The SIGGRAPH 2005 Courses program seeks to spotlight a small
number of courses that directly explore innovation and
practice in open-source computer graphics.
Open source is changing the face of graphics.
It powers research. It expands the reach of education.
It inspires competition in business. How will it rock
The possibilities are endless. Intriguing topic areas include:
Spotlight Courses are thematic presentations that
highlight and lead emerging ideas within the
ACM SIGGRAPH community. They ask questions, survey
ideas, offer directions, and then invite their
interested audiences into taking next steps
within local/global communities or between
Freedom to advance ideas?
Intellectual property quagmire? How to make open source work
in research and learning environments? Academic integrity,
citations, culture, and advancement?
Fact or fiction? How can
comprehensive toolsets be built and maintained for advanced
learning curriculums? How can interdisciplinary work support
inter-department goals (computer science, industrial design,
art, design, engineering, etc.)?
How is open source changing the business
of animation? What strengths and weaknesses emerged in
transitions? What challenges lie ahead? What holes need filling?
How will commercial systems evolve?
Which comes first: form or function? Does it
take a village to sustain a design? What are the best
self-organizing structures for projects? Can birds-of-a-feather
truly code together? What graphics challenges await the
open source torch? What are the ideal prototypes? Will this
change the nature of software engineering?
Invented the wheel, now visualizing
the car? Will revolutionary graphics ideas emerge from reusable
code platforms? What pitfalls cause early project failures? Does
open source accelerate or hinder adoption? What grand challenges
could be put to rest by this collaborative phenomenon?
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Will open source become the next
"demo reel" for developers? What projects make the best
demonstrations? Is industry ready to evaluate such examples
and what criteria does it need?
Graphics Library Alexandria
How best to catalog and
search the open body of computer graphics and interactive
techniques in open source? What can be done to expose small
code innovations like that of "Graphics Gems?" What forums
support the best kind of user and developer communities?
What's Next? -
Your ideas, approaches, and opinions here...
Spotlight Courses are standard course proposals in all
aspects of format and requirements. They
must meet the same quality and depth-of-inquiry
goals as other SIGGRAPH course submissions. As an invited
focus topic, however, selection may be additionally based
upon the topic quality and community leadership potential.
While proposals can cover any perspective, they must somehow
add insight to the practice of "Open-Source Computer Graphics."
Ideally, they should also offer their audiences ways to
further use or develop these ideas within the ACM SIGGRAPH
Submissions are encouraged to propose additional forms of
follow up that include (but are not limited to):
Acceptance or rejection from SIGGRAPH 2005 Courses will not
guarantee success with these other programs. Pursuit may,
however, promote development and sustainable interest in
your proposed topic area.
- Birds Of a Feather (BOFs) at SIGGRAPH 2005 or SIGGRAPH 2006
- Panels at SIGGRAPH 2005 or SIGGRAPH 2006
- ACM SIGGRAPH Project Grants proposals
- ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapters activities
- Articles for ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Quarterly or
Communications of the ACM
- ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee collaborations
- ... your favorite ACM SIGGRAPH charter here.