PLEASE NOTE: The program submission deadline has been extended to 19 June 2015, 23:59 UTC/GMT



Theme: Innovative Education - At the Crossroads of Art, Technology and Entertainment

We are excited to announce that the education program is back at SIGGRAPH Asia 2015. The Symposium on Education invites people from both academia and the industry to present innovative research, methods and positions about the teaching and integration of computer graphics and interactive techniques in all areas of learning. We view education as a natural part of the lifelong learning process, and we wish to support the evolving integration of art and technology embraced by educators.

As an international gathering of industry professionals and academics, the Symposium on Education will present perspectives that appeal to a wide spectrum of interests. We will share educational strategies adopted in both industry and academia to make the learning process more satisfying, productive, and meaningful.

Exciting additions to the symposium this year are the Student Focus sessions. These sessions are intended for students currently enrolled in animation, game design, computer graphics, interactive technology and related programs, or are considering careers in the field.

The symposium is seeking submissions for:

  • Education Papers: Peer-reviewed academic papers that presenting research and case studies relevant to the symposium.
    • Expanded versions of selected papers might be considered for publication at a journal, Computers and Graphics.
  • Education Panels: Multi-speaker presentations and discussions on on a topic relevant to the symposium attendees.
  • Education Talks: Presentations covering newly developed works, ideas and projects still in development stage.
  • Education Workshops: Short hands-on courses with an emphasis on interaction and exchange of information among participants on a topic relevant to the symposium attendees.
  • Student Focus Panels and Talks: Presentations designed for the student audience.

Please contact the SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Symposium on Education Chair if you would like to consider other formats.

We encourage submissions in areas including, but not limited to:

  • 3D Printing
  • Animation
  • AR
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Computer Graphics
  • Game Development
  • Humanity Education
  • Interactive Design
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Math
  • Medical Imaging, Visualization
  • Mobile Graphics
  • Online Learning
  • Production Pipeline
  • Real time Graphics
  • Science Education
  • Simulation
  • Storytelling
  • VFX
  • VR



The official language of SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 is English. Verbal presentations, slide presentations, and course notes are expected to be in English. In addition, we plan to also provide special Japanese sessions. So please contact us if you consider presenting in Japanese.


Presentation Formats

The Symposium on Education provides several opportunities for you to present your work:

  • Education Papers on all aspects, both theoretical and proven, of educating with computer graphics and/or interactive techniques. Presentation Length: 30 minutes including questions and answers.
  • Education Panels are up to four people (including a moderator), who present ideas and give individual perspectives. Presentation Length: 1 to 1.5 hours including time for questions from the audience.
  • Education Talks are presentations on latest works, ideas and projects in development stage. Presentation Length: 30 minutes including questions and answers.
  • Education Workshops provide brief intensive courses or seminars emphasizing interaction and exchange of information among participants. Presentation Length: 1.5 to 3 hours with time for questions from the audience.

In order to create the most worthwhile experience for our presenters and attendees, the jury may ask a presenter to convert a submission to a different presentation format. For example, multiple submissions on the same or similar topics, or submissions with opposing points of view may be combined together into a Panel format. This type of change is not a reflection on the quality of the submission. It is motivated only by our desire to present the best possible program.

The SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Symposium on Education committee also reserves the right to alter the length of each time slot based on content and in order to better balance the schedule.


Who Should Submit?

  • Educators at all academic levels and disciplines, including faculty, department chairs, administrators, instructional designers, technology integration specialists, and media professionals.
  • K-12 educators, including those from specialized schools that are utilizing computer graphics for learning topics such as science, mathematics, and physics.
  • Educators working in non-academic environment, such as animation studios and game industry.
  • Educational researchers and developers who are focused on utilizing computer graphics within learning technologies.
  • Training consultants, media specialists, and anyone intrigued by the ways computer graphics and interactive techniques are changing the way we conceptualize information.
  • Instructional designers working outside traditional educational environments, such as museums, galleries, historical centers, and performing arts programs.


Sample Topics

  • 3D computer game tools for teaching programming to computer art students.
  • Building a stronger cultural framework for global teams.
  • Collaborative teams, roles of art directors, animators, writers, programmers, etc.
  • Computer graphics and interactive techniques education in primary and secondary education.
  • Crossing invisible boundaries: multi-disciplinary use of interactive technologies to integrate learning.
  • Curricula design for animation, VFX, game design and interactive design.
  • Development of games as a way to teach animation students.
  • Encouraging professional learning communities by streamlining workflow using visual and technology techniques and tools.
  • Enhancing teaching and learning with computer graphics and interactive techniques.
  • Furnishing virtual classrooms and communicating a sense of place in the virtual world.
  • Incorporating production pipeline systems to academic environment.
  • Isolation vs. collaboration.
  • Legal issues in computer graphics education.
  • Medical imaging (for example, teaching surgery via the internet).
  • New input and output technologies for learning.
  • Teaching computer graphics in a computer science curriculum.
  • Teaching computer graphics in an art curriculum.
  • Teaching English using classroom graphics and technology tools.
  • Teaching scientific visualization, data analysis, and fusion from expanded data resources.
  • Teaching strategies and assessment measures for rapidly changing technology.
  • Teaching techniques that encourage the special-needs population.
  • Teaching the mathematical foundations of computer graphics and related disciplines.
  • Teaching visualization of scientific and medical content.
  • Use of computer graphics in development of learning materials for all disciplines.
  • Using computer graphics or emerging interactive technologies to collaborate with colleagues separated by time, space, distance, or training.
  • Visual expression of identity in web design collaborations.


Examples of published Educators Program documents:

Education Paper: Construction trial of a practical education curriculum for game development by industry/university collaboration

Education Talk: WiiRemote programming: development experiences of interactive techniques that can be applied to education for young engineers

Education Workshop: Digital character making


Symposium on Education Chair

Miho Aoki
University of Alaska Fairbanks



How To Submit

  • Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System
  • Select "Begin a New Submission"
  • Select "Create" for the Symposium on Education submission form

The submission form, paper and abstract are due 19 June 2015, 23:59 UTC/GMT 12 June 2015, 23:59 UTC/GMT.

All submissions to the Symposium on Education must be completed using the following submission manuscript formats:

  • Education Papers: Paper of 5 to 8 Pages
  • Education Panels, Education Talks, Education Workshops, Student Focus Panels, Student Focus Talks: Abstract of up to 2 pages

Please indicate in the submission form which category is most appropriate for your presentation.

Use the checklist below to ensure that your submission is complete and meets all applicable program requirements.

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 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 required information is missing, your form will be marked Incomplete. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

For supplemental submission materials, please use the file upload form in the submission system. If you need to submit physical materials please contact the Symposium on Education Chair.


For an Education Paper Submission

Please submit a 150-word (max 200) abstract and 5-8 page proofed paper. Please put the title and author name(s) on the first page of the paper to be uploaded. The camera-ready version of the paper must be submitted later if the paper is accepted. Please see “For All Submissions” (below) for additional requirements.


For an Education Panel and Student Focus Panel Submission

An abstract and other supporting documentation or examples are sufficient for the jury process. Please put the title and panelists on the first page of the abstract document to be uploaded. More detailed information on the panel must be submitted if the abstract is accepted. Please see “For All Submissions” (below) for additional requirements.


For an Education Workshop, Education Talk, Student Focus Talk, or Student Focus Workshop Submission

An abstract and other supporting documentation or examples are sufficient for the jury process. Please put the title and presenter(s) on the first page of the abstract document to be uploaded. More detailed information on the workshop must be submitted if the abstract is accepted. Please see “For All Submissions” (below) for additional requirements.


For All Submissions

Your paper and abstract must be submitted in PDF and must include the following addition to the materials listed above:

  • Your submission category (Education Papers, Education Panels, Education Talks, Education Workshops, Student Focus Panels, Student Focus Talks, Student Focus Workshop) and a brief explanation stating why that category is most appropriate for Panels, Talks and Workshops submissions. Please include sufficient detail for evaluation.
  • Include name(s) of the speaker(s) and a list of all collaborators, their affiliations, and contact information: email address (required), address, work phone, home phone (optional). Indicate the primary contact if there are multiple presenters.
  • All proposals should include a short (100 words or less) biography of each participant, including relevant experience. In addition, contributors are encouraged to add a brief statement of their unique viewpoints on the topics of the presentation.
  • OPTIONAL: Use the English Review Service to help with the text of your submission.
  • The publication format for the Symposium on Education is the same as for the annual SIGGRAPH conference. Authors must prepare their papers and abstracts according to the ACM SIGGRAPH publication guidelines and/or use the ACM SIGGRAPH LaTeX class files.

Use these instructions to ensure that your submission is complete and that it meets all applicable program requirements. Please ensure that your proposal is relevant to the goals and subject matter of the Symposium on Education. In particular, your proposal should have a well-defined educational goal and identify a specific set of skills or knowledge that you aim to communicate. If your proposal does not fulfil the criteria outlined by the Symposium on Education, it might be referred to another program offered by SIGGRAPH Asia 2015.

It is extremely important that you fill out the Online Submission Form as completely as possible. Since your proposal is judged on the items you submit in the online form, it is in your best interest to provide as much relevant information as you can.

We strongly encourage starting the submission form well before the deadline. Submit your work before the submission deadline 19 June 2015, 23:59 UTC/GMT 12 June 2015, 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


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.


Papers and abstracts will be evaluated by members of the Symposium on Education Committee, and external reviewers. Each paper will be distributed to three or more experts for peer review. However, if the committee determines that a submission has either been previously published, or is off topic, incomplete, or otherwise unsuitable for publication, the submission will be rejected without external review.

Once reviews are complete, the committee will meet to deliberate the final outcome of each paper and proposal at the Symposium of Education Jury Meeting. If there is not a clear consensus among the original reviewers, additional reviews will be solicited.

Evaluation is based on content, clarity, appropriateness, and innovation in the use of computer graphics and/or interactive techniques in teaching and learning. A large part of the review process is deciding if the work fits into our vision for the Symposium on Education. If your work is not accepted, that is not necessarily a reflection on its quality. Papers and abstracts should contain sufficient detail to assure reviewers that your work is high quality, innovative, inspiring, and of interest to attendees.

Following the jury meeting, email notification of acceptance, conditional acceptance or rejection status will be sent to the author, who will then be granted access to the written reviews and scores.

Conditionally accepted papers undergo a second reviewing process, in which a referee (a member of the Symposium on Education Committee) verifies that the final version of the paper is acceptable (that any required changes have been made, and that other changes made by the authors, perhaps in response to reviewer comments, have not compromised the paper in any way). This second and final stage determines the final acceptance status of all papers and abstracts. The referees' decisions are final. Papers and abstracts that do not satisfy the referee in the second stage of reviewing and/or that are not uploaded in final form by the final deadline, together with the original or revised versions of the submitted supplementary material, will be rejected.

Notice To Contributors

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 online 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)
Samples of the ACM Copyright Form and the ACM Publishing License

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.

Upon Acceptance

Please note: The schedule to provide your final material after receiving the acceptance notification is tight. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

Detailed information and instructions as well as deadlines will be sent to submitters along with the acceptance letter. Closer to the event, the organizers will confirm the schedule, and any presentation, workshop or exhibit needs.

For instructions about preparation and delivery of your final content for publications, please carefully follow the instructions in the acceptance letter.

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection in Mid-August 2015.

Accepted content will be presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 and documented on the SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 web site and the ACM Digital Library.

The complete list of the Symposium on Education presentations will be available in September 2015.

After acceptance, the SIGGRAPH Information System will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion on the conference program and web site. You must provide a final, edited, camera-ready documentation by 29 August 2015, 23:59 UTC/GMT.

Be prepared to deliver your final versions of your work before these dates, or your acceptance may be rescinded.

Some registration and travel costs to attend SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 may be at your own expense; each acceptance receives recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Recognition Policy.



All accepted work will be documented in the SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 website and distributed through the ACM Digital Library.


Presenter and Contributor Recognition

Please see the Recognition Policy for a summary of what you will receive if your work and/or proposal are accepted by SIGGRAPH Asia 2015.

Presenters are expected to cover their own travel costs, which are not covered by SIGGRAPH Asia 2015.

You can apply for a 50% discount per accepted submission via the submission system. If additional contributors are presenting and need access for presentation purposes, they can request for Session Only passes to their allocated rooms of Symposium on Education.

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.


Deadlines and Extensions
Upon Acceptance


Deadlines and Extensions


What is the submission deadline?

19 June 2015, 23:59 UTC/GMT 12 June 2015, 23:59 UTC/GMT


Can I submit after the deadline?

No. The deadline is absolute. All submissions receive equal consideration up to the published deadline. Please respect other contributors and allow time for unforeseen circumstances in your submission, including (but not limited to) network connectivity, equipment failures, job impacts, life or family events, etc. These personal circumstances are outside of SIGGRAPH Asia 2015’s direct control and cannot be accommodated fairly.


Why is this so absolute?

Primarily, the answer is fairness and equal opportunity for consideration. This respects the contribution process for all submissions. Secondly, the deadlines were designed to maximize submission development and quality for all contributors, including those contributing to other SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 programs. Submission deadlines are set as late as possible, but they must also support quality in review, production, and delivery at SIGGRAPH Asia 2015.


Are partial or incomplete submissions considered?

Incomplete submissions are not guaranteed a review. Contributors are required to minimally meet all submission requirements by the published deadline. The Committee will evaluate the merit of each completed proposal as it was submitted at the deadline even if it does not meet the author's personal quality objectives. Please allow yourself enough time to meet your own quality goals.


How will SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 address network failures?

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 is only responsible for the availability of the submission server. If the Symposium on Education Chair is notified of a hardware or service failure in the submission system, he/she will authorize an appropriate adjustment (and will prominently post notices at several locations). All other network failures between your location and the SIGGRAPH server will not affect the submission deadline. Please submit early to avoid connectivity-support problems or last-minute submission-server performance issues.


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Is there a difference between the Technical Papers and a paper in the Symposium on Education?

Yes, they are different programs and have separate submission criteria.


Can I submit after the deadline?

No. The deadline is absolute.


Can I change the files I uploaded to the submission system?

You can change and update your submission information and files on the submission system until the deadline. We encourage you to create an account and start submission process early.


My company sells educational software. Can we make a sales presentation?

No. The Exhibition is the best place for that.


English is not my first language. Can I get help to improve the text in my paper?

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 provides an English Review Service for authors who are not native English speakers.


Can I still use English Review Service if I apply just before the deadline?

The English Review Service makes no guarantees about turnaround. For the best chance of having your submission reviewed by this service, please ensure that you complete your submission at least 14 days before the deadline.


I teach primary-school students, but I am not an expert in computer graphics. I have designed something using computer graphics, software, interactive techniques, games, etc. that really helps my students understand a concept (math, English, dance, etc.). Should I submit?

Yes. It may be appropriate for a paper or talk.


There's an illustration in my paper that I got from the Internet. Is that okay?

If your content contains material copyrighted by someone else, you must obtain permission to use that material from the copyright holder. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, images, video clips, sounds, and articles published in other media. Obtaining this permission to use may take some time, and may involve paying a licensing fee to the holder of copyright.


Can I submit work that I've published or presented, or has been accepted for publication or presentation, elsewhere?

Yes, though with some caveats. First, you must indicate the prior appearance via the checkbox on the submission form and provide a description of how and where the work appeared. Second, be aware that SIGGRAPH Asia attendees expect to see things they've never seen before. The jury will decide if the novelty and impact of the submission warrant acceptance despite its appearance elsewhere. Generally speaking, it's OK if your work has been presented in a small workshop or colloquium, and it's OK if your work has been published in journals in other fields. However, work that has appeared in a major computer graphics journal or a mainstream computer graphics conference should not be submitted.


Can I submit work that was presented at a previous SIGGRAPH or SIGGRAPH Asia conference?

The submission form has a checkbox that requires you to indicate this fact. The jury will decide if the novelty of the submission warrants acceptance regardless of prior presentation or publication. Submissions in most formats require novelty and will not be accepted unless the work has progressed since last time. However, Workshops and Panels may remain valuable from year to year and will be considered by the jury, but proposals should clearly offer compelling reasons for repetition.


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Upon Acceptance

I can't afford to come all the way to Kobe, Japan for the conference. Will SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 pay for a part of my travel expenses?

We are unable to support your travel or hotel accommodation or any other related travel expenses. Please see the Presenter Recognition Policy for more details.


I have a great idea for a presentation, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate (too basic, advanced, fuzzy, etc.) for your program.

Please send it in, and let us make the decision.


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All deadlines are 23:59 UTC/GMT.

19 June 2015
Extended Submission Deadline

12 June 2015
Submission Deadline

June – July 2015
Jury Review

Early August 2015
Symposium on Education Jury Meeting

Mid-August 2015
Acceptance Notification

29 August 2015
Final Publication-Ready Materials Due

2 - 5 November 2015
SIGGRAPH Asia 2015


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

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