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Come to San Diego

Letter From the Conference Chair

The first issue of this year's SIGGRAPHITTI is a major step towards meeting you in San Diego this August. The SIGGRAPH 2007 committee and I are already beginning to discern the general outline of the conference through the incredible submissions that are pouring in daily. It is apparent that 2007 is going to be another exciting and dynamic year for computer graphics and interactive techniques.

All the familiar programs that you expect and enjoy at SIGGRAPH will be back again. In addition, we formed new initiatives to attract more content from the most dynamic parts of the SIGGRAPH universe. These include:

 

  • Featured speakers: To enhance the attendee experience, we are replacing the Keynote Speaker with three Featured Speakers, one for each of the three major constituencies in our community: industry/commerce, art, and research.

  • More curated content: We will extend a practice begun in 2006 to augment the peer-reviewed submissions in most of our programs with invited content. For example, Emerging Technologies will present demonstrations of several revolutionary technologies that are just coming to market. In addition, the Panels, Special Sessions, and Guerilla Studio programs will be curated so that SIGGRAPH 2007 is guaranteed to showcase the best work in each field.

  • IP Marketplace: This is a new listing service for intellectual property based on feedback from you. For a nominal fee, inventors and owners of patents, software libraries, circuit cores, etc. can list them for sale or license. Potential buyers can peruse the listings and then contact sellers in person at the conference to discuss purchase or licensing. The details of each deal will be decided solely by the buyer and seller.

  • FJORG!: An innovative, new contest will be unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2007. FJORG! is a contest of skill, creativity, and endurance. Teams of iron animators will be challenged for 32 hours straight to create an animated sequence of at least 15 seconds in length.

  • More co-located workshops and events: The Graphics Hardware Workshop, the Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA), and Sandbox: A Videogame Symposium will be back again. In addition, we welcome for the first time the 5th International Symposium on Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering (NPAR) and the Emerging Display Technologies Workshop (EDT).

I encourage you to forward this e-newsletter on to your business associates and colleagues and refer them to receive information about SIGGRAPH 2007 from the SIGGRAPH web site. SIGGRAPH wouldn't be the special conference that it is without the unique community of attendees and volunteers that it attracts. See you in San Diego this summer!





Joe Marks
SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference Chair
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Registration Update

Register Now and Save With Early-Bird Discounts

SIGGRAPH 2007 registration is now open! Registration is easy and only takes a few minutes. Don't delay - register now and receive maximum early-bird discounts.

Register now and save.

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Now Accepting San Diego Hotel Reservations

Shuttle Service Only Available to Attendees Who Book Through SIGGRAPH 2007

SIGGRAPH 2007 conference housing is now open to all attendees who want to save the most money and book their hotel rooms early. And, by reserving a room through the SIGGRAPH 2007 hotel reservation system, you will have access to shuttle service between the hotels and the convention center. Those attendees who reserve their rooms through SIGGRAPH 2007 will receive special wristbands that allow them to board the shuttle buses. Attendees without wristbands will not be allowed to use the shuttle service.

Click here for more details and to reserve a room.

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New: SIGGRAPH 2007 IP Marketplace

Connecting Buyers and Sellers

SIGGRAPH is introducing a new offering, Intellectual Property (IP) Marketplace, with the goal of simplifying the complicated process of matching parties for buying and selling of intellectual property as it pertains to the ever-expanding computer craphics (CG) and human-computer-interaction (HCI) industries.

For a nominal matching fee, inventors and owners of such properties can list them for sale or license to the computer graphics community via the SIGGRAPH IP Marketplace. The IP listings will be made available via the SIGGRAPH 2007 conference web site to registered users.

"Our hope is that the SIGGRAPH IP Marketplace will facilitate inventors and entrepreneurs working together to develop new CG/HCI products and services," said Joe Marks, SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference Chair from Walt Disney Feature Animation. "What you see in the IP Marketplace this year may be the basis of products you will see in the SIGGRAPH Exhibition a few years from now."

The IP Marketplace application will be available in Mid-March for patent holders or technology seekers to begin uploading data. Applications will be accepted through 1 June 2007.

Access the SIGGRAPH 2007 IP Marketplace.

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Courses

SIGGRAPH 2007 Unveils Incredible Courses Content

SIGGRAPH 2007 Courses will deliver invaluable learning opportunities in three formats: tutorials, half-day classes, and full-day classes and three levels of difficulty: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Attendees will learn principles and techniques that shape software evolution, hardware systems, feature-film production, and future research directions.

Discover Courses.

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Just Launched: FJORG!

Iron Animators Working for 32 Straight Hours

SIGGRAPH announces the launch of a new program, FJORG! (pronounced FORGE), in which three-member teams will be challenged to create a character-driven animated sequence based on a specific theme provided by the judges. The catch - it must all be done in 32 straight hours before a live audience and multiple staged distractions. Winning teams, chosen by an elite panel of judges from throughout the entertainment industry, will earn the coveted title of FJORG! - 2007 Viking Animator.

"Every year SIGGRAPH brings the brightest minds together from throughout the world," says Patricia Beckmann-Wells, FJORG! Chair. "FJORG! is a unique opportunity to watch talented people put together incredible work in a limited timeframe under significant pressure. This is expected to be the most challenging animation contest in the world."

FJORG! applications will be accepted beginning 15 March through 1 May 2007.

Uncover the details of FJORG!

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SIGGRAPH Exhibition

SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibition Sparkles in San Diego

As SIGGRAPH returns to California, a record number of first-time exhibitors are expected.

"We have noticed a major increase in exhibitors this year as SIGGRAPH returns to the West Coast. Currently, 152 vendors are scheduled to exhibit and we expect this number to continue to climb as the year progresses," said Mike Weil, SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibition Manager.

In addition to exhibit space, 2007 exhibitors have a choice when it comes to sponsorship packages. For more details on exhibiting or sponsorship, e-mail Mike Weil, SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibition Manager.

Explore the SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibition.

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Invites You to Participate

Get Involved!


You are invited to participate in 2007's annual celebration of all that's new and wonderful in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Submissions are still welcome for the following programs:

  • 14 March 2007: Computer Animation Festival
  • 27 April 2007: Sketches & Posters
  • 27 April 2007: Student Research Competition
  • 1 May 2007: FJORG!
  • 1 June 2007: IP Marketplace

Submit your work before time runs out.

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Computer Animation Festival

Calling All Animators

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is the premier event for the world's most innovative and talented digital film creators. A jury made up of industry greats from around the world will select the best submissions to be presented in daily Animation Theaters and the Electronic Theater during the conference. Selections include outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts.

The deadline for submitting your computer animation for the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival is coming up 14 March 2007.

Find information on how to submit your film.

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Sketches & Posters Unite

Two Programs Become One

SIGGRAPH Sketches are brief, illustrated talks on computer graphics and interactive techniques in art, cinema, advertising, design, science, and engineering. SIGGRAPH Posters are graphic displays of incremental, preliminary, partial, and innovative insights that are important but not fully developed.

In the past, SIGGRAPH conferences have featured separate Sketches and Posters programs, however both have always shared the goal of presenting new, innovative ideas that can be described in a single page. For SIGGRAPH 2007, these two programs will be showcased in a unified program, with one submission process, one deadline, and one jury; only the method of presentation will be different. The deadline to submit Sketches and Posters is 27 April 2007.

Learn more about the new format and complete your Sketches & Posters submission.

Also part of the Sketches & Posters Program, The Student Research Competition is accepting applications until 27 April 2007. The Student Research Competition is open to all ACM student members enrolled in higher learning institutions, in both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Get details and submit your work for the SIGGRAPH 2007 Student Research Competition.

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News, Notes, & Miscellaneous

You Decide: Provide Feedback on the SIGGRAPH 2007 T-Shirt Design

This year, SIGGRAPH 2007 wants your input on the design of the t-shirt that will be sold at the conference. You can review the designs and contribute your comments here. The SIGGRAPH 2007 committee will review all the comments as it decides which t-shirt design to produce for the conference.

The Animation Show

Can't wait until SIGGRAPH 2007 to get a glimpse into great animation being produced in 2007? Attend one of the remaining performances of The Animation Show, an annual feature-length compilation of some of the best animated short films from around the world, exclusively curated by Mike Judge. Since 2003, The Animation Show has worked diligently to put animated shorts into more theaters than any festival in American history: giving these filmmakers the wide exposure their work deserves and sharing their short masterpieces on the big screen, where they belong. Watch the show from any of the four U.S. locations below.

  • Cleveland, OH - 9 - 11 March
    Cleveland Cinematheque - 11141 East Blvd., University Circle, +1.216.421.7450
  • Kansas City, MO - Opening 16 March
    Screenland Theatre - 1656 Washington, +1.816.421.9700
  • Milwaukee, WI - Opening 30 March
    The Times Cinema - 5906 W Vliet St., +1.414.453.2436
  • Rochester, NY - 13-15 April
    Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House - 900 East Ave., +1.585.271.3361

Find more details about The Animation Show.

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Job Fair Returns to SIGGRAPH 2007

Employers and Jobseekers Connect


The SIGGRAPH Job Fair returns: 7 - 9 August. Employers and creative professionals will once again be able to connect before, during, and after the conference.

Employers: The SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair will provide employers with an unparalleled experience and value. Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from 2006 participants, the special package items will be provided again to exhibitors (including booths with electrical and high-speed internet outlets, CreativeHeads.net job postings, and much more).

Reserve your booth now as early-bird pricing is available only until 16 March 2007.

Jobseekers & Casual Networkers: If you are actively looking for a job or casually networking to see what opportunities are available across multiple creative industries, then complete a free, confidential CreativeHeads.net profile. Creating a profile allows you to showcase your skills, professional experience, and demo reel/art files to employers recruiting at SIGGRAPH 2007.

Create Your Profile today, and participate in the SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair.

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SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia

Test Your SIGGRAPH IQ

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.

All correct entries received by 16 March 2007 (5pm CST) will be entered into a pool and a winner will be selected at random. The next SIGGRAPHITTI will feature the correct answer and this 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 March SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia Question is listed below. Good luck!

Groundbreaking films presented at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival have amazed audiences for three decades. Since 1999, The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival has also been an official qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "Best Animated Short Film" award. Which of the following twelve computer-animated films from the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short?

  • Fifty Percent Grey (2001) - Ruairi Robinson, Seamus Byrne
  • For the Birds (2001) - Ralph Eggleston
  • The Cathedral (2002) - Tomek Baginski
  • The ChubbChubbs! (2002) - Eric Armstrong
  • Mike's New Car (2002) - Pete Docter, Roger Gould
  • Boundin' (2003) - Bud Luckey
  • Gone Nutty (2003) - Carlos Saldanha and John C. Donkin
  • Birthday Boy (2004) - Sejong Park and Andrew Gregory
  • Gopher Broke (2004) - Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller
  • Ryan (2004) - Chris Landreth
  • 9 (2005) - Shane Acker
  • One Man Band (2005) - Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews

Stake your claim as a SIGGRAPH Expert.

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Joe Marks, SIGGRAPH 2007 Conference Chair | San Diego Convention Center courtesy of SDCVB | Doll Face © Andrew Huang

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