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IN THIS ISSUE: July 2007

Last Day to Pre-Register as Media is 27 July

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SIGGRAPH 2007 will bring an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from around the world to San Diego, California, 5-9 August. A return to the West Coast brings SIGGRAPH closer to the epicenter of some of the most prominent computer graphics and animation studios in the world! You can't afford to miss SIGGRAPH 2007.

To pre-register, visit the online registration page and complete your registration by this Friday.

Attention SIGGRAPH 2006 Media: Those previously registered through the online system in 2006 can still use the same login and password information for 2007. If you have forgotten your password, please login using your 2006 email address and you will then be prompted to create a new password. For those no longer using their 2006 email addresses, please send an email message to Autumn Wolfer, and we will reset your registration information.

Even if you have qualified for a SIGGRAPH media badge in the past, you must re-qualify for SIGGRAPH 2007. For assistance with your pre-show coverage, contact: media@siggraph.org.

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Attendee Registration

Advance Registration Deadline is THIS Wednesday, 25 July

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

SIGGRAPH 2007 offers alternative registration options for attendees that can't spend a week away from the office:

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.

Encourage your readers to register today.

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On-Site Media Events

The Following Events Will Help You Navigate SIGGRAPH 2007

When you are at SIGGRAPH 2007, be sure to attend the media events listed below. These events have been designed to give you access to the people and information you need to provide successful media coverage of SIGGRAPH 2007.

SIGGRAPH 2007 Media Briefing
Tuesday, 7 August
8 - 8:45 am
Room 29 A

Early Exhibition Floor Access
Tuesday, 7 August
8:45 - 9:30 am
Exhibit Floor
To have early access to Exhibits, you must attend the SIGGRAPH 2007 Media Briefing.

Art Gallery Media Tour
Tuesday, 7 August
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Room 20 A-D

Emerging Technologies Media Tour
Tuesday, 7 August, 4 - 5 pm
OR
Wednesday, 8 August, 11 am - Noon
Room 20 A-D

SIGGRAPH 2008 Preview for Media
Wednesday, 8 August, 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Room 23

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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.

The two other SIGGRAPH 2007 featured speakers are SVP, Chief Visual and Technical Officer of Electronic Arts (EA), Glenn Entis and Graphic Novelist Scott McCloud.

Discover the featured speakers.

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Sketches

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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Posters

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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Exhibition

Attendees Should Schedule Advance Appointments To Maximize Their Experience

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

Also, tell your readers that if their time at SIGGRAPH is limited, the SIGGRAPH Exhibits Plus pass provides 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. Attendee advance registration closes Wednesday, 25 July - point your readers to register now.

Contact Exhibitors.

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ACM SIGGRAPH Awards

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 To Share With Your Readers

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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IMAGE CREDITS:
San Diego Convention Center courtesy of Timothy Hursley | Wheels on the Bus Exhibit courtesy of Shari Lew, Senior Designer, Freeman

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