Courses should emphasize learning, developing residual skills, and suggesting directions for further personal development. Sales presentations, user-group meetings, or other specialized discussions are not appropriate formats for courses and are more appropriate as Exhibitor Tech Talks or Birds of a Feather.
Courses should have a well-defined pedagogical goal and identify a specific, unified set of skills or knowledge that the course is intended to communicate. For freer discussions, submit a proposal to Panels.
Courses are either short (1.5 hours) or half-day (3.25 hours) sessions. We recommend one lecturer for a short course and one or two lecturers for a half-day course.
You may submit multiple course proposals on the same topic (for example, a Fundamentals course and a follow-up Applications course) if you feel the time-frame is too short for your topic.
Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 18 February 2011.
Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the General Submission form. You will be asked for:
- Basic information about your submission (page 1)
- Permissions (page 2)
- A presentation format (page 3). To propose a Course, please select Course as your presentation format. You will then be taken to the forms specific to this presentation format. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format.
Your submission must include the following materials and information:
- Basic submission information, including lecturer names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as title of the course, and a single-sentence summary (50 words or fewer).
- One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
- Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
- Course Description, Syllabus/Schedule including duration of topic sections and lecturers.
- Length of the course (1.5 hours or half day).
- Intended audience, prerequisites, and level of difficulty.
- Bio Form. Please provide short bios for each of your lecturers or panelists. At most, a course should consist of a moderator and 3-4 lecturers. We recommend one lecturer for a short course and two lecturers for a half-day course.
- Sample of course notes. This is an outline of materials and a representative sample of the type of Courses Notes that you plan to provide if your course is accepted. The review sample need not be long or complete, but it should be clear and concise, and it should demonstrate the expected quality of the learning materials that will be available during and after the conference.
- Special presentation requirements, if any.
- Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.
Optional: You may also provide examples of other materials, demonstrations, or exercises that support the course topics.
Important Reminder: Course lengths were reduced for SIGGRAPH 2010. They are now 1.5 or 3.25 hours.
Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.
All submitters must complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement (formerly the Acceptance Agreement) before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.
Educator’s Resources Submission option. Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference have the option of donating materials of educational value to ACM SIGGRAPH online resources for the benefit of the education community. Learn more
For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.
For additional submission information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
Courses can fulfill one of several educational roles. The first is an introduction to an area, suitable for someone with little, or no, background in that area. These courses can range from introductory topics through more advanced concepts. The important criterion for this type of course is that it should guide the attendee through the material in a sensible way. A second type of course introduces the attendee to an area that is related to graphics but is not considered "core" graphics. In this case, the materials must clearly demonstrate how a computer graphics researcher would benefit from the information in the course. Finally, a course may consolidate a new and emerging research trend. This type of course can help facilitate transfer to practical applications and guide new researchers in the area.
Well attended, strong courses may be re-submitted in subsequent years. Recently taught courses must provide justification for why the course should be repeated. If the course was taught a while ago, please explain why the material should be visited again, and what the advancements in the area are.
Some reasons courses are rejected:
1. Example notes or slides do not communicate key ideas in a clear and informative manner.
2. The materials focus on only a narrow subset of the approaches in a particular area. The course outline should provide a comprehensive overview of a specific area.
3. The material has been covered sufficiently in previous years, or the material is not of interest to a broad audience.
Jurors are asked to evaluate your submission using four criteria: Concept, Novelty, Interest, and Quality. The final submission score is based on a combination of these factors. For example, a submission that is high quality, has broad appeal, and contains something new is likely to be accepted, while a submission that is incremental, of interest to only a small number of people, and poorly written will probably be rejected.
How exceptional are the ideas, problems, solutions, aesthetics, etc. presented in this submission? How coherently does the submission convey its overall concept? Is the concept similar to existing ones, or does it stand out? This criterion is particularly applicable to submissions that put together existing technologies into a single product (for example, demos, animations, art pieces). Submissions of this type, where the individual technologies are not necessarily new but their combination is, are evaluated on both the final product and how well proposed technologies integrate to meet the desired goals. Many submissions in this area are rejected because they do what existing systems do, and they do not demonstrate that the proposed approach leads to better results.
How new and fresh is this work? Is it a new, ground-breaking approach to an old problem, or is it an existing approach with a slightly new twist? You must first demonstrate to the jury that your work is sufficiently different from existing approaches. Second, you should evaluate you work in the context of other approaches where appropriate: Is it faster? Easier to use? Does it give better results? Is it more accurate? Many submissions are rejected either because the work is too similar to existing work or because the submission materials did not convince the jury that the improvements were substantial enough.
Will conference attendees want to see this? Will it inspire them? Are the results or approach appealing to a broad audience? This is partly a measure of how broad the potential audience is and partly a measure of the overall clarity and novelty of the submission. A submission in a very niche area is more likely to be accepted if the results are exceptionally better than what exists already, or if the proposed solution might be applicable to other areas.
Quality, Craft, and Completeness
This is a measure of how well-written the abstract is and the quality of the supporting materials. The abstract must effectively communicate both the problem and the solution in enough detail and clarity that the jury can evaluate it. You must also convince the jury that your solution works. Many submissions are rejected because, while the problem and solution seemed interesting, the materials did not convince the jury that the solution had actually been implemented and evaluated. If your submission has an animation, simulation, or interactive component, then including a video is essential.
You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your course proposal during the week of 20 April 2011.
You will be able to update your basic submission information and any final materials so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance, around 3 May 2011. Please be prepared to deliver your final versions of your information and materials on or before that date.
You must provide an updated version of the course description and schedule/syllabus for inclusion in the conference web site and program.
You must provide final course notes by 18 May 2011.
You will receive information on when and where your course will be presented.
Course presenters will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2011 Recognition Policy.
Deadline for all General Submission forms and upload of materials.
Acceptance and image-release forms due.
19 February - 25 March
Assignment and online review of all General Submissions.
Jury meeting for all General Submissions.
30 March - 13 April
Final selection and scheduling for General Submissions.
Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent to all General Submissions submitters.
Deadline for changes to materials for publication, including speakers, short and long descriptions, abstracts, papers, and images.
Final Course Notes due to Stephen Spencer.
SIGGRAPH 2011, Vancouver