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SIGGRAPH New Technology: From Enhancing Facial Attractiveness to Virtual Maps

The SIGGRAPH 2008 Technical Papers Program is the premier international forum for presenting the world's best research innovations within the computer graphics industry.

Technical papers presented in this forum have had a dynamic impact on the entertainment and film industries. This year's elite jury of industry experts and innovators sorted through a record-breaking 518 submissions from around the globe before selecting 90 papers for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2008.

This year the conference is expanding the technical program by including conference presentations for each paper published this year in the journal ACM TRANSACTIONS ON GRAPHICS.

In addition to the core topics of modeling, animation, rendering, and imaging, several presentations will highlight groundbreaking research in scientific visualization, information visualization, computer-aided design, human-computer interaction, computer vision, robotics, and applications such as film special effects and computer games. Countries represented span the globe from Germany to Hong Kong.

"These presentations give us a glimpse into a future with highly realistic computer games, stunning feature film special effects, intelligent cameras, and rich photo manipulation tools," said Greg Turk, SIGGRAPH 2008 Technical Papers Chair from the Georgia Institute of Technology. "Although the review process for SIGGRAPH Technical Papers is already a model of fairness, each year we try to improve the process. This year, we increased the participation in decision making of the tertiary reviewers," those that do not attend the Papers Committee meeting.

Select highlights from the SIGGRAPH 2008 Papers Program:

Data-Driven Enhancement of Facial Attractiveness

In this work, a data-driven approach to enhancing the attractiveness of human faces in frontal photographs is explored while maintaining close similarity with the original image.Tommer Leyvand and Daniel Cohen-Or, Tel-Aviv UniversityGideon Dror, Academic College of Tel-Aviv-yaffoDani Lischinski, The Hebrew University

Automatic Generation of Tourist Maps

This paper introduces an automated system for designing tourist maps that select and highlight important tourist information using a combination of multi-perspective rendering and cartographic generalization.Floraine S.M. Grabler and Maneesh Agrawala, University of California-BerkleyRobert Sumner and Mark Pauly, ETH Zurich

Clone Attack! Perception of Crowd Variety

When simulating large crowds, the models and motions of many characters are inevitably cloned. This paper considers the perceptual impact of this trade-off.Rachel McDonnell, Micheal Larkin, Simon Dobbyn, Steven Collins and Carol O'Sullivan, Graphics, Vision & Visualization Group

Self-Animating Images: Illusory Motion Using Repeated Asymmetric Patterns

This paper presents an automatic method of generating self-animating images, that is, still images that appear to move due to the properties of human visual perception.Ming-Te Chi and Tong-Yee Lee, National Cheng-Kung UniversityYingge Qu and Tien-Tsin Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong

As was done in 2007, the technical papers will be presented using a system of per-paper discussants to promote a lively exchange of ideas and provide coverage of the industry and all its many facets. Each paper in the program will be allotted 25 minutes: 20 minutes for presentation and five minutes for discussion of the paper, with the session chair serving as discussant. More details on the SIGGRAPH 2008 Technical Papers Program will be available soon at

SIGGRAPH 2008 is at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. The conference is August 11-15 and the exhibition is August 12-14.