ACM SIGGRAPH Conference Grant

ACM SIGGRAPH offers support to existing and new members of the SIGGRAPH community whose early career potential impact is recognized as extraordinary and who can demonstrate financial need to attend SIGGRAPH 2023. It is also intended to simultaneously highlight SIGGRAPH’s abiding recognition of the value that diversity in our community brings to the CG/IT domains and its importance to their vibrancy and future positive impact to society.


  • Any ACM SIGGRAPH member (professional or student) in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques but not limited to, technology innovations, artistic production, education, societal services, leadership and/or broader impacts within those industries.
  • Local is considered to be within 200 mile radius from the Los Angeles Convention Center (local grant year)
  • Grantees may receive only one grant per conference year
  • Budget requests and reimbursement are subject to the ACM SIGGRAPH travel policies
  • These grants will be awarded to individuals from underrepresented groups in the CG/IT fields listed in ACM/SIGGRAPH annual demographic surveys and questionnaires.  Nominees from universities, NGO’s, industry, and governmental organizations including students, early career industry and academic professionals in the CG/IT domains will be considered and are encouraged to apply for travel grant support.


  • Submit a nomination single PDF package which includes a potential contribution statement of the candidate in expression of financial need to by July 15, 2023.
  • 1 page C.V.
  • 2 letters of recommendation with a 500 word limit each
  • Verification as an ACM SIGGRAPH Member
  • A selection committee of 5 current SIGGRAPH members will review all the nominations.
  • For 2023, grantees will be selected by 20 July, 2023, and will be invited to attend SIGGRAPH 2023.

Grantees will receive a full Conference Pass in addition to receiving financial support reimbursing documented cost of SIGGRAPH 2023 attendance*

Publicity: Any information supplied for the application must not be confidential and can be used for publicity purposes by ACM SIGGRAPH. Awardees give ACM SIGGRAPH permission to use representative images of their work, member profiles, stories, subsequent activities in connection with the SIGGRAPH community and organization, etc. for use in ACM SIGGRAPH publications, at conferences sponsored by ACM/ACM SIGGRAPH, or other publicity purposes.

Conflict of Interest: ACM’s conflict-of-interest guidelines apply to all award nominations. The SIGGRAPH Award Chair of the SIGGRAPH EC is responsible for ensuring the COI guidelines are followed and resolving any issues that cannot be resolved by the respective Award Committee Chair.


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Announcing 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.

Steven Anson Coons Award
Marie-Paule Cani
For outstanding contributions to computer graphics in shape modeling, computer animation, and content creation tools.

Computer Graphics Achievement Award
Wolfgang Heidrich
For fundamental contributions to the development and analysis of computational imaging and display systems.

Significant New Researcher Award
Felix Heide 
For novel and impactful research on the hardware and software of computational cameras.

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
Cheng Zhang
For a dissertation presenting significant advances in physics-based rendering and providing both practical tools and theoretical foundations for future differentiable rendering algorithms

Honorable mention to Dr. Georg Sperl

Outstanding Service Award
Lee Yong Tsui
For his service to the computer graphics community in Asia, including the founding and nurturing of the SIGGRAPH Asia Conference

Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art
Paul Brown
For his pioneering efforts in the fields of computational art, generative systems, and cellular automata.”

ACM SIGGRAPH Practitioner Award
Ken Museth, NVIDIA
For the creation and continued development of OpenVDB”

ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Educator Award
Scott Owen
For his work done to establish influential programs and provide opportunities for educators in and beyond the SIGGRAPH community”

Niloy Mitra, University College London
For his pioneering technical contributions in shape analysis and structure-aware geometry processing.

David J. Kasik
For technical contributions and industry impact in the areas of computer-aided design, user interfaces, visual analytics, and massive model visualization.

2023 SIGGRAPH Pioneers

2023 SIGGRAPH Pioneers

The SIGGRAPH Pioneers group is proud to announce our Featured Speakers for 2023.

For the first time, we will have co-presenters, the two pioneers who literally wrote the book on CGI that launched innumerable careers, James D. Foley and Andries van Dam!

Their 1982 book, Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics (the original “Foley and van Dam”) helped to define for an entire generation what computer graphics was and how it could be taught. Both Jim and Andy will speak in person at the Pioneers Reception in Los Angeles on the evening of August 8, 2023. They will reflect on their careers and the influence of their original book and the two subsequent editions. They are the perfect speakers to help the Pioneers celebrate the 50th anniversary of the conference!

Andries van Dam is the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Professor of Technology and Education, and Professor of Computer Science, at Brown University. He contributed to the first hypertext system in the late 1960s, and co-founded the precursor of today’s ACM SIGGRAPH organization. In 2019, he was awarded the inaugural ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Educator Award. Andy’s research includes work on computer graphics, hypermedia systems, user interfaces including immersive virtual reality pen- and touch-computing, and educational software. He has been working for over four decades on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations for use in teaching and research. The character of Andy in the film Toy Story is named after van Dam.

James D. Foley is Professor Emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he held the Fleming Chair in the College of Computing. He was Interim Dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing from 2008 to 2010, is an IEEE Fellow, and won both the SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award and the prestigious ACM SIGGRAPH Steven F. Coons award. According to Wikipedia “He is perhaps best known as the co-author of several widely used textbooks in the field of computer graphics, of which over 400,000 copies are in print and translated in ten languages.” He has also held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The George Washington University, and management positions at Mitsubishi Electric Research.

The SIGGRAPH Pioneers is a network of researchers, developers, artists, and educators who have been working in the fields of computer graphics and interactive techniques for at least 20 years. Many members have been in the field since its beginnings more than 50 years ago. The Pioneers hold annual receptions at the SIGGRAPH conference as an informal get-together with old friends, and to hear remarks from a Featured Speaker whose career had a profound influence on the field. Jim and Andy will join a pantheon of recent speakers, including future technologist Ken Perlin, scientific visualization artist Donna Cox, effects wizard Douglas Trumbull, production pioneer Jeff Kleiser, researcher Jim Blinn, co-founder of PIXAR Alvy Ray Smith, and CGI Art pioneer David Em.

-Ed Kramer
Chair, SIGGRAPH Pioneers



The London ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter promotes connections and information exchange by hosting a range of events related to Computer Graphics Technology, Animation, Interactive and Immersive Technologies, and Art for the Computer Graphics community in London.

The chapter boasts more than 200 members and is led by chair Boyan (Bobby) Georgiev, a creative artist based in London, Vice-Chair Ximena Romero Roldan, a 3D-mid animator at Blue Zoo, Secretary Jessica Lennox, generalist TD at One of Us, Treasurer Eva Krpanov, production coordinator at Mikros MTL, and a 17-member board representing London’s CG community.

Launched in 2004, the chapter’s membership scheme, which includes both professional and student categories, provides exclusive access to events and other benefits. The chapter hosts regular, twice-monthly events – including opportunities for socializing and mentoring for industry newcomers, talks by major studios, academy screenings and an annual 3-day post SIGGRAPH wrap-up conference.

The annual conference which has recently been relaunched under a new name, Rainbow Conference, will be presented as a major in-person event in 2023 at BFI Southbank, the number one venue for film and television in the UK, on 29-31 August. The conference, which is expected to host up to 300 attendees each evening, brings together the most exciting projects, studios and talent and is presented free of charge in order to encourage the diversity of attendees.

The Rainbow Conference program includes three keynote presentations per evening, one or additional speakers and an exhibition floor showcasing studio recruitment booths and hardware company tech demonstrations. The conference ends with a panel discussion featuring successful industry professionals. The chapter is also planning a potential daytime program for universities, which would include workshops and master classes for students.

The London ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter presents a broad range of inspiring and memorable events thanks to the leadership of dedicated industry volunteers and support from generous sponsors. 

For more information about the London ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter, follow on Instagram at, on Facebook at and Twitter at or visit the chapter’s website at

ACM SIGGRAPH is Seeking Candidates for the Position of Chair for 5 Standing Committees

Early Career Development (S3)

The Student Services Committee provides continuity and institutional memory for the student volunteer and intern programs at SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia to demonstrate the value of SIGGRAPH membership to student members. Read more

External Relations

The External Relations Committee establishes and oversees ACM SIGGRAPH’s agreements with numerous organizations and conferences around the world. This committee identifies and establishes relationships with new organizations according to the current strategic plan.

Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning Committee develops online educational materials such as webinars, online courses (SIGGRAPH University), ACM Books and state of the art reports to support practitioners and other members wanting to expand their skills by learning about new areas. Read more

Research Career Development

The Research Career Development Committee plans, develops, and facilitates activities that support the career development of members with research careers in academia and industry. Read more

Specialized Conferences

ACM SIGGRAPH helps organize and sponsor focused conferences, workshops, and other symposia around the world on topics related to computer graphics and interactive techniques. These gatherings enable groups with specific interests to get together and exchange information. Read more

The Chair of a Standing Committee is responsible for the following:

  1.  Recruiting, organizing and meeting with the Committee members
  2. Acting as a liaison between their Committee and the Executive Committee (EC) to advise the EC and to ensure that the Committee’s activities are aligned with the strategic priorities of the EC.
  • The Chair must submit a budget request to the Executive Committee every January.
  • The Chair must submit an annual report to the Executive Committee every June.
  • The Chair can expect to spend an average of 5 or more hours/week on the chair activities.

For those interested in applying for one of these positions, please contact the Nominations Chair, Thierry Frey. Only applicants who are ACM SIGGRAPH members in good standing as of the application deadline will be considered. Provide a CV and vision statement stating why you’re interested in being chair and what you hope to accomplish in this volunteer role. The Nominations Committee will review all the candidates, conduct interviews if necessary, and make recommendations to the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee in order to approve the next chairs, according to the following schedule :

April 1 – April 30 – Call for nominations open 
May 1 – 15 – Review by the Nominations Committee
May 15 – Recommendation to the EC
June 1 – New chairs announced
Sept 1 – Term begins for 3 years