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Birds of a Feather

Informal presentations, discussions, and demonstrations for people who share interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds. Birds of a Feather sessions are proposed by SIGGRAPH 2017 attendees. They must be free of charge, related to computer graphics or interactive techniques, and non-commercial in nature (topics specific to one commercial product or for-profit company are not allowed). Sessions are presented in the convention center, official conference hotels, and the ACM SIGGRAPH Theater.

All Birds of a Feather requests are subject to a review and approval process.

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Blender Foundation - Community Meeting

Sunday, 30 July, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

Chairman Ton Roosendaal presents work done on the free open-source Blender project in the past year and plans for the year ahead. Everyone is to provide feedback.

Blender Foundation ton@blender.org

Blender Spotlight

Sunday, 30 July, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

In this open-stage event, Blender artists and developers give short presentations to share their work with the audience. More information

Blender Foundation ton@blender.org

Undergraduate Research Alliance

Monday, 31 July, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

The URA is a consortium of faculty and students who engage in original undergraduate research. We discuss successes, near successes, plans for future work, and new, inter-institutional research projects.

William J. Joel joelw@wcsu.edu

Mission: ISS by Magnopus

Monday, 31 July, 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

Explore the ISS and learn how to move around in 0-g. Learn about ISS experiments, dock a resupply capsule, and go on an EVA to check out the exterior.

Magnopus iss-prod@magnopus.com

Accelerating Vision Processing With Khronos OpenVX and OpenCL

Tuesday, 1 August, 8:00 am - 9:00 am, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - Platinum Ballroom Salon F-J

Learn the latest techniques for using OpenVX and OpenCL to accelerate vision-processing applications, ranging from embedded augmented reality to neural-net scene recognition in the cloud.

Kathleen Mattson kathleen@khronos.org

Heterogeneous Computing With Khronos OpenCL, SYCL, and SPIR-V

Tuesday, 1 August, 9:00 am - 10:30 am, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - Platinum Ballroom Salon F-J

An update on the OpenCL ecosystem for parallel computation, including SYCL single-source C++ programming and the SPIR-V intermediate language for parallel computation.

Kathleen Mattson marketing@khronos.org

Best Practices in Making 3D-Printed Math and Science Models

Tuesday, 1 August, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

This session is for people who are creating 3D-printed models of math, science, or engineering concepts. Compare tools, techniques, and tips for accurate representations. Bring along a model!

Joan Horvath joan@nonscriptum.com

3D Formats From Khronos

Tuesday, 1 August, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - Platinum Ballroom Salon F-J

Learn the latest about glTF (the “JPEG for 3D”) including glTF 2.0, PBR, and software ecosystem updates from the community. Also hear updates about COLLADA.

Kathleen Mattson marketing@khronos.org

Computer Graphics Educators - Teaching and Internet Video

Tuesday, 1 August, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

This session is for attendees interested in an open discussion of best practices and of the power of educators who are using internet video to teach computer graphics technology and design.

Alejandro Pérez axpfaa@rit.edu

3D Web Graphics With Khronos WebGL

Tuesday, 1 August, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - Platinum Ballroom Salon F-J

Discover the cutting edge in WebGL applications with fast-paced demos and presentations. Learn about what's new in WebGL 2.0.

Kathleen Mattson marketing@khronos.org

Going Cloud Native

Tuesday, 1 August, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

Join a continued discussion with key representatives from the graphics community who will compare experiences and explore techniques related to pushing the production pipeline and correlated resources toward the cloud.

Doug Sherman doug.sherman@dreamworks.com

Shadertoy: Community Meeting

Tuesday, 1 August, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

The annual gathering for updates on Shadertoy, a look back at the best shaders of the past year, and a Q&A with the Shadertoy creators.

Pol Jeremias & Inigo Quilez info@shadertoy.com

Portable VR With Khronos OpenXR

Tuesday, 1 August, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - Platinum Ballroom Salon F-J

Standards can provide platform portability and drive innovation. Hear about the potential of Khronos OpenXR to grow the ecosystem by standardizing access to common functionality in VR/AR/MR systems.

Kathleen Mattson marketing@khronos.org

3D Graphics with Khronos Vulkan, OpenGL, and OpenGL ES

Tuesday, 1 August, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - Platinum Ballroom Salon F-J

The very latest on the Khronos family of 3D APIs, including Vulkan, OpenGL, and OpenGL ES.

Kathleen Mattson marketing@khronos.org

Renderfarming

Tuesday, 1 August, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

A discussion of large-scale rendering: renderfarm infrastructure, software and queue management, remote data centers, reliability, and performance.

Mark Hills mark.hills@framestore.com

Khronos Blitz After Party

Tuesday, 1 August, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live - Platinum Ballroom Salon F-J

Come join the people behind some of the industry's leading visual computing APIs as we celebrate our many years of cooperation in the Khronos consortium.

Kathleen Mattson marketing@khronos.org

Openscenegraph

Wednesday, 2 August, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

This session discusses the current state of Openscenegraph, an open-source, high-performance scene-graph rendering system with a vibrant user and developer community.

John Richardson richards@spawar.navy.mil

Computer Graphics for Simulation

Wednesday, 2 August, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center - TBD

This session discusses topics on the collaboration between the graphics and simulation-theory research communities. Topics include discrete and continuum simulation visualization for distributed simulation in 3D AR and VR.

John Richardson richards@spawar.navy.mil