ACM SIGGRAPH Talk Session
Once again this year, we will be inviting speakers from the ACM SIGGRAPH committee for a talk session.
Mr. Tomasz Bednarz, SIGGRAPH External Relations Committee Chair (2020-2021), Ms. Mk Haley, SIGGRAPH2022 Emerging Technologies Chair, Mr. Shuzo Shiota, SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Conference Chair, and Ms. Miho Aoki from SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee will send a message to young creators and researchers.
Shuzo Shiota will also give you the latest information on SIGGRAPH Asia to be held in Tokyo in December. Stay tuned for a lot of talk!
President and CEO, Polygon Pictures Inc.
Shuzo John Shiota was raised in the United States and is a graduate of the Sophia University Faculty of Law, Department of International Legal Studies. After joining the Nippon Steel Corporation in 1991, Shiota went on to participate in the launch of Dream Pictures Studio in 1997. He moved to Polygon two years later and in 2003 assumed the position of President and CEO. As studio head Shiota has spearheaded
efforts to cultivate Polygon's overseas presence, helping the studio to become a leading
developer of TV series and content targeted at the foreign market. Shiota has also
served as a judge at major Japanese and international film festivals including Prix Ars
Electronica (AUS), SIGGRAPH (U.S.) and the Annecy International Animation Film
Festival (France). In 2008, he was selected as one of the "25 Toon Titans of Asia" by
popular industry publication Animation Magazine. He will also preside as conference
chair for SIGGRAPH Asia in December 2021. His hobbies include playing in a band.
SIGGRAPH External Relations Committee Chair (2020-2021)/SIGGRAPH 2021 Frontiers Chair and SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Demoscene Chair, UNSW Art & Design / CSIRO's Data61
Tomasz is a Director and Head of Visualisation at the Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre (EPICentre), A/Professor at the UNSW Art & Design and UNSW Computer Science and Engineering. He is also Research Team Leader at CSIRO’s Data61 (leading Visual/Hybrid Analytics Team, in Software & Computational Systems research program). He also leads Simulation and Modelling Cross-Cutting Capability for CSIRO’s Future Science and Technology. His current roles reflect his conviction to a holistic approach to the wicked problems facing the collation, analytics and display of big data. His approach is expansive and encompasses the use of novel and emerging technologies. Over the last couple of years, he has been involved in wide range of projects in area of immersive visualisation, human-computer interaction, computational imaging, image analysis and processing, visualisation, simulation, modelling, computer graphics, computer games, computational fluid dynamics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and multi-sensors assimilation. He was Conference Chair of ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2019.
SIGGRAPH2022 Emerging Technologies Chair, Lecturer at The University of Texas
Mk has more than 25 years of experience in Themed Entertainment Design with Walt Disney Imagineering in Production and R&D. She has also taught Computer Animation, Game Design and Themed Entertainment Design at Carnegie Mellon University, Florida State University, UCLA, & UT Austin. With over 30 years of service to industry associations, Mk is also a huge supporter of the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference planning process as well as the Themed Entertainment Association Conferences and Academic Society.
SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee
Miho Aoki is an Associate Professor of Computer Art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She received MFA from the Ohio State University and an alumna of the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design. She started her professional teaching career at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1999. She has exhibited her artworks internationally and has received awards, including TOREI Digital Arts Awards Grand Prix. She is currently a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee, International Resources Committee, and External Relations Committee and was the chair of the Symposium on Education of SIGGRAPH Asia conferences from 2015 to 2017.