ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee Conference Call
February 26, 2003
The ACM Executive Committee has not approved the SIGGRAPH 2003 budget
because of concerns about the following:
1) Exhibit numbers. This appears to have been a case of ACM looking at
earlier numbers, and we should be OK on this point now.
2) A feeling that we are overly optimistic about attendance
3) The percent of the conference budget that is in contracted services
This has stopped the SIGGRAPH 2004 preliminary budget process. Alain
Chesnais and Scott Owen will go to ACM Headquarters on March 12 to
discuss the numbers, and Alain will then attend the ACM Executive
Committee meeting on March 23.
This is an ACM-wide concern, following all major conferences either
breaking even or losing money last year. All large conferences are
undergoing careful scrutiny.
Masa Inakage presented an online proposal for artists. The goal is to
make use of our online "HUB" to include the arts community more and to
create a year-round community with curated online art shows, focusing on
new artists, and facilities for artists to share ideas. There is no
budget request initially, but funding may be requested for future
projects. This project will tie in with and augment existing arts
activities such as the conference art show, the education committee's
SPACE (student poster and animation competition and exhibition), and the
Traveling Art Show.
Alain Chesnais and Barb Helfer gave updates on recent international
1) The second Afrigraph conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa,
with a great deal of student involvement and research collaboration as a
result of people meeting at the conference the year before.
2) The first Graphite (Oceania and Singapore) conference was held in
Melbourne with over 200 students and faculty researchers. There was good
attendance in the six courses, one of which came from the ACM SIGGRAPH
Traveling Courses program. The Graphite conference will be held next in
June 2004 in Singapore, co-located with the VRAI (Virtual Reality
Applications in Industry) 2004 conference.
Both Afrigraph and Graphite are looking at having conferences every 18
It was acknowledged that the organizers of both these conferences had
done a terrific job.
Hansmann) To send a certificate of appreciation to James Gain, organizer
of Afrigraph 2003, and Matt Adcock, organizer of Graphite 2003, for
their excellent work in organizing these two international conferences.
Motion passed unanimously.
3) The next trip will be to meet with people in South East Asia and
India to help set up a regional community there. Additional contact
information would be appreciated.
History of Computer
Graphics and Arts
Werner Hansmann presented a proposal by Anna Ursyn to collect images
and information about art and technology. It was felt that this is more
than just an educational project, so the call and questionnaire will
have a pointer from the ACM SIGGRAPH main page for now and will tie in
with the arts project, proposed earlier in this conference call, when
that project goes online.