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IN THIS ISSUE: July 2007


Advance Registration Deadline is 25 July - Save Up To $100

You still have time to register in advance for SIGGRAPH 2007. Register on or before 25 July (at midnight US Pacific Time) and you can save up to $100. Registration is simple and only takes a few minutes. Remember that on-site registration prices are higher. Register Now.

Can’t spend a week away from the office? SIGGRAPH 2007 offers you alternative registration options:

One Day Access
Includes access to conference programs, events, and the Exhibition (if available) for the day selected. Does not include technical documentation or tickets to the Electronic Theater or Reception.

Exhibits Plus
Includes access to the Exhibition and to the SIGGRAPH 2007 Animation Theaters, Art Gallery, Emerging Technologies, Exhibitor Tech Talks, Fast Forward Papers Preview Session, Featured Speakers, FJORG!, Guerilla Studio, IP Marketplace, Job Fair, and Posters. Does not include technical documentation or tickets to the Electronic Theater or Reception.

Exhibits Plus One Day
Includes access to everything explained in the Exhibits Plus option for the single day selected. Does not include technical documentation or tickets to the Electronic Theater or Reception.

Register today.

Also, there is still time to book your hotel and save! Although the hotel block has closed, some rooms may still be available at the discounted rate. But act fast, these rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Make your hotel reservation today.

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Ramachandran Announced as Featured Speaker

As part of SIGGRAPH 2007's new expanded speaker format, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, the Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and a professor at the University of California, San Diego will deliver a feature presentation on his ground-breaking research in cognition and perception and their impact on the research field and daily life.

"We are honored to have such an internationally acclaimed leader at SIGGRAPH 2007. V.S. is an excellent speaker and will provide unmatched insights in perception and cognition that are key areas in the SIGGRAPH research community," stated Joe Marks, SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference Chair from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

For 2007, SIGGRAPH has expanded its speaker offerings. In an effort to enhance the SIGGRAPH attendee experience, there will be three Featured Speaker presentations, each representing different key areas of computer graphics and interactive techniques. The three presentations will be held on different days and will focus on industry/commerce, entertainment, art, or research relating to the SIGGRAPH community.

Other confirmed speakers include SVP, Chief Visual and Technical Officer of Electronic Arts (EA), Glenn Entis and Graphic Novelist Scott McCloud.

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Short Illustrated Talks

Sketches offer a premier forum for presenting the best new ideas, methodologies, and cutting-edge applications of computer graphics and interactive techniques. They feature short, illustrated, 20-minute talks that summarize speculative breakthroughs, works in progress, and recent achievements covering a broad spectrum of topics in art, design, science, and engineering. Stick around after Sketches presentations for Q&A and to hear the presenters discuss future implications of their work.

"SIGGRAPH 2007 Sketches encompass ideas ranging from speculation to academic research, from industrial development and practical tools to behind-the-scenes explanations of commercial and artistic work," said Marc Alexa, SIGGRAPH 2007 Sketches and Posters Co-Chair from Technische Universität Berlin. "SIGGRAPH 2007 Sketches bring you one of the only places in the world where you can find creativity and innovation that will define the future of our discipline."

Access Sketches.

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Graphic Displays

Posters feature graphic displays of incremental, preliminary, partial, and innovative insights that are important but not fully developed. 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 poster board. Posters are displayed throughout the conference week, and presenters discuss their work in scheduled sessions.

"Posters are a unique SIGGRAPH venue, because they not only are presented during a scheduled time slot, but they are on display throughout the week, allowing you to browse and study posters at your convenience, devoting time to those projects that interest you most," said Sketches & Posters Co-Chair Adam Finkelstein from Princeton University. "I encourage you to stop by and check out the newest developing research in computer graphics and interactive techniques."

Discover Posters.

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Educators Program

Showcase of Works by California Elementary-School Students

The Sage Canyon Wheels on the Bus Exhibit, featured in the Educators Program, is a collection of approximately 500 multimedia works by elementary-school students (kindergarten through sixth grade). The work is an example of collaborative teaching and integration of technology throughout the curriculum, as required by California grade-level standards.

Access the Educators Program.

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Schedule an Advance Appointment and Maximize Your Experience

SIGGRAPH 2007 is ready to showcase hundreds of product and service exhibits from five continents, including more than 55 new exhibitors. Maximize the time you have for exhibits viewing by setting up appointments in advance with those who are high on your must-see list. The SIGGRAPH online Exhibitor Directory makes it easy.

Also, keep in mind that if your time at SIGGRAPH is limited, the SIGGRAPH Exhibits Plus pass provides you full access to the Exhibit Hall and Exhibitor Tech Talks as well as access to the SIGGRAPH 2007 Animation Theater, Art Gallery, Emerging Technologies, Fast Forward Papers Preview Session, Featured Speakers, FJORG!, Guerilla Studio, IP Marketplace, Job Fair, and Posters. If you haven't already, register now.

Contact Exhibitors.

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Job Fair

Jobseekers - Interested in finding that "Right" job? Create your profile for the SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair (7 - 9 August) and find it! Creating a profile is quick, easy, and FREE! Plus jobseekers can showcase their skills, art files, and demo reels to companies recruiting at SIGGRAPH 2007 prior to, during, and after the conference. Create your profile today, and indicate you will be attending SIGGRAPH 2007.

Employers - Time is quickly running out to reserve your booth for the SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair so make sure you book your booth today if your company is interested in participating. Over 4000 jobseekers will visit the Job Fair 7 - 9 August, so don't miss out on this opportunity to find the "Right" brains for your jobs! Click here for complete details about the Job Fair Package and pricing.

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BreakPoint Books offers the latest and greatest books, CDs, and DVDs on computer animation, graphic design, gaming, 3D graphics, modeling, and digital artistry. The bookstore features recent books by SIGGRAPH 2007 featured speakers and award winners. To suggest books, CDs, or DVDs that should be available in the bookstore, contact:

BreakPoint Books
+1.440.236.5686 fax

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Honoring Excellence

During SIGGRAPH 2007, ACM SIGGRAPH will honor the following three industry innovators:

Steven A. Coons Award

Nelson Max
Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Davis and
Computer Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Steven A. Coons Award is given in odd-numbered years to an individual to honor that person's lifetime contribution to computer graphics and interactive techniques. This award is presented to Nelson Max in recognition of his work in pioneering scientific visualization, his deep technical contributions, and his generous participation in the encouragement and stimulation of ideas and intellectual exchange in computer graphics.

Computer Graphics Achievement Award

Greg Ward
Independent Consultant

The Computer Graphics Achievement Award is given each year to recognize an individual for an outstanding achievement in computer graphics and interactive techniques. ACM SIGGRAPH is pleased to present Greg Ward with this award for advancing the state of the art of computer graphics and for making high-quality rendering accessible to a large community of users. His development of the Radiance Synthetic Imaging System promoted the use of computer graphics in applications requiring physical accuracy, and raised the bar for the quality and efficiency of graphics rendering algorithms.

Significant New Researcher Award

Ravi Ramamoorthi
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

The Significant New Researcher Award is awarded annually to a researcher who has made a recent significant contribution to the field of computer graphics and is new to the field. The intent is to recognize people very early in their career who have already made a notable contribution and are likely to make more. ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to recognize Ravi Ramamoorthi for his groundbreaking work on mathematical representations and computational models for the visual appearance of objects.

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On-Site Tips and Tricks

Lessons Learned From Past Attendees

  • Plan your conference itinerary in advance
    Visit the SIGGRAPH 2007 website ahead of time and review the Schedule so you use your time in San Diego wisely.
  • Pack a snack
    The Convention Center food can be expensive and you don't always want to take time out of the day to leave and grab a bite. If you bring a few snacks, you should be able to make it through the day and soak up the most content possible.
  • Wear comfy shoes
    The San Diego Convention Center is a large venue, plan to walk a lot during the day.
  • Register on Saturday
    Registration is open from 1 - 7 pm on Saturday, 4 August. If you register on Saturday, you will get your technical materials and merchandise early and can take them to your hotel room so you don't have to carry a heavy bag around with you for an entire day.
  • Bring a sweater
    Convention Centers tend to be chilly. Bring a sweater so you are comfortable throughout the day.

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Impact a Future SIGGRAPH Conference

Interested in participating in a future SIGGRAPH conference as a presenter or volunteer? While you are at SIGGRAPH 2007, stop by the SIGGRAPH 2008 booth in the Sails Pavilion on Tuesday, 7 August from 5 - 6:30 pm to talk with the volunteer leadership who organizes annual SIGGRAPH conferences. Discover how you can contribute your expertise and energy. All attendees are welcome. Questions and comments are encouraged.

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SIGGRAPH 2007 in the News

SIGGRAPH 2007 is consistently receiving positive media attention from around the globe. Click on a link below to access a sample of recent media coverage.

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Each issue of SIGGRAPHITTI features one SIGGRAPH-related trivia question that tests the extent of your SIGGRAPH knowledge. Get them right and earn the title SIGGRAPH Expert.

Congratulations to last month's winner, Pete Segal, Development Manager of Visualization at Bentley Systems, Inc., who was one of 8 correct entries (winner is randomly chosen from all correct entries).

June SIGGRAPHITTI trivia question:
The SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery: Global Eyes will hold performances at a different location than the San Diego Convention Center. To earn a chance at the coveted title of SIGGRAPH expert, answer the three following questions:
1. When will the performances start?
2. Where will the performances take place?
3. How do you get to the location of the performances?

1. The performances will start on Saturday, 4 August and will continue through Monday evening.
2. The performances will take place at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at Atkinson Hall at the University of California, San Diego.
3. SIGGRAPH 2007 shuttle bus service is available for round-trip transportation from the convention center to the performance venues.

All correct entries received by 20 July 2007 will be entered into a pool and a winner will be selected at random. The next SIGGRAPHITTI will feature the correct answer and that month's winner. Winners receive their choice of either the Conference Proceedings DVD or a SIGGRAPH 2007 Polo shirt (approx $50 value). Only contestants who attend SIGGRAPH 2007 are eligible. Prizes distributed at the conference and exhibition in San Diego.

The July SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia Question is listed below. Good luck!

It is never to early to save the date for a future SIGGRAPH conference. What are the dates and locations for SIGGRAPH 2008 and 2009?

Stake your claim as a SIGGRAPH Expert.

Please note: Entries must be received by 20 July 2007 to be eligible for a prize and must include your full name and company/organization affiliation.

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