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Re: [gamedev-3] Correction: Tonight: Talk tonight on Procedural Character Animation Technology (sorry for the late notice)

From: Eric L.
Sent on: Monday, July 21, 2008 12:25 PM
What time does it run until?  I already have something scheduled at 8PM, so it will depend on what time this is scheduled for.

Eric LaRue

----- Original Message ----
From: Gene Miller <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, July 21,[masked]:17:28 PM
Subject: [gamedev-3] Correction: Tonight: Talk tonight on Procedural Character Animation Technology (sorry for the late notice)

Below is the message that Gerry wanted to go out (and here are the pictures of the goat:
If you are not able to RSPV at the Silicon Alley Council site today, then send me an email to get your name on the list. I will check my email around 5:00 PM. I will also be at the lobby security desk at 1290 Avenue of the Americas around 6:50 PM.

From: Gerry Seidman [mailto:[address removed]]
To: [address removed]
Cc: Angelina Jao; Gene Miller - DVI
Subject: Tonight: Talk tonight on Procedural Cnaracter Animation Technology (sorry for the late notice)
I am giving a talk tonight (Monday July 21st) on the Autonomous Digital
Actor (Directable, emotive digital characters)  technology we're developing
Sorry for the late notice, but I was asked to post info about it to the
The registration process for this event is a little convoluted (you must
first be approved for the group to even see the description of the
event).  I've attached an image of the posting.
If you are interested in attending, please email me or Gene Miller
([address removed]) and we'll be sure to have your name at
building security so you can get into the event.
Sorry for the last notice.  I hope to see you there tonight.
Gerry Seidman
[address removed]

Focus Group: The Technology Behind "Actor Machine" Monday, July 21,[masked]:00 PM
Silicon Alley Council

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We're adding a new event! For those of us whose products are at the stage where user feedback would be useful, Silicon Alley Council is adding to our calendar, "Focus Group" sessions. If you're curious about how other Silicon Alley members are implementing new technologies, these are great sessions to get much more technical, in-depth reviews.

As many of you know, one of the growth areas for new technology companies in New York City is in the Computer Game and Animation fields (see the NYC Future report, ). One company in this field, Actor Machine, stands out in both it's technology and it's team. Actor Machine is creating next-generation core technology for character animation based on some of Ken Perlin's non-academic inventions (for those who aren't familiar with Ken Perlin, read below). Our speaker, Gerry Seidman, is founder of Actor Machine and is both a well known technologist in his own right, but also has extensive entrepreneurial experience founding and participating in many startup ventures across multiple industries.

As many of you already know, much of the 3D animation and gaming industry will soon be shifting to a new way to create and animate 3D characters. This trend may also lead to an explosion in user-created animated content, which could have a transformative impact on public venues for the distribution of user-created content such as YouTube.

Digital Character Actor Technology

Actor MachineTM is pioneering the field of ADA (Autonomous Digital Actors) by developing technologies that allow the creation and directing of emotive digital actors that can be used in linear animation (film/pre-visualization), games, virtual worlds, simulations or live (real time) performances. The core Actor Machine Engine can be embedded in linear animation tools, such as a Maya Plugin or custom pre-visualization tool, or within in interactive entertainment applications (Game, virtual world, etc) for real time animation.

About the Talk

Gerry's talk will in many ways be two talks. One will be on the Actor Machine technology. The other will be talking to the issues of starting up a technology company and the business rational for the decisions and approach Actor Machine has taken from ther perspective of his experience with starting other companies in completely different industries.

Gerry Seidman, CEO
Gerry first foray into startup businesses was in the 1980?s when he was the lead software architect for a robotics product line distributed by Union Carbide. Skipping forward a bit to the 1990?s, he founded IAM Consulting, one of the first Java Training and Consulting companies, and was CEO of Internet Access Methods, a software company specializing in Real-Time Interactive technologies, Collaborative User Interfaces and Distance Presentation. He is a well-respected expert in distributed dynamic systems and next generation P2P technologies, and is the developer of a highly distributed/reliable custom clustered server product in the telecom industry that scales up to ten billion messages/day.

Ken Perlin, Chief Technology Advisor
While Ken Perlin will not be at the talk, much of the technology discussed/shown is based on inventions exclusively created for Actor Machine. Ken was one of the early pioneers of Computer Graphics in Film/FX going back to 1982, creating the ground breaking software for TRON. He is both an academy award winner and this year is receiving the highest professional award in the field of computer graphics, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award.


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