Thesis Fast Forward

Thesis students, show us what you’ve got! For the first time ever, SIGGRAPH will host a live event, similar to Papers Fast Forward, in which a group of graduate students will present their research agenda and impress its significance on a panel of recognized experts ― all within the window of a 3-minute oral presentation.


  • B Business Symposium
  • FP Full Conference Platinum
  • F Full Conference

Make an Impression

To provide more young presenters with a platform for sharing innovative ideas and gaining valuable exposure, SIGGRAPH 2018 is introducing the first ever Thesis Fast Forward program. Doctoral students in the final stage of their Ph.D. studies, or Ph.D. degree holders within a year of graduation, are encouraged to submit to this event. The central element of the submission will be a three-minute video presentation by the candidate, explaining the central theme of their thesis, using no more than two supporting slides. The intent is to make the presentation accessible to a non-expert audience, representative of the typical cross-section of SIGGRAPH attendees.
Based on the video submissions and, as a secondary criterion on the provided abstracts, a jury will select up to 12 candidates who will be asked to perform three-minute oral presentations live at a special session at SIGGRAPH 2018. A panel of experts will provide immediate commentary after each live presentation and select a best performance. The live presentations will be judged solely on the content of the live three-minute presentation.

All selected candidates will be awarded an upgradeable Select Conference registration (upon commitment to participate in the live event). The submission deadline has been extended to Saturday, 14 July 2018. Finalists for the live event will be notified on Thursday, 19 July 2018.


Thesis Fast Forward Committee:

Eftychios Sifakis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M. Alex. O. Vasilescu, UCLA