ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee Conference Call
March 26, 2003
Conference Call Minutes
Motion (Brown, Helfer) To approve the minutes from the
February conference call.
Note: Thierry Frey was not yet on the call at the time of
The SIGGRAPH 2003 budget has been approved by the ACM Executive
Committee, and the SIGGRAPH 2004 Technical Meeting Request Form (TMRF)
is in the approval process. ACM is concerned because the other large
conferences are expected to lose money this year, and the SIGGRAPH
conference lost money the last two years. However, the SIGGRAPH 2003
contingency plan is good, and we only need to have 300 more full
conference attendees than we had last year in San Antonio to break
even. This seems very likely since SIGGRAPH 2003 will be in San
Diego. ACM will take over some of the accounting, beginning May 1,
and more of the accounting for SIGGRAPH 2004.
One policy change will be to have the ACM Executive Committee
review the preliminary budgets for conferences, both early in the
process and soon after the preceding conference.
In the past, the ACM General Fund lost money, and the SIG
(Special Interest Group) general fund brought in money. This is now
reversed. The ACM General Fund is now projected to bring in money,
but not as much as the SIGs, as a whole, are losing. There is some
income coming to the SIGs from their material in the ACM Digital
Library. This money will be split among the SIGs proportional to the
number of downloads of their material.
1. Barb Helfer to encourage organizers of conferences with whom
ACM SIGGRAPH is in cooperation to make the content available to the
2. Alain Chesnais to write an article for siggraph.org home page
telling people about the Digital Library and the ability of all ACM
SIGGRAPH members to access the ACM SIGGRAPH content.
Capturing Conference Content
Gudrun Enger presented a proposal from SOMA Media for creating an
interactive online streaming application of the conference content,
with a two-camera setup in two of the conference rooms, at a cost of
$37,500. Gudrun will discuss with them whether the use of the camera
from AVW, the conference AV company, would bring the cost down. They
will also produce a DVD-ROM of conference content, at their own
expense, and will give ACM SIGGRAPH a percentage of the sales.
Gudrun and Erica Johnson will negotiate with them what that
percentage should be.
Motion (Enger, Owen) To accept the SOMA proposal described
above, subject to agreement on the use of AVW's camera and
negotiation on the percentage of the DVD-ROM sales.
Approved (5,0,2; Abstain Brown, Helfer)
Barb Helfer announced the selection of the following awards
recipients for 2003:
Significant New Researcher Award - Mathieu Desbrun
Computer Graphics Achievement Award- Peter Schoder
Steven A. Coons Award - Pat Hanrahan
April Conference Call
The April conference call was cancelled since the next Executive
Committee meeting is May 2-4, 2003.