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SIGGRAPH (short for Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) is the name of the annual conference on computer graphics (CG) convened by the ACM SIGGRAPH organization. The first SIGGRAPH conference was in 1974. The conference is attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals. Past SIGGRAPH conferences have been held in Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Diego and elsewhere across the United States.


Some highlights of the conference are its Animation Theater and Electronic Theater presentations, where recently created CG films are played. There is a large exhibition floor, where several hundred companies set up elaborate booths and compete for attention and recruits. Most of the companies are in the engineering, graphics, motion picture, or video game industries. There are also many booths for schools which specialize in computer graphics or interactivity.

Dozens of research papers are presented each year, and SIGGRAPH is widely considered the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research. The recent paper acceptance rate for SIGGRAPH has been less than 20%. The papers accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH are currently printed in a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Graphics journal. Prior to 2002, SIGGRAPH papers were printed in the SIGGRAPH Conference Proceedings series of publications.

In addition to the papers, there are numerous panels of industry experts set up to discuss a wide variety of topics, from computer graphics to machine interactivity to education. SIGGRAPH also offers many full- and half-day courses in state-of-the-art computer graphics topics, as well as shorter "sketch" presentations where artists and researchers discuss their latest work.


As of 2008, SIGGRAPH conferences will also be held in Asia (known as SIGGRAPH Asia), in addition to the conferences in the United States. The first SIGGRAPH Asia conference is to be held in Singapore from the tenth to the thirteenth of December 2008 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Specific SIGGRAPH Conferences

Year Location Links Notes
1974 Boulder
1975 Bowling Green
1976 Philadelphia
1977 San Jose
1978 Atlanta
1979 Chicago
1980 Seattle
1981 Dallas
1982 Boston
1983 Detroit
1984 Minneapolis
1985 San Francisco
1986 Dallas
1987 Anaheim
1988 Atlanta
1989 Boston
1990 Dallas
1991 Las Vegas
1992 Chicago
1993 Anaheim
1994 Orlando
1995 Los Angeles
1996 New Orleans
1997 Los Angeles
1998 Orlando
1999 Los Angeles
2000 New Orleans website, papers
2001 Los Angeles website, papers The best animations from the 2001 conference are archived at the Internet Archive
2002 San Antonio website, papers
2003 San Diego website, papers
2004 Los Angeles website, papers, blog
2005 Los Angeles Convention Center website, papers, wiki SIGGRAPH 2005 was held from July 31 to August 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It is estimated that 25,000 people attended.
2006 Boston website, papers SIGGRAPH 2006 was held from July 30 to August 3 in Boston.
2007 San Diego website, papers SIGGRAPH 2007 was held August 5-9 in San Diego.
2008 Los Angeles website, papers SIGGRAPH 2008 was held in August 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
2009 New Orleans website, call for submissions SIGGRAPH 2009 will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2010 Los Angeles SIGGRAPH 2010 will be held August 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
2011 Vancouver For the first time ever, the main SIGGRAPH conference will be held outside the United States.

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