CfP: 15th International Conference on Presence (ISPR 2014), Vienna Austria

ISPR 2014: The 15th International Conference on Presence
International Society for Presence Research

March 17th - 19th 2014


Following a series of 14 successful PRESENCE conferences,
ISPR 2014: The 15th International Conference on Presence will
retain the single-track format and pleasant social environment of
previous conferences while featuring expanded oral
presentations, poster presentations, panels, keynote
presentations and hands-on demonstrations of presence
applications, services and projects.

--> The concept of Presence:

Presence is commonly referred to as a sense of "being there" in a
technologically mediated environment and more formally as the
perceptual illusion of non-mediation. In other words, the user of
an artificial environment fails to accurately and completely
acknowledge the role of technology in his/her experience and
thus, feels and behaves in this environment as if it was `real´: for
instance, we feel and act as if we´re actually with colleagues,
friends and family when we use an increasing variety of
conferencing technologies; we treat computer generated virtual
agents as if they are sentient social entities even though we know
they are not; we feel afraid of a virtual spider crawling over our
hand or of an abyss opening up beneath us even though we are
in fact aware that neither the spider nor the abyss exist; we like to
be thrilled and deceived by 3D IMAX films which make us feel as
if we are flying over the Grand Canyon or through outer space;
and we `get lost´ in TV-shows, movies and videogames.

The vast benefits and implications of the Presence experience for
various areas of life are still to be revealed. To date, the
advantages of this `as-if´ experience are broadly used in
education and training: doctors learn how to operate on difficult
injuries using simulators, students visit virtual classrooms, pilots
train their reactions to critical situations via virtual reality, and post
traumatic stress disorder patients learn to deal with their traumatic
experience by being confronted step by step to the traumatic
event, which to them - even though it is virtual - feels real.

Presence is a rich, fascinating subject of scientific investigation,
artistic exploration and technological development and design,
with increasingly important implications for the ways in which
people work, play and live. Today, Presence phenomena are the
subject of research and theory in communication, computer
science, psychology, business, philosophy as well as many other
scientific and humanities fields; and they are a great challenge for
designers and developers, who are trying to refine technology in
order to create the most compelling and convincing - the `optimal´
- Presence experience.

--> Topics:

We seek original, high quality papers and demonstrations that
contribute to our collective understanding of the power and
breadth of presence phenomena and presence applications in
any/every aspect of life. Topics of interest include (but are not
limited to):

* Presence theory
* Measures of presence
* Presence and emotion
* Presence and education
* Presence and social interaction
* Gender and Presence
* Neuroscience approaches to Presence
* Presence in gaming and entertainment
* Philosophical perspectives on presence
* Ethics of presence
* Presence technologies and applications (e.g. in business, arts,
medicine and therapy)
* The future of presence research

All accepted papers will be collected in the official conference
proceedings (with ISBN) and will be permanently available for
download in the ISPR conference archive.

--> Conference Format:

ISPR 2014 will have an interactive single-track format in which all
participants (attendees, presenters, speakers, keynote speakers)
attend each of the sessions as well as social events, allowing
participants to exchange ideas and build knowledge together as
the conference progresses.

The first two days will feature oral presentations, panels and
keynote presentations on a variety of topics designed to provide
focused educational experiences on subjects related to presence
technology, theory and measurement. Additionally, a poster
session will allow insights into ongoing presence related projects.
The final day of the conference will feature additional academic
presentations as well as hands on presentations of presence
applications and technologies. The language of the conference is

--> Venue:

The conference will be held at the University of Vienna in Austria
(www.univie.ac.at). Founded in 1365 it is the oldest university in
the German-speaking world and with approximately 91000
students one of the largest in Central Europe. As the capital and
largest city in Austria Vienna is regarded as the City of Music
because of its musical legacy. It is furthermore known for being
the home of Sigmund Freund, the founder of psychoanalysis. The
city is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque
buildings, castles and gardens as well as Romanesque churches
and art nouveau structures and offers a great opportunity to dive
into the cultural richness of European art and music.

--> Accommodations:

A number of hotels with specially discounted rates for conference
attendees will be available.

--> Registration:

Registration will be available online. Fees, which will include
meals and social events, will be at or below those for previous
ISPR PRESENCE conferences. Every effort will be made to
reduce fees for participating academics, and particularly for

--> Submissions:

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit their work in the
categories below. Note that all submissions are to be in APA
format and (with the exception of panel proposals) not identify the
author(s) directly or indirectly (for blind peer review).

PAPERS: Comprehensive descriptions of research or design
work and/or theoretical investigation within the scope of the
conference. Papers must relate to existing literature on presence
and make an original contribution to it. Accepted papers will be
included in the Proceedings and will be allocated time for oral

SHORT PAPERS: Short papers may be up to 10 pages in APA
format. Accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings and
will be allocated time for oral presentation.

PANELS: Sets of presentations on a single theme or topic within
the scope of the conference. Submitters are encouraged to be
creative regarding both the topic or theme and the format for
panel proposals (formats that encourage guided discussion are
particularly welcome). Panel proposals must identify and provide
contact information for all proposed participants. Accepted panels
will be included in the Proceedings.

POSTERS: Visual display presentations. Poster proposals must
describe and/or contain early drafts of the visual display.
Accepted poster abstracts will be published in the conference
Proceedings. Posters shall be in a DIN A0 (84.1 x 118.9 cm)
format as they will be displayed on a board during a dedicated
session of the conference. Each poster will be allocated a 2
minute oral preview.

DEMONSTRATIONS/EXHIBITIONS: Step-by-step audiovisual
demonstrations and/or hands-on experiences of non-commercial
work within the scope of the conference. Accepted
demonstration/exhibition proposals will be included in the
conference Proceedings and will be presented during dedicated
sessions of the conference. For the exhibitions of commercial
products, please contact us for sponsorship terms and

Mareike Schmidt & Johanna Kafka
Faculty of Psychology
University of Vienna
Liebiggasse 5/ 3
1010 Wien
E: presence2014@univie.ac.at

All submissions are to be made through the EasyChair
conference online submission system (a corresponding link will
be available on the conference web site:
http://presence2014.univie.ac.at). Each submission will undergo a
double-blind peer-review process by at least two selected

--> Important Dates:

August 15th 2013 - Early registration opens
August 30th 2013 - Submission deadline
October 31st 2013 - Notification of acceptance decisions
November 30th 2013 - Finished, camera-ready papers due
January 15th 2014 - Early registration closes
March 17th - 19th 2014 - Conference

--> Conference Committee:

Conference Chair/Hosts:  Anna Felnhofer, Oswald D.
Kothgassner (University of Vienna)

Co-Chairs: Ilse Kryspin-Exner, Helmut Hlavacs (University of

The Program Committee members are prominent members of

--> For more Information:

Web Site: http://presence2014.univie.ac.at
E-Mail: presence2014@univie.ac.at

--> About ISPR:

The International Society for Presence Research (ISPR) is a
non-profit membership organization founded in 2002 to support
academic research related to the concept of (tele)presence. It
publishes ISPR Presence News, which features news stories
about presence; calls for participation in various presence-related
conferences, publications and projects; job opportunities; and
more, and is available in various formats (RSS feed; individual
item and daily or weekly digest email; Twitter; Facebook). The
ISPR web site - http://ispr.info - serves as a resource for those
who conduct research, develop theory, design, market, write
about, or simply are interested in, the concept and phenomena of

We encourage your questions, contributions, comments and
suggestions (email: ispr@ispr.info)

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