Announcing the ACM SIGGRAPH Award Winners

ACM SIGGRAPH is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s awards and new members of the SIGGRAPH Academy, listed below.

Computer Graphics Achievement Award
Michiel van de Panne, University of British Columbia

Significant New Researcher Award
Justin Solomon, MIT

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
Xue Bin (Jason) Peng, University of California, Berkeley

Honorable Mention: Yuanming Hu, MIT

Outstanding Service Award
Barbara Helfer

Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art
Vera Molnár

ACM SIGGRAPH Practitioner Award
Pol Jeremias and Iñigo Quilez

ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Educator Award
Edward Angel, University of New Mexico, emeritus

Marc Alexa, T.U. Berlin
Paolo Cignoni, CNR-ISTI
Hans-Peter Seidel, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
Peter Shirley, nVidia

Committee Chair Candidates Sought

Committee Chair Candidates Sought

ACM SIGGRAPH is seeking candidates for the position of chair of each of the following committees

The essential responsibilities of each chair are listed below.

Chapters Committee Chair: Chapters of ACM SIGGRAPH continue the work of the organization on a year-round basis via their meetings, site visits, conferences, video screenings, art shows and special events. Each ACM SIGGRAPH Professional or Student Chapter consists of individuals involved in education, research and development, the arts, industry, and entertainment. The Chapters Committee Chair will help promote, plan, and facilitate the full integration of chapter activities into ACM SIGGRAPH while identifying and facilitating the flow of additional ACM SIGGRAPH benefits to chapters. They will also provide a link for communication with ACM on technical issues, and ensure compliance with all relevant policies and procedures.

Digital Arts Committee Chair: The Digital Arts Committee fosters the evolution of a strong digital arts community within the international organization and promotes a dialogue between visual artists and the larger SIGGRAPH community. It maintains an interactive Arts Portal and an associated social networking site that provides a central place for artists and scientists to share resources, information, artwork, and opportunities for collaboration. The Digital Arts Chair will oversee all of these efforts.

Interactive & Immersive Committee Chair: The vision of the Immersive and Interactive Environments Committee is to support researchers and practitioners involved in the design and creation of interactive and immersive experiences ​and promote them throughout the SIGGRAPH organization. The Immersive and Interactive Environments Committee was created to raise awareness of how Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (CG&IT, the backbone of SIGGRAPH) are used to create world class immersive experiences at SIGGRAPH conferences and in the broader community. This includes creating a web portal showcasing Interactive and Immersive Experiences, identifying leading examples of Interactive and Immersive Experiences, promoting education and innovation in the area, etc.

International Relations Committee Chair: The mission of the International Resources Committee (IRC) is to extend the reach and influence of the ACM SIGGRAPH conferences and organization globally through language and intercultural support. Among other things, the IRC produces multilingual content  and supervises the English Review Service for SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia. The IRC selects and works together with the International Center Manager in the organization and curation of the ACM SIGGRAPH Theater presentations at SIGGRAPH, as well as the presentations at SIGGRAPH Asia. The IRC Chair oversees all of these efforts.

Please contact Thierry Frey if you are interested in applying for any of these positions. Provide a CV and vision statement (why you’re interested in being chair and what you hope to accomplish in that role).

The schedule is the following

  • April 14 – May 15 – Call for Nominations Open
  • May 15 – 31 – Review by Nominations Committee
  • June 1 – Recommendation to EC
  • June 15 – New Chairs Announced
  • September 1 – Term begins

Volunteer with the Lifelong Learning Committee

About the Lifelong Learning Committee

The ACM SIGGRAPH Lifelong Learning Committee is a Standing Committee of ACM SIGGRAPH composed of individuals in a broad variety of Computer Graphics related fields including games, animation, education, research, UX and art. The mission of the Lifelong Learning Committee is to connect Computer Graphics professionals with applicable, relevant, and globally accessible learning resources. One of the core areas within the Lifelong Learning Committee’s work is the SIGGRAPH University, which is currently in development with the vision of serving as the hub for all things learning related within the ACM SIGGRAPH community, and providing resources to students and professionals in Computer Graphics around the world. The Lifelong Learning Committee is also dedicated to mentoring professionals in their careers, providing free resources and events throughout the year.

Current Job Openings

The Lifelong Learning Committee is currently seeking volunteers for the positions listed below. We are looking for volunteers with the passion and dedication to serve the Computer Graphics community, and help us in furthering the mission set forth by this committee.

Time Commitment

Volunteers at the Lifelong Learning Committee are expected to commit to regular committee meeting attendance (1 hour every two weeks) as well as some additional time as required (1-3 hours per week for tasks, and additional meetings if needed).

Course Content Associate

We are looking to fill two positions for help with collecting, curating, creating, editing, and uploading course content for SIGGRAPH University. The Course Content Associate will work closely with the Learning Leads in creating exciting content for the SIGGRAPH University.


Please complete form here. SKILLS: ● Experience with WordPress blogging site and/or Course Learning Management Systems (LMS) ● Insight into creative curriculum and course design. ● JavaScript or Python programming experience is a plus. ● Experience in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro or any video editing software. RESPONSIBILITIES: ● Help collect, curate, and recommend content to be featured on the SIGGRAPH University website. ● Test run and provide feedback on content, organization, and presentation of course modules. ● Proof read content for any inconsistencies and grammatical errors. ● Upload content to LMS and help make recommendations for streamlining the content creation process. ● Assist with preparing marketing and promotional materials for email, social, video, landing pages and website. ● Work closely with the Learning Leads to maintain cohesive course design. ● Edit videos to produce logical course modules. Identify, tag, add subtitles and annotate content to enrich course experience. ● Add watermarks to videos, and check for accessibility standards.

Graphic Designer

We are looking to fill one position for help with creating marketing promotional materials, design banners, flyers, cards, and other graphic design tasks. The Graphic Designer will work closely with the Marketing Lead and Design Lead in creating digital and physical marketing materials for events and promotions. TO APPLY: Please complete form here. SKILLS: ● 2+ years of experience in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign). ● Knowledge of Figma and Adobe After Effects is a plus. ● Exceptional communication skills with the ability to gather and disseminate information to present facts clearly and accurately in a graphic form. ● Creative, innovative and solutions-oriented team player who enjoys contributing to moving the team forward. ● Well organized and ability to properly manage individual workload. ● Demonstrated experience in the field of design, specifically in Graphic design and Branding. ● Portfolio is required. RESPONSIBILITIES: ● Create concise and compelling brands, from strategic foundations to visual identity system and expression. ● Turn purpose and strategy into aspirational stories through visuals, writing, and other media. ● Design Banner, Flyers, promotional assets for Conference Booths, and Social Media Graphics. ● Lead all Graphic Design, Branding, and Communication design using layout, color, and typography across a variety of mediums such as print, digital, environmental and so forth. ● Produce and create digital web and print solutions, to ensure consistency of brand identity. ● Work closely with the Marketing Lead and Design Lead to ensure continuation of a stable production environment and meeting design standards. ● Create Style guides and signages as required.

Social Media & Community Manager

We are looking to fill one position for help with managing social media and community for SIGGRAPH University. The ideal candidate is someone who loves interacting with people and always has fun ideas on ways to engage with others. The SIGGRAPH University Lifelong Learning committee is seeking applications from students and professionals to volunteer and work closely with the Marketing Lead and Design Lead in creating exciting social content. TO APPLY: Please complete form here. SKILLS: ● Work experience or relevant equivalent as a Community or Social Media Manager. ● Experience using Discord, Telegram, Twitch, and other key platforms & tools. ● Strong written communication skills and English proficiency. RESPONSIBILITIES: ● Engage in online communities to discover audience interests, trends, goals, and preferred channels. ● Identify and promote SIGGRAPH University on forums, threads, online meetups, and within Computer Graphics communities. ● Manage and improve the SIGGRAPH University community presence. ● Partner with advocates to collect and answer FAQ. ● Suggest and organize events such as AMAs, Q&As, and meetups. ● Suggest and curate social media content. ● Maintain regular presence at various Social Media Platforms for SIGGRAPH University.

CGI Friday | Doug Trumbull Lived in the Future, and I Was Lucky to Visit

The world became a little less amazing two days ago. When we lost my friend Doug Trumbull to his battle with cancer, at age 79, it sent a ripple of shock and sadness throughout the universe. Particularly the universe of visual effect artists who, in complete unison, credit his work on films like Blade Runner (1982) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) as one of their main reasons for entering the field.
Ed Kramer on the passing of Doug Trumbull. Read more at The Companion.