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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is a poster, anyway?

2. What makes for a good poster?

3. How do I decide whether to submit my work as a paper, a sketch, or a poster?

4. Can I submit work that has been previously presented or published?

5. Can I submit work that is currently submitted elsewhere?

6. Is a poster a publication?

7. What is the Student Research Competition?

8. If a poster has multiple authors, do we all need to stand by the poster during our session?

9. Will you print and hang my submission or should I send the poster myself?

10. Will I have a table to put my laptop or other gear on?

11. Will I have an internet connection for my laptop?

12. Will AC power be available for my laptop or other devices?

13. Can I leave my laptop or other equipment there before or after the session?

1. 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 are fine.

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 2005 will supply the materials to mount the posterboard on the wall.   TOP

2. 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.    TOP

3. How do I decide whether to submit my work as a paper, a sketch, or a poster?


There's no definite 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 they 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 late-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.    TOP

4. 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.   TOP

5. 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.    TOP

6. 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.  TOP

7. 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 Competiton 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 2005 poster in the SRC.

The Posters 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 2005 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. Good luck!   TOP

8. 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 at your own poster and seeing the other posters in the session.   TOP

9. Will you print and hang my submission or should I send the poster myself?


You must produce the poster yourself. Upon acceptance, you will receive instructions as to where to send it.   TOP

10. 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.   TOP

11. Will I have an internet connection for my laptop?


Wireless internet access will be available throughout the convention center.    TOP

12. Will AC power be available for my laptop or other devices?


Sorry, we can't promise AC power outlets. Charge your batteries before the session.    TOP

13. 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.    TOP
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