International Computer Graphics Conference to be Held at University of Houston

International Computer Graphics Conference to be Held at University of Houston
CASA 2014 Covers Computer Animation and Social Agents

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The University of Houston and the Computer Graphics Society will host the 27th International Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2014) at the Hilton University of Houston, May 26-28.

The CASA Conference, founded in 1988 in Geneva, Switzerland, is the oldest international conference in computer animation and social agents.

“The 2014 conference is only the second time the CASA conference has been held in the U.S.,” said Zhigang Deng, conference general co-chair and associate professor of computer science within UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Deng is co-chairing the conference with Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann of University of Geneva and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The CASA 2014 conference brings together many leading computer animation researchers and practitioners to discuss cutting-edge computer animation topics such as avatars, facial animation, motion capture, virtual humans, and fluid simulation.

“Computer graphics and animation techniques during the last few decades have literally altered how movies, video games and virtual worlds are being produced,” Deng said. “For instance, a winner of the recent Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Prof. Doug James of Cornell University, will be one of the conference keynote speakers.”

CASA 2014 will feature 43 oral presentations of technical papers, four keynote talks and six workshop papers.

The accepted papers are authored by researchers from 14 countries, including the U.S., Canada, China, United Kingdom, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey. Deng estimates that 100 people will attend the conference.

In addition to helping organize CASA 2014, UH researchers and graduate students will have a strong presence in the conference program.

Guoning Chen, assistant professor of computer science, is co-organizing a conference workshop on Structured Meshing with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University and Zhejiang University, China. Binh Le, a UH computer science Ph.D. student, and Deng will present a half-day tutorial on Real-Time Skinning Animation with colleagues from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In addition, UH researchers contributed to two full papers and two workshop papers.

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