26 July 2002
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SIGGRAPH 2002 Attendees Crowd Exhibit Floor and Sessions
Technical Quality of Conference Seen as Outstanding

(San Antonio) - SIGGRAPH 2002, the 29th conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, concluded today. Attendees filled the show floor to see the hottest new products and experienced standing room only in the Yoda and Beyond: Creating the Digital Cast of "Star Wars Episode II" presentation, the Character Animation Papers session, and others.

A total of 17,274 professionals from 70 countries came to SIGGRAPH 2002 for the week-long annual conference and exhibition in San Antonio, 21-26 July 2002. More than 225 exhibiting companies made over 100 news announcements during the week.

"Attendees reported that SIGGRAPH 2002 delivered quality content and continues to be the definitive source for information and techniques in computer graphics," said Tom Appolloni, SIGGRAPH 2002 Chair from Harris Corporation. "San Antonio added to the quality of the experience. Most attendees strolled the Riverwalk from their hotels to conference activities and exhibitor events and were charmed by the city. Despite rough economic conditions, SIGGRAPH still drew its core community of more than 17,000."

New Web Graphics Program
The new Web Graphics program was very well received by attendees. Attendees learned techniques for developing graphics for the Web so they can take advantage of its artistic, commercial, and personal potential.

SIGGRAPH 2002 Computer Animation Festival Awards
The Computer Animation Festival jury selected "The Cathedral" as the Best Animated Short and "The Deserter" for the Jury Award for their rich animation and extraordinary storytelling. "The Cathedral," produced by Platige Images from Warsaw, Poland, is the story of a pilgrim who arrives at the edge of the known world at the end of a long journey. The short is a richly textured, visually complex parable. A unanimous choice of the jury, "The Deserter" is a student film from Supinfocom in Valenciennes, France, about isolation and the human condition.

ACM SIGGRAPH Announces Award Winners
ACM SIGGRAPH presented three awards at the conference to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the computer graphics community. David B. Kirk, NVIDIA Corporation, was the 2002 Computer Graphics Achievement Award recipient. Kirk was selected for the award to recognize his key technical role in bringing high-performance computer graphics systems to the mass market. Steven J. Gortler, Harvard University, received the second Significant New Researcher Award to recognize his work, which has been marked from the beginning by challenging mathematical insights coupled to practical graphical algorithms. Bertram Herzog, Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics and Professor at the University of Michigan, is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award presented to recognize individuals who have given extraordinary service to ACM SIGGRAPH.

San Diego Welcomes SIGGRAPH 2003
SIGGRAPH 2003, the 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will be held in the San Diego Convention Center, 27 31 July 2003 in San Diego, California.

The SIGGRAPH 2003 Call for Participation

For conference information, contact:

SIGGRAPH 2003 Conference Management
Smith, Bucklin & Associates, Inc.
401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
+1.312.321.6876 fax

To purchase exhibition space, contact:

SIGGRAPH 2003 Exhibition Management
Hall-Erickson, Inc.
98 East Naperville Road
Westmont, Illinois 60559 USA
+1.630.434.1216 fax


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