Emerging Technologies

Submission Deadline: 15 July 2021, 23:59 UTC/GMT

"Awaken Our Bodies"

Emerging Technologies is the premier arena to demonstrate novel interactive technologies to a large audience, inspire, be amazed, and experience the future. SIGGRAPH Asia Emerging Technologies 2021 are planned to take place both in physical and virtual venues, with the theme: "Awaken Our Bodies."

Making working and experiential prototypes is a crucial step towards novel technological innovations. Therefore, the Emerging Technologies program plays a vital role within SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia in driving the development of research communities and to make a great impact on the public.

At SIGGRAPH Asia, we are looking for submissions that use novel interactive technologies that have possibilities to bring benefits, usefulness, or comfort into our future lives. These technologies may include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D interaction
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Brain-machine interface
  • Collaborative technologies
  • Display technologies
  • Embodied interaction
  • Food and kitchen
  • Haptics
  • Health and wellness
  • Human augmentation
  • Interactive visualization and other graphics technologies
  • Multi-/cross-modality
  • Perception/cognition
  • Physical computing
  • Prosthetics
  • Robotics
  • Sensors
  • Smart materials
  • Social interaction
  • Sports
  • Tangible UI
  • Telepresence/Telexistence
  • VR, AR and XR
  • Wearables

Feel free to submit your work even if it does not fall under the list of categories above. If it is new, amazing, and exciting, we want to see it at SIGGRAPH Asia!

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by experts in relevant fields on technical innovation and novelty, craftsmanship, and demonstration value. The Emerging Technologies program committee will make the final selection. We invite submissions in two tracks. In the academic track, we want to see the coolest and latest research prototypes and in the industry track, we aim for prototype products that are (almost) on the market and are expected to provide an impact to consumers. This year, we encourage submissions from industry, and we strive to exhibit a good mix of both tracks.

The main form of presentation at Emerging Technologies is a working demonstration that provides a wow experience to the audience. Running an Emerging Technologies demo is hard work, but also rewarding. Your work will be experienced by thousands of people and widely reported in the media.

Accepted Emerging Technologies works will be presented as on-going demonstrations throughout SIGGRAPH Asia 2021. Technical support will be provided to make the most of each demo. If your work is accepted, you will have the opportunity to give a technical presentation, advertised in the conference program. Media outreach efforts will be organized to further increase awareness and publicity. A promotional video will be widely distributed, and an extended abstract and video of each exhibit will be distributed through the ACM Digital Library for SIGGRAPH Asia. Also, if you want to give an oral presentation about your work, you may do so during the Emerging Technologies Talks session at SIGGRAPH Asia.

The best demonstration will be selected for the "Best Demo Award" by the e-tech jury committee.

Emerging Technologies is the most important inseparable wheels of both SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia, because SIGGRAPH is a conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. The goal of Emerging Technologies is to gather and show such submissions as novel interactive technologies that have possibilities to bring benefits, usefulness, or comfort, into our future lives.

The deadline for submission to the Emerging Technologies program is 15 July 2021, 23:59 UTC/GMT. Please return to this page often for further submission details and use the contact form if you have any questions.

Emerging Technologies Chair

Professor, Keio University Graduate School of Media Design
Japan

Video Presentations

As SIGGRAPH Asia would be a Hybrid event, a video presentation will be a prerequisite for all submissions. Depending on the requirements of your program, a pre-recorded video presentation or supplementary video will be used and presented at SIGGRAPH Asia. This will allow your work to gain extensive coverage and give our global community the opportunity to learn about your submission.

Submissions are due on 15 July 2021, 23:59 UTC/GMT.

VERY IMPORTANT: Before you prepare a proposal to the Emerging Technologies, review the requirements that you must meet if your proposal is accepted.

Use these instructions to ensure that your submission is complete and that it meets all applicable program requirements: Emerging Technologies proposals must be submitted electronically via the SIGGRAPH Asia Submission System. No other method of submission will be accepted. Only the files and supporting material uploaded through the submission system will be considered for review.

Please review and carefully follow the submission requirements below. Incomplete or wrongly completed submissions will not be considered. When you begin the form, your submission will be assigned with a submission identification (ID) number that will be used to identify your submission throughout the review process. You can modify the form up until the deadline. If the required information is missing, your form will be marked Incomplete. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

We strongly encourage starting the submission form well before the deadline. Submit your work before the submission deadline 15 July 2021, 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

Submission Form

This is where you give a detailed text description of your demonstration. The form will ask you about:

  • Category/technology: How would you best categorize your piece or the technology it uses? Choose one existing keyword from the supplied list, or submit your own.
  • Track: Choose either “industrial” or “academic” according to the contribution of your work. (You can choose both in case you think your work satisfies both features).
  • Executive summary (50 words or less): A brief one- or two-sentence summary that you could use to concisely explain your project's innovation to the hundreds of people you will meet each day at SIGGRAPH Asia.
  • Place your work in context: How does this work expand on prior work? How is this approach different from what has been previously attempted? What are the advantages and disadvantages of your approach? Make sure to include references to previous work, including your own. Especially careful investigation and citation of previous Emerging Technologies works are indispensable.
  • References: Provide a full list of relevant previously published works by yourself and others.
  • Has this work appeared or been submitted elsewhere? Indicate whether this work has been presented, published, or submitted elsewhere. This includes work that is closely derivative of other work or techniques. If so, please give details to strengthen your proposal.
  • How many people can participate at one time?
  • How long is the experience?
  • How long will you need for setup?
  • How many people will it take in the booth to explain your demonstration?
  • Project URL: If your project has a public web page that you would like to make available to the reviewers, include the URL here.
Technical Requirements

On this page, you give detailed information about your needs for networking, electricity, set-up time, and other resources for a successful Emerging Technologies exhibit and describe your work including size, weight, as well as light and sound emission.

Managing Files

Here, you can upload files that complement your submission, including diagrams, images, and video. This includes:

Mandatory Files

  • Extended abstract with 1 - 2 pages: Describe the background, related work, method, social impact, and future vision of your work. Since the Emerging Technologies attendees will try your work at the venue, the description of the evaluation part is optional.
  • Please note: You should prepare your submissions according to the Instructions for Authors.
  • Floor plan: Submit detailed layout of space needed for installation, including power requirements, exact dimensions of floor space and height, lighting, audio, power sources. Typical tables and chairs will be provided according to your request without additional fees. If you require special equipment or furniture, write the specifications.
  • A logistics plan: This plan further describes the requirements for your proposed demo. Important details must include unique staging and handling concerns, the time required to set up, diagrams for space utilization (including any overhead requirements such as clearances or hanging suspensions), number of people required to set up and/or present, dependency on radio/wireless control elements, or any other aspects of your demo. If in doubt, no detail is too small to include here for conference planners. Remember: If your proposal is accepted, your demo must be presented for several days, so please make sure you include chairs for each presenter in your group in the space layout.
  • One image for web: In JPG or PNG format, max. 200 KB for website publication.
  • One image for print publication (300 dpi, 1,500 x 1,200): Images should typically be a minimum of 1,500 pixels wide and 1,200 pixels tall to be suitable for publication. If your native format is smaller than that (for example, video) submit the highest resolution image possible. At least 300 dpi at 4 inches tall x 5 inches wide. Pixel resolution of at least 1,500 x 1,200. No compression, Mac, or PC platforms. Images MUST be submitted in digital format.
  • A representative video, a maximum of five minutes: Maximum 200 MB. The best way to communicate an interactive installation is through video. Each submission should include a polished video that explains the significance or importance of your submission in a concise manner. Videos must be uploaded at 720p (1280x720), using either MPEG-4, AAC, or H.264 encoding and should not exceed 200 MB. The maximum duration is five minutes. Please take time to light and shoot your video as carefully as possible, because we will use it in the official Emerging Technologies Preview Video Trailer, which will encourage attendees to come to see all of Emerging Technologies. We strongly encourage all Emerging Technologies submitters to provide a video with English narration and/or text that explains the main points of their submissions. Make sure to test your video on a variety of different operating systems and media players before submitting it! The video of accepted work will appear on the ACM digital library.
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Managing Contributors

On this page, you can manage the list of contributors to your submission and their affiliations.

Please note: All entries must be uploaded to the SIGGRAPH Asia Submission System. No discs or drives will be accepted.

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.

Deadlines

Online submission forms must be completed no later than 15 July 2021, 23:59 UTC/GMT | 15 July 2021, 16:59 Los Angeles (U.S.A. - California) | 16 July 2021, 01:59 Paris (France) | 16 July 2021, 08:59 Tokyo, Japan

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Review Process

SIGGRAPH Asia Emerging Technologies is a peer-reviewed demonstration. All submissions to the program will be reviewed by the program committee and external reviewers, which consists of industry, research, and academic professionals in the fields of graphics, computer-human interactions, display systems, computing, entertainment, design, systems engineering, interface devices, art, and related fields. Reviewing is single-blind, i.e., the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author. If your work is not accepted, that is not a reflection on its quality. Because of space limitations, we are able to accept only a limited number of pieces.

Notification

Submissions will be reviewed soon after the submission deadline. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent via email on 1 September 2021.

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 SIGGRAPH Asia 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.

More Information on these options (the FAQ is particularly useful)

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.

Detailed information and instructions as well as deadlines will be sent to submitters along with the acceptance letter.

At the Conference

The main form of presentation in Emerging Technologies is a live demonstration, which will be available throughout the conference. You are responsible for ensuring that your demonstration is manned during all opening hours of the Emerging Technologies area. This is hard work, and over several days there will be thousands of people passing through your demonstration. Therefore, before submitting, make sure that you will have the resources to send sufficient staff to SIGGRAPH Asia. We recommend at minimum two people, but four or even more could be needed depending on the nature of your work. To facilitate this, SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 provides passes that allows access the Emerging Technologies demonstration area.

You will have the opportunity to give a short presentation, where you can explain your work in greater detail than it is possible in a demo situation. Details on this presentation will be included in the acceptance notification.

Publication

All accepted work will be documented in the SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 website and distributed through the ACM Digital Library.

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.

You can apply for a 100% discount via the submission system, one presenter per accepted submission.

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 print-ready file following the specifications in the acceptance notification.

Other Details

You will be able to update your basic submission information so that it can be included in the conference program and website. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.

If your work is accepted, you will be required to prepare the final print-ready 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. 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.

Should I send video documentation of my piece?

Yes, if at all possible. Video documentation is highly recommended. Time-based documentation is the best way to illustrate how conference attendees will experience your project. We may also use the video in publicity for Emerging Technologies.

May I submit my unfinished work as a "work in progress" if it is not complete by the submission deadline?

A work in progress may be submitted if it represents a large portion of the final version. However just a video prototype is not enough but a functional prototype should be needed before the deadline. Please explain in detail what additions will be made prior to the installation on the extended abstract. You will need to convince the reviewers that your work will be ready for demonstration in time for the conference.

I am having trouble uploading the high-resolution digital image required for online submission. What should I do?

If, due to bandwidth restrictions, you cannot upload a high-resolution image or supplemental movies, please instead upload a lower-resolution version. If we need to include a higher-resolution version for reviewers' review or publication stills, we will contact you to make arrangements.

My email address will be changing soon. How can I notify you of the update?

You will be able to change your email address in the SIGGRAPH Asia Submission System.

I have completed the online submission forms, but the system still allows me to edit my account. Am I done?

Yes. But you are allowed to edit your online submission account until the deadline: 15 July 2021 , 23:59 UTC/GMT.

Can I submit a paper, brief, poster, or other work in addition to my Emerging Technologies proposal? Can I submit an Emerging Technologies proposal if the work has already been presented at a previous SIGGRAPH conference?

Yes. For instance, you could submit a demonstration based on a paper published at a previous SIGGRAPH conference. Be sure to list these related submissions in your proposal and make clear how your Emerging Technologies proposal expands on and is different from these.

Some work might be relevant to multiple Programs (e.g. both Emerging Technologies and XR). For SIGGRAPH Asia 2021, we encourage you to submit the work to any Program that it could be accepted into.
In that case please email the respective program chairs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and notify them about this, then the program chairs will decide which program this work best fits in and only judge it in that category.

All deadlines are 23:59 UTC/GMT.

1 July 2021
English Review Deadline
Authors should aim to submit their work 2 weeks (or more) before the program deadline via the SIGGRAPH Asia Submission System.

15 July 2021
Submission Deadline

July - August 2021
Jury Reviews

1 September 2021
Acceptance Notification

1 October 2021
Final Materials Due

14 - 17 December 2021
SIGGRAPH Asia 2021

*Publications content will be available in the ACM Digital Library one week prior to the conference.

ACM SIGGRAPH strives to create a welcoming and nurturing community for everyone working in computer graphics and interactive techniques independent of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, religion, country of origin, or abilities. Work submitted to this program should be in alignment with these values.

For any submission to an ACM SIGGRAPH conference or Standing Committee activity, the person in charge (PIC) of the program should be aware of and sensitive to potential issues pertaining to the ACM SIGGRAPH values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. If an issue is identified, then the authors of the submission shall be asked to modify their submission to resolve the issue before acceptance. If the PIC is unsure if there is an issue, then they should contact the Chair of the DEI Committee for advice.