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A SIGGRAPH Conference Overview
Audience: Conference Attendee (any registration)
 
Background
In 2001, the SIGGRAPH annual conference series turns 28. From its modest beginnings in the dormitories of the University of Colorado to the grandest convention halls from coast to coast, SIGGRAPH conferences have connected hundreds of thousands of people who share passions in computer graphics and interactive techniques.
 
By participating in a SIGGRAPH conference, you join a continuum of vast and vibrant proportions.
 
Essentials
  • Theory to practice. SIGGRAPH conferences are forums for research, debate, learning, art, business, and experience. Through presentations, workshops, galleries, festivals, exhibitions, and receptions, conference attendees have an opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions, and admire excellence on a yearly basis.
     
  • Presentations. Traditional forums for the latest research and practice in the fields of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Programs such as Papers, Panels, and Sketches & Applications all contribute to archival references ("proceedings") that capture the state of the art for that year. A keynote address is also always a critical highlight of the week.
     
  • Workshops. Programs such as Courses, the Educators Program, Community Outreach, and the Fundamentals Seminar engage and enlighten participants in many diverse areas of computer graphics.
     
  • Galleries, festivals, and laboratories. Grand halls of experience, programs such the Art Gallery, the Computer Animation Festival, the Creative Applications Lab, and Emerging Technologies, all offer opportunities to sample, experience, and reflect upon some of the most creative computer work of the year.
     
  • Exhibition. Started in 1976, the annual SIGGRAPH exhibitions are one of the most prestigious commercial events in the world. Vendors of products and services compete each year for highly prized space in the next conference cycle.
     
  • Receptions. Numerous conference receptions (and even more independently sponsored parties) are the pulse of the SIGGRAPH community for meeting, networking, and reviewing results of the week.
     
  • Services. Great services such as a Career Center, Job Fair, Internet Access Centers, busing, Merchandise Store, and information kiosks all enhance the experience of the conference attendee.
     
  • International Resources. Volunteers dedicated to improving the participation of international guests at the conference.
     
  • Volunteers. Legions of volunteers such as program committee members, student volunteers, and contributors all give their time to implement the conference experience for a week. Opportunities to volunteer for the conference and organization occur at the Get Involved! meeting in the middle of the week.
     
  • Special interests - In Birds of a Feather sessions, people share similar ideals and practices informally throughout the week.

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q: Where do I start at a SIGGRAPH conference?
A: If you are joining us for the first time, a SIGGRAPH conference can be intimidating. Meeting people in registration lines can often be some of your best, initial sources of experience. The Pathfinders project offers a limited amount of one-on-few mentoring for starter ideas. Stopping by the next year's conference booth is also a good way to meet people and ask questions. If you are an international guest, the International Center is often the best place to seek guidance.
 
Q: Where can I get more information?
A: Most information about the conference and organization can be found on the Internet at www.siggraph.org. Additional information is available in the Call for Participation (August), the Advance Announcement (February), and the Advance Program (May). If you attend the conference, the Program & Buyer's Guide is a resource full of contact information about many contributors to the conference.
 
Feedback
 
This information was brought to you by SIGGRAPH Pathfinders, a volunteer group dedicated to mentoring of first-time conference visitors.
 
Please take a moment to help us help you. Share with us how this information improved (or could have improved) your conference experience. You can reach us at SIGGRAPH 2001 at the Pathfinder booth in main registration or via email: pathfinders@siggraph.org. Thank you.
 


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