The SIGGRAPH 2002 website has updated its section on the Special Sessions and this year mostly about VFX and Animation. Two of the most talked about projects will have a session each, Star Wars Episode 2 and Lord of the Rings. Also a session featuring the work of the great Chuck Jones is featured.
The Episode 2 session is entitled Yoda and Beyond: Creating the Digital Cast of Star Wars Episode II, and will take place the opening Sunday, July 21 from 6 to 8 PM. No speakers announced yet but probably Rob Coleman is a safe bet along with a few other VFX and Sequence Supervisors and Animators. The Lord of the Rings presentation, A Voyage to Middle Earth: The Lord of The Rings, will take place Thursday July 25, from 6 to 8 PM. That means that both presentation will be open to all attendees. The Chuck Jones session, What's Up, Doc?, will take place Tuesday July 23 from 8:30 to 10:15 AM. Many people from the industry, including inside ILM were greatly influenced by the late master.
More information can be found here:
This bodes well for having even more Episode 2 presentation (like was the case for Episode 1 in 1999) during this years Conference.