The ACM SIGGRAPH Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of computer graphics. These are principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The inaugural class of 2018 was formed from past SIGGRAPH award winners.
Technical University of Berlin
For pioneering contributions in geometry processing, shape modeling, and digital fabrication.
For contributions in geometry processing and computational fabrication, and for releasing important open-source tools.
Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
For contributions to spline and mesh processing, and for the impact of his research and mentorship.
For pioneering contributions in Monte Carlo rendering and real-time ray tracing, and for contributions to graphics education.
For the development of Shadertoy and other contributions to computer graphics. (Practitioner)
For the development of Shadertoy and other contributions to computer graphics.
2022 ACM SIGGRAPH Practitioner Award
For her many pioneering computational art techniques engaging human sensitivity in the production of her abstract geometrical artworks. (Distinguished Artist)
Michiel van de Panne
University of British Columbia
For his fundamental work in computer animation, particularly on the simulation and control of physics-based characters. (Computer Graphics Achievement)
University of New Mexico, emeritus
For a series of textbooks and courses that introduced a top-down approach to teaching computer graphics that let students create three-dimensional applications early in the course with a standard API. (Distinguished Educator)
2021 ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class
For the development of simulation-and-control of tasks that require interaction between rigid-body dynamics and complex environments.
For fundamental contributions to modeling virtual humans and to computer animation, and for educating multiple generations of diverse computer graphics students.
For his contributions to rendering and production workflows everywhere. (Practitioner)
For his pioneering work ‘Recombinant Poetics / Recombinant Informatics / Neosentience’. (Distinguished Artist)
Doug L. James
For his pioneering work in the simulation of deformable models and in sound rendering. (Computer Graphics Achievement)
For contributions to point-based graphics, 3D capture and video technology, and physics-based animation, and for founding an influential industrial research laboratory.
For contributions to geometric processing and establishing the discrete differential geometry framework.
University of Washington in Seattle
For the development of curricula in computer animation, and her long-term work in SIGGRAPH education initiatives. (Distinguished Educator)
2020 ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class
Michael F. Cohen
Coons Award. (Originally inducted in 2018 for the development of practical radiosity methods for realistic image synthesis)
For his singular vision and pioneering efforts in the creation of interactive and immersive media art. (Distinguished Artist).
Donald P. Greenberg
For pioneering original ideas, and for education of graduate students in computer graphics and computer-aided design. (Distinguished Educator, first inducted 2018)
For contributions in collision detection, physics simulation, natural phenomena, crowd animation, haptics, and sound rendering.
For development of physics-based fluid simulation, illumination simulation and character animation, and for advising and mentoring many leading researchers in academia and industry.
For fundamental contributions to physically-based and scalable rendering, material modeling, perception for graphics, and visual recognition. (Computer Graphics Achievement)
For contributions in geometry processing and interactive geometric modeling.
For her trailblazing work in bringing virtual environments and related interactive techniques to engineering and design processes in multiple industries. (Practitioner).
For diverse contributions to visual computing including data visualization, point-based rendering, 3D scanning and physical fabrication.
2019 ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class
For implementing multiple advanced real-time techniques in various games and virtual reality experiences, and for leadership in sharing ideas with the rendering community. (Practitioner).
For pioneering work in the art of scientific data visualization. (Distinguished Artist).
Andries van Dam
For fundamental contributions that have advanced the fields of geometry processing, multiresolution shape modeling, and geometric principles of physics-based simulation in graphics. (Computer Graphics Achievement)
For founding, developing, and authoring the definitive texts in the field of storing, processing, analyzing, and retrieving spatial data.
For groundbreaking theoretical work in mathematical representations of visual appearance, and for translating these into computational methods with wide practical impact.
For contributions to geometric modeling, GPU computing, interactive rendering of large complex scenes, and interactive sound simulation.
For pioneering work applying scientific rigor to virtual reality, and applying virtual reality to scientific research.
For contributions in implicit surfaces, physical simulation, sketch-based interaction, and expressive modeling, and for leadership in the graphics community.
2018 ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class
For numerous, impactful research contributions to computational imaging and light transport.
For seminal contributions to the field of computational photography.
For pioneering contributions at the intersection of computer graphics and computer vision, particularly in image-based modeling and rendering.
For significant contributions to computer graphics, ranging from image processing to animation to modeling, and in particular for the introduction of optimization techniques as a fundamental tool in graphics.
For the development of the Radiance synthetic imaging system.
Thomas W. Sederberg
For pioneering work on free-form deformations, and the use of algebraic geometry in geometry modeling.
For pioneering work on subdivision surfaces, and on fast algorithms for the simulation of natural phenomena, especially fire, fluids, and gasses.
For bringing high performance computer graphics systems to the mass market.
For seminal work in making subdivision surfaces a practical geometric modeling technique.
For work in the modeling and visualizing of biological structures.
For pioneering work in rendering volumes without an intermediate surface representation.
Alvy Ray Smith
For seminal contributions to computer paint systems.
For PostScript, which embodies a major contribution to imaging models, and to integration of graphics and text.
Alan H. Barr
For contributions to graphics, primarily for extending computer graphics shape modeling to include physically based and teleological modeling.
For pioneering work in the design of algorithms for generating raster computer graphics, and for computer graphic images that mimic photographic realism.
Criteria for Election to the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy
- Cumulative contributions to the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques
- Impact on the field through development of new research directions and/or innovations
- Influence on the work of others
- Reasonably active participant in the ACM SIGGRAPH community
- All accomplished members of the ACM SIGGRAPH community will be eligible to be nominated including researchers, practitioners, technologists, artists, designers, and educators.
ACM SIGGRAPH Academy members are selected by a ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Committee consisting of five voting members from across the SIGGRAPH community. Nominations for the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy may be submitted by contacting the SIGGRAPH Academy Chair before 31 January each year.
- A brief summary (in English, maximum one page) explaining how the nominee meets the criteria
- Supporting letters of exactly three endorsers. Endorsers should themselves have achieved distinction in the field. Endorsers will need to have personal knowledge of the candidate’s work. Endorsers will provide a brief endorsement statement giving their personal assessment of the candidate’s impact on the field.
- Nominator’s name, address, telephone number, and email address.