Paul Debevec, U.S. researcher on CG technology, famous for his R&D achievement as to “Spider-Man” and “Avatar,” will talk about the current trend of CG technology and how he is obtaining new technology ideas. He recently developed “An Auto-multiscopic Projector Array for Interactive Digital Humans” at USC. As it received “DC EXPO 2015 Special Prize,” he will also explain about that invention and its future application.

Later, panelists from Japanese academic, business, and governmental circles will join to make suggestions as to an environment for new technology ideas to come out continuously, necessary approaches for industrial application of technology, which are necessary for future generations to effectively work in research and development and utilize technology in industry.

October 23, Friday
3:15PM-4:45PM (Doors Open 3:00PM)
Center Stage, 1st Floor
  • Paul Debevec
    Research Professor, University of Southern California (USC)
    Chief Visual Officer, USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies

    Paul Debevec is a Research Professor at the University of Southern California and the Chief Visual Officer at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. From his 1996 P.hD. at UC Berkeley, Debevec’s publications and animations have focused on Techniques for photogrammetry, image based rendering, high dynamic range imaging, image based lighting, appearance measurement, facial animation, and 3D displays. Debevec is an IEEE Senior Member and CoChair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ (AMPAS) Science and Technology Council. He received a Scientific and Engineering Academy AwardR in 2010 for his work on the Light Stage facial capture systems, used in movies including Spider Man 2,
    Superman Returns, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, Tron: Legacy, The Avengers, The Avengers, Oblivion, Gravity, and Maleficent. In 2014, Debevec was profiled in The New Yorker magazine's "Pixel Perfect: the scientist behind the digital cloning of actors" article by Margaret Talbot. He also recently worked with the Smithsonian Institution to scan a 3D
    model of President Barack Obama.
  • Masahiko Inami
    Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University

    Masahiko INAMI is an professor at KEIO Media Design. He is also directing JST ERATO Igarashi Design Interface Project as a group leader. He received Ph.D. from department of engineering, the University of Tokyo in March, 1999. His research interest is in Interactive Technique, Physical Media, Robotics and Entertainment Technology. He is known as the inventor of Optical Camouflage system. He received Laval Virtual Technopole Mayenne Trophee, TIME Magazine Coolest Inventions2003, IEEE Virtual Reality 2004 Best Paper Award, ICAT 2004 Best Paper Award and more.

  • Soko Aoki
    CEO of Kadinche Corporation

    Received a Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University in 2009. After a stint as a research scientist at Sony Corporation, established Kadinche Corporation. At Kadinche, takes care of space expression technology and researches and manages panorama content hosting services. Received Excellence Award at VR Creative Award 2015

  • Atsuo Hirai
    Director of Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

    Born in Osaka in 1967. Entered METI in 1992 after graduating from Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. After serving at Startup and Technology Division of Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (SMEA), transferred to Toei Animation Co., Ltd. under a public-private personnel exchange program. After coming back to METI, served at Information Policy, Information and Communication Electronics, and Information Economy Divisions of Commerce and Information Policy Bureau and then, transferred to Kyushu Bureau (of METI) to act as Director-General for Economic Policy Department there. Moved to SMEA and served as Director of Startup and Technology Division and Technology and Innovation Division. Appointed to the current position in July, 2015.

  • Kensuke Ichihara
    Senior Executive Director of Digital Content Association of Japan (DCAJ)

    Completing a master’s course in electrical and electronic engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology, entered MITI (currently METI) in 1986. After serving at METI, the Japan Defense Agency, Cabinet Office, etc., appointed Director-General for Economy, Trade and Industry Department of Okinawa General Bureau of Cabinet Office in 2007. From 2009, served as Director-General for Industry and Technology Department and Manufacturing and Environment Industry Department of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Appointed a professorship at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2012 and appointed to the current position in June, 2014. Specializes in industrial policy, theory of innovation and organizational management.