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SIGGRAPH 2015 Xroads of Discovery

The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.


Los Angeles, CA – The 42nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. SIGGRAPH is widely recognized as the most prestigious forum for the publication of computer graphics research.

Conference 9-13 August 2015 / Exhibition 11-13 August 2015

In addition to SIGGRAPH’s leading-edge technical program, the conference’s installations provide close-up views of the latest in digital art, emerging technologies, and hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration.

The conference also hosts the international SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, showcasing works from the world’s most innovative and accomplished digital film and video creators. Juried and curated content includes outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts.

Programs & Events

Experience astounding images, and learn how they were created. Interact with tomorrow’s digital systems, and understand them. Meet the leading international innovators in computer graphics and interactive techniques, and share their knowledge.

ACM SIGGRAPH Award presentation

This award, presented during odd-numbered years, recognizes long-term creative impact on the field of computer graphics through a personal commitment over an extended period of time.

Announcement and tributes for this year’s recipients of five prestigious awards: the Steven Anson Coons Award, the Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the Significant New Researcher Award, the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art, and the ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award.


The ACM SIGGRAPH Awards program recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the computer graphics community through their research, teaching, service, or writing.

ACM Student Research Competition

SIGGRAPH 2015 hosts an ACM Student Research Competition, which takes place in two stages. In the first stage, a panel of distinguished judges views the SRC posters during the poster sessions and selects six semi-finalists. These semi-finalists present their work to SIGGRAPH 2015 attendees during the ACM SRC Final Presentation. At the end of the presentations, the judges announce the first-, second-, and third-place winners in the undergraduate and graduate categories. First-place undergraduate and graduate winners go on to the nationwide ACM Student Research Competition.

Art Gallery

The theme of the SIGGRAPH 2015 Art Gallery is Hybrid Craft, a showcase of craft techniques and values in contemporary digital design, such as digital technologies and hand-hewn craft, computer-aided design and manual tools, 3D printing and traditional carving, or digital signal-processing and traditional acoustic instruments. The gallery demonstrates a multi-directional exchange of knowledge between the new and the traditional, and visualizes techniques to protect and preserve traditional practices. The gallery emphasizes the importance of craft heritage in contemporary digital design, where beautiful and meaningful artifacts are produced by machine and craftsperson together, not by a machine or by a craftsperson alone.

A special issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology includes visual documentation of the works exhibited in the Art Gallery. Publication of this seventh special issue coincides with SIGGRAPH 2015.

Art Papers

SIGGRAPH 2015, in collaboration with Leonardo/ISAST, features not only artists and artwork, but also the processes and theoretical frameworks for making art and contextualizing its place in society. Art Papers:

  • Explore the changing roles of artists and the methods of art-making in our increasingly networked and computationally mediated world.
  • Present excellent ideas in accessible ways.
  • Inform artistic disciplines, set standards, and stimulate future trends.

In addition to core topics related to digital arts and interactive techniques, Art Papers can also explore the theme of SIGGRAPH 2015’s juried Art Gallery: Hybrid Craft.

Registration Categories Room 153A-C, Tuesday – August 11, 9 am – 12:15 pm

Birds of a Feather

This includes informal presentations, discussions, and demonstrations for people who share interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds. Birds of a Feather events are proposed by SIGGRAPH 2015 attendees. They must be free of charge, related to computer graphics or interactive techniques, and non-commercial in nature (topics specific to one commercial product or for-profit company are not allowed).

All Birds of a Feather requests are subject to a review and approval process. For those, who would like to present on a specific product or service can contact Exhibition Management to schedule an Exhibitor Tech Talk.

Computer Animation Festival

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is the leading annual festival for the world’s most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year in the two programs of the Computer Animation Festival, Daytime Selects and the Electronic Theater. Selections include outstanding achievements in animated feature and short films, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, game excerpts, and much more!


The spectrum of Courses ranges from an introduction to the foundations of computer graphics and interactive techniques for those new to the field to advanced instruction on the most current techniques and topics. Topics covered may be subjects found in any SIGGRAPH program and may include methods of reapplying skills and processes from one area of computer graphics to another. Courses include core curricula taught by invited instructors as well as Courses selected from juried proposals.

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Dailies celebrates excellence in computer graphics with an evening of presentations showcasing images and short animations of extraordinary power and beauty. It is a series of very short presentations by artists who tell the story behind the imagery they created. With less than two minutes for each presentation, Dailies is a very fast-paced and exciting event.

Emerging Technologies

Play with the latest interactive and graphics technologies before they transform the way we live and work. Emerging Technologies presents demonstrations of research from several fields, including displays, input devices, collaborative environments, and robotics.


Get up-close and hands-on with the newest hardware systems, software tools, and creative services from hundreds of companies. Explore the products, systems, techniques, ideas, and inspiration that are creating the next three generations of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Exhibits Fast Forward

A preview of the products and announcements that companies are planning for SIGGRAPH 2015 in a fast-paced, entertaining session before the Exhibition opens.

International Center

At SIGGRAPH 2015, the International Center offers bilingual tours of conference programs, informal translation services, and space for meetings, talks, and demonstrations. Throughout the year, the International Resources program facilitates worldwide collaboration in the SIGGRAPH community, provides an English Review Service to help submitters whose first language is not English, and encourages participation in all conference venues, activities, and events.

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Job Fair

The Job Fair is absolutely the best place at SIGGRAPH 2015 for employers to meet with thousands of job seekers from around the globe! Job Fair Exhibitors will be posting their jobs on the and ACM SIGGRAPH job boards one month prior to the conference. For the Job Fair Directory please click here.


Panels are moderated discussions on important topics, with expert panelists chosen by the organizers to provide a wide range of perspectives. Panels have long been an important part of the annual SIGGRAPH conference because they provide a forum for the community to share experiences, opinions, insights, speculation, disagreement, controversy, and audience interaction with the leading experts in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

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Posters are a convenient method for presenting in-progress research, student projects, and late-breaking work. Poster topics range from applications of computer graphics to in-depth research in specific areas. New this year, SIGGRAPH posters will be presented on video monitors in an electronic format only. Poster authors meet and discuss their work with attendees during Poster Presentations.

Production Sessions

As part of the Computer Animation Festival, SIGGRAPH 2015 hosts Production Sessions, where the world’s most elite and talented computer graphic experts and creative geniuses explain their processes and techniques for creating compelling content. Following each presentation, attendees ask questions about the challenges and issues associated with complex productions.

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Real-Time Live!

An interactive extravaganza that celebrates the real-time achievements of evil geniuses, mad scientists, and creative computer gods! Real-Time Live! shows off the latest trends and techniques for pushing the boundaries of interactive visuals. As part of the Computer Animation Festival, an international jury selects submissions from a diverse array of industries to create a fast-paced, 90-minute show of cutting-edge, aesthetically stimulating real-time work, and maybe a battle between mind-controlled robot monkeys with laser eyes and autonomous penguin drones with shrink-ray bowties.


The world is becoming more malleable by the day, with new tools, applications, and methods to create, craft, build, and share. At SIGGRAPH 2015, the Studio focuses on disruptive practices in the world of content creation. Along with a renewed emphasis on technology, it presents projects from alternative fields that utilize and build new foundations in computer graphics – particularly those that extend beyond traditional screens and into the physical world – including themed entertainment, location-based installations, projection mapping, and advancements in augmented and virtual reality.


Talks highlight the latest developments before publication, present ideas that are still in progress, or showcase how computer graphics and interactive techniques are actually implemented and used, in graphics production or other fields. Talks take you behind the scenes and into the minds of SIGGRAPH 2015 creators in all areas of computer graphics and interactive techniques, including art, design, animation, visual effects, interactivity, research, and engineering.

For more info click on Registration Categories.

Technical Papers

The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Technical Papers are published as a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics.

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Technical Papers Fast Forward

An entertaining, illuminating summary of SIGGRAPH 2015 Technical Papers in an exciting two-hour session! The author(s) of each paper are allowed a little less than a minute to wow the crowd with their results and entice attendees to hear their complete paper presentation later in the week.

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