Call for papers and posters

The ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (ACM SAP) provides an intimate, immersive forum for researchers who combine knowledge, methods, and insights from perception research and computer science disciplines.

This explicitly includes such disciplines as cognitive psychology, perceptual psychology, psychophysics, behavior-analysis, and neuroscience on the perceptual side and computer graphics, computer vision, visualization, and human-computer interfaces on the visual computing side to name just a few!

The interdisciplinary focus of this conference explicitly acknowledges that the various scientific disciplines in perception research and computer science research use different but complementary methods to address fundamentally similar questions. As such, combinations of knowledge, methods, and/or insights from the different fields can help to advance all of the applied perception fields.

ACM SAP 2020 will be held on the 17th and 18th of September, 2020 (virtually). We invite submissions of original work in all areas of applied perception, regardless of sensory modality (vision, haptics, acoustics, proprioception, etc.). The focus of the work can be either perceptual or computational, but each submission must – as always – include elements of both perception and visual computing.

Relevant approaches include:

→ application of perceptual research to any area of computer science, including:

→ applications of computer science to any area of perception, such as:


Research can be submitted as long paper (up to 8 pages) or as a short paper (up to 4 pages). In all cases the page limit is EXCLUSIVE of the pages devoted to bibliographic references and appendices. Authors are explicitly encouraged to include a full citation list.

All submissions should follow the general SIGGRAPH formatting guidelines. Please submit all papers formatted for a double blind review. Diagrams and images should be in color where appropriate. At least one author of an accepted paper must register for and attend the conference.

All papers will be carefully reviewed by our International Program Committee. SAP follows a double blind review process. Papers will be evaluated as submitted, given limited time between submission and printing of final versions.

Research that is not accepted as a paper will automatically be considered for the poster session. Authors can, of course, decline to have their work be considered as a poster.


The posters program at SAP provides an informal venue for authors to share their research achievements and further discuss them with others. In that spirit, we encourage all types of scholarly submissions that fit the scope of ACM SAP. In particular, we explicitly welcome poster submissions on work-in-progress and on work that may have been previously published elsewhere but for which additional dissemination and discussion is desired. The poster session is an integral part of SAP and the SAP program will include a dedicated time slot for poster viewing and discussion. All poster presenters will also have the opportunity to give a one-minute presentation on their work during a poster fast-forward session.

NOTE: SAP poster abstracts are NOT considered to be publications, and as such will NOT appear in the ACM Digital Library. Poster abstracts WILL be included in the conference drive distributed to attendees. Poster extended abstracts may include figures and should follow the general SIGGRAPH formatting guidelines, except that they should be 1 page long. Note that you do not need to submit the actual poster.

Invited Journal Publication

Under an agreement with the ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP) and the ACM Publications Board, the strongest accepted papers will be offered publication as full papers in the ACM journal TAP (instead of appearing in the proceedings). Authors of such special issue papers must agree to present the paper at ACM SAP. As has always been the case, authors of regular ACM SAP papers can still submit to TAP regular issues with appropriate additions. Papers that have been recommended for acceptance in the ACM TAP journal will undergo a second review cycle, during which the authors will revise the paper to address reviewer concerns (similar to conditional acceptances at ACM SIGGRAPH). Please note that TAP referrals are conditional. The TAP reviewers may recommend bringing the paper back to the SAP proceedings if the quality of the revision is inadequate. Therefore, it is very important to incorporate as many reviewer comments as possible into the revision.

The revised paper has to be submitted in TAP format to Manuscript Central and must include a cover letter stating that the submission is for the SAP special issue. The cover letter should also document the list of changes made to the paper to address the reviewer concerns. Please note that TAP has a 20 page limit INCUDING references. Reformatting, a paper from the SAP format to the TAP format typically adds a few pages. Complete TAP author guidelines and templates are available at

(Tentative) Deadlines

Each deadline is 23:59:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) ==> GMT/UTC-12:00 on the stated day, no matter where the submitter is located.

Paper submissions are CLOSED. Poster submissions are through emailing the 1 page PDF to Paper submissions: EasyChair.

Paper Deadlines:

Papers recommended for TAP (deadlines):

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Our Information for Authors page includes deadlines and other important information for authors planning on submitting papers or posters.