A Better Future Created by Interaction
- Award Ceremony of ACM SIGGRAPH Special Prize and DCEXPO Special Prize -

Date and time 4:30pm-6:00pm, Thu., November 19
Talk session with Dr. Paul H. Dietz, SIGGRAPH 2021 Emerging Technologies Chair and Professor Susumu Tachi, Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo. [Simultaneous translation is provided.]
We will introduce their latest research and discuss how our future will evolve as a result of technological advances in interaction.
Award ceremonies for the SIGGRAPH and DCEXPO prizes will also be held.

Technology will play an important role in our better future. However, technology alone will not bring a prosperous future.
We need human intelligence and wisdom, and interaction of human to human and human to machine.

Paul H. Dietz, who has studied user interfaces for many years and now develops sensing technology at Tactual Labs will serve as Chair of SIGGRAPH2021 Emerging Technologies that is one of the major programs of SIGGRAPH, the world’s largest international CG and interactive technology conference.
Emerging Technologies will bring together interactive technology from around the world that will bring wonder, fun and inspiration to the world we live in.

On the other hand, “Innovative Technologies” of DCEXPO has been discovering, honoring and exhibiting Japan’s outstanding advanced content technologies under the leadership of Professor Tachi, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo for many years.
Many of these technologies include advanced technologies to provide better communication.

In this session, Paul H. Dietz from SIGGRAPH will be invited to give a talk titled “Shape Sensors and the Future of Shape” to introduce his recent research.
Professor Tachi will be a moderator and to introduce his research on Telexistence as well.
In an age of after/with-COVID-19 where it’s getting harder and harder for people to get in touch with each other, how can we create new interactions that stimulate people and bring them strength and joy?
Expect a panel discussion of Paul and Tachi!

The discussion will be followed by the award ceremony of ACM SIGGRAPH Special Prize and DCEXPO Special Prize selected among the technologies exhibited this year’s SIGGRAPH and DCEXPO.

Profile of speakers/performers
  • Paul H. Dietz
    Technical Fellow at Tactual Labs Co./SIGGRAPH 2021 Emerging Technologies Chair

    Paul Dietz is a prolific inventor of technologies for interactive experiences. He is best known for his seminal work on multitouch that helped drive the adoption of this now ubiquitous interface. He has held senior research positions at Walt Disney Imagineering, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs and Microsoft. Paul co-founded and led Misapplied Sciences which was formed to commercialize his breakthrough display technology that can simultaneous show different images to each viewer without the needed for glasses. For the last year, he has been a Technical Fellow at Tactual Labs where he has been leading efforts to commercialize his latest invention which is all about understanding and manipulating shape. Paul holds an SB from MIT, and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon, all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently serving as Chair for SIGGRAPH 2021 Emerging Technologies.

  • Susumu Tachi, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo

    Susumu Tachi is Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo, where he currently leads researches on telexistence, virtual reality and haptics at Tachi Laboratory, Institute of Gerontology. He is the Founding President of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan.

    One of his earliest scientific achievements, shortly after his obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1973, was the invention of Guide Dog Robot, an intelligent mobile robot system for the blind. This system was the first of its kind and came to be known as MELDOG.

    In 1980, Dr. Tachi invented the concept of Telexistence, which enables a highly realistic sensation of existence in a remote place without any actual travel. Since then, he has been working on the realization of telexistence, and has completed TELESAR V (2012) and VI (2019), an avatar robot system that enables the user to bind with an anthropomorphic robot and have a real-time sensation of being where the robot exists, and to feel the robot's body as his or her alter ego through visual, auditory and haptic sensation.

    Other achievements include Haptic Primary Colors (2007), Optical Camouflage (2003), and autostereoscopic VR displays such as TWISTER (2002), Repro3D (2010) and HaptoMIRAGE (2014).

    He initiated and founded International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence (ICAT) in 1991 and International-collegiate Virtual Reality Contest (IVRC) in 1993. He received the 2007 IEEE VR Career Award, and served as General Chair of IEEE Virtual Reality Conferences.


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