Last But Not Least: 4 More SIGGRAPH 2021 Featured Speakers

Pictured (left to right): Eric Iverson, Jim Jeffers, Timoni West, and Richard Kerris © 2021 ACM SIGGRAPH

From cloud technology to ray tracing and AI to spatial computing, our last batch of SIGGRAPH 2021 Featured Speakers, presented by SIGGRAPH 2021 partners, has the tools to bring you into the future of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Want to know more? Learn about each of our four new speakers below.

Eric Iverson

Presented by AWS

There is an increasingly high demand for content creation in the industry and Eric Iverson, CTO at Amazon Web Services (AWS) knows that. Creative professionals are being asked to produce content at higher resolutions and with far more complexity. But, how do we meet this challenge? In As Eric and AWS customers will discuss, cloud technology is helping professionals in creative industries around the world tackle today’s challenges and meet this increased demand for high-fidelity content. As a 21-year veteran of media and entertainment, there is no one better to hear from. Can’t wait? Check out the video below to hear more from Eric.

Jim Jeffers

Presented by Intel

With a background in software design and technical leadership in high- performance computing, graphics, digital television, and data communications, Jim Jeffers will teach you how ray tracing and path tracing optimization is essential as demands for high-performance, high-fidelity, interactive graphics continues to increase. Jim leads the design and development of the open source rendering library family known as the Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit. Before starting at Intel, Jim’s notable work includes development for the Tech Emmy winning virtual ‘First Down Line’ technology seen on live American football TV broadcasts. To hear from Jeff before SIGGRAPH 2021 starts, take a look at the SIGGRAPH 2019 throwback below!

Richard Kerris

Presented by NVIDIA

Richard Kerris is the vice president of Omniverse platform development and general manager of media and entertainment at NVIDIA. Richard’s lengthy career spans big-name tech companies, such as Alias|Wavefront, Apple, and Lucasfilm, and he has seen it all. See what Richard has been doing at NVIDIA through the video below and be ready to hear him share even more insight as a SIGGRAPH 2021 Featured Speaker during his session “Graphics, AI, and the Emergence of Shared Worlds”.

Timoni West

Presented by Unity

As the Vice President of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Tools at Unity, Timoni West is determined to push the technical boundaries and create a future we all want to live in. In a special session, Timoni will discuss how humans will interact with computers in the future and the possibilities spatial computing brings us. She’ll also share her thoughts on where we are today, what’s preventing us from diving in head first, and whether the elements of a tri-metaverse may already be here. To start learning about spatial computing from Timoni, watch her talk from the VR/AR Global Summit in 2018.


Check out the rest of the SIGGRAPH 2021 Featured Speakers and don’t forget to register for the conference, 9–13 August.

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