Future Commerce Indonesia 2019 Hub for Digital Industry Players in Shaping the Future of Digital Economy in Indonesia
 
Feb 08, 2019
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A two-day exhibition and conference that connects players in the digital industry or companies to move to the digital economy in finding ways and strategies to stay ahead in business.

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest digital event in Indonesia Future Commerce Indonesia 2019, previously known as Internet Retailing Expo, was held once again on January 29-30, 2019 at Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta. With the theme "Shaping the Future of Commerce", Future Commerce Indonesia 2019 brought together leading brands and retails from cross-industry, cross-technology, with innovative tech enablers and start-ups to disrupt and shape the future of commerce in the current digital economy.

Organized by Clarion Events, one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK since 1974, Future Commerce Indonesia 2019 presented 100+ technology breakthrough from local and global brands and start-ups such as Accenture, Gilkor, Grab, SiCepat, Tokopedia, Lenovo and Google to share knowledge through the inspirational topics, led renowned speakers and innovative exhibition, showcasing the latest digital technologies to reflect the new economy in Indonesia.

Asia Managing Director of Clarion Events, Richard Ireland says: "We believe innovation technology will have a huge role in current and future business growth in Indonesia, considering that we are facing the digital economy era. Future Commerce Indonesia 2019 is present as a place to exchange ideas and showcase technological innovations from various local and global digital industry players who are ready to support the development of the digital economy through this event."

A variety of topics were covered during the conference, including Digital, Mobile, Payment technologies, eLogistic, Cyber Security, Analytics, Big Data, Cloud, Advertising, and Marketing in sectors such as Media, Finance, Retail, and eCommerce, Travel & Hospitality, Education, Fashion & Beauty, and Food & Beverage.

"Indonesia has become one of the biggest markets in digital innovation, and we hope Future Commerce Indonesia 2019 can support the growth of Indonesia's digital economy to grow bigger and also be recognized internationally," added Richard.

As the knowledge partner, Accenture in Indonesia showcased its latest innovation on managing e-commerce based on in-depth research into digital commerce to help APAC businesses understand the likely impact of this quantum leap, including how to manage the workforce due to incremental changes in the organization.

"This quantum growth is being driven by digital commerce -- the new ways of buying, selling and marketing goods and services through digital channels that are largely replacing the old ways of doing business online," said Mohammed Sirajudeen, Managing Director for Digital Commerce and Customer Insights & Growth. "Companies will need to have digital transformation agenda, digitisizing suppy chain and aligning human capital."

Future Commerce Indonesia 2019 has gained full support from KADIN Indonesia (Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Indonesia R&D International, Indonesian Logistic Association (ALI), Association of Cloud Computing Indonesia (ACCI), Association of Big Data and AI Indonesia (ABDI), Indonesian Retail Merchants Association (APRINDO) and many more.

The launch of Future Commerce Awards was also held at the conference as the latest platform to recognize the best potential in the industry from players through the best digital, retail, and technology campaigns.

For further information, please visit www.futurecommerceindo.com.

About Future Commerce Indonesia

Originally known as Internet Retailing Expo Indonesia, it is the largest digital event in Indonesia which connects leading brands and retailers from cross-industry, cross-technology during past 3 years. Attended by more than 5,000 attendees, 300 speakers worldwide, 200+ exhibitors and sponsors at 150 conference sessions, numerous networking activities and countless business meetings on the exhibition floor.

In 2019, Internet Retailing Expo Indonesia is now rebranded to be known as Future Commerce Indonesia with main focus to disrupt and shape the future of commerce in the current digital economy.

The details can be found at www.futurecommerceindo.com

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions -- underpinned by the world's largest delivery network -- Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 469,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About Accenture Digital

Accenture Digital helps businesses and governments redefine how they serve connected customers and operate connected enterprises. We offer complete, integrated digital business and technology services - digital marketing, mobility, analytics, social and cloud. Our offerings support every phase of the digital journey - from developing digital strategies to implementing digital technologies and running digital processes on their behalf. Our end-to-end services span everything from strategy, business process, people, organizational change and technology -- coupled with our world-class industry expertise.

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Beijing InfoComm China 2019 Rescheduled to 17 – 19 July
 
Feb 01, 2019
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Beijing, 1 February 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- InfoCommAsia, the organizer of Beijing InfoComm China, today announced that the 2019 Show, to be held at the China National Convention Center (CNCC), has been rescheduled to take place from 17 – 19 July 2019, with opening hours as follows:

17 July 2019 (Wednesday) 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
18 July 2019 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
19 July 2019 (Friday) 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Citing force majeure, venue provider CNCC is unable to host the annual Show at its premises in the usual mid-April period. The key aspect of the event remains – Come July, Beijing InfoComm China 2019 will be a sold-out show of new and innovative Professional AudioVisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience technologies.

In spite of this unforeseen development, InfoCommAsia has the confidence and expertise to address and overcome the logistical challenges. “We will be rolling out an extensive marketing and promotional campaign to reach out to pre-registered visitors as well as the broader audience across industries to drive top-of-mind awareness and strengthen interest in the Show. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our exhibitors for their trust and support upon receiving news on the change of dates. Their loyalty is an encouragement to the team as we work on producing yet another successful Show this July and in the years to come.”

“This is an unprecedented challenge that we are facing since staging the first InfoComm China more than 10 years ago,” said Richard Tan, Executive Director of InfoCommAsia. “We are deeply sorry about this disruption, and are working closely with our exhibitors and partners to ease any issues they encounter. We are heartened by their understanding and support during this transition. Together with our partners and stakeholders, we will rise above the challenge to deliver another superb show, featuring the best Pro-AV and Integrated Experience technologies for forward-thinking AV and IT professionals as well as business end-users in various vertical markets.”

Visitors who wish to attend Beijing InfoComm China 2019 this July can pre-register their interest online. Visitors who have previously signed up need not re-register. Pre-register or find out more about the Show at infocomm-china.com or ifcshow.com.

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SHOW ORGANIZER

InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd is the region’s preeminent organizer of tradeshows for the Professional AudioVisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience industries. Through industry-leading shows in China, India and Thailand, InfoCommAsia connects global and regional Pro-AV and Integrated Experience purveyors as well as end-users across industries with the most important markets of Asia Pacific. Additional information is available at infocomm-china.com, chengdu.infocomm-china.com, infocomm-india.com and infocomm-sea.com

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FARO® Releases SCENE 2019 for Advanced 3D Reality Capture
 
Jan 30, 2019
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Lake Mary, FL, January 28th, 2019 --( ASIA TODAY )-- FARO® (NASDAQ:FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for public safety forensics and construction BIM, announces the release of SCENE 2019, an advanced, integrated software platform that optimizes the FARO Focus Laser Scanner product family. SCENE 2019 is specifically designed to evolve the 3D reality capture, analysis and documentation experience across the public safety forensics segment for crash, crime, fire and security planning and Traceable Construction™ for Architecture, Engineering and Construction markets.

Process Scans Up to 50% Faster

A breakthrough FARO innovation in SCENE 2019 allows the laser scanner CPU (Central Processing Unit) to be leveraged at nearly 100% of capacity and reduces scan processing time by up to 50%. Additonally, this efficiency scales up accordingly as additional CPU cores are added.

Significantly Reduce Clean up

Another FARO innovation, Moving Objects Filter, enables automated ghosting or easy removal of undesirable objects moving through a scene e.g. people or vehicles. This significantly reduces data cleanup time and effort for unwanted items.

Easily Merge Scans from Different Locations

Advanced new functionality now enables a section of a point cloud to be exported from SCENE into FARO Zone 3D software, or other 3rd party software packages, where they can be displayed in color and manipulated as a 3D model. It is now much easier to merge scans for FARO Zone 3D from different locations. For example, in a crash reconstruction, a user can first scan the roadway where a crash occurred, scan the vehicles at the impound lot and then integrate the meshed point clouds in FARO Zone 3D.

"We can create some of the fastest 3D reality capture equipment in the world, but it has limited value if the data captured is cumbersome and slow to process," stated Andreas Gerster, Vice President Construction BIM. “FARO continues to uniquely innovate in this area in SCENE 2019 with the introduction of artificial intelligence to filter out moving objects, expansion of the software's flexibility and quantifiable, advanced workflow improvements.”

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This 12-Year-Old Built an Underwater Robot to Fight Plastic Pollution
 
Jan 06, 2019
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Her project is called ‘Developing a Smart Infrared Based ROV to Identify Microplastics in Marine Environments’ – ROV stands for remotely operated vehicle. Inspired by a visit to the beach, where she was struck by the volume of plastic littering the sand, Du has developed an underwater vehicle fitted with an infrared camera that can detect plastic resting on the seabed.

The problem of plastic pollution in the ocean is widely acknowledged and well documented. Yet solutions are still only starting to take shape.

The remains of a sperm whale found in Indonesia in mid-November demonstrate the extent of the plastic pollution problem. (Read: Taiwan & Indonesia Singing the Blues for the Seas)

Almost 6 kg of plastic waste was found in the animal’s stomach, including 115 cups. Plastic has even been found inside freshwater fish living in the Amazon basin. Fish ranging in size from 4cm to almost 30cm, including the parrot pacu, the redhook silver dollar, and the red-bellied piranha, were all found to have consumed plastics and polymers.

Du decided to take part in the competition after seeing the extent of plastic litter at the beach, and how varied it was. “As I was collecting it, I couldn’t help but notice just how much plastics there were,” she says.

Different types of plastic absorb and reflect light in their own unique way, depending on their composition. This is the basis of many automated plastic recycling facilities – light is shone onto the flow of plastic along a conveyor, sensors detect which light is reflected and can group the plastic waste according to type.

The use of light to detect substance composition informed the choices Du made when developing her ROV. Its camera takes photos of the surface of the seabed and compares those images with a reference library she developed based on an online database. That allows it to tell plastics apart from other types of materials.

“The real invention here is the sensing,” roboticist and engineer Dana Yoerger told the Smithsonian Institute.

Edited by Sharon Tseng

 
 
UBTech's All-terrain Patrol Robot ATRIS selected by Beijing's Shougang Park
 
Dec 31, 2018
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-The park is home of the world's largest AI industry cluster

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- UBTech, a leading global AI and humanoid robotics company, announced on December 26, 2018 the signing of an agreement with New Shougang High-end Industry Comprehensive Services Park (Shougang Park), whereby the two parties will collaborate on the development of high-tech demonstration projects. On the same day, Shougang AI Industrial Park also commenced operations. UBTech's all-terrain patrol robot ATRIS will provide intelligent security support for the park.

ATRIS enhances the efficiency of security patrols within Shougang Park and reduce the park's costs associated with security staff. UBTech plans to continue working with Shougang Park to promote the development of the AI-enabled digital community and improve the industry ecosystem characterized by AI applications, with the aim of becoming a model for Beijing's ongoing urban development and supporting the city's hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

By using ATRIS, Shougang Park can establish a rapid, efficient and flexible smart security system, efficiently supporting security patrols within the park. ATRIS comes equipped with U-SLAM, an autonomous navigation feature that allows Shougang Park to build a comprehensive smart solution for security patrols by scheduling the locations, routes and time for such patrols based on the environment and local geography. ATRIS automatically adapts to a number of complex road conditions, including cobblestone paths, steps and sloping roads, in addition to being capable of conducting security patrols even under poor weather conditions.

ATRIS enables round-the-clock patrols and monitoring of sensitive areas within the park through accurate identification of persons within its range of vision even when cloudy, foggy or at night. ATRIS also comes with a "SOS" emergency call button that automatically calls for help when an emergency situation has been identified, allowing for real-time communication with the park's security center.

About UBTech

Founded in 2012, UBTech is a global leading AI and humanoid robotics company. In 2018, UBTech achieved a valuation of USD$5 billion following the single largest funding round ever for an artificial intelligence company, underscoring the company's technological leadership.

Source: UBTech

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AWE 2019 releases new theme Falling in love with AI - Smart Life
 
Dec 19, 2018
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SHANGHAI, Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AWE 2019 unveils its new theme: Falling in love with AI - Smart Life, gearing up to bring more innovative products, solutions, cross-boundary elements and global big names to its platform, and ready to reinterpret its core concept -- Home for Next -- by painting a blueprint on how AI powers our lives in the new era.

Relying on China's world-famous home appliance manufacturing industry and the stable development of consumer market, AWE has been recognized as a top 3 of the world's famous home appliance and electronic consumer events with 135,000 sqm exhibit area and 290,000 visitors. AWE 2019, hosted by China Household Electrical Appliances Association, will be held from 14th -17th March, 2019, in Shanghai, China.

AI was already a hot word at last year's AWE. Global AI Chip Innovation Forum, hosted at AWE for the first time, was packed with attendees, signaling the enthusiasm of the industry towards the upcoming AI era. Home appliance enterprises were ready to break boundaries by offering AI-equipped products and services. Haier rolled out an AI-equipped smart home solution, first of the industry, established an open smart home innovation platform, and created an open eco system along with its partners, setting an example for the industry. Midea unveiled its new strategy called "the new era of human-machine interaction" last year, expanding its portfolio from HVAC and home appliances to include smart manufacturing, smart logistics and smart retailing. At Huawei's Hi-Link exhibition area, we found that its clients spanned almost half of the home appliance industry including Midea, Haier, Skyworth, Changhong, Vanward, Robam, Airmate, Fotile, Chigo, Ecovacs, Little Swan, Joyoung and Galanz.

At AWE 2019, iFLYTEK, Speakin will be part of AWE's Technology Park, ready to bring more energy to the show. With Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent getting involved in the development of open cloud platforms and eco systems, we believe more brands will be able to connect through platforms, which could be a benefit for both home appliance makers and consumers.

China's home appliance industry is going smart, high-end and customized through an industry upgrade. AI is the backbone of future smart life as well as a reason behind people's affection in smart life.

Please save the date and apply for the free tickets at awe.com.cn.

Source: China Household Electrical Appliances Association

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TAIPEI CYCLE 2018 Spearheads the Cycling Industry into the Era of Smart Riding Through the Expansion of TAIPEI CYCLE+
 
Dec 15, 2018
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TAIPEI CYCLE 2018 concluded November 3, attracting 33,885 visitors, including 4,932 overseas visitors and 28,953 domestic visitors. The 4-day event, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), was held at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall 1 and Exhibition Hall 3. Buyers from Mainland China (including Hong Kong) came in large numbers, followed by those from Japan, U.S., South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, Singapore and UK.

TAITRA and the Bureau of Foreign Trade, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, jointly organized the “TAIPEI CYCLE 2018-EEN Matchmaking Meetings” for 10 buyers from 8 countries, including Romania, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France and Ireland. The representative of Spanish company LittiumKaos Engineering was very pleased to find Fox Factory, a supplier of high-end shock absorbers for competitive cycling, and planned to increase the amount of purchase from USD 300,000 to USD 2 million.

Among the over 120 first-time exhibitors, the representative of Swedish company Thule indicated that “TAIPEI CYCLE is the key international show in Asia for the cycling industry. We exhibited our latest offerings and received many inquiries during the 4 days of the Show. We are pleased with building and solidifying our brand image through the Show.” Another first-time exhibitor, Italian company Basso, also had surprisingly good results. It will definitely return in 2019, even though the two editions of the Show are only 4 months apart. Korean company VAZALAB Co, Ltd., one of the winners of the TAIPEI CYCLE d&i awards this year, has already registered for the Show next year as well. Its representative had visited the Show for 13 years before becoming an exhibitor, and thanked TAITRA for organizing the Korean Pavilion that enhanced the overall image of participating companies.

TAIPEI CYCLE DEMO DAY was held at Hua-zhong Campsite one day before the opening of the Show (October 30). 25 companies from 6 countries took part in the event, with nearly 1,000 buyers and the general public test riding new models of bicycles from over 40 brands along scenic riverside paths. TAIPEI CYCLE Forum was held November 1 and 2, fully-packed with over 300 participants. In-depth discussions of hot topics for the cycling industry today drew enthusiastic responses, including anti-dumping cases in Europe, U.S. Trade Act Section 301 actions, smart manufacturing in response to the rise of Industry 4.0, and the impact of future evolution of human transport on bicycles.

In addition, with the support of organizations such as SwiCity Project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan Urban Bicycle Alliance (TUBA) and VeloCity, lectures and games were held at TWTC Hall 3 to promote cycling as a culture. “E-bike Innovation Presentations” demonstrated low-carbon smart living though integrating e-bikes with internet of things and artificial intelligence technologies. CyQlo, an exhibitor at “TAIPEI CYCLE+” at TWTC Hall 3, expressed appreciation to TAITRA for the multi-faceted effort to attract visitors.

Ms. Gina Chang, Secretary General of Taiwan Bicycle Association recognized that from a broad perspective, the cycling industry would further evolve to meet the demand of the unstoppable trend towards digital living, but the speed of such evolution would depend on conducive regulatory environment and technical breakthroughs. TAIPEI CYCLE 2018 responded to such an industry trend through the first-ever “TAIPEI CYCLE+”, a hall dedicated to bringing bicycle, innovation and technology together. Exhibits and industry discussions in the Show also revealed the germination of cycling for the digital generation and the expansion of cycling as a culture. TAIPEI CYCLE 2019 will be held March 27 through 30, using the newly-open Nangang Exhibition Hall 2 and the 4th Floor of Hall 1.

For more details, please visit: https://www.taipeicycle.com.tw/

Media Contact:Ms. Jasmine Wu
Tel: +886-2-2725-5200 Ext. 2853
Email: TCSnews@taitra.org.tw

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SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Makes Crossover History in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Tokyo
 
Dec 13, 2018
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TOKYO, Japan, 13 December 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 concluded on a record high note in Tokyo, Japan. The 11th edition of the conference drew close to 10,000 attendees worldwide including computer graphics professionals, researchers, enthusiasts and trade visitors from 59 countries and regions. This makes this the largest and most successful SIGGRAPH Asia edition in the history of the event.

“SIGGRAPH Asia is a story of a diverse group of individuals coming together to celebrate the intersection of science, technology, art and entertainment. The variety of expertise under one roof allows for the cross pollination of ideas which is what makes it a great place for collaboration, disruption and innovation. We knew from the onset that SIGGRAPH Asia in Tokyo was going to a great destination and the end-result has proven that it was indeed an excellent choice. Tokyo’s achievement has been the cumulation of over two years of dedication from the conference and local SIGGRAPH Asia committees. SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 has set a new benchmark and we will strive to make the event even more impactful in the coming years.” said Prakash Ramajillu, Division Director – (Technology, Digital Media, Entertainment & Mobility) Koelnmesse Pte Ltd & Chief Staff Executive SIGGRAPH Asia.

Around 750 speakers presented at the conference, discussing the latest industry developments and future of the computer graphics and interactive techniques industry. The exciting line-up featured distinguished keynote speakers such as David Oh, Senior Systems Engineer at NASA JPL who shared about NASA’s recent Mars exploration and their latest mission, Psyche – The first metal asteroid that humankind will visit; Erik Demaine, Professor in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who spoke about computational origami and how he uses math to create artistic sculptures; and Kaname Hayashi, Founder and CEO of GROOVE X (A member of Pepper Project in Softbank) who gave the final keynote on a “New Generation Household Robot’s” and his LOVOT concept (Love x Robot) exploring the relationship between human beings and robots.

Production and visual effects teams from Pixar Animation Studios, Weta Digital Ltd and ILM Singapore took to the stage to showcase their crossover work; from creating realistic virtual humans, to unforgettable characters in films such as Lord of the Rings and the Avengers franchise, to developing a backstory for Star Wars’ most iconic character, Han Solo.

Emerging Technologies featured strongly at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 with several presentations on how interactive technology has played a vital role in driving the development of research communities in the pursuit of technological innovations that will impact the public. The Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) program showcased emerging media and cutting-edge technologies in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. The highly engaging sessions were a dive into these emerging digital media and interactive technologies. The Art Gallery featured fascinating crossover pieces titled Candle TV (1975) by Nam June Paik, which is designed to represent two interrelated organisms in a communication system, and Mannbi (1981), a mask used in classical Japanese musical drama Noh, by Ayako Iwai.

The largest exhibition in SIGGRAPH Asia’s history featured 93 exhibitors from over 14 countries showcasing the latest hardware, software, technologies and innovations from around the world. Key exhibitors and brands included: ASTRODESIGN, Inc., AWS Thinkbox, BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc., BinaryVR, Inc., CLO Virtual Fashion Inc, CyberAgent, Inc., Dell Japan Inc., Digital Hollywood University, Dwango Media Village, EEZ Production Studios Co., Ltd., FORUM8 Co., Ltd., HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN K.K., IMAGICA GROUP, InstaLOD GmbH, NOITOM, teamLab, Too Corporation, Tsinghua University-Tencent Joint Laboratory, Unity Technologies Japan G.K., VFX-Japan Association, Visual Computing Center at KAUST, Xsens Technologies B.V., YGGDRAZIL Group Co., Ltd, Zero C Seven, Inc. and more.

Award-winners at SIGGRAPH Asia
SIGGRAPH Asia featured an awards component for the Computer Animation Festival, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and the Emerging Technologies programs.

The winners for the Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) are:
• Best VR/AR Technology Voted by Committee:
FiveStar VR: Shareable Travel Experience Through Multisensory Stimulation to The Whole Body by Kouichi Shimizu, Gaku Sueta, Kentaro Yamaoka, Kazuki Sawamura, Yujin Suzuki, Keisuke Yoshida, Vibol Yem, Yasushi Ikei, Tomohiro Amemiya, Makoto Sato, Koichi Hirota, Michiteru Kitazaki

• Best VR/AR Content Voted by Committee:
Rapture of the Deep VR by Monja Dietrich, Vincent Suttner, Theres Buehler

Second and third places of each of the above award categories can be found in Annex A.

Under Emerging Technologies, the winning teams are:
• Best Demo Voted by Attendees
Hap-Link: Wearable Haptic Device on the Forearm that Presents Haptics Sensations Corresponding to the Fingers by Taha Moriyama, The University of Electro-Communications, Japan

• Best Demo Voted by Committee
Relaxushion: Controlling the Rhythm of Breathing for Relaxation by Overwriting Somatic Sensation, by Yuki Ban, The University of Tokyo, Japan

The Computer Animation Festival honored the top talent in animation including:
• Best in Show: L'oiseau qui danse (France), directed and produced by Jean-Marie Marbach
• Jury Special Award: Vermin (Luxembourg), directed by Jérémie Becquer, Miyu Distribution and produced by Michelle Ann Nardone, Miyu Distribution, Denmark
• Best Student Film: Reverie (Mexico), directed by Philip Louis Piaget Rodriguez, Miyu Distribution and produced by Michelle Ann Nardone, Miyu Distribution, Denmark

SIGGRAPH Asia 2019
Next year’s edition, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 will be held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Brisbane, Australia from 17 – 20 November 2019.

“Next year’s edition of SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 (SA2019) will be held for the very first time in Australia, in the beautiful subtropical city of Brisbane, which is referred to as Brissy by the locals,” said Tomasz Bednarz, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Conference Chair. “The leading theme of the conference is a DREAM ZONE!, therefore you can expect lots of magical experiences that expand perception and interaction through the creative use of computer graphics and interactive techniques, delivered in completely new innovative ways. SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 will include the Studio Program from the North American editions. We will also debut a Demoscene Program, which is inspired by limitation-driven creative, real-time computer graphics underground hack-code-art communities. Mark your calendars for SIGGRAPHG Asia 2019! Join the conference and take the opportunity to explore beautiful Queensland.”

Visit the website for more details: http://sa2019.siggraph.org.

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About SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
The 11th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2018) took place in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo International Forum from 4 – 7 December 2018. The event attracted the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies.

The four-day conference included a diverse range of juried programs, such as the Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Posters, Technical Briefs, Technical Papers and Virtual & Augmented Reality. The exhibition held from 5 – 7 December 2018 also offered a business platform for industry players to market and showcase their innovative products and services to the computer graphics and interactive techniques professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond. For more information, please visit http://sa2018.siggraph.org. Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with the official event hashtag, #SIGGRAPHAsia.

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. For more information, please visit www.siggraph.org.

About Koelnmesse
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd is one of the world's largest trade fair companies. Its more than 80 trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors, such as Imm Cologne, Anuga, IDS, INTERMOT, Interzum Cologne, Photokina, Gamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is ACM SIGGRAPH’s event organizer for the last 10 editions of SIGGRAPH Asia. For more information, please visit www.koelnmesse.com.sg.

Media Contacts
Hitoshi Kasai
Head of Communications, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
MIACIS Associates
hitoshi.kasai@siggraph.org

Jamie Huang
Marketing & Media Partnerships, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd
jamie.huang@siggraph.org

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Eco Expo Asia welcomed record visitor numbers to discover the latest green tech and environmental protection solutions
 
Nov 29, 2018
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HONG KONG --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 13th edition of the show, held in Hong Kong from 25 ‒ 28 October 2018, welcomed a record 14,824 visitors from 106 countries and regions. With 54% of visitors coming from outside of Hong Kong, the expo lived up to its billing as an international gathering point for the environmental protection industry. Jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the fair is also co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The 2018 fair embraced the theme of “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future” to align with the global push to raise environmental awareness and strive for better waste management. Highlighted environmental sectors at the show included Waste Management and Recycling, Water Treatment and Quality Management, Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency and Green Transportation. In total, 338 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions participated. The Startup Zone also returned after a successful debut last year. 20 startups showcased their innovative new products and technologies offering a glimpse into the future direction of the green tech industry.

In line with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area scheme to link the cities in the region and strengthen economic integration, Eco Expo Asia saw pavilions and group participations from all nine municipalities in the region as well as the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao. The Greater Bay Area Zone represented a major presence at the fair. In recognition of the extensive green business opportunities emanating from the region, a Greater Bay Area Forum was also organised to reveal more about green projects and future developments of interest to the environmental protection industry.

Eco Asia Conference among the key event programme sessions to gather global green industry experts The Eco Asia Conference is a high-level gathering that invites influential industry experts and academics from around the world to discuss important environmental issues. Some 40 speakers delivered talks and discussions on wide-ranging topics that touched on pressing environmental concerns affecting Hong Kong and Asia as well as far-reaching global issues. Meanwhile, a wide range of other event sessions delved into other essential environmental topics including smart construction, green transportation and a government department forum.

Mr Syed Mubarak, Director of Sustainability & MEP-Plant Operations, Sands China Ltd, attended the Green Buildings and the Renewable Energies and Usage sessions of the conference: “While the sessions focused on very different topics, they both offered abundant solutions to help combat climate change and that’s ultimately why we are all attending this fair, looking for fresh new ideas and to connect with different people.”

Comments from exhibitors:

“We are exhibiting reverse vending machines for recycling items like plastic bottles, aluminium cans and glass bottles which operate on a user deposit scheme. We were thrilled to have the chance to speak with representatives from the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department and explain to them how the system works. We are exhibiting this year as we think our system would integrate very easily into Hong Kong and around Asia. The fair is a great chance to meet potential clients.”

Mr Andre Farstad, Business Development, Circular Economy, TOMRA Sorting Technology (Xiamen) Co Ltd (Norway)

“This year we met many new customers and they found our products very interesting. We managed to verbally confirm some orders at the fair, some from the private sector, some from various government departments. Eco Expo Asia has always been able to help us to achieve our exhibiting targets and it is well established in Hong Kong. We will come back next year, and we may even need a bigger booth!”

Mr Matthew Hin Sum Ho, General Manager, Enviro Process Technologies Co Ltd (Hong Kong)

Comments from buyers:

“My business concentrates on waste management solutions and I create waste management plans for different types of clients, ranging from governmental bodies to private organisations. I found that the exhibitors have been very friendly and happy to take the time to analyse my requirements and suggest solutions. This is much more important than just being sold a product as you are able to see whether it truly fits with your needs. In the past I have only visited environmental protection trade shows in Europe, but this year I wanted to try somewhere in Asia and Hong Kong seemed like the perfect place to start, I haven’t been disappointed.”

Mr Rustem Bassenov, Managing Partner, Tau Innovative Solutions (Kazakhstan)

“Our company primarily focuses on the IT aspect of the environmental industry. This year, I was searching for products related to energy management, sensors, odour-removers and air purifiers. I have found many useful business contacts at the fair and some are potential clients that we may cooperate with in the future. Eco Expo Asia is the major environmental fair in Hong Kong, and it is an effective platform for business traders to exchange information. I will definitely return next year.”

Mr Frederick Lee, Project Manager, Digital Green Technology Co Limited, Hong Kong

Comment from a speaker:

“I always enjoy coming to Eco Expo Asia as you are exposed to a variety of new, unexpected solutions. The panel discussions at this conference are a great platform for sharing and it was a good opportunity for me to update people on the environmental situation in Malaysia. It’s important to have these fringe programme events, and I think that we need more informative discussions year-round. This is also a good platform for networking; there were a lot of government officials from China, and I’ve met overseas media including from Finland. There’s no doubt that this is a good place to meet interesting people.”

Dr Theng Lee Chong, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Environmental Consultants and Companies of Malaysia (AECCOM), Malaysia

The next edition of Eco Expo Asia will be held from 30 October ‒ 2 November 2019 at AsiaWorld-Expo. For more information, please email ecoexpo@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com or exhibitions@hktdc.org

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Crossovers Abound! The International Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Community Descends in Tokyo for SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
 
Nov 27, 2018
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• Keynotes by NASA’s David Oh, MIT’s Erik Demaine, and GROOVE X’s Kaname Hayashi Explore the Limits of Engineering and Design
• Featuring 93 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions

TOKYO, Japan, 26 November 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 11th edition of SIGGRAPH Asia aims to take computer graphics and interactive techniques into space and beyond this year. Themed, Crossover, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018, today announced the full lineup of its conference program. The annual conference and exhibition will take place from 4 – 7 December at the Tokyo International Forum, where 10,000 attendees from more than 60 countries are expected to attend.

"In a few short decades, the computer graphics and interactive techniques community has been exploring new frontiers of digital media and industries. The international teams at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 will share their knowledge, crossover experiences and achievements to further inspire the next generation of the computer graphics community,” said Dr. Ken Anjyo, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Conference Chair. "This year, we've also sought out keynote speakers, who are pioneers in their own fields beyond computer graphics, bringing interesting topics that are reflective of our conference theme "Crossover". We believe that the delegates will be very much excited to attend the future-minded conference.”

Close to 750 speakers will be presenting at the four-day conference. Notable panel and production sessions include:

The boundaries of Space, Origami and Robots will be explored through the Keynotes:

• Exploring Red Planets and Metal Worlds: How JPL turns Dreams into Reality by Dr. David Oh, Senior Systems Engineer and Engineering Technical Authority for “Psyche: Journey to a Metal World”
• Computational Origami: From Science to Sculpture by Dr. Erik Demaine, Professor in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
• New Generation Household Robot’s Concept by Kaname Hayashi, Founder and CEO, GROOVE X (Inventor of the Robot “Pepper”)
Invited Sessions from the Featured Sessions and Computer Animation Festival – Panel and Production Talks, which spotlights major breakthroughs in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, include:
• Featured Sessions – Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Creating Realistic Virtual Humans in the 21st Century with Christophe Hery, Senior Scientist, Pixar Animation Studios; Matt Aitken, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital Ltd; Prasert “Sun” Prasertvithyakarn, Senior Game Designer, Luminous Production; Erik Smitt, Director of Photography, Pixar Animation Studios and David Hanson, CEO and Founder of Hanson Robotics
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – The Making of Pixar’s Bao: A Production Panel with Domee Shi, Story Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; Ian Megibben, Director of Photography, Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios; Rona Liu, Artist, Pixar Animation Studios; Patrick Lin, Director of Photography – Camera, Pixar Animation Studios; Mara MacMahon, Character Technical Director, Pixar Animation Studios
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – Cinematography of Incredibles 2 - Function and Style with Erik Smitt, Director of Photography, Pixar Animation Studios
• Featured Sessions – From Gollum to Thanos: Characters at Weta Digital by Matt Aitken, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital Ltd
• Computer Animation Festival – Panel & Production Talks – Behind the scenes of Solo - A Star Wars Story with Nigel Sumner, Creative Director, ILM Singapore Atsushi Kojima, Lead Animator, ILM Singapore

Cutting-Edge Technologies on the Exhibition Show-floor

A total of 93 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions will showcase the latest developments in hardware and software applications in Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques on the exhibition show-floor.

Some of the key exhibiting companies and brands include: ASTRODESIGN, Inc., AWS Thinkbox, BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc., BinaryVR, Inc., CLO Virtual Fashion Inc, CyberAgent, Inc., Dell Japan Inc., Digital Hollywood University, Dwango Media Village, EEZ Production Studios Co., Ltd., FORUM8 Co., Ltd., HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES JAPAN K.K., IMAGICA GROUP, InstaLOD GmbH, NOITOM, teamLab, Too Corporation, Tsinghua University-Tencent Joint Laboratory, Unity Technologies Japan G.K., VFX-Japan Association, Visual Computing Center at KAUST, Xsens Technologies B.V., YGGDRAZIL Group Co., Ltd, Zero C Seven, Inc. and more.

Delegates who are looking for career opportunities can head to the Job Fair, held by Imagica Digitalscape and Kurihaku Navi, where the companies will present job offers from leading companies in computer graphics, film and game studios.

Key Exhibits at the Art Gallery

The Art Gallery program is a specially curated exhibition that aims to engage, challenge and entertain the conference attendees via media works. Art pieces under the Crossover theme include, Candle TV (1975) by Nam June Paik, which is designed to represent two interrelated organisms in a communication system, and Mannbi (1981), a mask used in classical Japanese musical drama Noh, by Ayako Iwai.

Academic Sessions and Research Papers

For academia and industry professionals, the Technical Papers program will feature the results of state-of-the-art research on topics ranging from modeling and design to fabrication, from HDR imaging to novel displays, and physically based animation to capturing faces, bodies and hands and more. The Posters program is an interactive forum for innovative ideas that are not yet fully polished, it also showcases high-impact practical contributions, behind-the-scenes views of new commercial and artistic work and solutions that help solve challenging problems. The Doctoral Consortium is a forum for Ph.D. students to meet and discuss their work with one another and with a panel of experienced SIGGRAPH Asia researchers in an informal and interactive setting.

First-time Programs at SIGGRAPH Asia

Three sessions make their debut at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018. Real-Time Live!, deconstructs the most innovative interactive techniques on stage, while VR Theater, a part of the Computer Animation Festival program, will feature virtual reality narrative films in the newly established VR Theater. Production Gallery (Artists Behind The Scenes Exhibition), also a part of the Computer Animation Festival, is one-of-a-kind exhibit that recognizes the art, processes, and physical materials used to create major studio projects. This gallery features artwork, props, special makeups and more from recent films, TVCM or game productions. This program will be jointly operated with Born Digital of Japan.

To register for SIGGRAPH Asia, and for more details, visit https://sa2018.siggraph.org/registration/. Attendees can select from full week, single-day, and exhibition-only options.

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About SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
The 11th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia (SIGGRAPH Asia 2018) will be held in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo International Forum from 4 – 7 December 2018. The annual event held in Asia attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies.

The four-day conference will include a diverse range of juried programs, such as the Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Posters, Technical Briefs, Technical Papers and Virtual & Augmented Reality. A three-day exhibition held from 5 – 7 December 2018 will offer a business platform for industry players to market their innovative products and services to the computer graphics and interactive techniques professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond. For more information, please visit http://sa2018.siggraph.org. Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with the official event hashtag, #SIGGRAPHAsia.

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. For more information, please visit www.siggraph.org.

About Koelnmesse
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd is one of the world's largest trade fair companies. Its more than 80 trade fairs and exhibitions have the broadest international scope in the industry, as 60 percent of the exhibitors and 40 percent of the visitors come from outside Germany. The Koelnmesse events include leading global trade fairs for 25 sectors, such as Imm Cologne, Anuga, IDS, INTERMOT, Interzum Cologne, Photokina, Gamescom, and the International Hardware Fair Cologne. Koelnmesse is ACM SIGGRAPH’s event organizer for the last 10 editions of SIGGRAPH Asia. For more information, please visit www.koelnmesse.com.sg.

Media Contacts
Hitoshi Kasai
Head of Communications, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
MIACIS Associates
hitoshi.kasai@siggraph.org

Jamie Huang
Marketing & Media Partnerships, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018
Koelnmesse Pte Ltd
jamie.huang@siggraph.org

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