Registration for the SIGGRAPH 2020 virtual conference is now open!


Ph.D. candidates meet and discuss work with one another and a panel of experienced SIGGRAPH researchers.


The SIGGRAPH Doctoral Consortium provides a unique opportunity for senior Ph.D. students to interact with established researchers in the SIGGRAPH community and receive both feedback on technical aspects of their research as well as mentoring about different career options. Ideal applicants will be within a year of completing their Ph.D. and well into their dissertation research on a topic related computer graphics and interactive techniques. The range of topics appropriate for the Doctoral Consortium is the same as the topics covered in the SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program, and includes, among others, the technical aspects of modeling, rendering, animation, and imaging research. Accepted students will receive a complimentary full conference registration.

The Doctoral Consortium committee will select approximately 10 students to participate. Participants will be selected based on their anticipated contributions to the breadth and depth of the intellectual discussions at the meeting. Each applicant should provide a short written paper (no more than four pages including references) in the official SIGGRAPH publication format, as described in the author’s guide. Note that a doctoral consortium submission, unlike a paper submission, is not anonymous; doctoral consortium submissions should be single-authored, where the student applying is the sole author. The paper should summarize both ongoing work as well as future plans, similar to a thesis proposal.

Each student will be expected to give a short presentation of their work (20-25 minutes), which will be followed by extensive discussion with the panel and the other student participants. Each participating student also will be asked to prepare a poster describing their work for presentation in the SIGGRAPH Posters program.

COVID-19 Update: Concerns about the health and safety of conference participants as well as recent news that the Walter E. Washington Convention Center has been designated a future alternate care site during the COVID-19 pandemic make it impossible to host SIGGRAPH 2020 in Washington, D.C. as planned. With this development, we have decided to move to a virtual conference format. Details on this new virtual experience are in the works and we are confident that we will deliver a strong conference that celebrates this year’s advancements and achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Rest assured, if your work is accepted and you are a registered contributor, you will have the opportunity to share your work.

Director, Visual Computing Center
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology