ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee February 2003 Conference Call

ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee Conference Call
February 26, 2003

Judy Brown
Alain Chesnais
Gudrun Enger
Thierry Frey
Werner Hansmann
Barb Helfer
Masa Inakage
Scott Owen
Garry Paxinos
Dino Schweitzer
Stephen Spencer


The ACM Executive Committee has not approved the SIGGRAPH 2003 budget because of concerns about the following:

1) Exhibit numbers. This appears to have been a case of ACM looking at earlier numbers, and we should be OK on this point now.

2) A feeling that we are overly optimistic about attendance

3) The percent of the conference budget that is in contracted services

This has stopped the SIGGRAPH 2004 preliminary budget process. Alain Chesnais and Scott Owen will go to ACM Headquarters on March 12 to discuss the numbers, and Alain will then attend the ACM Executive Committee meeting on March 23.

This is an ACM-wide concern, following all major conferences either breaking even or losing money last year. All large conferences are undergoing careful scrutiny.

Arts Proposal

Masa Inakage presented an online proposal for artists. The goal is to make use of our online "HUB" to include the arts community more and to create a year-round community with curated online art shows, focusing on new artists, and facilities for artists to share ideas. There is no budget request initially, but funding may be requested for future projects. This project will tie in with and augment existing arts activities such as the conference art show, the education committee's SPACE (student poster and animation competition and exhibition), and the Traveling Art Show.

International Activities

Alain Chesnais and Barb Helfer gave updates on recent international activities.

1) The second Afrigraph conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa, with a great deal of student involvement and research collaboration as a result of people meeting at the conference the year before.

2) The first Graphite (Oceania and Singapore) conference was held in Melbourne with over 200 students and faculty researchers. There was good attendance in the six courses, one of which came from the ACM SIGGRAPH Traveling Courses program. The Graphite conference will be held next in June 2004 in Singapore, co-located with the VRAI (Virtual Reality Applications in Industry) 2004 conference.

Both Afrigraph and Graphite are looking at having conferences every 18 months.

It was acknowledged that the organizers of both these conferences had done a terrific job.

Motion (Frey, Hansmann) To send a certificate of appreciation to James Gain, organizer of Afrigraph 2003, and Matt Adcock, organizer of Graphite 2003, for their excellent work in organizing these two international conferences.

Motion passed unanimously.

3) The next trip will be to meet with people in South East Asia and India to help set up a regional community there. Additional contact information would be appreciated.

History of Computer Graphics and Arts

Werner Hansmann presented a proposal by Anna Ursyn to collect images and information about art and technology. It was felt that this is more than just an educational project, so the call and questionnaire will have a pointer from the ACM SIGGRAPH main page for now and will tie in with the arts project, proposed earlier in this conference call, when that project goes online.