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AI-powered tool Alchemist headlines a packed Substance Day at SIGGRAPH 2018

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Bradley Thorne

The day-long event will feature multiple sessions from industry leaders including Double Negative and Theia Interactive

AI-powered tool Alchemist headlines a packed Substance Day at SIGGRAPH 2018

Allegorithmic will host Substance Day SIGGRAPH on August 13th, featuring a keynote speech from founder and CEO Sébastien Deguy in which he will showcase their upcoming AI-powered tool, Alchemist. Proceedings will begin with the first-ever live demo of Project Alchemist, followed by a full day of talks that will offer practical tips for users and highlight the impact of Substance tools across multiple industries. The day will then come to a close with a casual mixer, open to all attendees.

SIGGRAPH pass holders will have access to all six sessions, including a behind-the-scenes look at the use of Substance in Pacific Rim: Uprising, with Double Negative. A later session will highlight how AR and VR are helping to reshape architecture, with the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the masters. Throughout the day, attendees will receive exclusive looks at the future of Allegorithmic.

“The very first Substance Days took place at a previous SIGGRAPH, so in many ways, this feels like coming home,” says Deguy. “It seems fitting that the first live demo of Alchemist would take place here, and we’re excited to show the community what we have in store for them.”

Substance Day SIGGRAPH will be held in Convention Center East Building, Meeting Room 1, with doors opening at 9:30 am (PDT). The keynote will then begin at 10 am. Sessions include:

  • Keynote address, including live Project Alchemist demo by Allegorithmic founder and CEO Sébastien Deguy plus Allegorithmic director of strategy for entertainment Jérémie Noguer
  • Substance Designer: tips and tricks session by Wes McDermott, Allegorithmic integrations product manager
  • Substance Painter 2018 summer update, and open Q&A session discussing the future of the tool with Jérémie Noguer, Allegorithmic director of market strategy for entertainment
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising and Double Negative: A Matter of Substance with Marc Austin, Double Negative build supervisor
  • Substance for VR/AR Experiences in Architecture & Design with Stephen Phillips, CTO of Theia Interactive
  • Reveal of the David & Diana Apparel Creation Contest winners by Allegorithmic founder and CEO Sébastien Deguy

Both the keynote address and the reveal of the contest winners will be livestreamed on the Allegorithmic YouTube channel. A complete schedule of the day’s events can also be found here.

After Substance Day SIGGRAPH, Allegorithmic will appear as part of NVIDIA’s Limelight 2018 event. There it will showcase its latest releases, including the recent Substance Painter and Substance Designer updates. On August 15th Allegorithmic will co-sponsor SIGGIES, an event hosted by The Rookies, created to bring together students and industry professionals.