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Your next breakthrough starts with a poster at SIGGRAPH 2020.

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The SIGGRAPH Posters program seeks individuals and teams researching cutting-edge techniques and innovations that expand the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques. We invite researchers, artists, academics, students, and practitioners to join our forum showcasing a range of topics, applications, and case studies with the goal of inspiring our community and fostering discourse.

Everyone is welcome to submit to the Posters program. The strongest posters show interesting and innovative work with a clear hypothesis, demonstrative results from experimentation, and a concise corollary of findings. Accepted submitters will have the opportunity to present their work, receive feedback, be inspired by others, and network with researchers and industry professionals at SIGGRAPH 2020.

Students also are encouraged to submit to the Student Research Competition for the chance to win a prize, be recognized, and progress to the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals!

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 and have it included in the ACM Digital Library.

Submit your ideas for SIGGRAPH Posters today.

Submission Deadline

How To Submit

SIGGRAPH 2020 encourages submission of posters that explore not only traditional topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques, but also exciting new topics and applications in the field. These include but are not limited to:

  • Adaptability: New ways computer graphics and interactive techniques can help alternatively abled people in their day-to-day lives.
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality: Innovations and interactive techniques in tomorrow’s virtual and augmented realities.
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD): Presentation of new ideas in CAD with practical applications to engineering, manufacturing, architectural rendering, and geometric design, among others.
  • Film and TV Production: Ideas and applications in service of recent productions.
  • Games: Techniques and technologies used in the development of technical and visual content for game production, game post-mortems, and other virtual world experiences.
  • Human Experience: Health, home, and entertainment. The internet of things, the quantitative self, and immersive technologies have matured, and new data systems that support these innovations make way for more invention and interconnectedness.
  • Mobile Devices: Innovations and interactive techniques in graphics applicable to the mobile space.
  • Visualization: Developments that focus new approaches in computer-generated visual imagery and design in science, education, medicine, and visual analytics.
  • Unique: Perhaps your work doesn’t fit a traditional computer graphics category — that’s great too!


Log in to the submissions portal, select “Make a New Submission” tab, and then select the Posters submission form. To see the information you will need to submit, view the Sample Submission Form.

In particular, please be aware of these fields:

  • Submission categories and keywords: You will be asked to tag your submission with appropriate keywords to ensure your submission is appropriately reviewed and juried.
  • Short video: If your poster is accepted, you will be required to submit a short video (30 seconds or less) that showcases your work. Information on the formatting specifications of the video also will be provided with the acceptance notification.

For guidance, we have provided both vertical and horizontal templates in Adobe Illustrator and PDF format, as well as three examples of recent SIGGRAPH abstracts and their corresponding posters. You are welcome to use these materials for general formatting suggestions. However, your abstract also must conform to these updated formatting guidelines.

Poster Templates

Horizontal V2 Poster Submissions Template
Horizontal Poster Template V1 (#betterposter) 

Horizontal V1 Poster Submissions Template
Horizontal Poster Template (V2) 

Vertical V1 Poster Submissions Template
Vertical Poster Template (V2) 

Example 1

Poster Example 1
Corresponding Poster

Abstract Example 1

Example 2

Poster Example 2
Corresponding Poster

Abstract Example 2

Example 3

Poster Example 3
Corresponding Poster

Abstract Example 3

Example 4

Poster Example 4
Corresponding Poster (#betterposter)


After your work is submitted, it is reviewed by a panel of experts of varying backgrounds. Each reviewer independently evaluates the posters before meeting to discuss their evaluations and make recommendations to the final selection committee.

Here are some of the criteria the reviewers use while evaluating each poster. All submitters will have access to juror notes, which are provided as feedback and do not necessarily represent the reasons for the jury’s final decision.


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 (e.g., 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 also must convince the jury that your solution works. You can do so through numerical results and/or an explanation of user tests. 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.

Upon Acceptance

All accepted submissions must be uploaded to the SIGGRAPH 2020 Submission Portal to be included at SIGGRAPH 2020. Detailed instructions will be sent to submitters whose posters are accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2020.

If your work is accepted, you will need to:

  • Prepare and submit a poster describing your work.
  • Prepare and submit a revised two-page abstract. This abstract must be submitted to TAPS by 1 July2020. Please prepare your abstract using these templates and instructions. If we do not receive your revised abstract (submitted to TAPS) and final poster PDF (submitted within Linklings) by 29 June, you may not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2020.
  • Update your auxiliary images and video (optional).
  • Prepare a 30-second video in the style of a “fast forward” describing the work and its significance. This video must be submitted by 29 June 2020. Videos of accepted posters will be added to a playlist for SIGGRAPH 2020 marketing. They may also be displayed during the Posters sessions.

After acceptance, the SIGGRAPH 2020 Submission Portal will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion on the website. You need to finalize this information within one week after we send acceptance notifications (see the Timeline section below). Be prepared to deliver the final versions of your work (camera ready) before these dates, or your acceptance may be rescinded. Registration and travel costs to attend SIGGRAPH 2020 are at your own expense; however, each accepted poster receives recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2020 Contributor Benefits.

As the conference approaches, you will receive more information on the Posters materials.

If your poster is accepted for presentation, your poster abstract, poster PDF, and final supplemental material — which can include the poster, video, and other material — will be available in the ACM Digital Library.

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.


22:00 UTC/GMT, 28 April 2020

Posters submission deadline

Early June 2020

Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent.

23 June 2020

Deadline for changes to materials for publication, including speakers, descriptions, abstracts, and images.

29 June 2020

PDF of final poster submitted within Linklings.

1 July 2020

Two-page abstract submitted to TAPS.

ACM Rights Management Form

If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2020, you must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.

Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2020 programs — Appy Hour, Art Gallery, Art Papers, Computer Animation Festival, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs — will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review.

Posters Submissions

Should I submit a digital version of the actual poster for jury review?

No, 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 the 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. We also encourage presenters to show these videos on their laptops as part of the Posters presentation sessions.

I have travel conflicts, and I cannot 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 attend the conference to present the work. We expect poster authors to be present at the Posters sessions.

The SIGGRAPH 2020 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 turnaround. It also is 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


9 April 2020

Poster Creation

What dimensions should my poster print be?

The poster-board surfaces where the poster prints will be mounted are 4 feet (122 cm) high x 8 feet (244 cm) wide. Individual posters must be 30 inches (77 cm) x 40 inches (102 cm).

Will you print my submission, or should I create the poster myself?

You must produce the poster yourself.

Posters Presentation

If a poster has multiple authors, do we all need to stand by the poster during our session?

During the Posters sessions, the poster must be staffed at all times by at least one person. You do not all need to stand by the poster throughout the session. In fact, you may wish to “tag team,” taking turns at your own poster and seeing the other posters in the session.

Two of my Posters submissions were accepted. Which one should I present?

If at all possible, both posters should have a presenter. If your submissions have co-authors and they are attending SIGGRAPH 2020, please ask them to help present. If you are the only author attending the conference, you can present a different poster at each session. You may wish to leave a note on each poster indicating the session at which you will present it.

I would like to give a demo during my poster presentation. Is this possible?

Poster presenters are encouraged to demo their work during the Posters sessions, using their own laptops or tablets, in front of their posters.

Conference Attendance

Do I get a discounted registration rate if my poster is accepted?

Yes! Each poster will receive a 25% discount on SIGGRAPH 2020 registration for one contributor.

What if more than one person from my team is planning to attend the conference? Can all of us receive the discounted rate?

Unfortunately, we only are able to provide a discounted rate for one contributor per poster.