The RealTime conference has unveiled the lineup for its next virtual show, set for May 4.
Topics will highlight the current and future potential of real-time tech in VFX, XR in entertainment, design & manufacturing, holograms, and more, with speakers from companies like Dassault Systèmes, Ford, IKEA, Disney, Adobe, Pixar, and Epic Games.
Monday’s event will feature more than 40 live sessions streamed throughout the day, including a special event from the Visual Effects Society dedicated to Star Wars, featuring legendary visual effects artist, Oscar-winner, and ILM creative director Dennis Muren. Registration is open now, and every session is free to the public. The style of this conference is particularly topical since the announcement last week that this year’s SIGGRAPH will be fully virtual, instead of being a live conference tradeshow in Washington D.C., the first time in history, obviously for unprecedented reasons.
“With more than 4,000 registrants from 87 countries, we are extremely pleased with the success of the first conference,” said RealTime Conference co-founder Jean-Michel Blottière. “We received amazing feedback from the community, proving that there is a real benefit to a show like this. We can’t wait to see how that community continues to grow through future events!”
Debuting April 6-7, the inaugural RealTime Conference featured speakers focused on the growth and application of real-time technology in architecture, virtual production, automotive, intelligent agents, digital humans and more. Over the course of two days, each of the nearly 70 sessions saw hundreds of concurrent participants, with the keynote addresses attracting nearly 1,000 people each. Videos of each session will be added in the coming weeks.
Next week’s conference will highlight all new sectors, beginning with design & manufacturing, followed by volumetric capture, including light fields and holograms. Additional sessions will then shift to universal scene description (USD) in real-time, as well as XR for entertainment, emphasizing both technical uses and artistic insights. Experts and pioneers will discuss everything from ideation to immersive design to how real-time technology can change the creative process. Beginning at 8 a.m. ET, the day will include in-depth presentations, Q&As, roundtable discussions and more.
The May event will also feature a keynote address given by Martin Enthed, the digital manager leading the IKEA Digital LAB and DevOps IT. He will be joined by IKEA 3D manager, Dan Frith, to discuss how IKEA is taking advantage of real-time graphics for consumer-facing displays, and where they see that technology going in the future.
Visual Effects Society Special Event
During the May 4 event, the RealTime Conference is partnering with the Visual Effects Society (VES) to co-host a special event titled “May the 4th Be With You,” highlighting the legacy of Star Wars. Hosted by VES communications director Naomi Goldman, the event will feature an in-depth conversation with special guest Dennis Muren, A.S.C., visual effects artist, supervisor, and creative director at Industrial Light & Magic.
Following these sessions, the RealTime Conference will return on June 8 with an event focusing on a new slate of topics including virtual production through the eyes of European Studios, immersive storytelling, digital humans (with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and general adversarial networks), games cinematics, open-source in real-time and more.