|Enhancements | Hotel | Final Submission Deadline | Technical Papers | Activities for Educators | Professional Development | Exhibition | Co-Located Events | The SIGGRAPH Evolution|
Enhancements Planned for SIGGRAPH 2008
Experience It for Yourself
Over the past 35 years, SIGGRAPH has evolved to become the premier event for the latest and most advanced innovations in computer graphics and interactive techniques. It has remained at the forefront of the computer graphics community since its introduction, bringing leading minds from around the globe to one place to explore and inspire the future direction of the products, systems, techniques, and ideas of this industry.
To remain dynamic and relevant, SIGGRAPH must evolve with changing industry and attendee needs. You will notice subtle enhancements in 2008:
Secure Your Hotel Reservations
Downtown Los Angeles
When you come to SIGGRAPH 2008 in downtown Los Angeles, you will come face-to-face with the film and entertainment mecca of the world. Home to Hollywood, Los Angeles is a multicultural metropolis full of life, boasting more than 300 museums, world-class theater and entertainment, beautiful weather and more.
Conference housing is now open to all attendees. SIGGRAPH has negotiated discounted rates at several hotels in downtown Los Angeles. The most geographically preferred hotels fill up fast, so make reservations as soon as possible.^ Top
Final Submission Deadline - 7 May
Calling All Viking Animators
In its second year, the international FJORG! competition is returning to SIGGRAPH 2008 in search of the best CG animators in the world. Competing animators will have 32 hours to create the best character-driven animation the world has ever seen in a test of skill, talent, and creativity.
Late Breaking Work
Your final opportunity to qualify to participate in SIGGRAPH 2008 is quickly approaching. Late breaking work will be accepted until 7 May at 22:00 UTC/GMT for the following presentation formats:
Evolutionary Research Achievements
The SIGGRAPH 2008 Technical Papers program is a premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques. A committee of industry leaders and innovators reviewed a record-breaking 518 submissions from around the globe before selecting 90 Technical Papers for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2008.
"These presentations give us a glimpse into a future with highly realistic computer games, stunning feature film special effects, intelligent cameras, and rich photo manipulation tools," stated Greg Turk, SIGGRAPH 2008 Technical Papers Chair from the Georgia Institute of Technology. "Although the review process for SIGGRAPH Technical Papers is already a model of fairness, each year we try to improve the process. This year, we increased the participation in decision making of the tertiary reviewers [those that do not attend the Papers Committee meeting]."
This year’s content features a robust list of impressive achievements spanning the realm of computer graphics and interactive techniques, including:
Automatic Generation of Tourist Maps, an automated system for designing tourist maps that selects and highlights the information that is most important to tourists using a combination of multi-perspective rendering and cartographic generalization.
Data-Driven Modeling Skin and Muscle Deformation, a data-driven model used to reconstruct skin and muscle animation from skeletal motion capture.
Finding Paths Through the World's Photos, a system that takes large photo collections and analyzes the deduced camera viewpoints to find high quality paths and controls for moving through the 3D scene of photos.
Real-Time Motion Retargeting to Highly Varied User-Created Morphologies, which presents a system capable of animating creatures of vastly different skeletal shapes, and where the creature bodies are unknown at the time that the motion is designed.
Self-Animating Images: Illusory Motion Using Repeated Asymmetric Patterns, an automatic method of generating self-animating images, that is, still images that appear to move due to the properties of human visual perception.
Continuation Methods for Adapting Simulated Skills, in which continuation methods are used to generalize physics-based walking control to signify different tasks, such as climbing a large step, or pushing a heavy object.
Activities for Educators
Beginning Monday, 11 August
On Monday, 11 August at 10:30 am, join your fellow educators from around the world for the Educators Opening Plenary and Café. This session kicks off on the first day of SIGGRAPH 2008, allowing educators attending SIGGRAPH 2008 to have a chance to meet and network earlier than ever before. Come get an overview and preview of SIGGRAPH 2008 conference sessions, activities, and resources that might be of special interest to you and your students. Meet with the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee and give feedback on how SIGGRAPH can serve your community during the rest of the year and learn how you can get involved.
Among the sessions designed to bring SIGGRAPH's rich community of instructors together include the Roundtable on Educational Resources, organized by the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee. Gain innovative teaching ideas and discuss the latest resources for teaching computer graphics, interactive techniques, and digital arts.
Don't miss the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee sponsored SpaceTime Student Competition & Exhibition. Award-winning international student work will be showcased in the SpaceTime Student Gallery as part of SIGGRAPH 2008. The SpaceTime competition is an international juried exhibition for students currently enrolled in school and studying computer graphics and digital arts disciplines. The exhibition captures the state of creative computer-based student work and acts as an annual slice of the computer graphics continuum.^ Top
Professional Development for All CG Professionals
Manage Your Career - Not Just Your Job!
Now you can come to SIGGRAPH 2008 and learn more than technical how-to's, you can also enhance yourself as an executive or bring new ideas and strategies back to your office place. Developed to help you escalate your career or company, these classes, roundtables, panels, and informal job fair sessions may include:
"When you've come to SIGGRAPH in the past, the educational courses provided you with the tools to improve the technical aspects of your job," said Dena DeBry, SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference Professional & Educational Development Director from Stanford University. "This year, you can access the entire toolkit, including how to grow your career and your company. This new class format is poised to benefit every SIGGRAPH 2008 attendee."^ Top
The SIGGRAPH 2008 Exhibition is More Than a Sales Floor
Vendors Actively Recruiting Talent
SIGGRAPH exhibitors are using the exhibition floor for more things than just selling their products - they are actively using it to recruit experienced talent.
"Time and time again, exhibitors cite recruiting top talent as one of the biggest benefits of exhibiting at SIGGRAPH," stated Mike Weil, SIGGRAPH 2008 Exhibits Director. "Exhibitors are using their booth space for two reasons - first to allow their customers to feel at ease in examining their products, and second to provide a separate area to meet and hire the best and the brightest CG recruits."
For details on exhibiting or sponsoring, contact Mike Weil.^ Top
Add on a Co-Located Event
When You Register for SIGGRAPH 2008, You Can Register for a Co-Located Event
Based on your feedback, you can now add more focused learning to your SIGGRAPH 2008 registration. Choose the symposium on the CG subject matter that interests you most and participate in that symposium before SIGGRAPH 2008 begins on Monday.
Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization
IEEE/EG Symposium on Interactive Ray Tracing
IEEE/EG Symposium on Point-Based Graphics 2008
Web 3D 2008
5th International Workshop on Projector-Camera Systems
Sandbox: An ACM SIGGRAPH Video Game Symposium
IEEE/EG International Symposium on Volume Graphics
The Evolution of SIGGRAPH
Did You Know?
To go along with the SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference theme, each issue of SIGGRAPHITTI will offer you a different fact about the way SIGGRAPH has changed over the years, how it has evolved.
SIGGRAPH Technical Papers: Then and Now