With SIGGRAPH 2021 on the horizon and planning for SIGGRAPH 2022 underway, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the incredible, multi-talented SIGGRAPH 2022 Committee. Meet the 2022 team below!
Munkhtsetseg Nandigjav (she/her)
Savannah College of Art and Design
Fun Fact: It’s never been confirmed. But I might be one of the first person ever be involved with SIGGRAPH from Mongolia.
Daria Tsoupikova (she/her)
Art Gallery Chair
Univerisity of Illinois at Chicago Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), School of Design
Fun Fact: I am almost legally blind but see perfectly in the twilight like a cat and am a professional painter.
Daniel Cardoso Llach (he/him)
Art Papers Chair
Carnegie Mellon University
Fun Fact: I was born in the Andean mountain range.
Courtney Starrett (she/her)
Community Engagement Chair
Texas A&M University, Department of Visualization
Fun Fact: I was a Division I swimmer (long ago).
Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, Riverside
Fun Fact: I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Eveline Falcão (she/her)
Creative Development Chair
Fun Fact: I own a small studio called No Dead Frames, love the outdoors, play classical guitar since I was 11 years old and I’ve been involved with SIGGRAPH for about 5 years.
Monica Cappiello (she/her)
Fun Fact: During high school, I worked at Toys R Us as the giant but loveable Geoffrey the Giraffe. It would get so hot inside the stuffy costume, that I had to cake myself with baby powder to absorb the sweat. I wrote a short story about my experience and was published in a magazine. The memories still make me laugh!
Darin Kyoichi Grant (he/him)
Electronic Theater Director
Fun Fact: I was Computer Animation Festival Director 19 years ago, too.
Emerging Technologies Chair
Fun Fact: I was local to my first SIGGRAPH conference in Boston, Massachusetts in 1989, and my parents let a herd of Student Volunteers sleep on our porch for the week and my mom made us all breakfast every day!
Elizabeth Baumel (they/them)
Games Focus Area
Fun Fact: I’m doing daily drawings this year. I’ve done daily drawings in the past (2016 and 2019), but this year I’m focusing on watercolor and I couldn’t find a watercolor sketchbook that big, so I bound my own sketchbook.
Chris Redmann (he/him)
General Submissions Chair
Fun Fact: I enjoy designing and building furniture.
Stanley Chan (he/him)
Fun Fact: I type in a non-standard keyboard layout called Colemak.
Derek Ham (he/him)
Immersive Pavilion Chair
NC State University College of Design, Department Head of Art + Design
Fun Fact: I have three kids (all under the age of 10) who constantly beat me in Super Smash Bros.
June Kim (she/her)
International Resources Committee Chair
UNSW Art & Design
Fun Fact: I am obsessed with symmetry, but so is my husband!
SIGGRAPH Labs Chair
Walt Disney Imagineering
Fun Fact: I was conference chair for the first virtual SIGGRAPH, and I once played in the U.S. Open (tennis) qualifying tournament 5 years ago. I lost … so I didn’t quit my day job, ha!
Olga Diamanti (she/her)
Technical University of Graz, Austria
Fun Fact: I live for those moments of getting lost, in music, traveling, and matters of the human mind.
John Kalaigian (he/him)
Production Sessions Chair
Blue Sky Studios
Fun Fact: I built both a 7-foot-tall Snoopy and an 8-foot-wide Snoopy doghouse… for fun. 🙂
Yibing Jiang (she/her)
Real-Time Live! Chair
Fun Fact: I’m watching animation movies as business expenses. I modified all my clothes.
Roy C. Anthony
Special Projects Chair
Affiliation Coming Soon
Fun Fact: I tune my guitar CGDgbd.
Diana Arellano (she/her)
Student Volunteers Chair
Mackevision, part of Accenture Interactive
Fun Fact: I am a certified Zumba instructor.
Niloy J. Mitra (he/him)
Technical Papers Chair
University College London and Adobe Research
Fun Fact: I love reading, cooking, and nature.
Yangos Hadjiyannis (he/him)
VR Theater Director
Fun Fact: My dream trip is going to Tokyo and watching the full anime/videogames/cultural opening ceremony for the Olympics.
Editor’s Note: Two additional chairs were selected and confirmed after this initial posting. Meet the Frontiers and Lead chairs below!
Vasthal Veena Shashidhar (he/him)
Facebook Reality Labs
Fun Fact: Vasthal “accidentally encountered” the SIGGRAPH 2015 conference while on a walk in downtown L.A., prompting him to attend. Following the event, he switched majors in his master’s program in order to pursue a career in computer graphics.
Jessica Glass (she/her)
Fun Fact: Jessica co-founded Western Canada’s first immersive film festival, YVRFF (Vancouver VR Film Festival).