SIGGRAPH 97, the 24th International Conference on Computer Graphics
and Interactive Techniques, will be held in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles
Convention Center, 3-8 August 1997. Over 40,000 computer graphics
enthusiasts will converge to experience the latest in interactive
technology and techniques. A comprehensive technical program, three-day
exhibition, and special activities focusing on art, animation, and
interactivity are planned.
"The vision of SIGGRAPH 97 is to define the next wave of digital technology
by connecting the most talented and creative in the computer graphics
community both locally and globally," said Conference Chair G. Scott Owen.
"In addition, we want to expose new, diverse audiences throughout the world
to emerging technologies that impact their lives." Owen, director of
hypermedia and visualization laboratory, and professor of mathematics and
computer science at Georgia State University, was named conference chair
for SIGGRAPH 97 in April 1995.
Expanding Attendees Interactive Experiences
Several new programs and activities will join the traditional SIGGRAPH
offers of Papers, Panels, Courses, the Exhibition, Keynote Address,
Computer Animation Festival, Educators Program, and the Art Show.
The Creative Applications Laboratory (CAL) is designed to support the
other conference programs and events by offering attendees a place to
cement the learning that goes on throughout SIGGRAPH 97. CAL is an open
area where attendees can, for example, have hands-on experiences on the
materials in a course they just attended, test out a new rendering
algorithm from a Papers session, or work side by side with artists whose
works are on exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery. Contributors to SIGGRAPH 97
are encouraged to include their materials on the machines in the CAL for
attendees to experiment with, learn with, play with, or just enjoy.
For the first time, SIGGRAPH 97 is soliciting proposals for Online Panels
that would begin before the conference and culminate in virtual and onsite
panel presentations at SIGGRAPH 97. Proposals for Online Panels that use tools to extend connections throughout the international computer graphics community, apply innovative Web-based experiments, and/or involve new research and/or design strategies are
The SIGGRAPH 97 interactive program, Electric Garden, will challenge the global
community to present the most exciting, emerging computer technologies
created and developed by the world's foremost experts. Art and design will
mix with advanced computer technology to introduce new ways of
communicating, thinking, and living while providing a complete sensory
experience for all SIGGRAPH 97 attendees.
Ongoings: The Fine Arts Gallery will present an in-depth look at
computer-based artists and their work. The exhibition will show a body of
work for each artist, showcasing their ongoing creative vision.
Sketches will be live presentations designed to encourage participants to
share their recent work in computer graphics research, graphic design,
application areas, and interactive techniques. New this year will be a
special session of Sketches giving invited Computer Animation Festival
artists an opportunity to present their work in person to the SIGGRAPH 97
audience in an informal setting.
Reaching out to New Audiences
SIGGRAPH 97 is exploring the possibility of a new conference capability:
television broadcast events that are designed to educate, entertain, and
inform. SIGGRAPH TV will take advantage of satellite
technology and work with television stations throughout the world to give
remote viewers the opportunity to experience portions of the conference.
SIGGRAPH TV will consist of selected contributions to the various SIGGRAPH
97 programs. It will include the latest in computer-generated animations,
live conference events, special programs, and informational features
covering the broad range of topics in the industry.
The SIGGRAPH 97 community outreach activity is designed to extend the reach
of the conference beyond the traditional computer graphics community, and
far beyond the walls of the Los Angeles Convention Center. This activity
is designed to establish new links with individuals, companies, and
institutions throughout Los Angeles and Southern California: grade school
and high school students, artists who want to explore interactive
technologies, technical industries that are just beginning to adopt
computer graphics tools, and students and faculty at the region's colleges
SIGGRAPH continues to expand its presence online through its dynamic site
on the World Wide Web. The site (http://www.siggraph.org/s97/) contains
customer-focused information, including online registration, program
content, and exhibition updates.
Companies are already contracting for space in the SIGGRAPH 97 Exhibition,
the annual marketplace of computer hardware, software, and services.
SIGGRAPH is the largest computer graphics exhibition in the United States
with over 325 exhibitors expected to fill more than 160,000 net square
feet. A new record was set at SIGGRAPH 96 when the exhibit floor exceeded
150,000 net square feet of space.
For information about registration, contact:
SIGGRAPH 97 Conference Management
Smith, Bucklin & Associates, Inc.
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
To purchase exhibition space, contact:
SIGGRAPH 97 Exhibition Management
150 Burlington Avenue
Clarendon Hills, Illinois 60514 USA