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Holly RushmeierHolly Rushmeier is a researcher at IBM, and was the SIGGRAPH Papers chair in 1996.

What first drew you to computer graphics? Interesting research opportunity.
Do you have any favorite computer graphics mentors?

I have been helped and encouraged by many people in the graphics community, so its hard to single anyone out. One person who has been a great example is Nelson Max. Besides consistently making significant contributions over many years, he
always takes an interest in other people's work -- asking informed questions at talks, writing amazingly thorough and balanced paper reviews.

What was the first time you contributed to SIGGRAPH?

1987

What year/city was your first SIGGRAPH? Which was most intense? Why?

I went to the Exhibition for Seattle/1980, because I worked down the street and the company I worked at was in the market for a large format pen plotter at the time. 1987/Anaheim was the first time I went to the full conference. 1996/New Orleans was the most intense since I was on the committee.

What contributions to SIGGRAPH are you most proud of? Running the 1996 papers program -- it was a lot harder than I expected, and at times I thought it might be the first year without a papers program!
What's your favorite thing at this year or last year's SIGGRAPH? My favorite thing is always meeting up with people and hearing about what they have been doing for the past year.
What near/intermediate developments in CG do you look forward to? Making the tools for creating and using graphics easier to use. We can make amazing images, but it is still much too hard. Making graphics tools easier to use will open up applications in more non-traditional areas.
Having been Papers Chair in 1996, looking back, what would you say has
been the most significant change to the Papers program, or the submissions
now being presented?
The biggest change has been the institution of a revision cycle after preliminary acceptance. This
increases the quality of the papers that appear. It also allows the SIGGRAPH proceedings to be published as a special issue of Transactions on Graphics, an important factor for recognition outside the graphics community. This has been made possible in part by being able to rely on electronic communications (I know this sounds archaic, but in 1996 people were still disturbed about requiring authors to have email access to send an abstract!), and by improvements in the production process. It also is only possible with an intense effort by both the committee and paper authors. I hope the community is able to keep up the quality of the process in the future.

 

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