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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
31 July 2003

For further information:
Sheila Hoffmeyer
+1.312.644.6610 x5811
+1.312.245.1083 fax
SIGGRAPH 2003 Media Relations

SIGGRAPH 2003 Brings 24,332 To San Diego for Annual Conference & Exhibition
Attendees Crowd Exhibit Floor and Sessions

(San Diego) - SIGGRAPH 2003, the 30th conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, brought a total of 24,332 professionals from 77 countries to San Diego for the annual conference and exhibition 27-31 July 2003. A total of 240 exhibiting companies exhibited in 68,000 net square feet of space.

"SIGGRAPH 2003 exceeded all expectations in delivering exceptional, exciting content. The SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition continues to be the definitive source for the latest information and techniques in computer graphics," said Alyn Rockwood, SIGGRAPH 2003 Chair from Colorado School of Mines. "San Diego was a wonderful host city and attendees really enjoyed their week in southern California."

SIGGRAPH 2003 Computer Animation Festival Awards
The Computer Animation Festival jury selected "ETERNAL GAZE," produced by Sam Chen, as the Best Animated Short and "TIM TOM," produced by Supinfocom/One Plus One, for Jury Honors. "ETERNAL GAZE" is a poignant story of the creative life of sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The piece was selected because although it is entirely computer generated, that fact is quickly lost due to the powerful story. "TIM TOM" is the tale of two fantastical characters, Tim and Tom, who want to meet but are hindered by their creator, a giant omnipotent hand. The piece was selected for its creativity expression encompassing all that is inherent in the art of animation versus live-action.

ACM SIGGRAPH Announces Award Winners
ACM SIGGRAPH presented three awards at the conference to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the computer graphics community. Pat Hanrahan, Stanford University, received the Steven Anson Coons Award for his leadership in rendering algorithms, graphics architectures and systems, and new visualization methods for computer graphics. Peter Schröder, California Institute of Technology, was the 2003 Computer Graphics Achievement Award recipient. Schröder was selected for the award to recognize his contributions to the newly emerging area of 3D geometry processing. Mathieu Desbrun, University of Southern California, received the Significant New Researcher Award for his original contributions to deformable models and animation.

Los Angeles Welcomes SIGGRAPH 2004
SIGGRAPH 2004, the 31st International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center, 8-12 August 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

For information on how to participate, see the SIGGRAPH 2004 Call for Participation.

For conference information, contact:

SIGGRAPH 2004 Conference Management
Smith, Bucklin & Associates, Inc.
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
+1.312.321.6830
+1.312.321.6876 fax
sba@siggraph.org

To purchase exhibition space, contact:

SIGGRAPH 2004 Exhibition Management
Hall-Erickson, Inc.
98 East Naperville Road
Westmont, Illinois 60559 USA
+1.630.434.7779
+1.630.434.1216 fax
halleric@siggraph.org

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