The duties and composition of the Conference Advisory Group
The ACM SIGGRAPH Conference Advisory Group (CAG) handles
basic issues of the annual SIGGRAPH conference.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Strategic planning, both single and multi-year.
- Defining and implementing policy that has multi-year impact.
- Soliciting and selecting conference and CAG chairs.
- Assisting conference chairs and committee members in all issues.
- Helping with conference budget preparation.
- Resolving single and multi-year conference issues.
- Selection of conference sites.
- Development and evaluation of RFPs for contracted services.
- Reviewing and assessing CAG, conferences, and conference programs.
The CAG consists of the following voting members:
four conference chairs (the current year's, the past year's,
and the next two years'), the CAG chair and two
Executive Committee (EC) representatives.
The Chief Staff Executive (CSE) is a non-voting member.
All meetings are open, and guests are invited as needed.
The CAG is also supported by professional staff that
provides administrative services.
The responsibilities of the EC representative to CAG
The responsibilities of an EC representative to the CAG include,
but are not limited to:
- Being a full working member of CAG.
- Serving as an information conduit between EC and CAG.
This includes attending all CAG and EC meetings,
alerting CAG when issues come up that should be handled by EC,
and bringing appropriate issues to the attention of EC.
The qualifications of an EC representative to CAG
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Familiarity with the culture and processes of
the annual conference, ideally as a previous conference committee member.
- Familiarity with the ACM SIGGRAPH organization.
- An understanding of ACM SIGGRAPH strategic plan ,
goals, and priorities
- An understanding of which kinds of issues should
be dealt with by the ACM SIGGRAPH EC or President.
- A working knowledge of the computer graphics and
interactive techniques industry.
- The confidence of the members of EC.
- The confidence of the members of CAG.
- The ability and willingness to devote time as necessary to CAG work.
This is estimated to be 2 to 4 hours weekly plus attendance at four
to six CAG meetings, four EC meetings, and the annual conference,
as well as other meetings deemed necessary each year.
- The ability and willingness to reply promptly, i.e., within 24 hours,
to all telephone, email, and mail communication on CAG
and other ACM SIGGRAPH issues. When this is not possible,
EC and CAG should be made aware of the temporary unavailability.
- The ability and willingness to perform work on a wide variety
of issues that might involve interaction with many people,
leadership of small groups, assembly of material, and creation
and presentation of reports.
- The ability and willingness to communicate with others on
issues that are sensitive and controversial.
- The ability to listen to concerns of others and to know when
private conversations should remain confidential and when it
is appropriate that these conversations be shared.
- The willingness to fairly represent CAG decisions in addition
to his/her own views if they differ from the majority of CAG.
- Respect for the work and opinion of others.
Term of office
The terms of an EC representative to the CAG will be two years
in duration and will begin on July 1.
A representative may serve at most two consecutive terms.
The terms of the two EC representatives will be staggered,
one selected annually.
Nomination and Selection
The candidates for the open EC representative to CAG position
will be determined each year at the spring EC meeting,
generally held in May.
Candidates will be solicited prior to this meeting and
may be nominated or self-nominated.
Each candidate will provide a written position statement
as backup for the EC meeting.
Candidates who are also members of the EC will leave the
room for the discussion and vote.
The representative must be selected by a majority.
If this is not achieved on the first ballot,
there will be run-offs between the top two candidates
until such a majority is reached.
Initial policy prepared by Nan Schaller
and Walt Bransford, February 2, 1999
Revised by Judy Brown, January 16, 2001
Revised further by Judy Brown and
approved by ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee, June 12, 2002.