How to Write a SIGGRAPH Paper: A Guide to Choosing a Good Research Topic, Doing the Research, and Writing it Up

Wednesday, 28 November 17:15-18:30 | Peridot 201

As you probably know, only about one in five SIGGRAPH submissions is actually accepted to the conference. Can anything be done to increase your chances? Absolutely! Over the years, I think I’ve learned quite a few tricks on how to write a successful SIGGRAPH paper. What I’ll do in this talk is share them with you. These “tricks” span a very broad spectrum, from “how to choose the right research topic in the first place” (or even “how to put yourself in the right frame of mind to choose the right research topic”); to how to carry out the research; to how to write each section of the paper, including the rules of grammar and diction that are important for making your paper as legible and your ideas as transparent as possible. In this 90-minute talk, I’ll cover all of these topics and more.


David Salesin, Adobe Fellow, University of Washington

David Salesin is a Fellow at Adobe, where he has led the Creative Technologies Lab since 2005, as well as an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he has been on the faculty since 1992. He received his Sc.B. from Brown in 1983, and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1991. From 1983-87, he worked at Lucasfilm and Pixar, where he contributed computer animation to the Academy Award-winning short film, "Tin Toy," and the feature-length film, Young Sherlock Holmes. He spent the 1991-92 year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Program of Computer Graphics at Cornell. In 1996, he co-founded two companies, where he served as Chief Scientist: Inklination and Numinous Technologies. When the latter was acquired by Microsoft in 1999, he worked as a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research until 2005. He is a recipient of the NSF Young Investigator award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award; the University of Washington Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in the College of Engineering, the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Washington Professor of the Year Award, and the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award. He is a Guest Professor of Zhejiang University and an ACM Fellow. His outside interests include tango, photography, Aikido (in which he holds a black belt), printmaking, piano, saxophone, flying, traveling, cooking, old films, backpacking, skiing, mountain biking, and chocolate.