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"John F. Hughes" <[log in to unmask]>
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John F. Hughes
Thu, 8 Nov 2001 16:06:44 -0500
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UIST is next week, and the SIGGRAPH submission deadline (Jan. 9) is
about 10 weeks away, and I'm writing to you to encourage you to think
about submitting your work. SIGGRAPH is a conference on "Computer
Graphics and Interactive Techniques," but interactive techniques have
been under-represented in recent years, and I'm asking you to help fix
this. Some issues in brief:

1. "Isn't SIGGRAPH biased against interaction?" I've looked at the
submissions for the last few years, and (from the titles) identified
those that I would say were "related to interaction." There weren't
many, and the acceptance rate for these was about the same as that of
papers overall.

2. "This is cherry-picking: SIGGRAPH wants to steal the cool papers
from UIST and CHI!" SIGGRAPH does indeed want to publish cool research
in interaction, and for obvious reasons --- we think it's an important
part of graphics. Why would CHI and/or UIST want to see this happen,
though? One answer is *exposure*: thousands of people see each
SIGGRAPH paper presentation, and this might help CHI/UIST make more
people aware of exciting interaction research. Another is
*attraction*: the larger exposure may help attract people to research
in interaction. Finally, the cross-exposure between areas of graphics
is good for everyone.

3. "Will I get fair reviews?"  I've gotten some CHI/UIST folks on the
committee specifically to address this. Last year Eugene Fiume did the
same thing, but we got so few interaction submissions that these
people ended up responsible for several papers that were not really in
their central areas of interest. I beg you to help me address this
problem this year, and not to regret my choosing them for the

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to write to me via

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Thank you very much.

John Hughes, Papers Chair, SIGGRAPH 2002