Posters Submissions

The ideal poster submission expresses a novel and applicable idea in a simple, concise manner. Posters are also particularly well-suited for showcasing ideas that are still in progress and student work, provided that such submissions have enough substance to be evaluated.

The Posters program also hosts a student research competition. Please see ACM Student Research Competition for details and eligibility. It is appropriate to submit Student Research posters on research presented elsewhere (including SIGGRAPH 2015), provided the work was presented within the last year.

SIGGRAPH 2016 Posters Coordinator
Rachel Albert

Posters Accordion

New for SIGGRAPH 2016

ACM Rights Management Form

If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2016:

  • 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 2016 programs - Art Gallery, 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.

How to Submit

SIGGRAPH 2016 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:

  • Film and TV Production: Ideas and applications thereof in recent productions, such as commercials, television shows, short films, and features. 
  • Games: Techniques and technologies used in the development of technical and visual content for game production as well as game post-mortems.
  • 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.
  • Computer-Aided Design: Presentation of new ideas in CAD with practical applications to engineering, manufacturing, architectural rendering, and geometric design, among others.
  • Virtual Reality: Innovations and interactive techniques in tomorrow's virtual and augmented realities.


Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create". You will be asked for:

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A presentation format (page 3). To propose a Poster, please select Poster as your presentation format. You will then be taken to the forms specific to Posters. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format.

Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including submitter name, affiliation, and contact information, as well as title of the work, a single-sentence summary that introduces the achievements of your work (50 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • An abstract (two pages maximum) describing your work (PDF). The abstract should include what area you are working in, what is novel about your work, and how this work relates to previous work on the same topic.
  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.
  • 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 will also be provided at that time.

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 must also conform to these updated formatting guidelines.

Poster templates


Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

First Place, Graduate Category
SIGGRAPH 2008 Student Research Competition


  • Up to six supplementary images and/or a maximum five-minute supplementary video (file size should not exceed 100 MB).
  • A draft of the poster in PDF format (strongly encouraged). If your poster is accepted, you will be required to submit a final version of your poster in PDF format by 2 June. Please see the FAQ below for more information about how to format a poster.
  • If you are a student, and your work is mostly your own, you may check a box to request entry in the ACM Student Research Competition.
  • Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

If you are submitting a Talk as part of the same form, the talk and the poster will share the same abstract.

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 Submissions FAQ.


Research Posters

A research poster must describe a novel contribution and show at least preliminary results to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed solution. The work does not need to be complete, but it should convince the jury that the approach has promise. Primary reasons research posters are rejected:

1. The submission materials did not convince the jury that there was anything new in the approach, either because the abstract did not clearly differentiate the work from existing work, or because there were no results or evaluation that demonstrated the potential of the approach.

2. The submission materials did not clearly convey both the problem and the proposed solution. Pictures and videos help a lot, but if the abstract does not adequately convey how the images or videos were made, then the poster is unlikely to be accepted.

Demonstration, Application, or Systems Posters

These are posters that describe how a particular demo, video, or image was made, or how a set of existing technologies was linked together to produce a system that achieves a specific goal. The specific technologies need not be new, but the entire system should support doing something that wasn't possible before. Posters of this type must clearly convey what the overall goal is, what the technologies are, how they fit together, why they were chosen, and how the final system meets that goal. Primary reasons posters of this type are rejected:

1. It is unclear what the proposed approach is trying to accomplish and why existing tools are not sufficient to accomplish that goal.

2. The submission materials do not clearly demonstrate that the desired goal was reached.

3. A poster is not an appropriate medium for the submission because a poster is just a static set of images and text. This usually applies to work that is best experienced live or in interactive situations, and which involves fairly complex hardware that can't easily be brought to a poster session.

Other reasons for rejection:

1. The submitted poster is just an image, such as a movie poster or piece of artwork.

2. The poster is an advertisement for a product (game, movie, device, etc.)

3. The poster just proposes an interesting problem or discussion area.

Jurors are asked to evaluate your submission using four criteria: Concept, Novelty, Interest, and Quality. The final submission score is based on a combination of these factors. For example, a submission that is high quality, has broad appeal, and contains something new is likely to be accepted, while a submission that is incremental, of interest to only a small number of people, and poorly written will probably be rejected.


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 (for example, 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 must also convince the jury that your solution works. 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 Information System to be included at SIGGRAPH 2016. Detailed instructions will be sent to submitters whose posters are accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2016.  

If your work is accepted, you will need to:

  • Prepare and submit a poster describing your work.
  • Prepare and submit a revised abstract (two pages maximum). This abstract must be submitted by 2 June 2016. If we do not receive your revised abstract and final poster by 2 June, you will not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2016.
  • (Optionally) Update your auxiliary images and video.
  • Prepare a 30-second video in the style of a “fast forward” describing the work and its significance. Videos of accepted posters will be added to a playlist for SIGGRAPH 2016 marketing. They may also be displayed during the Poster Sessions. 
  • Attend and present your work at SIGGRAPH 2016 in Anaheim. Poster presenters will be expected to participate in poster sessions throughout the conference. Poster sessions will be scheduled at specific locations and times for contributors to present their work.

After acceptance, the SIGGRAPH Information System will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion in the conference program and website. You need to finalize this information within one week after we send acceptance notifications (see the Timeline section below). Be prepared to deliver your final versions of your work (camera ready) before these dates, or your acceptance may be rescinded. Most registration and travel costs to attend SIGGRAPH 2016 are at your own expense; however each accepted poster receives recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2016 Recognition Policy

As the conference approaches, you will receive more information on the poster venue and presentation. 

  • You are responsible for bringing your poster and hanging it in the Anaheim Convention Center by Saturday or Sunday.
  • Student volunteers will be available in the Posters area to direct you to your poster board.
  • You must be available to present your poster during the Poster Presentation sessions. If you are unable to attend SIGGRAPH 2016, please contact the Posters Coordinator for assistance.
  • You must bring your poster to the conference (we cannot print it or accept shipments).
  • We encourage you to bring a portable computer to demo your work. Outlets for power may not be available, so ensure your computer is well charged.
  • Posters are displayed in unsecured areas; do not leave your computers or valuable equipment unattended.

If your poster is accepted for presentation, your poster abstract and final supplemental material - which can include the poster, video, and other material - will be available in the ACM Digital Library two weeks before SIGGRAPH 2016.

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.


26 April
Posters submission deadline.

Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent.

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

2 June
PDF of final poster due. Abstract (two pages maximum) due. If we do not receive your revised abstract and final poster by 2 June, you will not be allowed to present at SIGGRAPH 2016. 
Thirty-second video due.

24-28 July

SIGGRAPH 2016, Anaheim.

Posters FAQ

Poster Submission

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 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 poster presentation session.

I have travel conflicts, and I can not 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 attends the conference and presents the work. We expect poster authors to be present at the poster sessions.

The SIGGRAPH 2016 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 turn-around. It is also 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

Poster Creation

Poster authors should prepare their documents according to the ACM SIGGRAPH formatting instructions. Remember: the jury will review the abstract, but the poster is what you will display at the conference.

What are the maximum dimensions of poster prints?
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 no larger than 40 inches (102 cm) x 40 inches (102 cm). We strongly suggest a poster size of 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.

Poster Presentation

If a poster has multiple authors, do we all need to stand by the poster during our session?
During the session, 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 poster 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 2016, 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.

Should I bring the poster with me? Or can I ship it to the convention center?
SIGGRAPH 2016 does not accept posters shipped to the convention center. Please bring your poster with you. 

Where in the convention center will my poster be located?
You will receive detailed information regarding the exact location of your poster at the convention center. Typically, there are student volunteers who staff the poster area, and they can help you identify where your poster will be presented.

I would like to give a demo during my poster presentation. Is this possible?
Poster presenters are encouraged to demo their work during the poster sessions, using their own laptops or tablets, in front of their posters.

Will tables be provided for each poster?
The available space for tables varies from convention center to convention center and from year to year. We try to provide tables for presenter use, but we cannot promise there will be tables available. If we do have tables, we cannot promise every poster will get one.

Will I have an internet connection for my laptop?
Wireless internet access will be available throughout the convention center. Please be aware the wireless network is often slow, as thousands of people try to access it simultaneously.

Will AC power be available for my laptop or other devices?
We can't promise that AC power outlets will be available for everyone. Please charge your batteries before the session.

Can I leave my laptop or other equipment there before or after the session?
No! The poster sessions are in unsecured open areas. Take your laptop and all your gear with you.