Research Challenge: Submission Info

Your Research Challenge is to choose a specific animal, or a specific animal's sense, and develop a system that will enable a person to experience the physical or social world as that animal does. We encourage you to solve the problem creatively. Here are some possible approaches:

  • A novel sensing device based on an animal's perception or processing.
  • A mapping of sensory data that reveals information important to the animal but normally unavailable to people.
  • Images or video that convey an animal's experience of the world.
  • An interactive game based on an animal's social life.
  • Alternative forms for communicating sensory data.

Submissions are open to any individuals or groups, but we particularly encourage groups of students to work with a faculty advisor. Class projects are appropriate for submission.

Use the Late-Breaking online submission form. Submissions are due 22:00 UTC/GMT, 6 May 2009. For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the General or Late-Breaking submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic submission information, including submitter name, affiliation, and contact information, as well as title of the work, a single-sentence summary that introduces the achievements of your work (50 words or fewer), and a one-paragraph overview that highlights the innovations or significant accomplishments and contributions to the SIGGRAPH community (150 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials.
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • A 300-word description of your submission to be used on the web site.
  • A one-page abstract describing your project

Optional: Up to six supplementary images and/or a maximum five-minute supplementary video file. We only accept uploaded videos in QuickTime MPEG-4 or DivX Version 6 formats, and the file size should not exceed 100 MB. The file must be uploaded using the online submission system.

Submissions will be evaluated for creativity, aesthetics, quality of design, quality of implementation, quality of presentation, and how well the the system conveys the animal's experience.

Acceptance of a submission means that the submitter is a finalist for the competition. At the conference, finalists will present their project to a panel of distinguished judges, who will evaluate the work based on the above criteria. Finalists may include in their presentations work that they continued developing after the submission deadline.

You will be notified of your acceptance or rejection as a finalist around 20 May 2009.

You will be able to update your basic submission information so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.

You must sign and return Acceptance Agreements for all participants one week after acceptance.

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2009, registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2009 Recognition Policy.

You will receive information on when and where your project will be presented. You should prepare a short talk with video to demonstrate your project to the judges. Final scheduling details will be announced with the list of finalists, but you will have 10-15 minutes to present your work.

6 May
Deadline for all Research Challenge submissions and upload of materials.

7-21 May
Assignment and online review for all Research Challenge submissions.

22-23 May
Jury meeting and final selection of Research Challenge finalists.

1-2 June
Acceptance and scheduling; information, or rejection notices are sent to all Research Challenge submitters.

12 June
Deadline to make any changes to materials for publication, including speakers, descriptions, abstracts, and images.

3-7 August
SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans. Finalists will present their work to a panel of judges.