Speaker: Ralph Wiedemeier, Frame Factory

Wednesday, May 7th, 15:15, in INR 219

Title: The art and science behind the show: Real-time interactive graphics for TV, stage and the web.

With his company Frame Factory, Ralph Wiedemeier designs and implements award-winning artistic and technical solutions for stage performances, TV shows, exhibitions and rich web experiences. Presenting three of his latest projects, he will give an inside view into working on the edge between art, design and science. How to build a robust and affordable large-scale touch screen: Cosmophon is the new show of Martin O., a highly acclaimed Swiss musician and vocal artist. The performance is supported by a custom made, interactive video screen, driven by a powerful 3D real-time graphics engine. Real-time, image-based camera tracking for TV productions: TrackMe is a joint-venture between Swiss TV and Frame Factory, and Ralph’s master thesis. It provides a robust and reliable tracking framework for augmented reality in TV shows. TrackMe was awarded with the ETH medal. An interactive museum on the web: With Smithsonian X 3D, the world’s largest museum in Washington DC launches a part of its vast collection online. On behalf of Autodesk, Frame Factory developed a web-based, interactive 3D exploration and storytelling tool using only open standards like WebGL.

Ralph Wiedemeier started his career as a digital artist and show designer. For several years he created audiovisual designs and experiences for TV, live shows and exhibits. After receiving his master’s degree in computer science from ETH Zurich, he started designing software and systems for authoring and presenting real-time interactive audiovisual content. During an internship in the research group at Pixar, he helped developing more intuitive tools for creating animated movies. With his own company Frame Factory, he works for companies around the globe including Autodesk, Smithsonian, Credit Suisse, Zurich, Swiss Radio and TV and many more.