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SIGGRAPH logo.svg
SIGGRAPH 2015 official logo
Status Active
Genre Computer graphics conference
Country US, Canada
Asia: China, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Thailand,
Inaugurated 1974
Most recent 2018 (Vancouver)
Next event 2019 (Los Angeles)
Organized by ACM SIGGRAPH
Hydraulophone, presented at SIGGRAPH 2007
This narrated animation shown as a Daily at SIGGRAPH 2015 describes a method of automatically mapping of 87 gigapixels of data over Greenland.

SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) is 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 conferences have been held in Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Boston, Vancouver, and elsewhere in North America. SIGGRAPH Asia, a second yearly conference, has been held since 2008 in various Asian countries.


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.[1] The recent paper acceptance rate for SIGGRAPH has been less than 26%.[2] The submitted papers are peer-reviewed in a single-blind process.[3] There has been some criticism about the preference of SIGGRAPH paper reviewers for novel results rather than useful incremental progress.[4][5] The papers accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH are printed since 2003 in a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Graphics journal. Prior to 1992, SIGGRAPH papers were printed as part of the Computer Graphics publication; between 1993 and 2001, there was a dedicated SIGGRAPH Conference Proceedings series of publications.[6]

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.

In 1984, under LucasFilm Computer Group, John Lasseter's first computer animated short, The Adventures of André & Wally B., premiered at SIGGRAPH. Pixar's first computer animated short, Luxo, Jr. debuted in 1986. Pixar has debuted numerous shorts at the conference since.[7]

SIGGRAPH has several awards programs to recognize outstanding contributions to computer graphics. The most prestigious is the Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics. It has been awarded every two years since 1983 to recognize an individual's lifetime achievement in computer graphics.

Conference areas[edit]

The following conference areas are the areas scheduled for SIGGRAPH 2012,[8] as some conference areas vary annually.

  • ACM Student Research Competition
  • Art Gallery: presents digital and technologically mediated artworks
  • Art Papers: features the artists and artwork, and processes and theoretical frameworks for making art and contextualizing its place in society
  • Birds of a Feather: informal presentations, discussions, and demonstrations
  • Computer Animation Festival: an annual festival for the world's most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators
  • Courses: Attendees learn from the experts in the field and gain inside knowledge that is critical to career advancement.
  • Emerging Technologies: presents innovative technologies and applications in several fields, from displays and input devices to collaborative environments and robotics, and technologies that apply to film and game production
  • Exhibition: presents the newest hardware systems, software tools, and creative services from hundreds of companies
  • International Resources: Focusing on the state of computer graphics in different regions of the world, it offers bilingual tours of conference programs, informal translation services, and space for meetings, talks, and demonstrations.
  • Job Fair: a place for employers to meet with thousands of job seekers
  • Keynote Speakers: stories from the most influential practitioners in computer graphics, interactive techniques, and related fields
  • Panels: moderated discussions on important topics, with expert panelists chosen by the organizers to provide a wide range of perspectives
  • Posters: presenting student, in-progress, and late-breaking work
  • Real-Time Live!: showcase for the latest trends and techniques for pushing the boundaries of interactive visuals
  • Sandbox: provides an opportunity to get hands-on with the latest, most innovative real-time projects produced over the last 12 months
  • SIGkids: engages local youngsters with outreach and on-site programs to excite and cultivate the next-next-generation
  • SIGGRAPH Business Symposium
  • SIGGRAPH Dailies: Each presenter has one minute to present an animation and describe the work.
  • Studio: a place for making and creating at SIGGRAPH
  • Talks: presentations on recent achievements in all areas of computer graphics and interactive techniques, including art, design, animation, visual effects, interactivity, research, and engineering
  • Technical Papers: the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques
  • Technical Papers Fast Forward: summary of Technical Papers.
  • SIGGRAPH Mobile : focusing on mobile computer graphics and its applications such as augmented reality, games and interactive apps. At SIGGRAPH ASIA this track is called Symposium of Apps.
SIGGRAPH Attendance vs. Time
SIGGRAPH Attendance vs. Time

SIGGRAPH events around the world[edit]

SIGGRAPH Asia[edit]

Since 2008, a second yearly SIGGRAPH conference has been held in Asia. The first SIGGRAPH Asia conference was held in Singapore from 10 to 13 December 2008 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre;[9] the second one in Yokohama, Japan from 16 to 19 December 2009 at Pacifico Yokohama;[10] and the third in Seoul, Korea from 15 to 18 December 2010 at Coex Convention & Exhibition Center Seoul.[11]

Year Location Links Date Attendees Exhibitors Conference chair
2019 Brisbane, Australia Website Nov 17-20 Tomasz Bednarz
2018 Tokyo, Japan Website Dec 4-7 Ken Anjyo
2017 Bangkok Website Nov 27-30 6,526 73 Surapong Lertsithichai
2016 Macao Website Dec 5-8 5,200 47 Hongbo Fu
2015 Kobe Website Nov 2-5 7,050 91 Yoshifumi Kitamura
2014 Shenzhen Website Dec 3-6 5,968 45 Baoquan Chen
2013 Hong Kong Archived website Nov 19-22 6,078 96 Wenping Wang
2012 Singapore Archived website Nov 28 - Dec 1 7,000 130 Susanto Rahardja
2011 Hong Kong Archived website Dec 12–15 7,734 122 Zhi-Qiang Liu
2010 Seoul, Korea Archived website Dec 15–18 9,000 102 Ko Hyeong-Seok
2009 Yokohama, Japan Archived website Papers Dec 16–19 6,424 71 Masa Inakage
2008 Singapore Archived website Papers Dec 10–13 3,389 81 Lee Yong Tsui

Specific conferences[edit]

Year Location Links Dates Attendees Exhibitors Conference chair Notes
2021 Los Angeles
2020 Washington, D.C. Jul 19-23 Kristy Pron [12]
2019 Los Angeles Jul 28 - Aug 1 Mikki Rose
2018 Vancouver website, papers Aug 12-16 16,637 160(*) Roy C Anthony [13]

[14] (*) Exhibitor count as of 16 August 2018.

2017 Los Angeles website, papers Jul 30 - Aug 3 16,500 150 Jerome Solomon
2016 Anaheim website, papers Jul 24-28 14,000 153 Mona Kasra
2015 Los Angeles website, papers Aug 9-13 14,800 143 Marc Barr Los Angeles Convention Center
2014 Vancouver website, papers Aug 10–14 14,045 175 Dave Shreiner
2013 Anaheim website, papers Jul 21–25 17,162 180 Mk Haley [15]
2012 Los Angeles website, papers Aug 5–9 21,212 161 Rebecca Strzelec
2011 Vancouver website, papers Aug 7–11 15,872 156 Pete Braccio First North American SIGGRAPH to be held outside the U.S.A.
2010 Los Angeles website, papers Jul 25–29 22,549 160 Terrence Masson
2009 New Orleans website, papers Aug 3–7 11,000 140 Ronen Barzel
2008 Los Angeles website, papers Aug 11–15 28,432 230+ Jacquelyn Martino
2007 San Diego website, papers Aug 5–9 24,043 230+ Joe Marks
2006 Boston website, papers Jul 30 – Aug 3 19,764 230+ John Finnegan
2005 Los Angeles website, papers Jul 31 – Aug 4 29,122 250 James Mohler
2004 Los Angeles website, papers Aug 8–12 27,825 229 Dena Slothower
2003 San Diego website, papers Jul 27–31 24,332 240 Alyn Rockwood
2002 San Antonio website, papers Jul 21–26 17,274 225 Tom Appolloni
2001 Los Angeles website, papers Aug 12–17 34,024 303 Lynn Pocock The best animations from the 2001 conference are archived at the Internet Archive.
2000 New Orleans website Jul 23–28 25,986 316 Jackie White
1999 Los Angeles website Aug 8-13 42,690 337 Warren Waggenspack
1998 Orlando website Jul 19-24 32,210 327 Walt Bransford
1997 Los Angeles website Aug 3-8 48,700 359 G. Scott Owen
1996 New Orleans website Aug 4–9 28,500 321 John Fujii
1995 Los Angeles website Aug 6–11 40,100 297 Brian Herzog & Peter Meechan[16] [17]
1994 Orlando Jul 24 - 29 25,000 269 Dino Schweitzer[16] [17]
1993 Anaheim Aug 1 - 6 27,000 285 Bob Judd & Mark Resch[16] [17]
1992 Chicago Jul 26 - 31 34,148 253 Maxine Brown[16] [17]
1991 Las Vegas Jul 28 – Aug 2 23,100 282 Carol Byram & Michael Bailey[16] [17]
1990 Dallas Aug 6-10 24,684 248 David Loendorf & Jacqueline Wollner[16] [17]
1989 Boston Jul 31 - Aug 4 27,000 238 Branko Gerovac & Christopher Herot[16] [17]
1988 Atlanta Aug 1-5 19,000 249 Andrew Goodrich & Adele Newton[16] [17]
1987 Anaheim Jul 27-31 30,541 274 James Thomas & Robert Young[16] [17]
1986 Dallas Aug 11-15 22,000 253 Raymond Elliott & Ellen Gore[16] [17]
1985 San Francisco Jul 22-26 27,000 254 Pat Cole & Robert Heilman[16] [17]
1984 Minneapolis Jul 23–27 20,390 218 Richard Meuller & Richard Weinberg[16] [17]
1983 Detroit Jul 25-29 14,000 195 Kellogg Booth & John Beatty[16] [17]
1982 Boston Jul 26-30 17,000 172 Elaine Sonderegger[16] [17]
1981 Dallas Aug 3-7 14,000 124 Doug Green & Tomy Lucido[16] [17]
1980 Seattle Jul 14-18 7,500 80 Robert Ellis & Harvey Kriloff[16] [17]
1979 Chicago Aug 6-8 3,000 79 Tom DeFanti & Bruce McCormick[16] [17]
1978 Atlanta 1,500 44 Sylvan Chasen[16] [17]
1977 San Jose 750 38 Steve Levine[16] [17]
1976 Philadelphia 300 10 Tom Johnson[16][18] [17]
1975 Bowling Green 300 David Fulton[16][18] [17]
1974 Boulder 600 Bob Schiffman[16][18] [17]

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