SIGGRAPH 2010 Course Scheduling

One of the challenges of SIGGRAPH is doing it all. My own method is to take a sheet of lined paper (remember that stuff?) and make columns for the days, each line being a half hour. One whole sheet holds it all, vs. me dorking around with my Palm/phone/Touch/whatever, scrolling around to see what’s what. Old school, but it works great.

Anyway, Naty’s recent summary of courses didn’t have course times. Here goes, mostly for my own benefit, in time order. Bolded are the ones I personally plan to attend and why, FWIW:

Perceptually Motivated Graphics, Visualization, and 3D Displays – Sunday afternoon

Physically Based Shading Models in Film and Game Production – Sunday afternoon. Toss up for me between this and the previous course. Naty’s the only speaker for this one, so it’s tempting to go, just to see his head explode after lecturing for 3+ hours.

Stylized Rendering in Games – Monday morning. I’m particularly pumped for this one, having done NPR work this last year.

Recent Advances in Real-Time Collision and Proximity Computations for Games and Simulations – Monday afternoon

Color Enhancement and Rendering in Film and Game Production – Tuesday morning. Naty’s a speaker.

Filtered Importance Sampling for Production Rendering – Tuesday morning

An Introduction to 3D Spatial Interaction With Videogame Motion Controllers – Tuesday afternoon

Advances in Real-Time Rendering in 3D Graphics and Games – all Wednesday. Traditional course, usually quite good.

Volumetric Methods in Visual Effects – Wednesday morning

Gazing at Games: Using Eye Tracking to Control Virtual Characters – Wednesday afternoon

Beyond Programmable Shading – all Thursday. The DICE talk last year was amazing, the others were also worthwhile.

Advanced Techniques in Real-Time Hair Rendering and Simulation – Thursday morning

Global Illumination Across Industries – Thursday afternoon

The “Advances” course used to always be Monday. Which was terrible last year, as it was scheduled against the last day of the colocated HPG conference (not a problem this year, since HPG is in Europe alternate years). I suspect someone realized that putting Advances and Beyond next to each other, and alongside the exhibition floor days, was good for pulling in game devs. Anyway, looks to be a great set of courses, other than the risk of head explosion.

If you want something lighter to start with on Sunday, try Glassner’s “Processing for Visual Artists and Designers” course. The Processing language is easy to learn and fun for quick bit-twiddling or other 2D effects, with all the usual 2D primitives and mouse support (and much else) built in.



  1. Naty’s avatar

    Eric – the speaker lists for “Physically Based Shading Models in Film and Game Production” and “Color Enhancement and Rendering in Film and Game Production” aren’t final – each will have at least 4 speakers (possibly more – I’m doing some last-minute recruitment). So sorry, you won’t get to see my head explode…

  2. peirz’s avatar

    Sorry for an amateur question, but — is online registration required for the courses? Or do you just show up at the door and hope for a seat? 🙂

    Looking really forward to this list, these topics are a blast; thanks in advance for the talk!

  3. peirz’s avatar

    … I meant to say, extra registration beyond the full conference pass, of course.

  4. Eric’s avatar

    It used to be, long ago, that you had to register for particular courses. Now you can come and go as you like to just about everything at SIGGRAPH, as long as you have the proper conference credentials. That said, a few courses, like “Advances in RTR”, can fill up and have no seats available, at least for the first hour or two.

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