Pre-recorded Sessions: From 4 December 2020 | Live Sessions: 10 – 13 December 2020
Submission Deadline: 6 August 2020. 23:59 UTC/GMT
The SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Technical Communications program is a premier international forum for presenting new and thought-provoking ideas, techniques, and applications in graphics, especially at the intersections of graphics with vision, image, video, visualization, AI, HCI, AR, VR, CAD, and many others. Leading international experts in academia and industry from all over the world present the best results in peer-reviewed research spanning a wide range of research areas including:
- Geometry and Modelling
- Animation and Visual Effects
- Computer Vision and Image Understanding
- Learning techniques for Computer Graphics
- Image and Video Processing Applications
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Video Gaming
- Computer-Aided Design
- Information Visualization and Scientific Visualization
- Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality
- Multimedia Applications
- Web Graphics and Mobile Graphics
- Computer Graphics Education
Please read below for more details.
- Log in to the SIGGRAPH Asia Submission System
- Select "Begin a New Submission"
- Select "Create" for the Technical Communications submission form
Please review and carefully follow the submission requirements below. Incomplete or wrongly completed submissions will not be considered.
We strongly encourage starting the submission form well before the deadline. Submit your work before the submission deadline 6 August 2020, 23:59 UTC/GMT. All forms must be completed, and all materials must be successfully uploaded by that time. The submission deadline will be strictly enforced. Please do not wait until the last minute to upload your files.
For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files
The Technical Communications Chair will use the Sorting Topic to assign your submission to reviewers who are best able to assess your work. Please be as accurate as possible when specifying it.
The Technical Communications program is dedicated to presenting new, unpublished work. Work that is under review elsewhere (for example, to a journal or another conference) cannot be submitted to the Technical Communications program. Such dual submissions are widely considered unethical.
Submissions with new, incremental results based on previous publications are a common occurrence. As usual, one would need to reference the original paper(s) and clearly explain what in the submission is new. To be accepted, the jury expects about 50% new material that goes beyond the previous publication.
Your submission must include the following materials and information:
- A maximal four-page document describing your work (PDF): this self-contained document, formatted according to the SIGGRAPH template for Technical Papers. It should explain your contribution, emphasize what is novel about it, and explain the concept or the technique, using appropriate figures, tables, results, and references.
- You will be assigned a Submission ID number when you create an Online Submission Form and this number will be used to identify your submission throughout the review process. In all other ways, the document must be in the final format. Submissions that are more than four-pages (Including the references) or that are improperly formatted will not be considered.
- One representative image (JPG) suitable for use on the conference website and promotional materials: All submissions shall include a representative digital image that shall be of the highest print quality possible, pixel resolution of at least 1500 x 1200 (at least 300 dpi at 5 inches wide, with depth proportional) or the highest possible screen grab. Images must be submitted in JPG format.
- One web image: In JPG or PNG format max. 200 KB for website publication. Up to three supplementary materials (OPTIONAL): The maximal four-page document must stand alone as an overview of the submission. But in many cases, providing extra material could help the jury to evaluate the work. Accordingly, authors may provide supporting material in the form of video, images, and/or further documentation:
- Images: Authors may provide high-resolution images to demonstrate their work. They must be in one of these formats: TIFF, JPEG. PNG, BMP, or GIF.
- Video: All submitters are encouraged to provide video demonstrations of their projects when available. The video may be uploaded in one or more separate files. We can only accommodate videos in QuickTime, MPEG-4, or DivX Version 5 (or later) formats. The total length of all videos should not exceed five minutes. Please make sure to check maximum allowed file size in the submission form.
- Please check size limit on the submissions (main files, additional materials, etc.) in the submission form before you prepare your submissions.
- Documentation: In some cases, results can best be conveyed as a document with images, graphs, charts, and so forth. Supporting documentation should be in PDF format, up to two pages long, and should contain mostly captioned figures or tables. Please refrain from submitting an expanded paper, as the jury will not have time to read it.
- We do not impose size limit on the submissions, but you are advised not to go beyond 100MB unless you really need to show high-resolution results in your submission since the reviewers may have hard time downloading your files.
English Review Service
If English is not your first language; you may use the English Review Service to help with the text of submissions. Please note that this takes time, so your submission should be sent to the English Review Service well before the final deadline.
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 the FAQs.
All Technical Communications submissions will be reviewed by a jury of academic and industry professionals in computer graphics, vision, image, video, visualization, HCI, CAD, and related research fields. The Technical Communications Chairs and Committee Members are responsible for conducting the jury process in order to set up a high-quality program, with exciting oral sessions.
All contributors to SIGGRAPH Asia Annual Conferences are now required to use ACM's rights management system to grant rights to publish accepted content rather than through the online submission system. Essentially, submission tracking, jury review, and acceptance remain the same, but now the rights management is through ACM, the parent organization of SIGGRAPH Asia.
You will be asked to complete an ACM rights management form, which includes permission to record and distribute the audio and video of your recorded presentation through official channels of ACM/SIGGRAPH Asia. For most content types, this will be a Permission and Release form, which allows authors to retain copyright.
As a contributor to an ACM-sponsored event, the following expectations apply to you, should your content be accepted for presentation:
- You have the permission to use everything that is in your presentation. This includes securing permission to use third-party material, and providing documentation of that permission to ACM. (More information on the proper use of third-party material in your presentation)
- If you are using copyrighted musical compositions in your presentation, you must secure performing rights licenses.
- You must have the authority to grant ACM the right to distribute your presentation.
Once your contribution is accepted, you will receive a link via email to the appropriate form for your contribution.
If your work is accepted, you will be required to prepare the final file following the specifications in the acceptance notification.
Please note: The schedule to provide your final material after receiving the acceptance notification is very tight. We reserve the right to reject late submission of camera-ready files. Please plan your personal schedule accordingly.
For instructions about preparation and delivery of your final content for publications, please carefully follow the instructions in the acceptance letter.
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 receipt of acceptance notifications. Please be prepared to deliver your final versions of your information and work on or before these dates.
Technical Communications are scheduled oral presentations of about 15 minutes followed by a 5-minute question-and-answer session.
Presenter and Contributor Recognition
Presenters / Contributors of each accepted submission have to register for at least one conference pass. Please visit our registration page to view the various registration categories for each program.
Please see the Recognition Benefits for a summary of what you will receive if your work and/or proposal are accepted by SIGGRAPH Asia.
Presenters can apply for a 25% discount per accepted submission via the submission system. One contributor per accepted Technical Communication.
Once your contribution is accepted, you will receive a link via email to the appropriate form for your contribution. You will be required to prepare the final file following the specifications in the acceptance notification.
Technical Communications Digital Library
All accepted Technical Communications will be archived in the ACM Digital Library.
Accepted Communications will be archived in the ACM Digital Library and submitted to Elsevier for EI indexing.
Should I Submit?
What types of communications should be submitted to SIGGRAPH Asia?
New research results in graphics, including those at the intersections of graphics with vision, image, video, visualization, HCI, CAD, etc. are welcome. The list is not exhaustive. As always, excellence of the ideas is the predominant acceptance criterion.
How do I decide whether to submit my work as a paper, technical communications, or a poster?
The Technical Papers program is the most competitive of these three. Technical Papers give you a chance to work out your ideas at greater length and describe them in a citable archive. The Technical Communications program provides a dynamic forum for new and thought-provoking ideas, techniques, and applications in graphics and especially at the intersections between graphics and other relevant research fields. It is ideal for presenting innovative ideas that are well polished, high-impact practical contributions that build on existing research, and cool "tricks" that help users solve challenging problems.
Can I submit after the deadline? I was unable to upload my submission on time. The system was overloaded, and halfway through uploading my submission the deadline passed.
The deadline is absolute. Submissions that are in progress when the 6 August 2020 deadline passes, even if it's because our server has slowed down due to high load, will not be accepted. You should allow enough lead time to avoid this kind of problem.
But I am using the SIGGRAPH Asia English Review Service, and they did not get back to me soon enough. So, it is SIGGRAPH Asia's fault that my Technical Communication is not ready.
The deadline is absolute. The English Review Service makes no guarantees about turnaround, and it is up to you to make contingency plans.
Can I email my submission to the Technical Communications Chairs if the online submission system is overloaded?
No. Communications and submission materials emailed to the Chairs or other conference representative are not considered to have been submitted; you must use the online submission system. Please leave yourself enough time before the deadline to avoid problems.
I would like to submit my paper to conference X or journal Y as well as to SIGGRAPH Asia under Technical Communications.
You must submit to just SIGGRAPH Asia and await our response before submitting elsewhere (should your work not be accepted by SIGGRAPH Asia). If you submit your paper to another conference or journal simultaneously, we will reject your paper without review. We will be in contact with the editors of several graphics journals, and chairs of other graphics-related conferences, swapping information. Several double submissions to SIGGRAPH Asia have been found in recent years.
But I want my Technical Communication to be in SIGGRAPH Asia. I promise that if it is accepted by SIGGRAPH Asia, I will withdraw it from the other conference or journal.
Dual submissions are not allowed. Your submission cannot be under review by any other conference or journal during the SIGGRAPH Asia review process, or else it will be rejected.
Once my submission gets accepted by SIGGRAPH Asia, can I extend it and submit to another conference or journal?
A Technical Communication is more like a short paper. It's natural to have its extended version to submitted and published in a journal. But do note, it's up to each journal to have their own policy whether they allow extended versions of previously published work or not, and how much novel content is required. Unfortunately, it is not something we can influence.
Note: ACM policy allows for a selection of a small percentage of accepted works - "best papers" - for such treatment, not all accepted works. It appears that this policy was followed.
What supplemental material can be uploaded with my submission?
Authors are invited, but not required, to include supplemental materials such as additional images and videos, executables, and data for reproducibility of results, etc. These materials do not form a part of the official submission and will be viewed only at the discretion of the reviewers.
Can I provide a video with my Technical Communication submission?
Technical Communications may be accompanied by a video that is five minutes or less in length.
Do I have to prepare the Technical Communication in the final format?
Yes, please format your Technical Communication with reference to Author Instructions for Papers and Abstracts. It includes the LaTeX formatting template guidelines.
Should the pages of my Technical Communication be numbered?
You should number the pages on your submission, but not the final version.
What is the page limit for Technical Communications?
A maximal four-page document describing your work (PDF).
What file formats are allowed?
The Technical Communication must be submitted in Adobe PDF format, and the representative image should be JPEG. Optional images should be in TIFF, JPG, or PNG formats. Optional videos should be in QuickTime, MPEG, or DivX Version 5 (or later) formats. Other supplemental materials can be provided in any format (for example, txt, zip, and html). However, there is no guarantee that the referees will view supplemental materials, especially if they are available only in an obscure format.
What types of keywords should I include with my Technical Communication?
Select one primary topic area and one or more secondary topic areas from the list of keywords in the online submission form. Include those keywords under the abstract in your Technical Communication, along with any others that you feel are appropriate.
As a non-native English speaker, I would appreciate help to improve the text in my Technical Communication submission.
Non-native English speakers may optionally use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.
Does the video submitted by August have to be final quality? Or will people whose Technical Communications are accepted have the opportunity to prepare a more polished video?
Two weeks will be given from acceptance notification to final materials due – 1 October 2020, 23:59 UTC/GMT. Revisions in this case should be minor unless exceptional cases which reviewers would then need to approve.
What should I do to make my submission anonymous?
The review process will be single-blind for the members of the committee. Thus, you do not need to anonymize your submitted materials.
My SIGGRAPH Asia submission needs to cite a tech report or thesis that might be hard for reviewers to find. What should I do?
You are welcome to submit that report or thesis as supplemental material. Cite it in the third person in your SIGGRAPH submission, even if you are one of its authors. This avoids the necessity of anonymizing it.
Can you give me some example reasons that my Technical Communication would get rejected without review?
Submissions will be rejected without review if it is found that:
- The submission violates the ACM Policy and Procedures on Plagiarism.
- The submission is a dual submission; that is, if the submission is simultaneously under review for any other conference or publication. For more details, see the Prior Publication and the Double Submissions section of the FAQs.
- The Technical Communication is so incomplete or poorly written review is impossible.
- The Technical Communication focuses on advertising of a company's product(s).
- The Technical Communication is on a topic clearly outside the scope of SIGGRAPH Asia.
- Electronic files have been submitted that have been designed to have side effects other than presenting the submitted work to reviewers and committee members (for example, a "phone home" script).
Am I allowed to ask for my Technical Communication not to be reviewed by someone from whom I do not expect a fair review?
No. The reviewer selection process includes no such provisions.
I am submitting a Technical Communication on topic X, which I know is an area of expertise for committee member Y. Can I ask that Y be a senior reviewer of my Technical Communication?
Who knows the identities of the authors and how is that information used during the review process?
Only the committee members know the identity of its authors. This information is normally used to avoid conflicts of interest. Authors' identities are not discussed amongst reviewers, and so Technical Communication are judged solely on their merit, as determined by the reviews.
Are Technical Communications merely published in print, or is there a presentation as well?
There is a presentation of about 15 minutes in length, followed by 5 minutes of discussion and questions.
Where can I get the ACM Copyright Form on the web? I need to show it to my employers before I submit.
Click here for the ACM Copyright Form.
Patents and Confidentiality
Can I, for example, get a written guarantee of confidentiality?
Reviewers are asked to keep confidential all materials sent to them for review, but they do not sign a confidentiality agreement. In general, there is wide respect for the confidentiality of submissions, but we cannot promise anything, or provide a written guarantee.
It would not be wise for SIGGRAPH Asia to give you legal counsel on the matter of patents and publication; we urge you to seek independent legal advice. The main issue is that in different jurisdictions (such as Europe) prior public disclosure could invalidate a patent application. The situation is different in North America, where you have one year after public disclosure (for example, publication) to file a patent. It is a common practice for authors to prepare a patent filing coincidentally with their SIGGRAPH Asia publication.
To whom should I send questions about the Technical Communications submission and review process?
Use the Technical Communications Contact Form. Do not send email(s) directly to the Technical Communications Chairs.
All deadlines are 23:59 UTC/GMT.
29 July 2020
English Review Deadline
Authors should aim to submit their work 2 weeks (or more) before the program deadline via the SIGGRAPH Submission System.
6 August 2020
6 August - 10 September 2020
18 September 2020
1 October 2020
Final Materials Submission
4 - 13 December 2020
SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Virtual Event Days
*Publications content will be available in the ACM Digital Library one week prior to the conference.