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Computer Vision for Movie Making and Infographics

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Join us for a talk looking at some state-of-the-art work in Motion Capture. This event is jointly sponsored by NYC ACM SIGGRAPH and The Fine Arts Department of NYIT.

  • Presentation
When Mar 11, 2014
from 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Where NYIT 16 W. 61st St. 11th Floor Auditorium New York, NY 10023
Contact Name Scott Lang
Contact Email
Attendees NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Members - Free
NYIT Faculty / Students / Staff - Free
Non-Members - Free
Non-Member Students - Free
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Mermaids and pirates, the Hulk and Iron Man!  

This talk will describe the behind-the-scenes technology of ILM's match-moving and 3D capture system used in recent movies, including The Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Battleship, as well as new sub-pixel tracking of entire natural environments in Avatar, Star Trek, and The Lone Ranger. to create the latest 3D visual effects.  It will also show how similar technology has been used with New York Times info-graphics to demonstrate the body language of presidential debates, the motions of a New York Philharmonics conductor, New York Yankee Mariano Rivera's pitch style, and Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer's famous butterfly stroke that won her four gold medals.

While Motion Capture is the predominant technology used for these domains, ILM and Manhattan Mocap have moved beyond such studio-based technology to do special effects without markers and without multiple high-speed IR cameras.  Instead, many projects are shot on-site, outdoors, and in challenging environments with the benefit of new interactive computer vision techniques.

Speaker Bio
Chris Bregler is the CEO of Manhattan Mocap, and is working with Lucasfilm's Advanced Development Group and with Industrial Light & Magic on new vision based tracking systems.  He's also a Professor of Computer Science at NYU.  Prior to NYU he was on the faculty at Stanford University and worked for several companies including Hewlett Packard, Interval, and Disney Feature Animation. Besides his ILM work, his projects helped doctors analyze movement disorders; detecting terrorists in surveillance videos; and producing the world's largest real-time motion capture game, He was the Chair of the SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival (CAF), including the Electronic Theater. He has been named Stanford Joyce Faculty Fellow, Terman Fellow, and Sloan Research Fellow. He received the Olympus Prize for achievements in computer vision and pattern recognition and was awarded the IEEE Longuet-Higgins Prize for "Fundamental Contributions in Computer Vision that have withstood the test of time".  His work has also been featured in mainstream media such as the New York Times, Scientific American, National Geographic, WIRED, Business Week, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and many other outlets.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 : 6:30 pm - 8:30pm


New York Institute of Technology
16 W. 61st St.
11th Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10023

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH wishes to thank NYIT for its generous support of this event.

Event Organizers

Patty Wongpakdee, NYIT
Rozina Vavetsi, NYIT


**This event is free. However reservations are required to attend. Please click on the button below to RSVP for a seat. **

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NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Members (including student members) - Free
Faculty, Students, and Staff of NYIT - Free
Non-Members - Free
Non-Member Students - Free


This event has limited seating and therefore requires that you RSVP to reserve a seat. This can be done by sending an e-mail to Patty K. Wongpakdee at kwongpak [at] Please put MOCAP RSVP in the subject bar. You MUST include your name and an e-mail address which you check regularly. If you do not include these items in your e-mail, your reservation CANNOT be guaranteed.

Each person must send an RSVP for themselves; one person = one RSVP e-mail. E-mails that request more than one seat or list a class will NOT be acknowledged. We will be maintaining a waiting list to fill unclaimed seats the night of the event.