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Report on CG International 95, Leeds, UK - Part I

CG International 95 was held at Bodington Hall and Weetwood Hall in Leeds, 25-30 June 1995. Delegates and speakers attended from a wide range of countries including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and USA. The Conference was co- sponsored by the British Computer Society and the Virtual Reality Society and was held in cooperation with ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Technical Committee in Computer Graphics, and Eurographics. Future Conferences are planned for Korea (1996), and Canada (1997). Previous Conferences have been held in Australia (1994), Switzerland (1993), Japan (1992), Singapore (1991), and USA (1990).

The Conference will be remembered not only for the wide range of courses on offer (attended by 122 delegates in total) and the excellence of the technical presentations at the Conference, but also for the extraordinary heat that characterised the three days of technical sessions. Temperatures reaching 80 to 85F made most delegates and speakers wilt. International visitors had brought umbrellas and raincoats having been warned in advance of the traditionally damp and cool English summer! Like politics - the English weather in summer is unpredictable!

13 Pre-Conference Courses were held on 25-27 June and the Conference Technical Sessions 28-30 June.

Invited Speakers at the Conference included:
Mr Robert Bishop (International President, Silicon Graphics Inc)
Dr Kurt Akeley (Chief Scientist, Silicon Graphics Inc, USA)
Prof Tosiyasu L Kunii (President, University of Aizu, Japan)
Dr Mikael Jern (Vice-President, AVS/UNIRAS, Denmark)
Prof Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Prof Daniel Thalmann (EPFL, Switzerland)
Professor Nelson Max (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
Professor Robert J Stone (Intelligent Systems Solutions Ltd, UK)

All presenters of the reviewed submitted papers (31 in total) attended and presented their papers. Detailed instructions on how to present a paper at an international Conference were circulated to all presenters in advance. Most presenters followed these instructions and almost all the presentations were of a high standard.

The Best Paper Award was selected by the Conference Committee on the basis of technical viewpoint, technical content of the paper, written presentation, and presentation to the Conference. Six papers were deemed to be 'Highly Commended' and out of these six, two shared equal first prize for the Best Paper. The authors shared the cash prize.

The Best Papers sharing equal First Prize were - "Hardware Architecture of a Real-Time Simulator for the Cordis-Anima System:
Physical Models, Images, Gestures & Sounds"
Claude Uhl, Dr A Luciani & Dr J Florens, IMAG, France
"Data Retrieval Through Virtual Experimentation"
Dr Andrew Johnson & Dr Farshad Fotouhi, Wayne State University, USA.

A further four papers were highly commended -
"xXX: A Modular System for Manipulating Image Sequences"
Prof F Van Reeth, Ms K Coninx, Prof E Flerackers, Limburg University Center, Belgium

"A Study on Virtual Manipulation of Elastic Objects"
S Miyazaki, M. Ishiguro, Dr T Yasuda, Prof S Yokoi, Prof J Toriwaki Nagoya University, Japan.

"Compositing Computer Generated Images and Video Films:
An Application for Visual Assessment in Urban Environments"
C. Chevrier, S Belblidia and Prof Jean Claude Paul CRAI, & INRIA/University of Nancy, France.
"Modeling Water Color in Lighting Design"
Dr Katsumi Tadamura & Prof Eihachiro Nakamae, Hiroshima Prefectural University, Japan.

All papers are published in the volume "Computer Graphics: Developments in Virtual Environments",
Eds R A Earnshaw, J A Vince, Academic Press, pp 503, ISBN 0-12-227741-4, which is now available from the publisher, or it can be ordered through bookshops and bookstores.

A Film Show with a selection of the very best Computer Animations from Computer Animation 95 (Geneva, Switzerland, 1995) was held on Thursday evening.

The following Courses (with full Course Notes) were presented at CGI95. A limited number of printed Course Notes are still available from the Conference Office, address below.

Further Information on Course Notes availability and price from:

CGI95 Conference Secretariat
Ms Donna Walker, Conference Office
University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 113 233 6100
Fax: +44 113 233 6107

The Conference Committee and CGS express their thanks to all those who assisted in the arrangements for the Conference, reviewed papers, presented Courses and Papers, and chaired sessions. Thanks are also due to Silicon Graphics for sponsoring the Reception and supporting the Conference.


CG International 96 will be held in Pohang, Korea, 24-28 June 1996. Further information from Rae Earnshaw (G&V editor).

Rae Earnshaw, John Vince and Huw Jones