Submission Deadline:
18 February 2009
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Submission Deadline:
6 May 2009
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Talks: Submission Info

SIGGRAPH 2009 invites you to present a talk on your latest work and ideas. Whether you are developing new techniques or applying existing techniques in novel ways, we want to hear from you.

Talks can present anything that involves computer graphics and interactive techniques. They can include case studies, academic research, technical developments, education, professional development, or social commentary. We invite talks on both technical and artistic aspects of projects. whether they're completed or still works in progress. We also encourage talks that elaborate on work submitted to SIGGRAPH 2009 Emerging Technologies, the BioLogic Art Gallery, the Information Aesthetics Showcase, Posters, or the Computer Animation Festival.

The essence of a what we're looking for in a talk is simple: it must be interesting and stimulating to the SIGGRAPH community.

Talks are generally 20 minutes long, but you may request 40 minutes if the extra time is necessary.

Use the online submission form before the Late-Breaking Submission deadline (22:00 UTC/GMT, 6 May 2009). Only a limited amount of space may be available for late-breaking work, depending on the quantity of accepted general submissions. 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 information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A presentation format (page 3). To propose a Talk, please select Talk as your presentation format. You will then be taken to the forms specific to this presentation format. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format.

Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including speaker names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as title of the talk, and a single-sentence summary (50 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • 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 work (PDF). The abstract should include what area you are working in, what is novel about your work, and how this work fits into existing work.
  • Length of talk: short (20 minutes) or long (20-40 Minutes). The jury will be more demanding of submissions that request 40 minutes, so please be sure to justify why you need the extra time. You may also request either length and let the jury decide which is more appropriate.
  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.


  • Up to six supplementary images and/or a maximum five-minute supplementary video. 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.
  • Supplementary text document (3 pages maximum, PDF). This material can include text and images to help the jury further understand any unique results of your submission beyond the merits of your one-page required abstract. This material is only for optional jury use and might not be reviewed. Critical information for your submission should be noted in your one-page abstract.

If you are submitting other presentation formats on the General Submission form simultaneously with the Talk, other formats may share the same abstract and other uploaded materials.

Talks will be evaluated on the strength of the work described in the abstract, the novelty of the subject, and appropriateness of the topic for the SIGGRAPH community. If your submission has an interactive, animation, or simulation component, we strongly encourage you to submit a video demonstrating your work in action, as it is very difficult to evaluate your work without this. Previous work and related projects should be properly cited. The talk length and room type should be commensurate with the material presented.

For Late-Breaking submissions, preference will be given to work completed after the General Submission deadline.

If you submit your work for the General Submissions deadline, you will be notified of acceptance or rejection around 21 April 2009. If you submit your work for the Late-Breaking deadline, you will be notified of acceptance or rejection around 20 May 2009.

You will be able to update your basic submission information and any final materials so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance, around 3 May 2008. Please be prepared to deliver your final versions of your information and work on or before that date.

You must sign and return an Acceptance Agreement one week after acceptance.

You will receive information on when and where your talk will be presented.

For talks on animation, we will decide whether to include a talk as part of the Computer Animation Festival or the main conference, based on appropriateness of content and scheduling and logistical constraints. This does not affect anything you need to do as part of the acceptance or presentation process; it only affects which attendees will have access to your presentation.

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.

General Submissions
18 February
Deadline for all General Submission forms and upload of materials.

19 February - 25 March
Assignment and online review of all General Submissions

26-29 March
Jury meeting for all General Submissions.

30 March - 19 April
Final selection and scheduling for General Submissions.

20-21 April
Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent to all General Submissions submitters.

3 May
Deadline to make any changes to materials for publication, including speakers, short and long descriptions, abstracts, papers, and images.

Late-Breaking Submissions
6 May
Deadline for all Late-Breaking Submission forms and upload of materials.

7-21 May
Assignment and online review for all Late-Breaking Submissions

22-23 May
Jury meeting and final selection of Late-Breaking content.

27-28 May
Acceptance and scheduling, information, or rejection notices are sent to all Late-Breaking submitters.

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

3-7 August
SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans