Technical Papers Chair


The Technical Papers chair manages the world’s premier forum for the most definitive research in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The chair recruits and supervises a committee of expert reviewers representing a diverse disciplinary field, interacts with contributors on presentation, timing, and other requirements, and coordinates the on-site presentation sessions. The Technical Papers Chair works closely with the Conference Chair, the Conference Event Director, volunteers, and contractors to produce a premier program. Note: appointment to this position requires SIGGRAPH Executive Committee Approval

Recommended Qualifications

  • team player who works well with others
  • experience with project / fiscal management
  • able to delegate responsibility and mentor team members as well as next year Papers Chair counterpart
  • deadline-driven; able to organize and respond quickly
  • able to devote the necessary time
  • past member of the SIGGRAPH Papers Committee
  • active in the research community
  • respect of the SIGGRAPH technical community
  • have presented a paper at SIGGRAPH
  • ability to lead top researchers in review process

Specific Responsibilities

The following list is a “high-level” view of the specific responsibilities associated with serving as a Technical Papers Chair. The list is organized under general categories of responsibility.


  • Participate in strategic planning for the SIGGRAPH Conference
  • Create a strategic direction for the papers program including technical focus, emphasis areas, and new initiatives


  • Recruit and manage a subcommittee to assist in administering the technical papers program
  • Organize and implement a thorough papers review process
  • Recruit and supervise junior and senior reviewers
  • Provide information to accepted authors regarding formatting, timing, and requirements
  • Work with the subcommittee to create a presentation schedule for accepted papers
  • Work with contractors to ensure on-site presentation facilities are appropriate
  • Manage the on-site presentation of papers


  • Work with the Conference Chair and Event Director to prepare preliminary and final conference budgets for the Papers program
  • Manage the Papers budget


  • Develop the papers section of the Call for Participation
  • Review copies of promotional materials and publications to ensure accurate Papers information
  • Assist the Publications Chair in the collection of accepted papers for both Conference Proceedings and DVD
  • Work with SIGGRAPH Video Review (SVR) group and The Computer Animation Festival Chair, as appropriate, to produce a Papers video (if one is created)


  • Report regularly to the Conference Chair and Event Director on the status of the Papers program
  • Facilitate and participate in timely communication with the subcommittee, reviewers, jury, and contributors to provide direction and solve problems
  • Produce a final report by the wrapup meeting (October) describing the papers process, changes from previous years, and lessons learned


  • Attend and participate in all conference committees meetings
  • Attend the Papers sort
  • Organize and implement an effective jury meeting to select technical papers