New SIGGRAPH University Program Offers Free Courses Online


17 February 2014
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Brian Ban

(Chicago, IL) – SIGGRAPH invites the public to experience a sampling of its exclusive annual conference content through its new, free SIGGRAPH University initiative. The inaugural SIGGRAPH University program is available at no cost on the ACM SIGGRAPH YouTube channel and features recorded courses from SIGGRAPH 2013.

Aiming to encourage continued education, SIGGRAPH University Courses offer unique access to the industry for professionals who have not yet attended an annual conference. Each Course is presented by experts in the field and serves as a year-round resource for the SIGGRAPH community. The 2014 SIGGRAPH University Courses highlight four popular sessions from last year’s conference:

  • “Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics” presented by Andrew Glassner of The Imaginary Institute
  • “The Digital Production Pipeline” presented by instructors from Sony Pictures Imageworks, PDI/DreamWorks, Method Studios, MPC, and How to Make Good Pictures, LLC, among others
  • “Mobile Game Creation for Everyone” featuring game companies like Havok and Corona Labs
  • “An Introduction to OpenGL Programming” presented by Edward Angel of the University of New Mexico and Dave Shreiner of ARM, Inc (who is also the SIGGRAPH 2014 Chair).

“There are two main motivations behind this imitative,” said Paul Strauss, SIGGRAPH 2013 Courses Chair from Google, Inc. “One is to provide a resource to the SIGGRAPH community that is available year-round, not just at conferences. The other is to reduce the duplication of courses at the conferences, making it easier to accept more varied submissions. Now, new attendees can access these great building blocks prior to even coming to the conference.”  

SIGGRAPH plans to expand its University program in the coming years to include a series of online educational videos and supplemental materials (such as slides and course notes). With an exciting international location and great programs in the works, SIGGRAPH 2014 is sure to generate excellent content that will be added to the online University.

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About SIGGRAPH 2014
SIGGRAPH 2014 will bring thousands of computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from sixcontinents to Vancouver, Canada for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Sunday, 10 August through Thursday, 14 August 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. SIGGRAPH 2014 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 12-14 August 2014. More details are available at the SIGGRAPH 2014 website or on Facebook and Twitter.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities.

About ACM 
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, career development, and professional networking.