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October 22, 2015

Bill Polson: Pipeline Design Patterns

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The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, in collaboration with the Dynamic Graphics Project of the University of Toronto’s Department of Computer Science, is proud and excited to host Bill Polson,  formerly the Director of Industry Strategy at Pixar Animation Studios.  Bill is kindly visiting us from California to speak about design patterns in computer graphics pipelines.

In his talk, Bill will use a simple example to illustrate the common problems of graphics pipelines: getting assets built (in lots of variations), getting them converted to optimized representations and aggregated into shots and levels, and generally carrying edits from modeling through to animation/gameplay and beyond to rendering/display. The talk will discuss the general “shape” of these problems and their solutions, and will propose some common vocabulary.

Bill is currently on leave from Pixar, working on a book on Pipeline Design Patterns, which should be out in mid-2016.  At Pixar, Bill was the Director of Industry Strategy, where he was responsible for Pixar’s relationship to the graphics industry. In this role he has shaped the product roadmaps of major graphics software vendors. He is the originator of Pixar’s OpenSubdiv effort, which is redefining how the industry handles high order geometry. Bill has had a number of management roles at Pixar, including Lead of Production Engineering, and Supervising Technical Director of Short Films. Prior to that Bill was a TD and software developer. Bill is active in SIGGRAPH, where he originated the popular new program SIGGRAPH Dailies!

Date: Oct. 22nd, 2015
Time: 7pm (doors open 6:45pm)
Bahen Centre, Room 1210
40 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario

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Dynamic Graphics Project


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Toronto Animated Arts Festival International Visual Effects Society, Toronto Section


Start: October 22, 2015 7:00 pm
End: October 22, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: Bahen Centre Room 1210, University of Toronto
40 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario, M5S2E4, Canada

September 29, 2015

Tech Talk – Fall Edition



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The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is proud to bring to you the founder of TooMuchVoltage Software, Baktash Abdollah-shamshir-saz. Baktash is the sole implementor and maintainer of the HighOmega game engine. Currently at version 2.0 and built on open standards, HighOmega boasts many pages of features yet is currently programmed in approximately 34,000 lines of code and compiles to a mere 780kb!

In this Tech Talk, Baktash will describe the fluid simulation engine in HighOmega, which is based on Jos Stam’s seminal SIGGRAPH 1999 paper, “Stable Fluids,” and the subsequent sample code published at GDC 2003. Baktash has extended the original algorithm and code into a real-time, GPU implementation running on top of OpenCL with added vorticity confinement for more accurate simulations. He will share with us his experience in putting together this component of HighOmega, including the perils and pitfalls of the algorithm and cross-driver OpenCL caveats.

Speaker Bio:
Baktash Abdollah-shamshir-saz began programming at age 10 on an Amiga600. He moved to the C language by age 12 and a year later coded his first software rasterizer. By age 17, he had developed his first DirectX 8.1 game. He began working on the HighOmega game engine at age 21 and in 2010 he founded his studio, TooMuchVoltage Software.

Baktash holds a B.Eng in Computer Engineering and, during the daytime, works as a Technical Systems Analyst at RBC Royal Bank. However, after work he turns to his true passion developing and extending the HighOmega game engine.

Date: September 29, 2015
Time: 6-8pm, followed by networking and good cheer at a nearby pub.
Location: Autodesk Viz Studio, 210 King St. East, 2nd floor

$5 members
$15 for non-members
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Start: September 29, 2015 6:00 pm
End: September 29, 2015 6:00 pm
Venue: Autodesk Viz Studio
210 King St. East, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5A1J7, Canada
Cost: 15

May 20, 2015

High Performance Computing in Computer Graphics

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Continuing with our recent focus on the technical side of computer graphics, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is delighted to invite you to our next event, focused on high-performance computing (HPC).  We are excited to present an amazing lineup of speakers from our local community: AJ Guillon, German Andryeyev, and Ned Nedialkov!

AJ Guillon is a Khronos member and a contributor to OpenCL 2.1 and the OpenCL C++ kernel language. He has worked extensively with OpenCL since December 2008, when the first OpenCL 1.0 specification was released. AJ is the founder of YetiWare Inc, a software company developing innovative parallel platforms built on top of OpenCL, and lives here in TO!  AJ will talk about some of the details of the new OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification, including the new C++ kernel language, and discuss its benefits and pitfalls.

German Andryeyev is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff for the Software Team at AMD.  He is involved in the implementation of the OpenCL runtime that drives AMD processors and will help us understand the hardware capabilities supporting the OpenCL API.

And to show us how these amazing technologies lead to great graphics, we have Ned Nedialkov.  Ned is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computing and Software at McMaster University.  His research is in the general area of scientific computing and mathematical software with emphasis on interval numerical methods for differential equations and numerical methods for differential-algebraic equations.  Ned will present a recent project where he and his students have used HPC technology to render and fly-through the Mandelbox!

So wear your thinking helmets and your safety goggles and come prepared for an accelerated tour of HPC and CG!

Date: May 20th
Time: 7pm


University of Toronto
Bahen Building, Room 5205
40 St. George St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E4


Tickets: FREE for Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH members
              $5 for non-members

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Sponsored by the Dynamic Graphics Project and SysNet at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Toronto.

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Start: May 20, 2015 7:00 pm
End: May 20, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: UofT Bahen Building
40 St. George St, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E4, Canada

April 30, 2015

Michael Macedonia: Next Generation Virtual Worlds

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The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter and TorCHI are excited to bring to you our first joint ACM Distinguished Speaker Presentation: “Next Generation Virtual Worlds” presented by Michael Macedonia.

Dr. Macedonia is a computer scientist and an expert on virtual environments, computer games, and military simulation. His prolific and distinguished career includes highlights such as serving as the Director of the Disruptive Technology Office (now IARPA) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the United States, and as a contributing editor for the IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Dr. Macedonia was responsible for developing the technology strategy for the U.S. Army’s lead training and simulation system development organization. He also led the Army’s effort to develop the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, and promoted the adoption of advanced commercial game technology for simulation and education. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Central Florida.

Mike will cover the challenges and research issues for large scale, persistent virtual worlds in the 21st century. After nearly fifteen years, virtual worlds are on the verge of demonstrating their disruptive potential, as they are enabling new innovations in business models that go far beyond entertainment and into diverse fields such as medicine, national security, diplomacy, learning, and psychology. However, these innovations are bringing about new demands and requirements for virtual world technologies, features, and policies. Whatever the challenges, virtual worlds now offer a new medium for making computing more tangible and collaboration more powerful.

Join us April 30th, 2015 for his talk on Next Generation Virtual Reality. Two opportunities to get your VR fix:

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
AMD Markham
1 Commerce Valley Dr. East
Markham, Ontario  (map)
(Note: kindly bring valid government ID for this location!)

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7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
University of Toronto
Bahen Building (BA), Room 1170
40 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario  (map)

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Entrance is FREE for Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH and TorCHI members.
Non-member admission: $15

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A Special THANK YOU to our sponsors!

Date: April 30, 2015
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March 5, 2015

Electronic Theater 2014 Screening


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Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to once again screen for our Toronto audiences the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater from the lastest SIGGRAPH Conference.  This year, we are excited to have Roy Anthony host our presentation of the best computer animation from 2014.

Roy is no stranger to computer graphics and cinema, as he is a Senior Solutions Architect for Christie Digital.  Roy is also a seasoned SIGGRAPH volunteer, having served as the Production Sessions Chair for SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver and currently the SIGGRAPH 2015 Productions Chair and SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival Chair.  Roy is generously making the trip from Waterloo to engage Toronto audiences and share the magic of computer animation on the silver screen.

Without giving away any spoilers, if you are a part of the visual effects industry, this is a screening you do NOT want to miss!

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We invite you once again to join us at the Monarch Tavern for an evening of visual delight, delightful networking, and networks of good cheer on March 5th, 2015.  Doors open 6:30pm, screening to begin sharply at 7:00pm.

$5 for members/students
$15 for non-members
Or buy or renew your Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH membership and enjoy the screening for free!

$40 Professional membership
$25 Student membership

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Toronto Animated Image Society Toronto Animation Arts Festival International Toronto Visual Effects SocietyToronto Section
Start: March 5, 2015 6:30 pm
End: March 5, 2015 6:30 pm
Venue: The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St., Toronto, Ontario, M6J2N8, Canada

December 9, 2014

Holiday Party & Toy Drive


Happy Holidays to all our Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Members!

In celebration of all You animated characters and in the spirit of the season’s giving and gratitude, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter would like to invite you (plus one toy) for a festive fun time at the Monarch Tavern. We encourage you to bring a children’s toy, unwrapped, costing no more than $10.  All toys collected will be donated to Toronto Fire Services Hall Station 315.

There will be party games, prizes and a lot of good cheer circulating within the Chapter.  Come alone or bring a friend, your business cards, and your toy!

The festivities begin on December 9th at 7pm.  See you then!

Start: December 9, 2014 7:00 pm
End: December 9, 2014 7:00 pm
Venue: The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

November 25, 2014

Tech Talks & Election

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We invite you to join us for another installment of our Tech Talks at 7pm on November 25th 2014 in the downstairs of The Monarch Tavern.

We are delighted to once again host SIGGRAPH Dailies. Mark Elendt, Dailies Program Chair for SIGGRAPH 2013 and 2014, will once again join us and present a celebration of excellence in computer graphics. Dailies lets you experience the vibrant production culture behind the finished art. It is a series of very short presentations by artists who tell the story behind the imagery they created. With less than two minutes for each presentation, you’ll want to make sure you arrive early for this fun and exiting portion of SIGGRAPH!

We are also excited to introduce James McCrae to our Toronto crowd. A Toronto native, James received his Ph.D. from the Dynamic Graphics Project in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. A dynamic entrepreneur, James will be presenting two of his current projects:

  1. flatfab, developed as part of James’ Ph.D. work, is a software package that helps you design and fabricate 3D objects. We imagine in 3D but ideate and draw in 2D. flatfab seamlessly does both!
  2. Having also delved into immersive technologies, James brings us Janus VR: a web browsing platform for converting any HTML page into an immersive experience. Designed for the Oculus Rift, Janus VR can also show enhanced 3D content with specially-crafted HTML code. We dare you to step through this navigation portal!!

Additionally, we will be having our Chapter elections concurrently with this event.  We invite you to come out and vote!  Our Volunteer Board of Directors is led by your four chapter officers Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer with 10 Members-At-Large.  These honorary and elected positions are held for 2 years.  Please come and cast your ballot, in person, with a piece of ID.

Elections are being hosting for the Vice-President, Treasurer, and a Member-at-Large positions for 2015 – 2017. Find out more about our Chapter candidates.

Tickets for this event are:

  • $15 for non-members
  • $5 for members (use membership number as your discount code).
  • Note yet a member?  Purchase your membership and join this event for free!

Join us for an exciting evening of computer graphics, immersive technology, good cheer, and a whole lot of fun with your Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter!

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Start: November 25, 2014 7:00 pm
End: November 25, 2014 7:00 pm
Venue: The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October 17, 2014

Technical Papers


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Please join us for our first Technical Paper Presentation on October 17, 2014 at the University of Toronto, from 6pm – 9pm.  The authors of two SIGGRAPH 2014 papers will be discussing their work and its applications.  Join us for an incredible night of technical savvy and fabulous content!

‘Back to the Drawing Board’

Baoxuan (Brian) Xu will present his paper on True2Form: 3D Curve Networks from 2D Sketches via Selective Regularization. True2Form is a sketch-based modeling system that reconstructs 3D curves from design sketches and transforms them into 3D models.

‘Light in Flight’

Matthew O’Toole will present his paper on 5D Transient Analysis of Global Light Transport. Light propagation in an unknown scene using projectors and cameras that operate at transient timescales, we observe that transient light transport is always separable in the temporal frequency domain. This makes it possible to analyze transient transport one temporal frequency at a time by adapting techniques from conventional projector-to-camera transport. (1) acquiring time-of-flight depth images that are robust to general indirect transport, such as inter-reflections and caustics; (2) distinguishing between direct views of objects and their mirror reflection; and (3) using a photonic mixer device to capture sharp, evolving wavefronts of “light-in-flight”.

Free event, registration required.  Register now!
Start: October 17, 2014 6:00 pm
End: October 17, 2014 6:00 pm
Venue: University of Toronto
40 St. George St, Room 1210, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cost: Free

June 15, 2014

Guest Speaker Jinny Choo

SIG ASIA 2013_Animation Festival

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Who is Jinny Choo, Toronto asks? She is the world renowned SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival Chair for 2013 and 2014. Your Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is very honoured to host this special global appearance. She will visit us on Sunday June 15th from Korea. Join Jinny for an interpersonal introduction to the Electronic Theater from the 2013 Asia conference. She will inform us with insights on how to submit to this year’s SIGGRAPH Asia conference in Shenzhen, China!  A screening of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Electronic Theater will follow.
Delight your eyes with an exotic international adventure in animation.
Explore entertainment through the greatest of computer graphics performances!

Meet and greet Jinny and your Toronto Chapter peers at The Monarch Tavern for this wonderful presentation and screening.  Food and beverages available!

Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH members, local professionals, students and CG industry enthusiasts – a social Sunday evening is in your pipeline.

Presentation will begin at 6:30pm sharp.  Screening immediately following.

Tickets: $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
In honour of Father’s Day, you can bring your dad for FREE!

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Start: June 15, 2014 6:00 pm
End: June 15, 2014 6:00 pm
Venue: The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

May 14, 2014

Have you seen Chris Landreth?

Have you seen Chris Landreth?

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Have you seen Chris Landreth?

Your Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter will host an evening with Academy Award© winning filmmaker Chris Landreth on May 14th @ 7pm.

Come for a personalized showcase and screening of the SIGGRAPH-based story – Subconscious Password – in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.  See a demonstration of the finest computer graphic techniques brought to you by the engineer, animator, and  filmmaker himself, Chris Landreth.   What’s most interesting is how Chris has mastered his art to produce such compelling animated movies. Best known for the short film Ryan, which won the 2005 Academy Award© for Best Animated Short Film, as well as other great films like The End (1995), The Spine (2009), in his unique artistic style of Psychorealism, he’s created in motion picture an illustration of the abstract mind.

We welcome him and You for a 7pm performance at The Royal with a behind the scenes question answer period.  A full conference pass to SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver will be raffled to a lucky winner!!

The 9pm post party and poster autograph session will be hosted at The Monarch Tavern.

Doors open 6:30pm
Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for non-members.  Become a member and save!

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Interested in volunteering with the Toronto Chapter?  Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Kindly let us know!

Start: May 14, 2014 7:00 am
End: May 14, 2014 7:00 am
Venue: The Royal
608 College St, Toronto, Canada