Emerging Technologies

We live in a world of unprecedented complexity, where humanity, nature, and technology must adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Digital technology can provide new answers to these challenges, but it can also pose new problems.

Our technology has become so powerful we can now control the genetic makeup of living organisms and cause holes in the ozone layer. Yet some of the most impressive breakthroughs in art and technology happen by considering the gaps and opportunities in the existing landscape - by adapting what we know to what might be. Now, as the world evolves with exponential speed, we need artists and scientists to show us the infinite possibilities of adaptation.

Emerging Technologies is a showcase for innovations that will change the way we work, live, and play. For SIGGRAPH Asia 2009, we are seeking works that show how digital technology adapts, or can help us adapt, to a world in flux. Adaptation can have many meanings, from machines that repair themselves under stress to technologies that help humans survive in adverse conditions. Adaptations can also be unexpected or unwanted. We are particularly interested in seeing examples of how computer graphics and interactive techniques are evolving to adapt to new conditions: technical, social, environmental, or something else entirely.

We are looking for creative, innovative technologies and applications in many fields, including:

  • 3D displays
  • Audio
  • Biotech and biologically inspired technology
  • Computational photography
  • Computer graphics and animation
  • Context-aware applications
  • Design
  • Displays
  • Games
  • High-speed networking
  • Interaction technology
  • Mobile technology
  • Physical computing
  • Robots
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Virtual and mixed reality

Feel free to submit even if your work is not covered by the above list! If it is new, cool, and exciting, we want to see it at SIGGRAPH Asia 2009!

The main form of presentation at Emerging Technologies is live, working, hands-on demonstrations. It is essential that your work can be effectively demonstrated by the time the conference opens in December. To ensure this, the submission process requires all submitters to provide extensive technical, logistical, and practical documentation. Running an Emerging Technologies demo is hard work, but it is also very rewarding. Your work will be experienced by thousands of people and widely reported in media.

We invite submissions from academic institutions as well as corporations and individuals. All submissions will be reviewed by experts in relevant fields, and the final selections will be made by a jury. In addition to submitted works, a portion of the exhibition will be curated; please contact the Emerging Technologies Chair if you have suggestions for curated works! Juried and curated works will be clearly distinguished in the conference program.

Accepted Emerging Technologies works will be presented as on-going demonstrations throughout SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 in Yokohama. Technical support will be provided to make the most of each demo. If your work is accepted, you will have the opportunity to give a technical presentation, advertised in the conference program. Press tours and other media outreach will be organized to further increase awareness and publicity. A promotional video will be widely distributed, and a description of each exhibit will be published online and in Digital Experiences, a printed catalog new for SIGGRAPH Asia 2009. Additionally, we will seek to offer selected works the opportunity to be published as peer-reviewed papers in an edited special issue of an academic journal.

The submission deadline was 5 June 2009. The complete list of Emerging Technologies projects will be available at Emerging Technologies in August.

Lars Erik Holmquist
Emerging Technologies Chair
Swedish Institute of Computer Science and Södertörn University