SIGGRAPH 2018 technical papers program to present computer graphics innovations from 38 countries

Chosen Research Projects Showcase Significant Advances By Worldwide Scholars

Chicago, IL, May 29, 2018 -  SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, will present 128 cutting-edge Technical Papers culled from 38 countries around the world, showcasing significant, scholarly new work. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register for the conference, visit

“DeepMimic Example-Guided Deep Reinforcement Learning of Physics-Based Character Skills” © 2018 University of California, Berkeley and University of British Columbia

SIGGRAPH 2018 Technical Papers were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process by a prestigious international jury of scholars and scientists. Each chosen paper adheres to the highest scientific standards and will be published in a special issue of  ACM Transactions on Graphics. In addition to papers selected by the conference jury, select papers that have been published in ACM Transactions on Graphics during the past year will also be showcased in Vancouver.

Instant 3D Photography [United Kingdom, U.S.]

“Vancouver is about to be brimming with the ‘who’s-who’ of graphics. Be they students, engineers, or professors, everybody with a passion for tech and graphics converges to the SIGGRAPH conference to learn about the most innovative and novel ideas in the field. The technical papers, in particular, are always trend-setting,” said Mathieu Desbrun, SIGGRAPH 2018 Technical Papers Chair, and the Carl Braun Professor at the California Institute of Technology.

Mode-Adaptive Neural Networks for Quadruped Motion Control [United Kingdom, U.S.]quadruped

Highlights of this year’s Technical Papers program include:

Looking to Listen at the Cocktail Party: A Speaker-Independent Audio-Visual Model for Speech Separation [Israel, U.S.]

Authors: Ariel Ephrat, Google Inc., Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Inbar Mosseri, Oran Lang, Tali Dekel, Kevin Wilson, Avinatan Hassidim, and Michael Rubinstein, Google Inc.; and, William Freeman, Google Inc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

A trained, machine-learning model is presented, utilizing both the visual and auditory signals of an input video to separate the speech of different speakers in the video. ( link)

Mode-Adaptive Neural Networks for Quadruped Motion Control [United Kingdom, U.S.]

Authors: He Zhang, Sebastian Starke, and Taku Komura, University of Edinburgh; and, Jun Saito, Adobe Research

This paper proposes a data-driven approach for animating quadruped motion. The novel architecture, called Mode-Adaptive Neural Networks, can learn a wide range of locomotion modes and non-cyclic actions. ( link)

Skaterbots: Optimization-based Design and Motion Synthesis for Robotic Creatures with Legs and Wheels [Switzerland, U.S., Canada]

Authors: Moritz Geilinger, Roi Poranne, and Stelian Coros, ETH Zurich, Department of Computer Science; Ruta Desai, Carnegie Mellon University; and, Bernhard Thomaszewski, Université de Montréal

“Skaterbots” researchers propose a computation-driven approach to design optimization and motion synthesis for robotic creatures that locomote using arbitrary arrangements of legs and wheels. ( link)

DeepMimic: Example-Guided Deep Reinforcement Learning of Physics-Based Character Skills [U.S., Canada]

Authors: Xue Bin Peng, Pieter Abbeel, and Sergey Levine, University of California, Berkeley; and, Michiel van de Panne, University of British Columbia

This paper presents a deep reinforcement learning framework that enables simulated characters to imitate a rich repertoire of highly dynamic and acrobatic skills from reference motion clips. ( link)

Automatic Machine Knitting of 3D Meshes [U.S., Switzerland]

Authors: Vidya Narayanan, Lea Albaugh, Jessica Hodgins, and James McCann, Carnegie Mellon University; and, Stelian Coros, ETH Zurich, Carnegie Mellon University

“Automatic” researchers present the first computational approach that can transform 3D meshes, created by traditional modeling programs, into instructions for a computer-controlled knitting machine. ( link)

Instant 3D Photography [United Kingdom, U.S.]

Authors: Peter Hedman, University College London; Johannes Kopf, Facebook

In less than 60 seconds, the authors turn color-and-depth images from a dual-lens camera phone into a highly detailed 3D panorama, which can be viewed with head motion parallax in VR. ( link)

Deep Video Portraits [Germany, France, United Kingdom, U.S.]

Authors: Hyeongwoo Kim, Ayush Tewari, Weipeng Xu, and Christian Theobalt, Max Planck Institute for Informatics; Pablo Garrido and Patrick Perez, Technicolor; Justus Thies and Matthias Niessner, Technical University of Munich; Christian Richardt, University of Bath; and, Michael Zollhöfer, Stanford University

Our novel deep video portrait approach enables full control over a target actor by transferring head pose, facial expressions, and eye motion with a high level of photorealism. ( link)

The Technical Papers program also offers a unique opportunity to hear from all authors in a fast-paced, 2-hour window, during the  Technical Papers Fast Forward event. This eagerly awaited Sunday evening session offers an entertaining, illuminating summary in which authors are allowed 30-seconds each to “wow” the crowd with their results and entice attendees to hear their complete paper presentations throughout the conference week.

For more information about research at SIGGRAPH,  listen to this podcast with Pixar’s Ed Catmull and Tony DeRose or  watch the 2018 Technical Papers preview trailer. The Technical Papers program is open to Full Conference and Full Conference Platinum attendees only.


ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges.  ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH is the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.  SIGGRAPH 2018, marking the 45th annual conference hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, will take place from 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C.


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