JRIEC International Symposium on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques: New Horizon

SIGGRAPH Asia, a top international conference in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, was held in Japan on November 2nd to 5th, 2015, after 6 years' absence, and gained great success with 7,050 par ticipants from 49 countries (http://sa2015.siggraph.org/). Many world famous researchers, engineers, and artists in this field took part in the operation of the conference, as committee members, and I was in the service of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Conference Chair. So I organized a special international symposium in the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, to discuss future of the computer graphics and interactive techniques, when we had a chance of the committee meeting on September 26th and 27th, which was about 40 days before the conference.

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Snapshots of the symposium: invited speakers and participants.

Among variety of SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 programs, chairs of Emerging Technologies, Workshops, Symposium on Education, Symposium on Visualization in High Performance Computing, Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications were participated in the symposium, and 13 invited talks and demonstrations were held in the symposium. Wide variety of topics were actively discussed there, such as recognition of facial images and 3D shape modeling, digital content creation by effectively using these technologies, virtual reality and augmented reality which get public attentions recently, multimedia data visualization by both visual and auditory information, research on unique user interface techniques using newly developed devices which allow human to use computers intuitively, approaches of application of these techniques to education, software tools to support such activities, and so on.

(Prof. Yoshifumi Kitamura)

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