Viz department showcased at global graphics conference

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Students and faculty at Texas A&M’s Department of Visualization were well represented at [SIGGRAPH 2014] ( , the globe’s premier computer graphics conference, attended annually by thousands of industry professionals throughout the world.

Attendees at the August 10-14 conference in Vancouver saw work by graduate Vizzers, listened to presentations of visualization department faculty research and attended panel discussions with faculty participants and moderators.

At [SIGGRAPH Dailies] ( , an Aug. 13 showcase of short animations and images by industry professionals and students, attendees will view animations created by graduate students in the Department of Visualization’s 2013 summer industry course, in which students develop 30-second videos using a work flow process similar professional animation studios.

The videos, based on a robot theme, were created with guidance from artists at [Reel FX Animation Studios] ( during visits to the Viz Lab and in online video conferences.

Vizzers Cameron Coker, Laura Murphy, Amy Richards and Tim Swartz, who were among the students that created the videos, presented the work at SIGGRAPH Dailies, where they were screened with other shorts created by industry professionals and students.

“Viewers will be astounded by the sheer excellence displayed in the presentations,” said Mark Elendt, the event’s chairman.

The department also hosted a reception  August 12 at Calabash Bistro. [] (,+Vancouver,+BC+V6B+2J7,+Canada/@49.280981,-123.104349,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x5486717a71c007bb:0x6da41d05e21b16d7)

posted August 11, 2014