Remembering Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

Remembering Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

Fred Brooks, April 19, 1931 – November 17, 2022

It is with great sorrow that ACM SIGGRAPH marks the loss of Dr. Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., a pioneer in the field of computer science, a recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, an inaugural recipient of the US National Medal of Technology, and member of the SIGGRAPH Academy.

Fred Brooks grew up in North Carolina, graduated summa cum laude in physics from Duke University, and earned his PhD in applied mathematics at Harvard University. He joined IBM upon graduation. In the broader computer science community, Brooks is best known for his role as project manager for the IBM System/360 family of computers which were notable as all, largest to smallest, could run the same software.  When the development of the Operating Systems/360 software was behind schedule, Brooks assumed management of that project.  For his work on the System/360 hardware and software, Brooks shared the first National Medal of Technology with Bob Evans and Erich Bloch. 

Brooks recorded his experiences and lessons learned on the OS/360 project in his best-known book, The Mythical Man Month: Essays in Software Engineering.  This book is a standard reference for practical software engineering and is where he coined Brooks’ Law that adding personnel to a software project that is behind schedule delays it even more.  He also coined the term computer architecture and, by choosing it for the System/360 family, he established the 8-bit byte as standard in the computing industry.

Dr. Brooks joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964, where he founded the Department of Computer Science, the second free-standing CS department in the United States.  He served as department chair for 20 years and continued teaching and research for another 31 years. His research focussed on 3D interactive computer graphics, human-computer interaction, virtual reality, computer architecture, and the design process.  Brooks’ promoted the idea of computer scientists as toolsmiths, encouraging his students and colleagues to develop computer technology that could be applied to help other people solve their problems.

Dr. Brooks was honored with dozens of academic and scientific awards.  More than 40 students completed their doctorates under his supervision and he was recognized as an extraordinary role model and mentor for his academic and research colleagues and many members of the SIGGRAPH community.

Fred Brooks’ substantial contributions to the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, the influence of that work through the development of new research and innovations, and his role as an active member of the SIGGRAPH community were recognized by his induction as a member of the SIGGRAPH Academy in 2019.

Dr. Brooks, a committed Christian, will be remembered for his humility, generosity, and kindness. The SIGGRAPH community will miss his smile and good humor, his research contributions, and his wisdom.

Note:  Dr. Brooks always used the Oxford comma because he liked that it eliminated potential ambiguity.  Even though it goes against the SIGGRAPH style guide, we have, in his honor, used the Oxford comma in this memorial.

Online Town Hall Meeting “DESIGN @ ACM SIGGRAPH”

DATE: November 15th, 2022
TIME: 5pm EST / 10pm CET / 7am(Nov16) JST

The Design Task Force at ACM SIGGRAPH invites you to a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the role of design disciplines in shaping the future of graphic and interactive technologies. 

Join this online event to share your ideas and meet the committee and other practitioners and researchers from a broad range of design disciplines.

We will begin the town hall with an overview of the newly established design initiative and its goals and then delve into discussing, exploring, and envisioning opportunities to foster a community at ACM SIGGRAPH for emerging and future types of design research and practice.

Design with technology results in innovative artifacts such as smart product design (i.e. Internet of Things), wearable product design (i.e. smart glasses), fashion design (i.e. smart clothes and shoes), and architectural design and engineering (i.e. responsive buildings and structures). Recent development of machine intelligence suggests challenges and opportunities for redefining the role of designers.

New types of designers are searching for a community to join, in order to learn, share, and present innovative design results, both academically and commercially.

We invite you to join the session, share your ideas with the committee, and be a part of the future of design at ACM SIGGRAPH.

The mandate of Design Task Force is to explore opportunities for ACM SIGGRAPH to build a community for new types of designers.

Areas of Interest

Smart object design: product design, fashion, architecture, urbanism
Centering the human: the human body, but also attributes such as pleasure,
aesthetics, wellness, gender, equity, inclusion, and diversity
Environmental issues: climate change, living creatures, and the post human
Multi-sensory design: experiences and artifacts that engage in many ways, subtle
and obvious, consciously and unconsciously.
Methodologies: design thinking, design futures/fiction, speculative design, other
methods for innovation

The Founding Team

Remembering Jackie White

Remembering Jackie White

April 22, 1949 – October 7, 2021

Mentor.  Mother.  Sister.  Grandmother.  Volunteer.  Cake decorator extraordinaire.  Award winner.  Family genealogy researcher.  We remember Jackie White for being all of these things, but most of all for leaving a tremendous legacy for her family, her community and for SIGGRAPH.

A true California girl, Jackie was born and raised in Monterey Park, California.  She attended Mission High School in San Gabriel where she was very active in the drum and bugle corps.  The oldest of 5 children, she had two younger sisters and two younger brothers and was also very close to her cousins Jim and Tommy, who were closer to her age than her 3 youngest siblings.  Jackie’s son, Chris Sawtelle, believes that Jackie thought of Jim and Tommy as brothers rather than cousins. And sadly, Jackie missed being a great-grandmother by just 2 months as her great-grandson, Marcos, was born in December 2021. 

Jackie worked in the Art Department for many years at Cal State LA, where she was honoured in 2001 with a Women of Distinction award that recognized achievements in her field, significant contributions to Cal State LA, commitment to students, commitment to women’s issues, community involvement, and professional recognition.

It was while she was at Cal State LA that her friend and colleague, Patric Prince, asked her to help with an art show she was chairing for a computer graphics organization. Little did Jackie know that this support of a friend would result in thirty years of volunteering with SIGGRAPH!

After working on the SIGGRAPH ’86 Art Show with Patric, Jackie continued as a SIGGRAPH volunteer, working on the traveling art show and, in 1989, joining the Education Committee where she was responsible for the Education Committee Newsletter.

In 1997, Scott Owen, Chair of SIGGRAPH 97, invited Jackie to chair the first conference Community Outreach program. Based on the tremendous success of including more than 1,900 local teachers and students to that program, as well as her previous contributions to the organization, the Conference Advisory Group (CAG) chose Jackie to chair the SIGGRAPH 2000 Conference in New Orleans. As part of her role as a conference chair, Jackie served on the CAG for five years, then became CAG Chair in 2005-2011 and 2012-2013, and served as CAG Chair representative to the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee in 2011-2012. She was also special sessions chair for SIGGRAPH 2002, special sessions committee member for SIGGRAPH 2003, and a member of the panels jury in 2005.

In addition to her work on the annual SIGGRAPH conference, Jackie worked tirelessly to help establish SIGGRAPH Asia and ensure its success.  In her position as CAG Chair, she ensured that the CAG and the newly formed SACAG worked together in a cooperative fashion and served in various capacities on the SACAG from initial advisor, to acting SACAG chair, and then SACAG committee member 2007-2016. She served as the EC representative to the SACAG from 2012-2016.

In 2019, Jackie was presented with the 2019 Outstanding Service Award for her long-term dedicated service to ACM SIGGRAPH.

Though her work at Cal State LA and her substantial contributions to SIGGRAPH kept her very busy, Jackie’s first love was her family.  She was truly dedicated to family genealogy research and spent hours online searching for factoids about her ancestors and identifying new ones.  She produced several books for her family that documented her research in a form they could enjoy. And when she learned that one of her ancestors was the “rackmaster” at the Tower of London, her family took her on a trip to London to visit the tower and to see the towns their ancestors had lived in. 

Jackie loved geocaching and playing Pokémon Go everywhere she went – regardless of what continent she was on. Jackie’s son, Chris, recalls that she would often ask him to slow down at intersections so she could “hop into a gym” as they went by. In Singapore in the late 2000’s, she pleasantly surprised the then-new SIGGRAPH Asia conference organizers by hauling them around their city-state to places they had never been, in search of geocaches.  Her group excursions to out-of-the-way places with the “perfect gym” at SIGGRAPH conferences became the stuff of legend.

When not hunting for GPS-based prizes, Jackie found plenty of other ways to explore the world.  Whether on safari in the jungles of Borneo, eating her way through the night markets of Hong Kong, or exploring the mountains of Kobe, Japan, Jackie made friends around the globe, and was never one to turn down an adventure. Not many people can say they had their feet nibbled at a “fish spa” with computer graphics legends Don Greenberg and Rob Cook!

No tribute to Jackie would be complete without mention of her remarkable skills as a cake decorator.  As with every project Jackie undertook, she pursued this hobby with great passion to produce extraordinary cakes for her friends and family. 

SIGGRAPH is grateful to Jackie’s family for sharing her time, talent and passion with us over her many years of contributing to so many aspects of the organization.  Jackie truly was an outstanding volunteer, mother, sister and community member and we are all lucky to have known and loved her.



The AAG has been established as an advisory body  to ensure that Art Gallery and Art Papers  continue to be valued  SIGGRAPH programs that serve the artist community and beyond.  This group will also provide counsel to the Conference Advisory Group (CAG) and SIGGRAPH Asia Conference Advisory Group (SACAG), as needed, on  multi-year, cross-conference issues that  affect the Art Gallery and Papers community.

AAG Membership:

The membership of the AAG includes a Chair and 2-3 Appointed members who serve three-year terms, as well as  ex-officio members representing the past, current, and immediate future chairs of the SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia Art Papers and Art Gallery, and the current Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community (DAC). 

AAG Responsibilities:

The AAG has the following responsibilities:

  • Be a resource to the ACM SIGGRAPH community for matters that affect the Art Gallery and Papers community
  • Represent the Art Gallery and Art Papers community in multi-year, cross-conference issues
  • Be a forum for discussion of issues that affect the Art Gallery and Papers community 
  • Provide support for Art Gallery and Papers chairs
  • Provide institutional memory for the Art Gallery and Papers chairs and programs
  • Help provide continuity and communication among Art Gallery and Papers Chairs
  • The AAG’s executive members have the following additional responsibilities, without the involvement of the ex-officio members:
    • recommend and vet Art Gallery and Papers Chairs to the SIGGRAPH Conference Chairs
    • recommend AAG governance guidelines to the EC/CAG for approval

Chair Role: 

 The AAG Chair leads the Arts Advisory Group, which serves as an advocate,  liaison, and representative of the SIGGRAPH Arts constituencies. Together with the Executive Committee, the Chair advises the SIGGRAPH Conference Chairs and EC/CAG on Art-related initiatives and issues. The Chair also consults with the full AAG  for feedback and suggestions related to the Art Papers and Art Gallery programs at SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia, and reports back regularly to SIGGRAPH leadership on its findings and activities. The AAG Chair should be a professional in the wider digital arts community,  and preferably also have direct leadership  experience with the Art Papers and/or Art Gallery programs.

Application Process:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a vision statement plus a copy of your CV to

Application Deadline November 1, 2022

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