPH community.

Program Content

Discover and reflect on new growth areas for the industry.

ACM SIGGRAPH Frontier Talks start your day with content that highlights problems where ACM SIGGRAPH’s expertise in graphics, robotics, visualization, interaction, and simulation is uniquely suited to help create solutions.

ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers Talks Chair

Mk Haley

ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk: Talk: Speculative Futures
Event TypeACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
New Technologies
Research & Education
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Research & Education
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TimeSunday, 28 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationTheatre 411
DescriptionWhat is the future we are about to confront, socially, technologically and elsewhere and what opportunities lay ahead as a result? How do we make sense of, and contribute to those opportunities?
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Talk: Speculative Futures
Presenter
Joe Tankersley
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ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers
Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
New Technologies
Research & Education
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Research & Education
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TimeSunday, 28 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationTheatre 411
DescriptionWhat is the future we are about to confront, socially, technologically and elsewhere and what opportunities lay ahead as a result? How do we make sense of, and contribute to those opportunities?
Presenter
Joe Tankersley
Unique Visions, Inc.
Joe tankersley is a futurist, author, and former Walt Disney Imagineer. During his twenty-year career at Imagineering he led creative teams on projects at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. He also helped to create the first strategic foresight group for WDI and worked with divisions across the Disney company to explore the future of entertainment, business, and creativity. He currently serves as a foresight advisor to multinational corporations, nonprofits, and community groups. He uses his experience as a futurist and storyteller to help his clients create their best tomorrows. Joe has served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Futurists and the Global Future Forum. He currently serves on the boards of The Blue Ocean Consortium and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. He is the author of "Reimagining Our Tomorrows: Making Sure Your Future Doesn’t Suck"
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk: Talk: VR Rx: Things you Don’t Know About Patients
Event TypeACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V No
Interest Areas
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
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TimeMonday, 29 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationTheatre 411
DescriptionThe evolution of VR and emerging technologies from a patients point of view is discussed.
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Talk: VR Rx: Things you Don’t Know About Patients
Presenter
Diane Gromala
Event Type
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers
Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V No
Interest Areas
Gaming & Interactive
New Technologies
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
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TimeMonday, 29 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationTheatre 411
DescriptionThe evolution of VR and emerging technologies from a patients point of view is discussed.
Presenter
Diane Gromala
Simon Frasier University
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk: Talk: How Computer Graphics Expertise Will Further the State of the Art in Machine Learning
Event TypeACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
New Technologies
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New Technologies
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TimeTuesday, 30 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationTheatre 411
DescriptionWith the success of deep learning for many problems that had long defied solution with classical approaches, machine learning has become an essential tool in many disciplines. The recent increase in papers using this tool at SIGGRAPH is testament to its growing importance in computer graphics.

In this session, I will discuss knowledge transfer in the opposite direction: what insights can experts in computer graphics bring to the field of machine learning? How can knowledge about geometry, rendering, simulation, or perception be used to further the state of the art in machine learning?
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Talk: How Computer Graphics Expertise Will Further the State of the Art in Machine Learning
Presenter
Martin Wicke
Event Type
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers
Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
New Technologies
Primary Interest Areas
New Technologies
Registration Levels
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TimeTuesday, 30 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationTheatre 411
DescriptionWith the success of deep learning for many problems that had long defied solution with classical approaches, machine learning has become an essential tool in many disciplines. The recent increase in papers using this tool at SIGGRAPH is testament to its growing importance in computer graphics.

In this session, I will discuss knowledge transfer in the opposite direction: what insights can experts in computer graphics bring to the field of machine learning? How can knowledge about geometry, rendering, simulation, or perception be used to further the state of the art in machine learning?
Presenter
Martin Wicke
Google
Martin Wicke is responsible for TensorFlow's APIs and leads its core engineering team. Before joining Google, Martin worked in startups in various areas such as code synthesis, VR, 3D printing, robotics, CAD, and video analysis. He completed his PhD on modeling and animation at ETH Zurich, and afterwards worked on computational geometry and sensor networks at Stanford, and physics simulation at Berkeley.
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk: Talk: Visual Strategy
Event TypeACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
New Technologies
Research & Education
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Research & Education
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TimeTuesday, 30 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationRoom 153
DescriptionCreative ways of communicating, and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood.
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Talk: Visual Strategy
Presenter
Dan Goods
Event Type
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers
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Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
New Technologies
Research & Education
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Research & Education
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TimeTuesday, 30 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationRoom 153
DescriptionCreative ways of communicating, and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood.
Presenter
Dan Goods
NASA
DirectedPlay
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk: Talk: Imaging a Black Hole with the Event Horizon Telescope
Event TypeACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
New Technologies
Research & Education
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Research & Education
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TimeWednesday, 31 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationRoom 408AB
DescriptionThis talk will present the methods and procedures used to produce the first images from the Event Horizon Telescope. It is theorized that a black hole will leave a "shadow" on a background of hot gas. Unfortunately, due to its small size, traditional imaging approaches require an Earth-sized radio telescope. In this talk, I discuss techniques we have developed to photograph a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of telescopes scattered across the globe. Imaging a black hole’s structure with this computational telescope requires us to reconstruct images from sparse measurements, heavily corrupted by atmospheric error.
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers
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Talk: Imaging a Black Hole with the Event Horizon Telescope
Presenter
Katherine Bouman
Event Type
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers
Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
New Technologies
Research & Education
Primary Interest Areas
Research & Education
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TimeWednesday, 31 July 20198am - 8:45am
LocationRoom 408AB
DescriptionThis talk will present the methods and procedures used to produce the first images from the Event Horizon Telescope. It is theorized that a black hole will leave a "shadow" on a background of hot gas. Unfortunately, due to its small size, traditional imaging approaches require an Earth-sized radio telescope. In this talk, I discuss techniques we have developed to photograph a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of telescopes scattered across the globe. Imaging a black hole’s structure with this computational telescope requires us to reconstruct images from sparse measurements, heavily corrupted by atmospheric error.
Presenter
Katherine Bouman
California Institute of Technology
Katie Bouman is an assistant professor at Caltech. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She received her Ph.D. in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) lab at MIT. The focus of her research is on using emerging computational methods for interdisciplinary imaging.
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk: Talk: Metric Telepresence
Event TypeACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers, Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
New Technologies
Primary Interest Areas
Arts & Design
Registration Levels
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TimeThursday, 1 August 20198am - 8:45am
LocationTheatre 411
DescriptionIn this talk, early steps taken at FRL Pittsburgh in achieving such metric telepresence: realtime social interactions in AR/VR with avatars that look like you, move like you, and sound like you are discussed. Our approach to this problem centers around codec avatars: the use of neural networks to address the computer vision (encoding) and computer graphics (decoding) problems in signal transmission and reception. The creation of codec avatars require capture systems of unprecedented 3D sensing resolution, are also described.
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers
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Talk: Metric Telepresence
Presenter
Yaser Sheikh
Event Type
ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers
Frontiers Talk
Photography and Recording Policies
P/V Yes
Interest Areas
Arts & Design
New Technologies
Research & Education
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Arts & Design
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TimeThursday, 1 August 20198am - 8:45am
LocationTheatre 411
DescriptionTelepresence has the potential to bring billions of people into AR and VR. It is the next step in the evolution from telegraphy to telephony to videoconferencing. Just like telephony and video-conferencing, the key attribute of success will be “authenticity”: users' trust that received signals (e.g., audio for the telephone and video/audio for VC) are truly those transmitted by their friends, colleagues, or family. The challenge arises from this seeming contradiction: how do we enable authentic interactions in artificial environments?

In this talk, early steps taken at FRL Pittsburgh in achieving such metric telepresence: realtime social interactions in AR/VR with avatars that look like you, move like you, and sound like you are discussed. Our approach to this problem centers around codec avatars: the use of neural networks to address the computer vision (encoding) and computer graphics (decoding) problems in signal transmission and reception. The creation of codec avatars require capture systems of unprecedented 3D sensing resolution, are also described.
Presenter
Yaser Sheikh
Facebook Reality Labs
Yaser Sheikh directs the Facebook Reality Lab in Pittsburgh, which is devoted to achieving photorealistic social interactions in AR and VR, and is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His research broadly focuses on machine perception and rendering of social behavior, spanning sub-disciplines in computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning. With colleagues and students, he has won the Honda Initiation Award (2010), Popular Science’s "Best of What’s New" Award, best student paper award at CVPR (2018), best paper finalists at (CVPR 2019), best paper awards at WACV (2012), SAP (2012), SCA (2010), ICCV THEMIS (2009), best demo award at ECCV (2016), and he received the Hillman Fellowship for Excellence in Computer Science Research (2004). Yaser has served as a senior committee member at leading conferences in computer vision, computer graphics, and robotics including SIGGRAPH (2013, 2014), CVPR (2014, 2015, 2018), ICRA (2014, 2016), ICCP (2011), and served as an Associate Editor of CVIU. His research has been featured by various media outlets including The New York Times, BBC, MSNBC, Popular Science, and in technology media such as WIRED, The Verge, and New Scientist.

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