SIGGRAPH 2015 Selects Joichi “Joi” Ito, of MIT Media Lab, as Keynote Speaker

CHICAGO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 20, 2015 — ACM SIGGRAPH announces the selection of Joichi “Joi” Ito, MIT Media Lab Director, as its keynote speaker for SIGGRAPH 2015, the 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. Mirroring the conference theme of “Xroads of Discovery,” Ito’s body of work and experience has spanned the science, academic, and business worlds.

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Joichi "Joi" Ito, MIT Media Lab Director and SIGGRAPH 2015 Keynote Speaker (Photo: Business Wire)

“Known for his willingness to dig deeply to find understanding and to discover unorthodox solutions and connections, Joi Ito is the perfect fit for SIGGRAPH 2015,” said Marc J. Barr, SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference Chair. “The SIGGRAPH community is full of thoughtful, innovative and curious minds, which Ito embodies through his work as an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom.”

As director of the MIT Media Lab, Ito is working to explore how radical new approaches to science and technology can transform society in substantial and positive ways. Formerly listed as a TIME magazine “Cyber-Elite” (1997) and among BusinessWeek’s “25 Most Influential People on the Web” (2001), he has served as both board chair and CEO of Creative Commons, and currently sits on the boards of The New York Times Company, Knight Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Sony Corporation.

Amid numerous honors, Ito is recognized as an early investor in several successful Internet-related software and service startups including Flickr, Last.fm, Formlabs, Kickstarter, and Twitter. In Japan, Ito is also known as a founder of Digital Garage and for helping to establish the country’s first commercial Internet service provider.

SIGGRAPH 2015 will take place 9-13 August 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Visit s2015.SIGGRAPH.org for more details about Ito’s keynote address and to learn more about the conference.

About SIGGRAPH 2015

The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience on the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. The conference also hosts the international SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, showcasing works from the world's most innovative and accomplished digital film and video creators. Juried and curated content includes outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts. SIGGRAPH 2015 will take place 9-13 August 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif. Visit the SIGGRAPH 2015 website or follow SIGGRAPH on Facebook and Twitter for more detailed information.

About ACM SIGGRAPH

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities.

About ACM

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 strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, career development, and professional networking.

 



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