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.
|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.|