Frequently Asked Questions
What is a poster, anyway?
A poster is traditionally formed from a collection of
individual letter-size sheets of paper, each containing a
slide or image, all attached to a piece of posterboard.
With modern typesetting applications, it is often possible
to create a single large-format document and print it in
"tiles" on letter-size sheets that can be mounted side by
side on posterboard to form the document. If you
have access to a large-format printer, you may decide to print the document directly on a large sheet of paper (which should still be
mounted on posterboard for strength). All these options
At the conference, you will mount the posterboard on the wall
of the session space. You should supply the posterboard and
materials to attach the paper to it. SIGGRAPH 2004 will
supply the materials to mount the posterboard on the wall.
What makes for a good poster?
The main points of the poster should be easily readable from
about three meters away. The poster may also have more dense
text, suitable for viewers who come for a closer look,
standing perhaps one meter away. Consider also that the
material on the poster should be useful for you to illustrate
key points when discussing your work individually with
attendees during your session. And don't forget to include your name, affiliation, and contact
information on the poster.
How do I decide whether to submit my work as a paper, a sketch,
or a poster?
There's no cut-and-dried answer. Some works may well be
acceptable as either a paper or a sketch; others as either a sketch
or a poster. But in general, the three programs represent different
levels of maturity and impact of work, and they provide different
forms of disseminating the work. So are reviewed based on
different criteria. Papers contain the most highly
polished works of broadest interest and impact to the field, and
they are formal, peer-reviewed publications. Sketches can present
smaller results, works in progress, specialized applications, and
topical behind-the-scenes experiences. They are conference
talks rather than formal publications. Posters are appropriate for
last-breaking results and new projects that are just starting out,
and the sessions provide a forum for personal interaction rather than
presentation to an audience.
Can I submit work that has been previously presented or published?
No, the Posters program is for new research. If the work has already been published, or presented as a paper or poster at a major conference, it cannot be submitted here too.
However, work that has been written up as an undergraduate or graduate thesis but not published elsewhere is fine. If the poster has been presented in a local venue, such as a departmental colloquium or open house, that's fine too.
Can I submit work that is currently submitted elsewhere?
No, the Posters program is for first-time
dissemination and discussion of new research. If the work has been
submitted for publication or presentation at a major conference, it
cannot be submitted here, too.
Is a poster a publication?
No. A poster is considered an oral presentation, not a publication. The archived one-page summary acts as a record of conference activity. Presenting work in a poster does not preclude formal publication of the work in a different venue.
What is the Student Research Competition?
The Posters program is hosting an ACM Student Research Competition (SRC).
The SRC is a separate event, with its own eligibility requirements,
judging criteria, and process, as well as its own recognition and
rewards. See Student Research Competition for details.
The Posters program will act as the "front end" for the SRC. The Posters online submission form includes a checkbox for entering the SRC. If
the box is checked and the submission is accepted to the Posters program,
the submission will be sent to the SRC committee for entry
in the competition. This is the only way to enter your SIGGRAPH 2004 poster in the SRC.
program will include both posters that are entered in the SRC and posters
that are not. Not all posters are submitted by students, and not all students are eligible. Some students who are eligible will decide not to enter the competition. The Posters jury will evaluate and select posters for SIGGRAPH 2004 without regard to SRC entry. At the conference, the poster presentations and sessions will be organized by topic. There will not be a separate area for SRC entries, but SRC competitors will participate in additional judging sessions as described here. Good luck!
If a poster has multiple authors, do we all need to stand by the poster during our session?
During the session, the poster must be staffed at all times by at least one person. You do not all need to stand by the poster throughout the session. In fact, you may wish to "tag team," taking turns manning your own poster and seeing the other posters in the session.
Will I have a table to put my laptop or other gear on?
Yes, during your session you will have a table to stand at
and put things on.
Will I have an internet connection for my laptop?
Wireless internet access will be available throughout the convention center.
Will AC power be available for my laptop or other devices?
Sorry, we canıt promise AC power outlets. Charge your batteries before the session.
Can I leave my laptop or other equipment there before or after the session?
The poster sessions are in unsecured open areas. Take your laptop and all your gear with you.