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To provide more young presenters with a platform for sharing innovative ideas and gaining valuable exposure, SIGGRAPH 2018 is introducing the first ever Thesis Fast Forward program. Doctoral students in the final stage of their Ph.D. studies, or Ph.D. degree holders within a year of graduation, are encouraged to submit to this event. The central element of the submission will be a three-minute video presentation by the candidate, explaining the central theme of their thesis, using no more than two supporting slides. The intent is to make the presentation accessible to a non-expert audience, representative of the typical cross-section of SIGGRAPH attendees.

Based on the video submissions and, as a secondary criterion on the provided abstracts, a jury will select up to 12 candidates who will be asked to perform three-minute oral presentations live at a special session at SIGGRAPH 2018. A panel of experts will provide immediate commentary after each live presentation and select a best performance. The live presentations will be judged solely on the content of the live three-minute presentation.

All selected candidates will be awarded an upgradeable Select Conference registration (upon commitment to participate in the live event). Submissions are open through Thursday, 28 June 2018. Finalists for the live event will be notified on Tuesday, 3 July 2018.

Thesis Fast Forward Committee:

  • Eftychios Sifakis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • M. Alex. O. Vasilescu, Associate Director, UCLA Computer Graphics and Vision Lab

Submission Guidelines

The core component of a submission is a presentation video with duration no more than 3 minutes. In this video, the applicants should summarize the key components of their thesis, its merit and potential impact. Up to two presentation slides can be used as an optional backdrop to the presenter, who must be clearly visible in the video. The submission video should be provided via a web link (a link to a video on media sharing website such as YouTube is recommended to avoid encoding issues, but a direct URL to a video file is also acceptable).

The material to be submitted on the EasyChair Website should be a single PDF file, with the following contents:

  • A cover page, listing the applicant's name, affiliation, tentative or final dissertation title, and the actual (in the past) or future anticipated date of PhD degree conferral. This date should be no earlier than 1 September 2017, and no later than 31 August 2019.
    The cover page should also list the link to the video submission itself as mentioned earlier.

  • An optional addendum of up to two pages can be used to include an extended abstract, in the SIGGRAPH publication format, providing additional context or technical details on the applicant's dissertation work. Not including this extra material will not, in any way, disqualify the applicant from selection, as the video submission is fundamentally the basis on which the selection will be made.

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