Disney Exec to Keynote SIGGRAPH

The 33rd annual SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference and expo will feature a keynote address by Joe Rohde, executive designer and VP with Walt Disney Imagineering. Titled ‘From Myth to Mountain: Insights Into Virtual Placemaking,’ Rohde’s speech will include aspects of work in leading conceptualization, design, and production for Disney’s Animal Kingdom amusement park since its inception in 1990. This year’s edition of SIGGRAPH will be held in Boston, Mass. from July 30 through August 3.

Most recently, Rohde headed development and production of Expedition Everest, the new thrill attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The project took him to the far corners of the Himalayas, researching the background details to incorporate into the authentic environment designed for the ride, which incorporates the myth of the Yeti. Rohde joined the Imagineering team in 1980 during the development of Epcot.

Immediately prior to the keynote address, ACM SIGGRAPH will presents three awards. Thomas W. Sederberg from Brigham Young University will receive the Computer Graphics Achievement Award, Takeo Igarashi from The University of Tokyo will accept the Significant New Researcher Award and John M. Fujii from

Hewlett Packard Company will be honored with the ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award.

SIGGRAPH 2006 promises to attract an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Boston for a series of technical and creative programs focusing on research, entertainment, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity and education. Open Aug 1-3, the expo show floor will feature an exhibition of products and services from more than 250 companies from around the world. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public. More information on 2006 Keynote Address is available on the SIGGRAPH 2006 Keynote page at http://ls.siggraph.org/t/635990/21277446/49792/0.