Participate in the Next SIGGRAPH Webinar: Machine Learning and Neural Networks

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Starting Monday, 8 June, SIGGRAPH is hosting a 3-week, 9-part, hands-on webinar, led by Rajesh Sharma (software engineer, Walt Disney Animation Studios). Designed as an intermediate-level Course, participants in each workshop session will gain a strong understanding of the basic principles of machine learning and neural networks. Rajesh will help participants build intuition around a topic and reinforce that with related mathematics, and all will walk away with the ability to apply those foundations to engineering solutions.

Ready to participate? Here’s your pre-webinar checklist:

  1. Register: Register now to take part in the hands-on experience.
  2. Prerequisites: To best prepare, Rajesh has put together a Course welcome with prerequisites on Google Colab.
  3. Get social: Connect with fellow participants during each workshop session via Twitter! Use the hashtags #SIGGRAPHNow, #MachineLearning, and #NeuralNetworks in each of your tweets, and don’t forget to follow instructor Rajesh at @xarmalarma and SIGGRAPH at @siggraph. Once registered, click here to get started and introduce yourself to the class.
  4. View the full course schedule: Visit the SIGGRAPH 2020 website for the full schedule. Live attendance is encouraged. If you can’t make a session, don’t worry. Each session will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel within a week of the webinar.

Questions? Comment below and either our team or your instructor will reply!


This webinar series will take place 8–26 June on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. Each session begins at 12:00 UTC. Webinar attendance is first-come, first-served, and will be capped at 1,000 participants.


Rajesh Sharma (software engineer) has worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1998 in various capacities in the technology department. In previous roles, Rajesh managed the rendering, procedural, effects, and animation software development teams that worked closely with artists to develop tools needed in the production of animated films. Last year, he spent two months embedded with Disney Research in Zurich to learn practical methods of applying machine-learning models to denoising. Rajesh has an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a Master’s in Computer Science.

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