Session at SIGGRAPH: the Fast-Forward Papers Preview
July 27, 2003
How does one see everything at SIGGRAPH in ninety
One of Sunday evening’s special events
was the Fast-Forward Papers Preview. This unique forum allows
one to find out about
the papers that will be presented during the SIGGRAPH conference.
In front of a packed ballroom, speakers have one minute to present
a condensed version of their presentation to a large, diverse audience.
Someone from the each paper comes in succession to discuss the
paper and summarize years of research.
Such massive distillation of research can lead to entertaining
results. Some of the many methods they used to present research
• Demonstrations: One of the classic ways of impressing an audience on
the merits of some research is to show the results of this work. This was done
by several of the presenters with awesome effects.
• Poetry: Several of the speakers used poetic rhymes to entice, and show
how research so nice.
• Fast-Sales Pitches: “Want your model to gain weight” and
other clever marketing pitches were used to describe research in Human Bodies
and other sessions of SIGGRAPH.
• Other creative methods include: Using a silent film format and speed-reading
The utility of this special session can not be understated. It
summarizes the major accomplishments in this field and allows one
to find new sessions, which continue related research that might
tangential to the particular field that one is presenting in.
Like anything moving so quickly, this year’s
preview did have its events: the main projector over-heated and
twice, more than one speaker fumbled their carefully rehearsed
speech, and some jokes were inevitably missed by the audience.
But even such a calamity was not enough to stop the hurried pace
that characterizes the preview, the speaker had to finish, and … fast.
The slides were automatically advanced, so for those few who tried
to continue and eke out extra time found themselves without any
slides to discuss.
This is a unique feature and one that many other technical conferences
would benefit from, some greatly. Although only in its second year,
Fast-Forward Papers Preview is arguably one of the best special
sessions of SIGGRAPH. Where else can one preview 81 papers in 90