Keynote Address &
Annual Awards Recipients
24 July 2002
At Wednesday morning's Keynote Address, SIGGRAPH attendees had
the opportunity to both congratulate awards winners and ponder the
future of internet identity.
The morning began with an enthusiastic welcome by this year's SIGGRAPH
Chair, Tom Appolloni of the Harris Corporation. He then proudly
introduced the three Award winners: Bertram
Gortler and David
B. Kirk. Herzog received the well-deserved Outstanding Service
Award, presented to an individual who has given extraordinary service
to ACM SIGGRAPH.
Herzog, who has spent his life inspiring his colleagues and students
to pursue careers in the computer graphics field and to become active
SIGGRAPH members, gave a compelling and intimate thank you speech,
and left the podium to a standing ovation.
Harvard University's Gortler, received the Significant New Researcher
Award, which was given to recognize his work with "challenging mathematical
insights coupled to practical graphical algorithms." The Award is
presented annually to a researcher who is new to the field and has
made a recent significant impact in computer graphics. Gortler jokingly
reasoned that he got into computer graphics because his carpool
driver back in college was a computer science major, and if he wanted
to not hitchhike back to Long Island everyday, he had to take the
NVIDIA's Kirk was recognized with the distinguished Computer Graphics
Achievement Award for his "technical role in bringing high performance
computer graphics systems to the mass market." Kirk, who's
family was in attendance, graciously thanked his peers, friends
and loved ones.
Following the Awards portion, the audience had the opportunity
to hear this year's Keynote Speaker, Esther
Dyson, chairman of EDventure Holdings, speak on the future of
Dyson, who was integral in developing ICANN (Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers) gracefully explained her position
on privacy standards. A majority of her speech revolved around rebuilding
ICANN ("a non-profit corporation formed to assume responsibility
for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment,
domain name system management and root server system management
functions previously performed under U.S. government contract by
IANA and other entities").
"I am personally trying to fix ICANN, rather than abandon it -
we need a lightweight small policy organization," said a resolute
Dyson pleaded to the audience that ICANN is a necessary entity
to keep the monopoly away from governments or large corporations,
fearing that too much power will mean less privacy for internet
users. She also stressed that ICANN was a means of overseeing the
internet, not controlling it.
Dyson urged SIGGRAPH listeners to take an active interest in how
identity systems work. Paralleling now prominent air marshalls to
ICANN, Dyson spoke of how air marshalls now fly with us to ensure
our safety, effectively introducing the issue of our getting to
know who is protecting us.
"Rather than fighting against the 'air marshalls (i.e. ICANN)'
we should take the time to get to know them and find out how and
why they are protecting us," stated Dyson. "The next time you sit
down next to an air marshall, maybe it's time to know what he's