Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH at the Torpedo Factory Art Center – June 18, 2015

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH at the Torpedo Factory Art Center – June 18, 2015

An Evening with Paras Kaul

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and the Torpedo Factory Art Center are proud to present Paras Kaul, a distinguished speaker who has been a guest presenter at several ACM SIGGRAPH conferences.  Paras is a noted brainwave artist/researcher who composes brainwave music and animation.



Paras Kaul

Artist Paras Kaul will explore brainwave morphing—a technique she named—that combines EEG, digital media, and brainwave interactive technology for rehabilitation and wellness. Using a brainwave interface system, she produces prototypes for brainwave games designed to morph brainwaves to low frequency coherence—which potentially stimulates the ability to self-heal and rehabilitate.

Paras will guide us in making a connection between the mind and the brain and how brainwave technology can be used to monitor, analyze, and influence health. Her theories suggest that our mental perceptions transmit neurological signals that affect energy fields around the cells, which alter behaviors beyond behaviors inherited from our DNA—possibly explaining the practice of energy healing.

From her extensive experience using a brainwave interactive system—whether for personal transformation or for artistic expression—she will share her experience in the computer graphic industry and her work as an educator, a brainwave artist, and qigong practitioner. Paras will demonstrate brainwave music and the brainwave control of a digital graphic robot.

Please join us on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center to experience the work of a pioneer in brain wellness and new media.




Paras Kaul is a brainwave artist/researcher who composes brainwave music and animation. She received an MFA degree in digital animation and video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with undergraduate studies in English, art, and photography at California State University, Sacramento and James Madison University. After completing her education, Paras held computer animation internships at Omnibus located at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and at Real Time Design in Chicago. As a production assistant at Digital Effects, Inc. in NY, she handled postproduction operations for digital animation. While living in Hollywood, she was active in LA SIGGRAPH. In Mississippi, as an assistant professor in a Graduate Program for Electronic Visualization, she taught brainwave controlled animation and gaming and founded OKSIGGRAPH for Oktibbeha County, MS. After moving to Northern Virginia, she was Director of Web Communications at George Mason University and co-chaired DCSIGGRAPH with Mary Higgins. Paras has published peer-reviewed articles on brainwave learning and gaming and has been an invited speaker to France, Australia, and the UK—where she presented a brainwave interactive gaming prototype at the Dana Centre Museum of Science in London. In the US, Paras has demonstrated brainwave technology at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute, Walker Art Museum (Minneapolis), National Qigong Association (PA), and at universities and convention centers in Los Angeles, Boston, Florida, Michigan, Washington State, Hawaii, and Virginia.


Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.

Alexandria, VA 22314




The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria


Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information: www.dashbus.com/Trolley


An Evening with Pixeldust Studios – Thursday, May 21, 2015

An Evening with Pixeldust Studios – ACM SIGGRAPH Washington DC 

DATE:   Thursday, May 21, 2015
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  US Patent and Trademark Office (directions below)

The Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present an evening with Samar Shool of Pixeldust Studios.

Samar, for his return engagement, will take us further into the inner workings of Pixeldust Studios by breaking down a recent CGI/VFX project into its components.  Samar will take us from concept through final rendering, all the while discussing in detail the various stages of the project.  Other topics will include software used, studio pipeline, and rendering process.

Please join us on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm at the United States Patent and Trademark Office as Samar shows us how a final rendered project is created.

In order to offset costs for this event, we request a $5 contribution from non-members.

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About Samar Shool:
Samar supervises all the visual aspects of CGI on individual productions and guides the Pixeldust 3D team on the integration and implementation on all shots.  Samar also provides artistic and technical direction for the project team with a focus in lighting, shading, rendering and Final compositing of shots.

About Pixeldust Studios:
Pixeldust Studios is an Emmy Award ®-winning visual design studio led by President Ricardo Andrade with the technical, creative and production capabilities to deliver innovative films, advertising, animation, and broadcast design. Founded by Ricardo and Elizabeth Andrade in 2004, Pixeldust’s global client portfolio ranges from broadcast television and entertainment to corporate clients, retail, museums, nonprofit, academic, research and scientific institutions and organizations.

Some of Pixeldust’s notable clients are National Geographic, Discovery, PBS and Smithsonian Networks to name a few.


The meeting will be held at the
Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) in the 1st floor conference room. We are located 2 blocks from the


http://goo.gl/maps/UW6p0 -(Walking Directions)


Street Parking
$1.75 per hour, 2 hour max
Free after 9pm

Hoffman Town Center
206 Swamp Fox Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314
$1 after 5pm

Hoffman Town Center
2400 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free after 5pm

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