Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications

    PLEASE NOTE: The program submission deadline has been extended to 17 June, 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT. 


    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 6 June 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT

    The increased power, portability, and ubiquitous connectivity of mobile devices are causing a fundamental shift in how we interact with digital content. The graphics and interactivity that once was only possible with desktop computers is now in the palm of the hand, and can be experienced almost anywhere. Increasingly sophisticated development environments, easy market access through application stores, and widespread device availability are creating new opportunities for a wide range of developers to participate in a global market growing to more than $35 billion annually.

    The Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications (MGIA) at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 in Hong Kong is a venue for both industry and academia to explore the opportunities and challenges of mobile applications relevant to the global graphics community. The program aims to cover the development, technology, and marketing of mobile graphics and interactive applications. It will especially highlight novel uses of graphics and interactivity on mobile devices.

    Attendees can expect to be exposed to the latest in mobile graphics and interactive applications through expert keynote talks, paper presentations, panel discussions, industry case studies, and hands-on demonstrations.

    At this year's MGIA, we call for participation in the following five categories:

    • Presentations: A focused talk on a specific topic related to mobile applications
    • Case Studies: A talk focused on an applied industry case study
    • Demonstrations: Live demonstrations of new mobile technology and applications
    • Panels: A multi-speaker presentation and discussion on a particular area
    • Tutorials: A hands-on, how-to session for current mobile technologies and tools


    We are seeking submissions on the following topics:

    • Mobile gaming
    • Mobile social networking
    • Mobile user interfaces and interactivity techniques
    • Marketing of applications and leveraging app stores
    • Building a mobile applications business
    • Mobile cameras and image processing
    • Mobile location based services
    • Use of GPU hardware in mobile computing
    • Augmented reality on mobile platforms
    • Cross platform application development tools and standards
    • Innovative use of mobile sensors
    • Visualization on mobile devices
    • Industry case study of bringing a product to market

    We also welcome submissions from other areas that are relevant to Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications.


    Contributors will be able to present their work in one of the following formats:

    • Presentations: A 20-minute talk by a single speaker
    • Case Study: A 20-minute talk by up to three speakers
    • Demonstrations: A two-hour hands-on demo session
    • Panels: A 60 minute multi-speaker presentations and discussion
    • Tutorials: A 45-minute hands-on tutorial

    Please contact the MGIA chair if you would like to consider other formats. The MGIA committee also reserves the right to alter the length of each timeslot based on content and in order to better balance the schedule.


    The official language of SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is English and consequently all presentations and content are expected to be in English.

    Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Director
    Mark Billinghurst
    University of Canterbury
    New Zealand


    Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Chair
    Boerje Karlsson
    Microsoft Research Asia


    How to Submit


    PLEASE NOTE: The program submission deadline has been extended to 17 June 2013, 23:59 GMT.

    Use the MGIA Submission Form to submit your proposal before the submission deadline.

    All forms must be completed, and all materials must be successfully uploaded by that time. The submission deadline will be strictly enforced in order to ensure fairness to all submitters and so we encourage submitting well before the deadline. All proposals must be electronically submitted via the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Submission Form. See Uploading Files for complete information.

    Please ensure that your proposal is relevant to the goals and subject matter of the Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications. 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 fulfill the criteria outlined by the Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications, it might be referred to another program offered by SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.

    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.



    Your submission must include the following materials and information (in two separate files):

    A one-page abstract describing your proposal (PDF): this self-contained document, formatted according to the SIGGRAPH template for Technical Papers (two-column ACM format), should describe your contribution and highlight why it is of interest to the symposium audience.

    One representative image (JPG) suitable for use on the conference web site and promotional materials: All submissions shall include a representative digital image that shall be of the highest print quality possible or the highest possible screen grab (collages of mobile device screenshots may be acceptable). Images must be submitted in JPG format.

    Submission Process

    Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission", and then select "Create" for the Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Submission Form. Instructions there will guide you to a successful completion. When you begin the form, your submission will be assigned a unique submission ID number that will identify your submission throughout the entire review and production process.

    Proposals include several sections; to review the complete list of requirements of the Online Submission Form, please see the FAQs.

    Submission and Authorization Agreement

    All submitters must complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

    The Submission and Authorization Agreement is a legal document. It explains the uses SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 makes of presented material and requires you to acknowledge that you have permission to use this material. This may involve seeking clearance from your employer or from others who have loaned you material, such as videotapes and slides. In addition, this agreement asks if ACM SIGGRAPH may use your materials for conference and organization promotional material in exchange for full author/artist credit information.

    For a better understanding of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Submission and Authorization Agreement, please click here.

    Copyright Permissions

    All materials presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 and published in SIGGRAPH publications must have appropriate permissions from any copyright holders or holders of other rights. It is crucial that presenters either own or receive the appropriate permissions before presentation. Work that you perform for third parties, such as images created for a film, or research done for a corporate laboratory, may have restrictions on its use. It is the responsibility of the presenter to know what permissions may be necessary, and to obtain them. The Submission and Authorization Agreement is your certification to SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 that you have obtained all necessary permissions.


    Each proposal is extensively reviewed by peers from the SIGGRAPH community. Reviewers are chosen for their familiarity with the content of the proposal. In their reviews, jurors consider factors such as:

    • Relevance: Does the submission cover both the topics of SIGGRAPH Asia and Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications?
    • Concept: 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 as unique and original?
    • Novelty: 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? Second, you should evaluate your work in the context of other approaches where appropriate: Is it faster? Easier to use? Does it give better results? Is it more accurate?
    • Interest: Will conference attendees want to see this material? Will it inspire them? Are the results or approaches 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 proposal is and the quality of the supporting materials. The proposal must effectively communicate their objectives in enough detail and clarity so that the jury can evaluate it.
    • Speaker expertise and ability to cover the topic: Ability to communicate ideas and to teach, as well as language skills, will be reviewed. So it is really important that you explain how you are going to convey your points: What is the tone of your event? What kind of learning material and techniques will you use to support your presentation?

    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.

    Event organizers should learn the results of the review process in August 2013.



    If your work is accepted, you will be required to prepare the final print-ready file following the specifications in the acceptance notification (2 to 8 pages, depending on submission type).

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

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

    Closer to the event, the organizers will confirm the schedule, and any presentation, workshop or exhibit needs.


    Deadlines and Extensions


    Upon Acceptance

    Deadlines and Extensions

    What is the submission deadline?

    As of 5 June 2013, The workshop proposal submission deadline has been extended to 17 June 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT. This is 7:59 pm, 6 June in New York; 4:59 pm, 6 June Los Angeles; and 7:59 am, 7 June in Singapore. Double-check the submission date and time for your region basing yourself on the 6 June, 23:59 UTC/GMT deadline.

    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 2013'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 2013 programs. Submission deadlines are set as late as possible, but they must also support quality in review, production, and delivery at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.

    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 2013 address network failures?

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is only responsible for the availability of the submission server. If the Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Chair is notified of a hardware or service failure in the submission system, the Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Chair 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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    Are submissions to Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications anonymous?

    No, they are not. Please state full names and affiliations on the submitted materials.

    Why is it necessary to specify an intended audience? The average SIGGRAPH conference attendee should be sufficient detail, no?

    No. The attendee population is actually very diverse. It includes different experience levels, different backgrounds, and different interests in technical and artistic topics. Your detailed audience identification aids proposal evaluation by the reviewers (to ensure that your material is appropriate to the audience you wish to reach), by the Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Committee (for program balancing), and for proper marketing to interested conference attendees.

    Does SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 tend to favor or avoid specific levels of material (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?

    While we do specify introductory-level events in our general themes, we do not favor or avoid specific levels of material. SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 will serve a wide international audience of many capabilities. The richest, most engaging materials are desired no matter what their level. This is your opportunity to address the community's need with your expertise. The Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Committee will offer the best-balanced program possible with available submissions and resources. This includes the need for a good mixture of beginning, intermediate, and advanced presentations.

    We have a great idea for an untried topic. Should we submit it?

    Absolutely! We always seek innovation both in topics and presentation. New ideas that relate to some aspect of computer graphics in mobile computing and interactive techniques are most welcome for consideration. You should clearly state this relevance in the rationale of your proposal.

    Do you support anything other than Portable Document Format (PDF)? It is easier for me to provide files in (your file type here). Everyone can read those, right?

    No, please submit in PDF format. Reviewers come from many backgrounds and use many operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, etc.). PDF provides easy standardization (universal viewer support, graphics, embedded fonts, etc.) for both the reviewer and the proposer (for example, it preserves intentional formatting by the submitter). Even ASCII clear text is not "universal" due to carriage-return differences, column widths, lack of graphics, etc. While we are unable to provide document conversion software that generates PDF output, please note that many websites provide such services. Keying in the following keywords: "online word to pdf converter" in any major search engine's search box will give you a list of such services.

    What are good-quality presentation/workshop notes?

    Think of your notes as being the textbook chapters that you summarize in your presentation. Good quality notes are any combination of materials (text, images, video, source code, demos, etc.) that can assist people during your presentation and beyond the scope of the auditorium. Copies of the slides, images, and videos used during the presentation are common, but by themselves are not enough. They should be annotated with additional detailed explanations of complex concepts, elaborations on related topics that cannot fit into the time of the presentation, mathematical derivations, etc. Clear examples, tutorials, explanation of techniques, annotations from your experience, and program source code, for example, are always appreciated by the attendees. This material should help attendees accurately understand your presentation and build a useful context for application of what they have learned. Please refer to the Courses' sample Course Notes that help gauge what would be a quality set of notes for your Workshop Notes.

    Our presentation/workshop notes are completely done. Should we put them all in the download area as part of our submission?

    No. A representative sampling of the quality of your notes is all that is required. Complete sets can overwhelm and complicate the review process. It is better to show a subsection that demonstrates detail, annotation, and supplemental materials than provide the entire set.

    In addition to the Presentation / Workshop Notes sample PDF, can I submit additional materials (audio, video, animations, etc.) with my submission?

    While we only accept a sample PDF of the notes to be submitted with your proposal, you are encouraged to include a list of additional materials with your proposal. If you have samples of materials available for consideration with your proposal, please provide a reference (for example, a URL) to their location.

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    Upon Acceptance

    Our proposal was accepted. Now it is time to submit our Presentation / Workshop Notes. Unfortunately, we have not had time to complete everything to the level of examples that we submitted during the review process. This will be okay, right?

    No. We may have a serious problem. If the final materials fail to meet or exceed the quality of the accepted proposal, the Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Chair may decide to cancel your event.

    I'm an event organizer who has one or more lecturers/presenters who have not completed their notes. Your publication deadline is fast approaching. Can we have an extension?

    No. Unfortunately, all deadlines (proposal, Workshop Notes, etc.) are closely tied to publication and production. They cannot be extended. In absolute worst-case scenarios, the Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications Chair may decide to cancel your session.

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    All deadlines are 23:59 UTC/GMT.

    17 June 2013

    Submission deadline

    July - August 2013
    Jury reviews

    August 2013
    Acceptance notification

    9 September 2013
    Final publication-ready materials due

    19 – 22 November 2013
    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013

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