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17th January 2019
IKINEMA is introducing StyleShapes – the new “blend-shapes” for body animation! Repurpose, customize and reuse animation in RunTime and procedurally. Combine IKINEMA’s new In Game Retargeting for next level GameDev!

SFR talks SAUCE lightfield shoot, read the article or listen to the radio coverage!

10th January 2019
Lightfield production "Unfolding" was shot with Saarland University innovative lightfield capture system, on a script and technical planning developed by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in collaboration with DoP Matthias Bolliger.
FMX2019 will cover this production in detail. In the meantime, watch the video!

7th January 2019
A Lightfield production took place at Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR) studio, shot with Saarland University innovative lightfield capture system. TV station SR-Mediathek covered the production (from 6'30") and radio journalist Reto Widmer, SRF Digital Redaktion, interviewed DoP Matthias Bolliger.

January 2019
Thorsten Herfet will give a talk at High Visual Computing 2019 following the publication Enabling Multiview- and Light Field-Video for Veridical Visual Experiences

10th December 2018
Trinity College Dublin have received the Lumiere Award for the Best Paper at the International Conference on 3D Immersion/Stereopsia! On behalf of the Advanced Imaging Society based in Hollywood, CA, Stereopsia organizes – for the 7th consecutive year – the competitions for the “Lumiere Awards” for the territory consisting of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

Learn more about this Publication DeepStereoBrush: Interactive Depth Map Creation (Sebastian Knorr, Matis Hudon, Julian Cabrera, Thomas Sikora, Aljosa Smolic)

December 2018
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Animationsinstitut VR Film Conscious Existence has been awarded Best Visual VR Content with a Lumiere Award!

7th-10th December 2018
Prof. Thorsten Herfet from Saarland University held a keynote at IEEE International Conference on Computer and Communications on Enabling Multiview- and Light Field-Video for Veridical Visual Experiences
The conference, set in Chengdu, China, hosted about 500 delegates from 15 countries (USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, etc, several experts in related fields, invited to give keynote and invited speeches. The in-depth discussions among the attendees effectively advanced the academic exchange.

18th October 2018
Firedancer Miigaa collaborated with the SAUCE team for the first experimental production shot with University of Saarland Lightfield rig and set-up at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Studios
Lightfield data will become available in early 2019

SAUCE Lightfield Test Shoot 10/18

14th September 2018
Best student paper award at CVCS 2018 in Norway awarded to Itziar Zabaleta (UPF ). The paper, titled “Photorealistic style transfer for cinema shoots” will be published at the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

12th-17th September 2018
University Pompeu Fabra attended IBC in Amsterdam. In 2018, IBC delivered another busy event with visitor figures of 55,884. The exhibition grew by 667m2 and conference delegates were up by 14% year on year.

12th-16th August 2018
Foundry, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, University Pompeu Fabra and University of Saarland made an entrance at this year's Siggraph in Vancouver. Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg also presented a talk on VPET and the animated movie "Einstein". VPET also showcased in a live demo

2nd July 2018
Foundry just published a short article about SAUCE on their website. The piece, now listed on the News and awards page, gives an outline of the project to Foundry followers.

11th-15th June 2018 - Hannover
CEBIT 2018: business, leads, ideas. As a triple-punch event featuring exhibits, conferences and networking, CEBIT covers the digitization of business, government and society from every angle. Its four sections – d!conomy, d!tec, d!talk and d!campus – represent an entirely new approach, but one thing remains: the show’s core focus on generating leads and business for all concerned!
This year Saarland University is presenting Plenoptic Imaging / Lightfields: New Immersive Visual Experiences and part of early stages research for SAUCE.

13th June 2018
Saarland University is currently involved in a number of exciting EU projects. And of course on their Research page, they also talk about SAUCE

8th June 2018
Professor Smolic presents keynote speech at the 10th International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience QoMEX 2018
This talk will address the content gap for AR/VR, and present solutions developed by the V-SENSE team, i.e. 3D reconstruction of dynamic real world scenes and their interactive visualization in AR/VR.

V-SENSE is a team of 20+ researchers (half postdocs half PhDs) in Visual Computing at the intersection of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Media Signal Processing. The team is building a dynamic environment where enthusiastic young scientists with different backgrounds get together to shape the future in fundamental as well as applied research projects.

6th June 2018
The Research and Development department at Animationsinstitut consists of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the creation of innovative tools and technologies, not only for entertainment productions, but also for alternative and more socially engaged applications.

Current projects have a strong focus on Digital Actors, Immersion, High Performance Computing and the potential of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR-Now) in narrative entertainment productions. And of course, there is a page dedicate to SAUCE on their website.

9th April 2018
The SAUCE Project Team has completed the First Quarter. The review meeting took place in London and was very successful!