Breaking New Ground: Establishing Graphics Worldwide
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DescriptionThis Retrospective panel looks into how computer graphics expanded both throughout the United States and into different parts of the world. An important part of the story of the expansion is the role of professional societies—international, national, regional, and local.

Our panelists have worked in computer graphics in North and South America and in Europe. They include Jon Meads, the Program Chair of the first SIGGRAPH conference (1974, Boulder, CO, USA); Maxine Brown, the person behind many of SIGGRAPH’s "firsts" including the first conference T-shirt (San Jose, CA, 1977); Joaquim Jorge, a founding member of the Eurographics Portuguese Chapter (1988); and Marcelo Zuffo from Brazil. Marcelo is a longtime SIGGRAPH contributor who was International Chair for the SIGGRAPH 2000 Conference.

Each panelist will first describe how they became involved in computer graphics and then reflect briefly on these topics:
• In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, there was little computer graphics anywhere outside a few Universities. What happened to make computer graphics an accepted and then respected academic discipline?
• SIGGRAPH was founded in 1969 as an ACM Special Interest Committee. What role does a professional society play? What were the challenges and benefits of starting national, regional, or local professional societies or chapters?
• What was the hardest thing and the most rewarding thing about your work establishing Computer Graphics in your part of the world?
• Tell us about a person, besides yourself, whose leadership and vision helped establish graphics in your homeland.
• What role has SIGGRAPH played In your life and career?

Today’s graphics technologies and applications are a new and fluid landscape. We hope the audience will take the lessons passed along by our panelists of worldwide graphics pioneers and apply them in ways that will continue to break new ground.