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SIGGRAPH 98 Attendance Reaches 32,210 in Orlando
World's Largest Computer Graphics Conference and Exhibition Celebrated 25 Years of Inventing the Future of Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

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Sheila Hoffmeyer
+1.312.644.6610 x 3220
+1.312.321.6876 fax

Orlando, FL - SIGGRAPH 98 drew 32,210 to its week-long conference and exhibition in Orlando, 19-24 July 1998. SIGGRAPH 98, the 25th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive techniques, highlighted the evolution of computer graphics and featured a comprehensive technical program, three-day exhibition, and special activities focusing on art, animation, and interactivity.

The SIGGRAPH 98 exhibition showcased the products and services of 327 companies in 171,975 net square feet of exhibit space.

"Computer graphics has basically changed the world. It has made manipulating pictures -- one of the most powerful communications mediums -- easy, accessible, and available to everyone. Today we have a generation of kids growing up not being able to imagine what it would be like to grow up without computer graphics," said Jim Blinn, Graphics Fellow at Microsoft Research, who presented the keynote address. "The SIGGRAPH community has created a new industry by taking something that was an academic curiosity back in 1974 and turning it into something so pervasive and so common that it shows up in practically every aspect of imaging from film and movies to the print medium."

Walt Bransford, SIGGRAPH 98 Conference Chair, noted, "SIGGRAPH 98 was the 25th year that the worldwide computer graphics community -- visionaries, scientists, artists, educators, entrepreneurs -- have gathered in one place for one week to size up and advance the creation of a future forever improved by computer graphics. SIGGRAPH has helped fuel a worldwide, multibillion dollar industry and exponentially changes the way we see and comprehend our world and interact with each other."

SIGGRAPH 99, the 26th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will be held in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 8-13 August 1999.

For information on how to contribute your work, see the SIGGRAPH 99 Call for Participation.

For conference information, contact:

SIGGRAPH 99 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 99 Exhibition Management
Hall-Erickson, Inc.
98 East Naperville Road
Westmont, Illinois 60559 USA
+1.630.434.1216 fax

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