(Online) Akin Bilgic – Creating Inspiring Experiences and Content for VR & AR

DATE:   Thursday, March 31, 2022

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present Akin Bilgic, a founder of BRINK XR and developer of the virtual travel experience “BRINK Traveler” – now available on all major VR & AR devices.  Akin will cover topics including his career transition from visual effects to developing experiences for VR & AR, what he believes is on the horizon for computer graphics artists, as well as the industry in general. He will also discuss some of the common challenges and pitfalls encountered in creating content for VR & AR.  Akin will also share behind-the-scenes looks at some of the technologies utilized in BRINK Traveler – such as photogrammetry and real time engines.  A Q&A will follow to cover any specific questions from those attending.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/284431466/

Please join us on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 7pm to 9pm EDT online to learn more about BRINK XR and creating VR and AR experiences.

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Biography – Akin Bilgic

Akin Bilgic is a founder of BRINK XR who is working to pioneer virtual travel experiences for virtual and augmented reality.  Akin has a background as a computer graphics generalist with over a decade of production experience working at companies like Oculus, Nvidia, Apple, and Blur Studio.  His portfolio includes three Emmy award winning projects, and spans feature animation and visual effects, game cinematics, commercials, and real time experiences.

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(Online) Genesis of the Story Design Challenge: Dwellings

DATE:   Thursday, February 24, 2022

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EST

WHERE:  Online

Continuing our Genesis of the Story theme, we would like to propose our first chapter design challenge for 2022. This design challenge was inspired by our very own Roberto Ortiz. The challenge can be found below the guidelines.

We encourage our members and followers to participate by creating something exciting. The deadline is February 24, 2022 when we will have each participant present then discuss their creations during the scheduled meeting. As an added incentive, anyone who participates in our challenge will receive a complementary 1-year membership to the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH chapter. If you are already a member, we will extend your membership for a year.

 If you choose to participate, we do have a few rules:

 * No obscene or vulgar artwork.  While we respect the right for artists to express themselves, we have a diverse audience so please do not submit work with nudity or work which is overtly sexual in nature.  Works with extreme, graphically violent acts would also fall into this category.

 * No political or religious artwork.  Again, while we respect the right for artists to express themselves, our chapter cannot become a platform for political or religious agendas.

Give credit to the asset provider if you use their asset(s).

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/283592124/

Let us know if you will be participating.

Please join us on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 7pm to 9pm EST online to see creative dwellings and learn some new techniques. We look forward to seeing your creations!

Sincerely,

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

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– Roberto’s Challenge –

Challenge:  Dwellings

Media: Use the application(s) or medium which inspires you

Create a scene incorporating a small dwelling which tells a story. Your dwelling exists wherever your imagination takes it. Let your creative muse run free.

People have preferences for 2D or 3D so, either is acceptable as long as it conveys your story.

Should you need inspiration, we have a dwelling asset available at the URL below. Please note, this dwelling asset is provided by Roberto Ortiz so you must include the proper credit in your work.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s2bBbmCO59IapskayLKMqZLYNqNZj-RZ/view?usp=sharing

If you choose to use the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH chapter logo, the logo archive can be downloaded using the URL below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVKyzwPzmScbSaBxpmZeFyuFPN0LDnK8/view?usp=sharing

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(Online) Exploring Affinity Designer

DATE:   Thursday, January 20, 2022

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EST

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, exploring Affinity Designer with Mark Jette, our very own chapter Chair. Mark has recently been working with Affinity Designer and has found it to be an accomplished vector illustration package. He will be providing an overview of the tools and various unique features as well as discussing how Affinity Designer compares to other vector illustration applications. Mark will also show illustrations created with Affinity Designer then discuss how they were created. To close the presentation, Mark will continue our Genesis of the Story theme with a discussion of our next chapter design challenge.

Overview:

Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Built from the ground up over a five-year period, every feature, tool, panel, and function has been developed with the needs of creative professionals at its core. With continuous innovation and development, the result is a ground-breaking application that will revolutionize how you work.

** Apple Design Award Winner **

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/283061419/

Please join us on Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 7pm to 9pm EST online to learn more about Affinity Designer and vector illustration.


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(Online) Reveal: Genesis of the Story: Design Challenge 3 – Chapter Holiday Card

DATE: Thursday, December 9, 2021
FROM: 7:00pm-9:00pm EST
WHERE: Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite everyone to our holiday meeting where will be showcasing the work of participants who have created images for our 3rd Chapter Design Challenge (create a holiday card and incorporate the chapter logo) which was announced in October. Participants will show their work then discuss the story behind the holiday card image as well as the software used and any tips the artist would like to share. Daniel Zeballos from Illustrate My Design (IMD) is also offering a prize for the best holiday card design which will be voted on during the meeting. Participants will also receive a complimentary membership to our chapter for taking part in our challenge. The winning image will be used to promote our chapter during the holiday season. Our goal is to encourage our members and followers to stretch their imaginations, as well as explore new techniques, to create compelling stories.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/282367602/

Please join us on Thursday, December 9, 2021, from 7pm to 9pm EST online to see who will win the design challenge and to celebrate the holiday season.


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(Online) Professor James K. Hahn – George Washington University

DATE:   Wednesday, November 10, 2021

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EST

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, James K. Hahn, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and a Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University.  Professor Hahn will discuss his research journey starting as a doctoral student in the mid 1980’s, during what could arguably be called the “Golden Age of Computer Graphics”, to his current position as a professor of Computer Science with a joint appointment as professor in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University. He will present some of the work that has been conducted in his laboratory, especially, on the use of computer graphics in the medical/health domain. This includes motion control for animation, sound synchronized to motions, 4D reconstruction of body/motion from optical scans, and VR simulators. The talk will illustrate the wide diversity of disciplines that benefit from computer graphics. (https://icg.gwu.edu/)

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/281759559/

Please join us on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm EST online to learn more about Professor Hahn and his work at George Washington University.

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Biography – James K. Hahn

James K. Hahn is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and a Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the George Washington University where he has been a faculty since 1989. He is the former chair of the Department of Computer Science. He founded the GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering and is the founding director of the Institute for Computer Graphics. His areas of interests are: medical simulation, application of computer graphics and machine learning to medicine, medical visualization, and computer animation. He has over 25 years of experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams involving scientists, engineers, and medical professionals. He has over 120 refereed research publications including SIGGRAPH. His research has been funded by NIH, NSF, ONR, NRL, NASA, and a number of high-tech biomedical companies. He was awarded the School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Researcher Award in 2019. He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University in 1989.

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(Online) Adriana Manrique Gutierrez – NASA Conceptual Image Lab

DATE:   Thursday, October 21, 2021

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Adriana Manrique Gutierrez, Multimedia Animator Specialist at the NASA Conceptual Image Lab (CIL). Adriana will be sharing her experience creating multimedia products for some of NASA’s largest missions such as the James Webb Telescope. Originally a character animator, she will also discuss how her workflow has evolved to adopt the demands of each new project which have included cloth, fluid, and particle simulations.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/281323247/

Please join us on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm EDT online to learn more Adriana and her work supporting the NASA CIL mission.

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Biography – Adriana Manrique Gutierrez

Adriana Manrique Gutierrez is a Multimedia Animator Specialist at GSFC’s Conceptual Image Lab (CiLab) and SCAD Animation and Illustration Alumni. As part of the science communication team, Adriana works directly with producers, writers, and scientists to create cutting-edge scientific visuals to explain the work of NASA to the science community, media, and public. Products may be used in presentations to Congress with the aim to approve missions and to procure/maintain funding; also, her work may be used by news media, museums, science centers, educators, NASA’s popular social media streams and international outlets.

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(Online) Mark Reisch – Virtual Production for Stop-Motion Animation

DATE:   Thursday, September 23, 2021

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Mark Reisch, Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Reisch will be presenting his latest research into live action virtual production and scaling that knowledge down for stop-motion virtual production. He will also discuss and demonstrate his latest work with control rigs in the Unreal gaming engine and the shift to animating within Unreal rather than exporting animation from another program such as Maya. Bring your questions and a friend to learn more about virtual production for stop-motion animation.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 10 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/280625103/

Please join us on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm EDT online to learn more about Virtual Production for Stop-Motion Animation.

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Biography – Mark Reisch

Mark Reisch is a 3D Animator whose work has been seen in several 3D Imax films including Lions 3D and Sea Monsters. He was part of the first team to successfully convert live action footage to 3D IMAX film. Mark’s animation has been seen in feature films, TV specials (including the History Channel’s Battle 360), shorts, and most recently collaboration with another faculty member on their first VR animated film which is a blend of 2D and 3D animation. Mark is also researching virtual production for stop-motion animation.

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(Online) SIGGRAPH 2021 Conference Recap

DATE:   Thursday, August 26, 2021

FROM:  7:00-9:00pm

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to the 2021 SIGGRAPH virtual conference recap. For those of you who did not get to attend the SIGGRAPH conference online, our board members and chapter members will be sharing their thoughts on the virtual format as well as experiences and insights from the conference!  If you attended the conference, share your experiences with those who could not attend this year.

SIGGRAPH Conference 2021

http://s2021.siggraph.org/

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp page. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

MeetUp:

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/280261079/

Please join us on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm online to learn more about the latest news from the SIGGRAPH conference.


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(Online) Preparing for the SIGGRAPH 2021 Virtual Conference

DATE:   Thursday, July 29, 2021

FROM:  7:00-9:00pm

WHERE:  Online

Please join the Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH as we discuss the upcoming Virtual ACM SIGGRAPH Conference for 2021. This is the second year the SIGGRAPH conference will be an online event. We will be discussing how the move to a virtual experience changes the dynamics of the conference experience as well as discussing highlights from this year’s schedule. As always, board members and chapter members who have attended past conferences will share their stories.

The annual SIGGRAPH conference, in its physical format, is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

SIGGRAPH Conference 2021

http://s2021.siggraph.org/

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 15 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp page. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

MeetUp:

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/279644904/

Please join us on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm online to learn more about the virtual International SIGGRAPH conference.

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(Online) Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Fast Forward

DATE:   Thursday, June 24, 2021

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH will be sharing the latest information from the recent PSCC Professional Chapters Workshop meeting regarding the upcoming SIGGRAPH 2021 conference as well as the latest ACM SIGGRAPH initiatives. In addition, we will talk about our chapter’s morning show for the SIGGRAPH 2021 conference and show trailers for upcoming conference events. We will also be discussing the potential for resuming in person chapter meetings in the near future. We encourage our members and followers to provide feedback during the meeting for upcoming presentation topics as well as how comfortable people will feel about meeting in person. If there is time, and people are interested, we invite everyone to show work they may have in progress.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 15 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/278965881/

Please join us on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm EDT online to find out more about our chapter’s upcoming events.

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