Frequently Asked Questions
Will you accept submissions through the mail or by fax?
No. All submissions must be through the SIGGRAPH 2004 online submission
What formats will you accept for panelist statements, panel description,
Plain ASCII text only. Please do not send HTML, PDF, Postscript, or
Can I have an extension to the deadline?
No. All deadlines are firm. All materials must be submitted by the deadline.
I'm a public relations representative for somebody wonderful who would like
to speak at SIGGRAPH 2004. How can I get my person heard?
Please consider having your person submit a panel topic in the area of
his or her expertise, or wait until the topics are selected and have your
person submit a position paper.
I'm a public relations representative for somebody wonderful who would
like to speak at SIGGRAPH 2004. Do you have a slot free?
No. The SIGGRAPH 2004 Panels program is a competitive juried process where
presentations are selected from the set of complete submissions that have
been received at our office by the posted deadline. There is no process by
which single speakers can be placed into "free spots" on panels, because
such "free spots" do not exist.
I already have a group of five people who would like to form a panel.
Can we submit as a group?
Not really. One of you may submit the panel topic and mention the others
as possible panelists. If the topic is selected, the rest of you can submit
position papers. But we cannot promise that any members of your group will
I'm an expert or author of a certain application. Can I propose a panel
on that application?
This sort of panel is generally not accepted, because the panel serves
a commercial interest. Consider broadening your topic to include a wider
audience or contact SIGGRAPH 2004 Exhibition Management to organize an
If my topic is selected in the first round, am I guaranteed a
spot at SIGGRAPH 2004?
No. If there are not enough quality position papers to form
a good panel, the topic will not be included at the conference.
Can we panelists just "show up and talk"?
Not quite. We want you to prepare in advance. Find out where the panelists
all have substantially the same position and have the moderator or first
speaker outline where areas of broad agreement exist on the panel. It might
be agreement on research direction, or on the value of the topic area, or
on technique. Get this material covered quickly so that you can get to
where you disagree.
Should we show a lot of slides?
You don't need to show slides. If you do, make sure all slides and other
supplementary material support the discussion and encourage dialog.
As a panelist, I plan to just show my latest work, independent of the
other panelists. Good idea?
No. The SIGGRAPH 2004 Panels program is about dialogue, debate, and
discussion. Papers, Sketches, or Posters are much more appropriate for
presentation of a single author's own work.