ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee Conference Call
November 13, 2002
SIGGRAPH 2004 Technical Chairs
Dena Slothower introduced Joe Marks as the candidate for
SIGGRAPH 2004 Papers Chair. Joe answered questions and left the
Motion (Owen, Morie) To approve the nomination of Joe Marks
as SIGGRAPH 2004 Papers Chair
Motion (Owen, Frey) To approve Jacqueline Martino as SIGGRAPH
2004 Courses Chair.
Motion (Owen, Brown) To approve Jonathon Gibbs as SIGGRAPH
2004 Panels Chair
SIGGRAPH 2004 Preliminary Budget
Scott Owen and Dena Slothower presented the SIGGRAPH 2004
preliminary budget and answered questions. They emphasized that, at
this early stage, the budget is very flexible and might be modified
depending upon the financial outcome of SIGGRAPH 2003. There was a
concern raised that a conference call does not allow adequate time
to discuss and approve a budget.
Motion (Frey, Enger) to approve the SIGGRAPH 2004 preliminary
Approved (8,0,1; abstain, Brown)
National Research Council (NRC) Funding Time Limit
The ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee passed a motion in 2000 to
request that the NRC conduct a study to develop the Research
Challenges in Computer Graphics and to seed the funding for the
study with $50,000. This money was sent to the NRC with the
provision that if the NRC is not successful in raising the rest of
the necessary funds, the $50,000 will be returned to ACM SIGGRAPH.
The NRC is attempting to raise the funds with the help of ACM
SIGGRAPH volunteers providing contact information for potential
sponsors in government agencies and industries.
The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the
National Research Council presented the proposal to their advisory
board last year, and it was accepted as a proposed study. The full
NRC Board also approved the study. Recently a new staff member of
CSTB has been assigned, and the study seems to be moving forward.
However, it was felt that there should be a time limit set for
the fund raising, so that ACM SIGGRAPH can get the original $50,000
back if the funding efforts are not successful, and alternative
plans for a study can be discussed. However, if the NRC does raise a
significant amount of money by the deadline and can talk about some
specific agency being prepared to contribute, then the Executive
Committee can always reconsider and extend the deadline. This
request came from Bob Ellis and Mike McGrath from the ACM SIGGRAPH
Public Policy Committee.
Motion (Brown, Inakage) to set July 1, 2003, as a deadline
for the National Research Council to raise the funds for the ACM
SIGGRAPH sponsored study entitled "Research Challenges in Computer
Graphics". If the NRC is not successful, the seed funds ($50,000)
will be returned to ACM SIGGRAPH at this time.
Budget Calls Schedule
Since the treasurer was not on the conference call, we were not
able to set the budget calls schedule. Garry Paxinos will be asked
to send out a proposed schedule.
Gudrun Enger announced that she found a volunteer to look at the
disk storage drives on which the SIGGRAPH 2001 and SIGGRAPH 2002
online data was stored. He was able to retrieve and catalogue the
contents. Barb Helfer is finishing up work on the SIGGRAPH 2002
online contents at Naval Postgraduate School.
Everyone is encouraged to send information about any ACM SIGGRAPH
activity to Leo Hourvitz or Gudrun Enger for posting.
Dena Slothower Thanked
In closing, Dena Slothower, SIGGRAPH 2004 Conference Chair, was
thanked for her efforts on SIGGRAPH 2004 budget and other planning.
Next Conference Call
The next conference call will be December 11, 2002 at 9 am