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23 February 2002

ACM Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA '02)

July 21-22, 2002, San Antonio, Texas (co-located with SIGGRAPH)


The goal of SCA '02 is to provide an opportunity for researchers in computer animation to interact with one another, share new results, and discuss emerging directions for the field. The symposium will be co-located with SIGGRAPH, held on the Sunday and Monday before the main conference to encourage a broad range of participants. A full proceedings will be published at the time of the Symposium. We hope that SCA will grow to become the preeminent forum for dissemination of the latest research results in computer animation.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
- autonomous characters
- physically based animation
- facial animation
- real-time animation, animation for games
- group and crowd behavior
- expressive motion / communication
- nonphotorealistic animation
- physical realism / measuring the real world for animation
- nature in motion (natural phenomena, plants, clouds...)
- planning / learning / optimization for animation
- intuitive interfaces for creating and editing animations
- sound and speech for animation
- perceptual metrics for animation
- mathematical foundations of animation
- new time-based art forms on the computer

Important dates

Firm deadline for submissions -- March 25, 2002
Notification to authors -- May 2, 2002
Deadline for camera ready copy -- May 16, 2002

Papers (in Adobe PDF format) must be submitted electronically through the SCA web site to be considered for review. (For instructions, see http://sca2002.cs.brown.edu/) Supplementary material such as videos may also be submitted electronically and will be made available to reviewers. If you prefer to mail videotapes rather than uploading movies to the web site, please send 6 copies in NTSC VHS format to:

Symposium on Computer Animation
c/o Nancy Pollard
Robotics Institute
Newell Simon Hall, 4207
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Format guidelines are the same as those for SIGGRAPH technical papers: http://www.siggraph.org/publications/prep/

Please prepare your papers for anonymous review. Papers should be submitted to SCA exclusively. Proceedings will be published by ACM Press. Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign the ACM copyright form, which will be made accessible from the SCA web site.

Conference Chairs

Jessica Hodgins
Carnegie Mellon University
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Michiel van de Panne
University of British Columbia
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Program Chairs

Michael Cohen
Microsoft Research
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Nancy Pollard
Brown University
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IEEE Visualization 2002

October 27 - November 1, 2002, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts


Papers are due 29 March 2002.

IEEE VR 2002

Conference Dates: 24 - 28 March, 2002 in Orlando, Florida


Shape-Based Search Engine

There is a new shape-based search engine at http://shape.cs.princeton.edu

It allows you to type keywords, draw sketches, and/or submit 3D models in order to retrieve similar objects from a database of over 20,000 free VRML models. Check it out!

Winners of Scientific Oscars Named

While the rest of the industry is out there campaigning for nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced the winners of 21 Academy Awards for scientific, engineering and technical achievements. They include Pete Romano for the design and development of an underwater camera housing system, Tomlinson Holman for improvements in motion picture loudspeaker systems and Lance Williams for his "pioneering influence in the field of computer-generated animation and effects." The awards will be handed out in a dinner ceremony at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on March 2. The awards cover developments of "exceptional merit" in such areas as camera lenses, camera cranes, camera motors, digital film recorders and color film restoration.

New VR Text

Kay. M Stanney "Handbook of Virtual Environments : Design, Implementation, and Applications," Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, February 2002.

MOVES Institute Publications

John Hiles, Michael VanPutte, Brian Osborn, Michael J. Zyda, "Innovations in Computer Generated Autonomy, " December 2001, NPS-MV-02-002.

Robert B. McGhee, Eric R. Bachmann, Xiaoping Yun, Michael J. Zyda, "An Investigation of Alternative Algorithms for Singularity-free Estimation of Rigid Body Orientation from Earth Gravity and Magnetic Field Measurements, " October 2001, NPS-MV-02-001.

Michael Zyda "Introducing the MOVES Institute". The latest brochure on projects in the MOVES Institute.

For additional information on The MOVES Institute, the publisher of nfoBahn News, see here.

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