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MIT Presidential Fellow Selected as SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference Chair

For Immediate Release
5 December 2007

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Jacquelyn Martino, a renowned researcher and graduate from MIT, was recently selected to chair SIGGRAPH 2008 - computer graphics' most respected technical and creative program, and the world's largest exhibition focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web.

Most recently, Martino's research focused on the artist's mark as a computational device. She has just joined IBM Research, Watson and previously held positions at Microsoft, Philips Research, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and MIT.

She holds a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT - where she was also selected as a Presidential Fellow - and a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. Martino has attended SIGGRAPH since 1990 and most recently served as Ex-Student Volunteer (XSV) Chair and Courses Chair.

"It takes an immense amount of dedication, talent, and education to be selected as a SIGGRAPH conference chair," stated Jackie White, SIGGRAPH Conference Advisory Group chair. "We are fortunate to have found such a talented chair in Jacquelyn Martino. The experience she received at MIT was one of several significant factors in selecting her as the chair for 2008."

A SIGGRAPH conference chair works closely with the SIGGRAPH Chief Staff Executive, the Conference Advisory Group, the professional service contractors, and the volunteer program chairs over approximately a four-year period. In addition to overseeing the conference, the conference chair also serves in an advisory capacity to the SIGGRAPH organization.

"SIGGRAPH is uniquely committed to science, research, education, art, and filmmaking related to the computer graphics industry. I look forward to building on this 34-year tradition," stated Martino.

Martino's artwork and research have been displayed/published throughout the United States and Europe. Working with digital and traditional tools, Martino's art spans works on paper, installations, and small-scale sculptural objects. Her interaction design research has focused on consumer applications relating to multimedia content retrieval, personalization, and recommendation systems.

The 35th annual SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques.

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About SIGGRAPH
SIGGRAPH 2008 will bring an estimated 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Monday, 11 August through Friday, 15 August 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2008 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 12-14 August 2008. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public. More details

About ACM
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) sponsors SIGGRAPH 2008. ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.