ACM SIGGRAPH News
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama made room in his speech to talk about a subject that some may have found an odd choice for a presidential address: 3D printing. His comments on 3D printing were positive, noting that the technology "has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything." A little over a year later, President Obama's prediction was proven true -- and in a rather personal way.
Both the North American SIGGRAPH conference and SIGGRAPH Asia are well attended by international audiences, and though most attendees understand English, there is a difference between grasping a language and being fully comfortable digesting complex research in that language.
Members of the newly-launched USC ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter are particularly well positioned to volunteer for SIGGRAPH 2015. Literally. The University of Southern California is just two miles from the Los Angeles Convention Center, which will host SIGGRAPH 2015 -- the world's largest international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques -- from August 9 to 13, 2015.
It's becoming evident that Tehran, Iran, has a vibrant computer graphics community. The Tehran ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter, founded in the spring of 2014, is already hosting events that draw crowds of attendees.
ACM Transactions on Graphics is the foremost peer-reviewed journal in the field of computer graphics. The term of the journal's current editor-in-chief -- Julie Dorsey of Yale University -- is ending, and the ACM Publications Board has assembled a nomination committee to aid the board in its selection of Ms. Dorsey's successor, whose term will begin January 1, 2015.
The ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award is given out once a year to an artist who has created a substantial body of work that significantly advances the field of digital art. ACM SIGGRAPH members are warmly invited to nominate individuals for the 2015 Distinguished Artist Award by contacting the ACM SIGGRAPH Artist Award Chair. Nominations are due by December 15, 2014.
SIGGRAPH 2015 is the 42nd occurrence of the world's largest international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques. The conference and exhibition will take place in Los Angeles from August 9 to 13, and is expected to draw attendance in the tens of thousands.
The Association for Computing Machinery's A.M. Turing Award has been described as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," and is revered by many as the greatest honor in the field. Though highly regarded by computing professionals, the Turing Award comes with a monetary prize that, while significant, has traditionally been much smaller than other cash awards disbursed with prizes of similar gravity, such as the Nobel Prize. The 2013 Nobel Prizes were accompanied by cash awards of 8 million Swedish krona (roughly equivalent to $1 million U.S. dollars).