The Future Looks Bright; However, Is Change in the
31 July 2003
This year a record number of papers were submitted. Only 19% of
the 424 submissions made it into the final presentation (of 81 papers).
Jessica Hodgins, SIGGRAPH 2003 Papers Chair, reported
at the beginning of the Paper presentations on Monday, that the
selection process was especially challenging this year as the meeting,
in Denver, was hampered by snowstorms and the US military campaign
in Iraq. In spite of all the complications, a great deal of was
done in a short period of time to place the papers in sessions and
make this year’s SIGGRAPH a success.
However, the number of submissions has been increasing steadily.
While this bodes well for the computer graphics community, it concerns
Hodgins as it might over stress the through reviews
conducted by SIGGRAPH.
“Each person is reviewing 19 papers,” warns Hodgins,
and “the review structure won't scale because of experience
and difficulty associated with each review.” Unlike other
major conferences, there is no hierarchy present, so every committee
member discusses the papers. Unless events change, the situation
according to Hodgins, “ is going to be hard.”
While all the changes are not in place, one change will be the inclusion
of a new outcome from the SIGGRAPH review: Accept to Transactions
on Graphics with major revisions. According to Hodgins,
this gives the committee “a venue for authors to submit a
work that needs a longer period of time for revisions.”
The paper review and selection process for SIGGRAPH 2004 is already
on its way. “The process starts 18 months in advance”
says Hodgins. The next chair will be Joe
Marks of Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL).
Hodgins’s comments for next year are that
it is important to know whom the leaders in other areas since SIGGRAPH
has such a wide breath of topics and, as many researchers tend to
focus too much in their own area.
Regarding the 2004 selection process Marks
suggests that while “The SIGGRAPH papers review process has
never set targets for the number of acceptances. However, the acceptance
rate in recent years has usually been between 18% and 20%. So it's
likely that more papers will be accepted if more papers are submitted.
The number of submissions has increased by about 18% each of the
last two years, so most people are betting on more submissions and
more acceptances for 2004.”
What this means for authors, especially new authors (e.g., graduate
students), is that the competition for paper acceptance will increase.
However, Hodgins did provide some tips on authoring
a paper for SIGGRAPH. The paper should have a message for the SIGGRAPH
community and should clearly state what problem it is solving and
why its solution if of interest to the SIGGRAPH community. Mark
reminds authors to “be sure to read the on-line Call for Participation
In conclusion, Hodgins has lead a renowned team
of experts in this field for over a year to make the papers presentation
at SIGGRAPH 2003 enlightening and though-provoking. While change
maybe in the offing, she cautions that an important consideration
for her and future chairs will be “to not to break (the paper
selection process).” The rates of growth in the field and
SIGGRAPH’s reputation for quality mean that Mark and Paper
Committee for 2004 have a great deal of work in store for them.
Jessica Hodgins and Joe Marks (right)
the 2003 and 2004 SIGGRAPH Paper chairs rspectively