ISPR 2014 - The 15th International Conference on Presence

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  • The ISPR 2014 – 15th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Pres­ence will be held March 17 – 19, 2014 in Vienna, Aus­tria and is organ­ised by the Depart­ment of Applied Psy­chol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Vienna.

    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 of the Conference

    Top­ics of inter­est for the Pres­ence 2014 con­fer­ence include (but are not lim­ited to) pres­ence phe­nom­ena and pres­ence appli­ca­tions in any/​every aspect of life:

    • 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


    ISPR 2014 will have awards for

    • Best Paper, awarded by the Pro­gramme Committee
    • Best Pre­sen­ta­tion, awarded by the Audience
    • Best Poster, awarded by the Audience

    Orga­niz­ing Committee

    Con­fer­ence Chairs

    Demo & Support-​Chairs

    • Hel­mut Hlavacs
    • Ilse Kryspin-​Exner


    • Johanna Xenia Kafka
    • Thomas Het­terle
    • Mareike Schmidt

    Event Management

    • Mar­garethe Jurenitsch
    • Gerry Schnei­der
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