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Emerging Technologies

Over the past 50 years, Emerging Technologies has established the foundation for innovations in display, capture, and interaction technologies. What breakthroughs in inventive and imaginative tech are on the horizon for the next half century?

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Submit to Emerging Technologies

The SIGGRAPH 2023 Emerging Technologies program will present the latest innovations in graphics and interactive techniques. We particularly welcome submissions that demonstrate unique and innovative display and interaction methods with the potential for lasting impact. This year, in acknowledging the 50th Anniversary of SIGGRAPH, we are also looking for submissions that recreate a historic Emerging Technology exhibit which has had real impact in our field. These can include re-creating a past exhibit, reviving a past exhibit, showing a past original exhibit together with its current innovation and showing its impact story in terms of how it has transformed the field.

Emerging Technologies may include:

  • Display technologies
  • Brain machine interfaces
  • Haptic and tactile interaction technologies
  • Smart sensors
  • Wearable technologies
  • Novel health technologies
  • Social and collaboration technologies
  • 3D interaction
  • Robotics
  • Tangible interfaces
  • Novel user experiences
  • Prosthetics and human augmentation
  • Sports equipment, sensors and interaction
  • VR, AR and XR innovation
  • Legacy emerging technologies of significance
  • Interaction technologies with future commercial impact
  • Any other surprising and innovative interaction approaches
  • Panel discussions on the history of SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies
  • Panel discussions on the future of SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies innovations

This year, we hope that Emerging Technologies will both represent key innovations first shown at SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies and those that expand our field’s interactive technology innovations for the next 50 years.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
SIGGRAPH prioritizes conversations and industry contributions that spotlight how diversity, equity, and inclusion makes our communities, industries, and teams stronger. Conference programs provide a safe place to grow, discuss, and learn from one another and to bridge boundaries with the goal of making our community more inclusive and accessible to all. ACM SIGGRAPH encourages submissions that spotlight DEI content across every SIGGRAPH program.

How to Submit

SIGGRAPH 2023 will gather in person in Los Angeles. We look forward to celebrating 50 years of advancements in computer graphics and interactive techniques, and are excited that you are considering submitting your work for consideration.

Log into the submission portal, select the “Make a New Submission” tab, select ”General Submissions,” and then select “Emerging Technologies” under “Presentation Formats.” To see the information you need to submit, view the sample submission form.

With your submission, please be aware of these fields:

  • Presentation Format
    To submit to Emerging Technologies, please select “Emerging Technologies/Labs” as your presentation format. To see the information you need to submit, view the Sample Submission Form. [link to: https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/siggraph/?page=SampleForm&id=GeneralSubmissionSubmission&site=siggraph2023] All Emerging Technologies, Immersive Pavilion, and Labs submissions will be juried together, and the jury will determine in which program the presentation best fits.
  • Two-Page Abstract
    This is a document that outlines what SIGGRAPH 2023 participants will experience. A good abstract serves as an overview of your submission, provides background information, describes the problem (if any) and proposed solution, discusses prior work, and highlights the novelty of your submission.
  • Representative Image and Summary
    Please include a 50-word description of your submission that we can use in promotional materials if your work is accepted, as well as an image that illustrates an important aspect of your project. See Representative Image Guidelines. [link to Submission FAQ] You may supply up to six images if they will help clarify your submission.
  • Representative Video
    Each submission should include a polished video that explains the significance of your submission in a concise manner. See the Evaluation tab for details about how to make a compelling video. Videos must be uploaded at 720 p (1280 x 720), we strongly recommend a MP4 video file and should not exceed 200 MB. The maximum duration is three minutes. Please take time to light and shoot your video as carefully as possible. We might use excerpts of it in an Emerging Technologies preview video trailer, which will be shared on social media and websites to promote the conference programs and individual exhibits.
  • A Floor Plan
    This should include size, space, and environmental requirements to display your work onsite. Please indicate where you would like to place tables, chairs, your installation space, lighting requirements, and any equipment that needs to be suspended above the floor. It is important that you label your plan with dimensions, and you may use whichever unit of length you are comfortable with (meters or feet). SIGGRAPH 2023 will provide some standardized support and services for your demonstration, and will connect you to the appropriate vendors to include tools and support beyond the standardized offerings.
  • A Logistics Plan
    This plan further describes requirements for your proposed installation. Important details must include unique staging and handling concerns, time required to set up, diagrams for space utilization (including any overhead requirements, such as clearances or hanging suspensions), number of people required to set up and/or present, dependence on radio/wireless control elements, or any other aspects of your demo. If in doubt, no detail is too small to include here for conference planners. Remember: If your proposal is accepted, your installation must be presented for the duration of the conference (five days, all day), so please ensure you include chairs for each presenter in your group in the space layout.

Other important submission information:

  • Non-native English speakers are highly encouraged to use the English Review Service to improve the text of submissions. Please note this process takes time. For the best chance of having your submission reviewed by the English Review Service, please ensure that you complete your submission at least 14 days before the deadline.
  • For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see the Submission FAQ.
  • Educator’s Resources Submission: Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference can indicate interest in donating materials of value to the education community. Learn more.
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After your work is submitted, it is reviewed by a panel of experts from diverse backgrounds. Each looks at the four criteria (concept; novelty; interest; quality, craft, and completeness, elaborated upon below, and reviews independently, before meeting to discuss their evaluations and make recommendations to the final selection committee.

The summary text most likely will be the jury’s introduction to your work, followed by the representative video. Initial interest will come from a compelling demonstration. Jurors have this in mind as they evaluate the work and watch your video, so it should show how you plan to demonstrate the technology. Jurors also will read your two-page abstract for additional details, including how your project is different from and extends beyond previous work and details how you’ve achieved your goals. Any questions not fully answered by the video should be addressed with your written materials and representative images.

How exceptional are the ideas, problems, solutions, aesthetics, etc., presented in this submission? How coherently does the submission convey its overall concept? Is the concept similar to existing ones, or does it stand out? This criterion is particularly applicable to submissions that combine existing technologies into a single product. Submissions of this type, where the individual technologies are not necessarily new but their combination is, are evaluated on both the final product and how well-proposed technologies integrate to meet the desired goals. Many submissions in this area are rejected because they do what existing systems do, and they do not demonstrate that the proposed approach leads to better results.

How new and fresh is this work? Has this work been previously published and/or publicly demonstrated? Is it a new, groundbreaking approach to an old problem, or is it an existing approach with a new twist? You must first demonstrate to the jury that your work is sufficiently different from existing approaches. Second, you should evaluate your work in the context of other approaches where appropriate. Is it faster? Easier to use? Does it give better results? Is it more accurate? Many submissions are rejected either because the work is too similar to existing work or because the submission materials did not convince the jury that the improvements were substantial enough.

Will conference participants want to see this? Will it inspire them? Are the results or approach appealing to a broad audience? This is partly a measure of how broad the potential audience is and the overall clarity and novelty of the submission. A submission in a very niche area is more likely to be accepted if the results are exceptionally better than what exists already or if the proposed solution might be applicable to other areas. Suggesting additional applications of your technology potentially may widen participant interest. Finally, the more interesting your actual hands-on demonstration is, the more excited participants will be to see your work. Be clear about how you want to show your work.

Quality, Craft, and Completeness
This is a measure of how well written the submission is and the quality of the supporting materials. The submission must effectively communicate both the problem and the solution in enough detail and clarity that the jury can evaluate it. You also must convince the jury that your solution works. Many submissions were rejected because, although the problem and solution seemed interesting, the materials did not convince the jury that the solution actually had been implemented and evaluated. Some are rejected because the jury is left guessing when the submission includes unanswered questions, gaps in research, insufficient explanations, or does not demonstrate convincing results.

Non-Disclosure Agreements
SIGGRAPH reviewers cannot sign non-disclosure agreements for submissions. For information on patents and confidentiality, see the Submission FAQ.

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Upon Acceptance

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection around early May 2023.

Upon acceptance, the submission portal will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion in the conference program and website. You will receive information about how to submit final versions of your accepted work and the deadlines for final updates.

If your installation is accepted, you also must prepare and submit a revised two-page abstract for inclusion in the ACM Digital Library. This abstract must be submitted by 26 May 2023. Please prepare your submission using these templates and instructions. If we do not receive your revised abstract by 26 May, you will not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2023.

You also will receive an email from “rightsreview@acm.org” with a link to your work’s rights form within 72 hours of notification of acceptance of your work to the conference. When your rights form has been delivered to ACM, you will then receive an email from “tapsadmin@aptaracorp.awsapps.com” with information about the preparation and delivery of your material to TAPS for publication.

Please make sure that emails from “rightsreview@acm.org” and “tapsadmin@aptaracorp.awsapps.com” are part of the “allow list” in your email program, so that you do not miss these email messages.

The source (Word or LaTeX) of your abstract, as well as any supplemental materials, must be delivered to TAPS, ACM’s article production system. TAPS will generate the PDF and HTML5 versions of your abstract for publication in the ACM Digital Library. The TAPS-generated PDF of your abstract must be no more than two pages in length, including references.

You must deliver your material to TAPS, resolve any formatting issues identified by TAPS or by the proceedings production editor, and approve your material for publication by 26 May 2023. If you cannot meet that deadline, you will not be allowed to present your material at SIGGRAPH 2023.

Information about the preparation and delivery of your final material to TAPS also can be found at https://homes.cs.washington.edu/~spencer/taps/taps.html.

In-Person Experience
If your physical installation is accepted, you are required to:

  • Update your submission information, including the final contributor names, affiliation, and emails (unique emails per contributor are required).
  • Prepare and submit a revised, two-page abstract to TAPS by 26 May 2023.
  • Update your auxiliary images and video (required).
  • Attend in-person at SIGGRAPH 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Personnel Support
If your installation is accepted, you are required to have at least one person present at your installation during the published hours of the program to which you are accepted. This is inclusive of staffing your installation during lunch breaks and/or when you may be presenting an Experience Presentation (if applicable). Contributors will be able to take short breaks throughout the day.

Travel support is not provided. Limited conference registration is available for selected installation contributors.

Booth Staffing for Physical Installations is Required for the Following Conference Hours:

Sunday, 6 August, 1:30-5 pm
Monday, 7 August, 11 am-5 pm
Tuesday, 8 August, 11 am-5 pm
Wednesday, 9 August, 11 am-5 pm
Thursday, 10 August, 11 am-3:30 pm

What’s Provided by SIGGRAPH for Your Installation Space
SIGGRAPH strives to support accepted contributors and artists with the display of installations at the conference. At a base level, SIGGRAPH will provide:

  • 8’ High black drape on (3) sides of installation space
  • 6’L x 30” H black skirted table
  • (2) Chairs
  • Wastebasket
  • (2) 20 AMP Outlet

SIGGRAPH and accepted contributors will work together to determine the exact needs of each installation. If specialized equipment, technology, furnishings, carpeting, or rigging is required beyond the list above, contributors may rent specialized items at a cost. If budgets allow, SIGGRAPH may be able to cover the cost of select specialized items.

Shipping of Equipment and Insuring Equipment
If your installation is accepted, you are responsible for bringing or shipping any necessary equipment to Los Angeles, California, before the conference and for return shipment of the equipment. Some equipment may be rented at the conference.

Presenter Recognition
Contributor attendance is required to present in-person at SIGGRAPH 2023, and the contributors must register at the appropriate registration level.

You can find a link to the contributor recognition policy here.

ACM Rights Management Form
If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2023, you must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.

Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2023 programs — Art Gallery, Art Papers, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs — will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review. You may grant or deny us the ability to use the representative image and submitted video for these purposes.

ORCID Mandate
ACM now requires that all accepted contributors register and provide ACM with valid ORCID identifiers prior to publication. Corresponding contributors are responsible for collecting these ORCID identifiers from co-contributors and providing them to ACM as part of the ACM eRights selection process.

You and your co-contributors can create and register your ORCID identifier at https://orcid.org/register. ACM only requires you to complete the initial ORCID registration process. However, ACM encourages you to take the additional step to claim ownership of all of your published works via the ORCID site.

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22 February 2023, 22:00 UTC/GMT
Submission deadline

Early May 2023
Acceptance or rejection notices are sent to all submitters.

8 May 2023
Deadline to make any changes to materials (i.e., approved title changes, contributors names, descriptions) for publication on the website.

26 May 2023
Two-page abstract deadline. If we do not receive your two-page abstract by 26 May, you will not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2023.

4 August 2023
Official publication date for the ACM Digital Library.

⚠Please Note: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

4–5 August 2023
Setup of installation

6–10 August 2023

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