Welcome to SIGRAD 2016 –
the annual meeting of the Swedish Computer Graphics Association (SIGRAD) – taking place in 2016 at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland in Visby, Sweden.
The association’s mission is to be a meeting point for researchers and industry professionals who are interested in computer graphics and adjacent areas, such as visualization and human-computer interaction (HCI). In recent years, the association’s activities were focused on the organization of the annual conference, which attracts a growing number of participants. The rapid development of computer graphics technologies and the acknowledged need for visual computing solutions has led to a growing interest in graphical computing in both commercial and academic areas. Started in Sweden in 1976, SIGRAD has become an annual appointment for the Nordic community of graphics and visual computing experts with a broad range of backgrounds. Through more than three decades, SIGRAD has offered a forum to present and disseminate new technological results, new paradigms and new visions advancing the state-of-the-art of visual computing.
SIGRAD 2016 offers a scientific program representing a cross-section of research in a multitude of domains related to visualization and human computer interaction. In addition to the regular submissions concerning general computer graphics practices, this year’s conference also investigates synergies between industry, pedagogical practitioners and academic researchers through a series of presentations, keynote speeches and special sessions. The selection of 6 papers presented at the conference come from researchers in 4 different countries including Japan and China which is the first participation from Asian countries in the history of the conference. These papers range from those concerning general computer graphics practices to a practical applications and services that may benefit from the use of visualizations and computer graphics technologies. The extended participation of students at all levels of academia in research has been encouraged this year and 2 papers are selected which are first-authored by students studying at Master’s Degree level. Peer reviewing was conducted by a highly qualified Program Committee consisting of 24 reviewers. Each paper was reviewed, on average, by three reviewers from the committee, with the majority of papers receiving four reviews.
This year we have a special session called “Swedish Research Overview Session”. With this new event, we invite all Swedish research groups to present their academically outstanding, previously published work at the annual conference. All papers in this session have been published in an academically outstanding journals or conferences not more than two years prior to the SIGRAD conference.
We especially welcome our invited speakers: Ingrid Carlbom (Guest Professor of Uppsala University) presenting a keynote entitled “The History of Computer Graphics”. And Carlotta Capurro (Art historian and digital restorer at Visual Dimension) who gives a keynote entitled “3D reconstruction – Innovative forms of studying and experiencing the past”.
Finally, we wish to thank Olle Jansson, the Vice-Chancellor of Campus Gotland for his generous support to the event.
The SIGRAD 2016 organisers