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Background Information

Submission, Contributor Recognition & Deadlines

Tracks and Topics


Background Information

What's the difference between the Web Graphics program and the Web Program? I'm entirely confused now.

Let's start at the top.

In 2002, SIGGRAPH offered a new program called Web Graphics. Its purpose was to accommodate a fast-growing internet-based graphical community. Like any new program, it had some kinks, in particular: the definition of web graphics always remained a topic of debate. In recent years, it was defined as: "Any graphical or interactive technique that is delivered via the internet." As one might observe, this definition is quite vague, and in certain contexts, excludes presentation topics that are inherently important to the development of graphics on the internet. For instance, the definition doesn't invite discussion of a new algorithm, or a technique that increases the speed of rendering images in a web browser.

Come 2005, it's time to iron out the kinks. The first step was to change the name of the program from Web Graphics to Web. While this change seems trivial and cosmetic in nature, it has much significance in clarifying the meaning of the program. SIGGRAPH is the premiere international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques. Yes, we emphasize this phrase to highlight the fact that the new title, "Web," encourages presentation material dealing with interactivity and related topics. The message we are sending out is simple: if your work is novel, inspiring, and it inherently affects graphics delivery on the internet, then we want to hear about it, talk about it, and publish it!

Can you give me an example of a topic that would be appropriate to present in the new Web Program?

OK, here's one. Let's say you've been working on a new search algorithm that could change the way we browse results delivered by querying a search engine. Your research doesn't necessarily have much imagery (graphics), but implicitly suggests a brand new searching paradigm on the internet, which in turn addresses usability and user-interface topics. Could you present your work at SIGGRAPH 2005 in the Web Program? Absolutely! Even if your work doesn't necessarily show off neat graphics and images, it could possibly have a deeper impact on how search engines display relevant results to a querying user. If you can show how your work ties to a web-related topic that is inherently graphical in nature, then your work is a perfect fit for the new Web Program. In this particular instance, the topic is a good fit in the Technical track.   TOP

Submission, Contributor Recognition, and Deadlines

I've completed the online submission form, but the system still allows me to edit my account. Am I done?

Yes, but you are allowed to edit your online submission account until the deadline, 9 March 2005.

I missed the deadline. Can I still submit?

No, sorry. The Web Program deadline is one of the latest deadlines in the SIGGRAPH 2005 submission calendar, and the jury and review process begins immediately after the deadline passes. We cannot accommodate late entries.

I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible to submit a description and have that reviewed instead?

While the jury may be professionally interested in reading about your work in progress, they will make their decisions based on your visible progress. It's not necessary for your piece to be 100-percent complete, but a submission that consists of a text description with an assurance that "the web site will be done by the time the conference arrives" will certainly be rejected.

Is there any kind of submission fee to enter the Web program?

No, there is no fee to enter.

Do I get paid to speak at SIGGRAPH 2005?

No. Unlike many web conferences, the SIGGRAPH conference is organized by volunteers, for the benefit of the community. This is a not-for-profit conference, and registration fees are kept as low as possible. If your submission is accepted, you receive the necessary conference access to present your work, and your abstract will be published in the Conference Select CD-ROM and the Full Conference DVD-ROM. However, the major benefits of presenting at SIGGRAPH 2005 are indirect: exposure to a new, diverse audience, unparalleled opportunities for professional connections, and the prestige of presenting at one of the largest conferences in the world.

There is one instruction in the author guidelines that says my name must be on the first page of the paper, but the Web Program submission form for the Technical Track explicitly says it must not appear anywhere in paper or file name. Which instruction should I follow?

Follow the instruction in the Web Program submission form.    TOP

Tracks & Topics

Do I have to submit a presentation on some unique, groundbreaking work?

Not necessarily. We would also appreciate some introductory presentations on web technologies. There's a huge part of the existing SIGGRAPH community that is very technically knowledgeable but has little exposure to the current state of graphics on the web. Presentations that target this section of the community are encouraged.

What are the page requirements for each track?

The Technical Track accepts short (four pages) and long (eight pages or more) full papers. The Paradigm and Application Tracks accept one-page abstracts.

I have a really specific question.

The Web program chair will be glad to answer it for you.

I have a question that's pretty general.

The Web program chair will be glad to answer that for you, too.  TOP


My email address will be changing soon. How can I notify you of the update?

If your email address changes, all you need to do is log into the online submission system and change your email address there.    TOP