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While SIGGRAPH 2022, the “premier conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques” has been running virtual sessions and presentations since the 25th of July, today marks the kick-off of the physical event in the Vancouver Convention Centre, in the downtown waterfront of Vancouver, Canada.

Organised by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) community, a global non-profit organization “serving the evolution of computer graphics and interactive techniques”, the physical SIGGRAPH 2022 conference runs for four days from the 8th to the 11th of August, with the exhibition running from the 9th to the 11th of August.

This years’ conference interest areas are Arts & Design, Gaming & Interactive, New Technologies, Production & Animation, and Research & Education. Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and founder of Vital Mechanics, a start-up specialising in virtual fit testing of clothing, Dinesh K. Pai kicked-off proceedings with a his presentation Frontiers Talk: Making Clothing Trustworthy for Humans in the Metaverse. Later on today NVIDIA’s Andy Cook, McKenzie Price, Laura Scholl, Mellisa Mines, and Tomasz Bednarz, and the University of New South Wales’ June Kim look at the NVIDIA Omniverse suite of world-creation tools and how educators and students can get started in International Resources: Metaverse for International Educators. Clemson University Professor of Computer Science, Director of Digital Production Arts, and Chair of Visual Computing Division, Victor Zordan rounds of today’s Metaverse-centric talks with a discussion about how the Metaverse will change the way that we learn, work, socialize, and play in Frontiers Discussion of the Metaverse: Hype or Destiny?

Each year, ACM SIGGRAPH honours its members with ACM SIGGRAPH awards for researchers, practitioners, artists, and educators. This year is no different with the Computer Graphics Achievement Award going to University of British Columbia’s Michiel van de Panne, the Significant New Researcher Award, going to MIT’s Justin Solomon, the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award going to University of California, Berkeley’s Xuebin (Jason) Peng, the Outstanding Service Award going to Immersion’s Barb Helfer, and the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art going to Vera Molnár.

Other stand-out talks over the next four days include Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Chicago Pedro Lopes and Facebook Reality Labs Nicholas Colonnese’s Frontiers Talk: Haptics : A Touch of the Metaverse, and Director of GREE VR Studio Lab, Akihiko Shirai closes out proceedings on Thursday with Metaverse and Interverse research development in CG and Interactive techniques.

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