Panel discussions are forums for discussion, disagreement, controversy, and audience interaction from the leading experts in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques. A good panel brings together a slice of the SIGGRAPH community around a common interest and provides a forum to discuss the topic from all sides.

SIGGRAPH 2010 is especially interested in presenting panel discussions related to our theme of "The People Behind the Pixels", career and professional issues, long-standing controversies, and current events.

Panels are 1 hour, 45 minutes long. A panel should include a moderator and 3-4 panelists. Stylistically, a panel can range between a "round table" discussion among the panelists to a "town hall" discussion in which the panelists respond to questions and statements from attendees. In any case, panels should focus on discussion, not on presentation, so these sessions should not rely on slides or video and may be held in "lights-up" rooms without video projection.

New This Year: Biodmedical Engineering Panels
The last decade has seen an increase in both the variety and frequency of use of imaging modalities, such as CT and MRI. It is now possible to create high-quality, detailed images of biological structures changing over time, or to create extensive databases describing the variation within a population. How can we use these data to answer basic science questions, such as how diseases develop or how gene expression influences structure? What are the computational challenges in analyzing this data in a useful way?

SIGGRAPH 2010 is looking for research talks, courses, or panels that demonstrate how computer graphics and modeling can be used to bridge the gap between data and analysis in biomedical research. What kinds of 3D and statistical models are useful? What are the challenges associated with building them? What types of data measurements are useful and how can they be calculated? Suggested topics include: building higher-order geometric and kinematic models from image data, statistical analysis of structure, model registration, physical simulation, and geometric shape analysis and comparison.

Questions? Contact Cindy Grimm, SIGGRAPH 2010 Director of Research

Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 18 February 2010.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the General Submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A presentation format (page 3). To propose a Panel, please select Panel as your presentation format. You will then be taken to the forms specific to this presentation format. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format.

Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including panelists' names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as title of the session, and a single-sentence summary (50 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • A 300-word description of your submission to be used on the web site.
  • A one-page abstract of your panel or roundtable topic, including references to the relevance and currency of the topic.
  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately. If you are proposing this session as part of the Computer Animation Festival, be sure to select the Animation category.
  • Bio Forms. Please provide short bios for each of your lecturers or panelists. At most a panel should consist of a moderator and 3-4 panelists.

You may also optionally provide the following materials and information:

  • PDFs of news articles related to your proposed panelists or topic for the jury to consider.
  • Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

New requirement: All submitters must complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement (formerly the Acceptance Agreement) before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

Educator’s Resources Submission option. Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference have the option of donating materials of educational value to ACM SIGGRAPH online resources for the benefit of the education community. Learn more

For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

For additional submission information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

Panels are forums for experts in a particular area to have a guided, interactive dialog with the audience about a specific topic. A good panel submission proposes an interesting topic, identifies panelists who will bring diverse opinions to the discussion, and outlines a proposed structure for the panel discussion itself. Some reasons panel proposals are rejected:

1. The panel organizer has not identified specific speakers or has identified speakers but not clearly conveyed why those speakers are the best ones to address the proposed topic.

2. The proposed panel topic is of very narrow interest and will only appeal to a very small number of attendees.

3. The proposed panel topic is too broad or not defined well enough to engender a focused discussion.

4. There is no proposed structure to the panel discussion or the proposed structure does not support an interactive dialog with the audience. A panel that consists primarily of prepared statements by the panelists will be rejected.

Jurors are asked to evaluate your submission using four criteria: Concept, Novelty, Interest, and Quality. The final submission score is based on a combination of these factors. For example, a submission that is high quality, has broad appeal, and contains something new is likely to be accepted, while a submission that is incremental, of interest to only a small number of people, and poorly written will probably be rejected.


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 put together existing technologies into a single product (for example, demos, animations, art pieces). 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? Is it a new, ground-breaking approach to an old problem, or is it an existing approach with a slightly new twist? You must first demonstrate to the jury that your work is sufficiently different from existing approaches. Second, you should evaluate you 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 attendees 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 partly a measure of 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.

Quality, Craft, and Completeness

This is a measure of how well-written the abstract is and the quality of the supporting materials. The abstract must effectively communicate both the problem and the solution in enough detail and clarity that the jury can evaluate it. You must also convince the jury that your solution works. Many submissions are rejected because, while the problem and solution seemed interesting, the materials did not convince the jury that the solution had actually been implemented and evaluated. If your submission has an animation, simulation, or interactive component, then including a video is essential.

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your panel proposal during the week of 20 April 2010.

You will be able to update your basic submission information and any final materials so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance, around 3 May 2010. Please be prepared to deliver your final versions of your information and work on or before that date.

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2010, registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2010 Recognition Policy.

You will receive information on when and where your panel will be presented.

For panels on animation, we will decide whether to include them as part of the Computer Animation Festival or the main conference, based on appropriateness of content and on scheduling and logistical constraints. This does not affect anything you need to do as part of the acceptance or presentation process; it only affects which attendees will have access to the panel.

You will be responsible for managing your moderator (if it's not you) and panelists. This includes coordinating with conference organizers to prepare the panel description and speaker information for publication in the web site and conference materials. It will also require that you distribute registration discount codes to your panelists, and that you check in with them at the conference.

Please note: panels are about people and discussion, not presentations. Panels should not rely on PowerPoint slides, video clips, or other visual materials and may be held in rooms without video projection.

18 February

Deadline for all General Submission forms and upload of materials.

19 February - 25 March

Assignment and online review of all General Submissions.

26-29 March

Jury meeting for all General Submissions.

30 March - 19 April

Final selection and scheduling for General Submissions.

20-21 April

Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent to all General Submissions submitters.

3 May

Deadline to make any changes to materials for publication, including speakers, short and long descriptions, abstracts, papers, and images.

25-29 July

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