SIGGRAPH 2008 Chair's Letter to the Membership
Dear Fellow ACM Member: As ACM SIGGRAPH gets ready to host its 34th annual, International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, we are looking ahead to the 35th, 36th, and 37th. At the crossroads of science, art and technology, the SIGGRAPH conference has become the premier event for our profession. To maintain our well-respected status, we must remain dynamic and relevant to the industry. This means changing to meet industry requirements.
As the SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference Chair, I want to let you know that I am working closely with SIGGRAPH conference chairs and programs chairs past, present, and future to evaluate our current conference model and evolve it to ensure we provide the most relevant attendee experience. Plainly put, this means change. Change that is designed to enhance not only the total experience for current SIGGRAPH conference attendees, but also to make the conference more attractive to a greater number of ACM members.
As we move to 2008 and beyond, our goal is to enhance synergy among disciplines and to craft a more fluid, multi-disciplinary experience. We are designing a more agile conference model that is responsive to attendee, contributor and exhibitor needs and expectations. To meet our goals, we are removing many of the classic program boundaries and shifting away from a format-driven model to a content-driven one which features themes. A theme-based model will allow us to stay fresh and vital in our educational approach by dynamically addressing community and industry interests.
So come to SIGGRAPH 2007 and discover not only the latest in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, but also get a glimpse at, and perhaps be a part of, the SIGGRAPH conference evolution.
If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas, please contact me.
2008 SIGGRAPH Conference Chair
IBM Research, Watson