Submission Deadline

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

22:00 UTC/GMT

Late Deadline

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

22:00 UTC/GMT

The Posters program at SIGGRAPH 2015 is an inclusive environment for contributors to communicate their research, art, and ideas to the global computer graphics and interactive techniques community. Development of these concepts may be in progress or perhaps only very recently completed. Posters provide an opportunity for students, researchers, enthusiasts, artists, and industry veterans to discuss research and ideas relating to computer graphics, interactivity, and beyond.

The Posters program also hosts the ACM Student Research Competition. It is appropriate to submit Student Research posters on research presented elsewhere (including SIGGRAPH 2014), provided it was presented within the last year. 

Posters can be submitted prior to 17 February, the general submissions deadline, or 6 May, the late deadline. In both cases, posters are reviewed by the same jury using the same criteria. Authors submitting prior to the early deadline will receive decision notification in late April.

  • Submitters must complete the ACM rights-management process when they submit their work to SIGGRAPH 2015. In previous years, the rights-management form was not required until after submissions were accepted, which often delayed effective promotion of conference programs and events. The new rights-management process will eliminate that delay and enhance conference marketing efforts.

  • For the first time, SIGGRAPH posters will be presented in an electronic format. They will be displayed as ePosters only. There will be NO paper posters at SIGGRAPH 2015. In fact, it is better to think of posters as a series of slides instead of the traditional large-formatted paper posters attached to boards. 

  • Accepted posters will be exhibited as PowerPoint slideshows up to 5 slides in length. If their posters are accepted, submitters will be expected to prepare these PowerPoint slides, a video up to 30 seconds in length demonstrating a summary of their research (see How to Submit), and supplementary files that may be helpful in the review process. 

  • In 2015, the posters program will have an increased web presence including a video playlist exhibiting a “fast forward” preview of all of the posters presented at SIGGRAPH 2015. The SIGGRAPH conference app will be further integrated with the program so that information and communications related to Posters can be delivered to attendees.

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

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)

  • Permissions (page 2)

  • A presentation format (page 3). To propose a Poster, please select Poster 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 submitter name, affiliation, and contact information, as well as title of the work, a single-sentence summary that introduces the achievements of your work (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 describing your work (PDF). The abstract should include what area you are working in, what is novel about your work, and how this work relates to previous work on the same topic.

  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.

  • Each submitter must prepare a 30-second video in the style of a “fast forward” describing the work and its significance. Videos of accepted posters will be added to a playlist for SIGGRAPH 2015 marketing. They may also be displayed during the Poster Sessions. 

Here are three examples of good posters and abstracts:

Example 1


Corresponding poster

Example 2


Corresponding poster

Example 3
First Place, Graduate Category
SIGGRAPH 2008 Student Research Competition


Corresponding poster


  • Up to six supplementary images and/or a maximum five-minute supplementary video. A draft of the ePoster in PDF (converted from PowerPoint, described below) format as one of the supplementary documents is encouraged.

  • If you are a student, and your work is mostly your own, you may check a box to request entry in the

  • If you are a student, and your work is mostly your own, you may check a box to request entry in the ACM Student Research Competition..

  • 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.

If you are submitting a Talk as part of the same form, the talk and the poster will share the same abstract.

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 (tab above).

Research Posters

A research poster must describe a novel contribution and show at least preliminary results to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed solution. The work does not need to be complete, but it should convince the jury that the approach has promise. Primary reasons research posters are rejected:

1. The submission materials did not convince the jury that there was anything new in the approach, either because the abstract did not clearly differentiate the work from existing work, or because there were no results or evaluation that demonstrated the potential of the approach.

2. The submission materials did not clearly convey both the problem and the proposed solution. Pictures and videos help a lot, but if the abstract does not adequately convey how the images or videos were made, then the poster is unlikely to be accepted.

Demonstration, Application, or Systems Posters

These are posters that describe how a particular demo, video, or image was made, or how a set of existing technologies was linked together to produce a system that achieves a specific goal. The specific technologies need not be new, but the entire system should support doing something that wasn't possible before. Posters of this type must clearly convey what the overall goal is, what the technologies are, how they fit together, why they were chosen, and how the final system meets that goal. Primary reasons posters of this type are rejected:

1. It is unclear what the proposed approach is trying to accomplish and why existing tools are not sufficient to accomplish that goal.

2. The submission materials do not clearly demonstrate that the desired goal was reached.

3. A poster is not an appropriate medium for the submission because a poster is just a static set of images and text. This usually applies to work that is best experienced live or in interactive situations, and which involves fairly complex hardware that can't easily be brought to a poster session.

Other reasons for rejection:

1. The submitted poster is just an image, such as a movie poster or piece of artwork.

2. The poster is an advertisement for a product (game, movie, device, etc.)

3. The poster just proposes an interesting problem or discussion area.

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.

All accepted submissions must be uploaded to the SIGGRAPH Information System (SIS) to be included at SIGGRAPH 2015. Detailed instructions will be sent to submitters whose posters are accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2015.  

If your work is accepted, you will need to:

  • Prepare a “poster” comprised of a PowerPoint or PDF slideshow containing no more than 5 slides describing your work. The PowerPoint file should be in 4x3 format for optimal viewing. Download the SIGGRAPH 2015 ePosters PowerPoint Template.

  • Prepare and submit a revised one-page abstract.

  • (Optionally) Update your auxiliary images and video.

  • (Revised Information, April 2015) If you would like to participate in the Posters Fast Forward that will be displayed on the SIGGRAPH 2015 web site prior to the conference, as well as in the Los Angeles Convention Center during the conference, you will need to prepare a 30-second video. This video can be new or a remix or re-edit of a previously submitted supplementary video. Additionally, this video can be used during the Poster Sessions to supplement your presentation.

  • Attend and present your work at SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles. Poster contributors will be expected to participate in poster sessions throughout the conference. Poster sessions will be scheduled at specific locations and times for contributors to present their work.

After acceptance, the SIGGRAPH Information System will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion in the conference program and website. You need to finalize this information within two weeks after we send acceptance notifications. See the Timeline tab above. Be prepared to deliver your final versions of your work (camera ready) before these dates, or your acceptance may be rescinded. Most registration and travel costs to attend SIGGRAPH 2015 are at your own expense; however each accepted poster receives recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2015 Recognition Policy

To support your participation in the conference, the SIGGRAPH 2015 planning committee has prepared important deadlines, guidelines, and instructions: SIGGRAPH 2015 ePosters Guidelines.

  • You are responsible for uploading your camera-ready poster to the SIGGRAPH Information System (SIS) by the submission date that will be provided upon acceptance (see Timeline tab above).  

  • Student volunteers will be available in the Posters area to direct contributors and attendees to the ePosters displays and demonstrate their function.

  • You must be available to present your poster during the Poster Sessions, which will be presented throughout the conference. A schedule will be provided.

  • ePosters are displayed in unsecured areas; do not leave your computers or valuable equipment unattended.

If you requested entry in the ACM Student Research Competition and your poster is accepted, it will be passed to the Student Research Competition jury for consideration. You will be contacted separately by the Student Research Competition Chair.

17 February
Deadline for all General Submission forms and upload of materials.

18 February - 9 April
Assignment and online review of all General Submissions.

9-12 April
Jury meeting and scheduling for all General Submissions.

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

Early May
Deadline to make any changes to materials for publication.

6 May
Late-breaking deadline for all submission forms and upload of materials.

8 May
Deadline for final camera-ready poster abstracts and auxiliary materials for those who submitted to General Submissions. 

7-23 May
Assignment and online review.

Late May
Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent.

5 June
Deadline for final camera-ready poster abstracts and auxiliary materials for those who submitted to Late-Breaking Posters.
All changes to materials for publication, including speakers, short and long descriptions, abstracts, and images are due.

9-13 August
SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles

Poster Submission

Should I submit a digital version of the actual poster for jury review?
Although encouraged if possible, this is not necessary. Poster submissions are evaluated based on their abstracts, supporting material, and research value. If you would like to provide a digital version of your poster, you may do so as a supplementary image.

Should my poster abstract submission be author blind? Should I include line numbers?
No. Poster abstract submissions should include author name and affiliation, as well as title of the work. You can prepare your poster submission according to the ACM SIGGRAPH formatting instructions.

Can I include a supplementary video with my poster submission?
Yes! If your submission has an interactive, animation, or simulation component, we strongly encourage you to submit a video demonstrating your work in action, as it is very difficult to evaluate your work without this. Videos can be included as part of the poster presentation session. Submitters whose work is accepted will be expected to prepare a 30-second video in the style of a “fast forward” describing the work and its significance. These videos will also be added to a playlist for SIGGRAPH 2015 marketing. They may also be displayed during the Poster Sessions.

I have travel conflicts, and I can not attend the conference. Can I still submit work to the conference?
If it is a single-author submission, the answer is no. If it is a collaborative submission, it is important that at least one of the authors attends the conference and presents the work. We expect poster authors to be present at the poster sessions.

The SIGGRAPH 2015 English Review Service failed our schedule, so it is SIGGRAPH's fault that our proposal is late. Can I have an extension?
No. The English Review Service makes no guarantee for service turn-around. It is also administered separately from the conference program. Please schedule your work appropriately. For the best chance of having your submission reviewed by the English Review Service, please make sure it is submitted and marked "complete" in the submission system at least 14 days before your program's submission deadline. English Review Service Deadlines

What does a one-page abstract submission look like? 
Here are three examples of good abstracts (corresponding poster designs are below in the Poster Creation section):

Example 1




Example 2




Example 3


Poster Creation

Poster authors should prepare their documents according to the ACM SIGGRAPH formatting instructions. Remember: the jury will review the abstract, but the poster is what you will display at the conference.

Poster Presentation

If a poster has multiple authors, do we all need to stand by the poster during our session?
No. At least one member of the submission team must be present. More than one is OK. 

Two of my poster submissions were accepted. Which one should I present?
Your posters will be presented at different times, so you can present both.

Where in the convention center will my poster be located?
You will receive detailed information regarding the exact location of your poster at the convention center.

I would like to give a demo during my poster presentation. Is this possible?
Poster presenters are encouraged to demo their work during the Poster Sessions. Supplemental materials will be exhibited on available displays.

Will I have an internet connection for my laptop?
Wireless internet access will be available throughout the convention center. If you are bringing supplemental materials that can’t be displayed on our kiosk (for example, custom displays or custom hardware) please be aware the wireless system is often slow, as thousands of people try to access it simultaneously.

Will AC power be available for my laptop or other devices?
We can't promise that AC power outlets will be available for everyone. Please charge your batteries before the session.