AEF enjoyed hosting the panel “Birds of a Feather” at the 2013 SIGGRAPH.

SIGGRAPH 2013, the world’s premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, celebrated its 40th anniversary by welcoming 17,162 artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students, and academics from 77 countries around the globe to Anaheim, California this week. In addition, 180 industry organizations exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2013 representing 43,850 sq. ft. of exhibit space. A total of 15 countries were represented on the show floor, which represented 38% of the floor being from outside the United States.


Some highlights of the conference were its Animation Theater and Electronic Theater presentations, where recently created CG films are played. There was a large exhibition floor, where several hundred companies set up elaborate booths and competed for attention and recruits. Most of the companies were in the engineering, graphics, motion picture, or video game industries.

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.

SIGGRAPH had 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.

THANKS to all the participants, both instructors and student, on the panel and in the audience.