SIGGRAPH 96
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For Immediate Release
2 April 1996
For further information:
Steve Koppel
+1.312.644.6610 x3757
+1.312.245.1083 fax
koppel@siggraph.org


The Next SIGGRAPH Frontier: New Orleans in 1996

Imagine it. Do it. Celebrate it.

SIGGRAPH 96, the 23rd Annual International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will be held in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 4-9 August 1996. More than 25,000 people will explore state-of-the-art technology through a comprehensive technical program, three-day exhibition, and special venues focusing on art, animation, applications, and interactivity.

Several new programs will join the traditional SIGGRAPH offerings of papers, panels, courses, exhibits, keynote address, computer animation festival, educators program, and the art show.

The new Applications program will demonstrate "theory-into-practice," showing how computer graphics research from previous years has successfully migrated into the everyday working world. Applications will be selected from a wide span of business and industry:

oil and gas exploration and production
environmental impact
medical imaging, visualization, and virtual anatomy
education
space exploration
accident reconstruction and litigation
news media
creative and performing arts
entertainment
graphic design
architecture
The Bridge will be a collaborative exhibition between the SIGGRAPH 96 Art Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the nearby Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans.

The new Art Market, recognizing the explosive growth of computer-generated art, will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase artwork from a collection of 2D art.

The 96 interactive program, Digital Bayou, will bring together an international assemblage of state-of-the-art research and applications in interactive computer graphics and interface techniques -- with truly interactive, real-time experiences.

Animator Sketches is an open forum for vital interchange about creative and production problems, novel techniques as well as out-takes and bloopers. Animator Sketches joins Technical Sketches and Posters, and Artist/Designer Sketches as the place for works in progress and emerging ideas.

The SIGGRAPH 96 Exhibition, always a benchmark for the diversity and exponential growth of computer graphics, will showcase over 250 exhibitors in more than 140,000 net square feet. This makes SIGGRAPH 96 the largest computer graphics exhibition in the United States. In 1995, SIGGRAPH was identified as one of the top five fastest-growing exhibitions in the United States, according to Tradeshow Week.

Already the premier international conference in computer graphics, SIGGRAPH continues to break new ground. SIGGRAPH not only demonstrates the leading edge, but uses those leading edge tools to create the conference and increase participation each year.

SIGGRAPH has also increased its presence online with the creation of a robust site on the World Wide Web. The site (http://www.siggraph.org/conferences/siggraph96/) features customer-focused information, including online registration, program content, and exhibition updates.

"SIGGRAPH has expanded online activity to make participating and contributing even more dynamic," said Conference Chair John Fujii. "This process will bring still more new people into SIGGRAPH -- and create new connections within the vibrant community of cultures and technologies that is the SIGGRAPH phenomenon."

Fujii, an advanced graphics software engineer for Hewlett-Packard Company, was named conference chair for SIGGRAPH 96, a volunteer position, in January 1994. An active contributor and member since 1986, Fujii sees SIGGRAPH 96 as a chance to further challenge the boundaries across art, science, and technology.

For information about registration contact:

SIGGRAPH 96 Conference Management
Smith, Bucklin & Associates, Inc.
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
+1.312.321.6830
+1.312.321.6876 fax
siggraph96@siggraph.org

To purchase exhibition space contact:

SIGGRAPH 96 Exhibition Management
Hall-Erickson, Inc.
150 Burlington Avenue
Clarendon Hills, Illinois, 60514 USA
+1.708.850.7779
+1.708.850.7843 fax
halleric@siggraph.org

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