måndag, februari 06, 2006


9th Annual International Workshop on Presence
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Cleveland State University
August 24-26, 2006

Submission deadline: April 3, 2006

Full details on the web at <http://ispr.info>


Academics and practitioners with an interest in the concept
of (tele)presence are invited to submit their work for
presentation at PRESENCE 2006 at Cleveland State University
in Cleveland, Ohio, August 24-26, 2006.

The ninth in a series of highly successful international
workshops, PRESENCE 2006 will provide an open discussion
forum to share ideas regarding concepts and theories,
measurement techniques, technology, and applications related
to presence, the psychological state or subjective perception
in which a person fails to accurately and completely
acknowledge the role of technology in an experience,
including the sense of 'being there' experienced by users of
advanced media such as virtual reality.

The concept of presence has been the focus of increasing
scholarly attention since at least Minsky's "Telepresence" in
1980. Recently there has been a burst of funded research
activity in this area with the European FET Presence Research
initiative. What do we really know about presence and its
determinants? How can presence be successfully delivered with
today's technology? This conference invites papers that are
based on empirical results from studies of presence and
related issues and/or that make substantial advances in
theoretical understanding of presence and/or that contribute
to the technology for the delivery of presence. High quality
papers which make substantial contributions to the field are
sought; submissions will be rigorously evaluated by peer

Work accepted for presentation will be included in the
official conference proceedings and posted on the ISPR web
site. Some of the presented papers will be selected for
publication in one or more special issues of CyberPsychology
& Behavior or Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual

PRESENCE 2006 takes place in Cleveland and is hosted by
Cleveland State University. The conference is organized by
ISPR, the International Society for Presence Research.


Submissions of papers, demonstrations, and panels that
represent completed or ongoing work are encouraged in areas
including but not limited to:

* Explications of the presence concept

* Presence evaluation/measurement methodologies

* Causes and consequences (effects) of presence

* Presence in shared virtual environments and online

* Social/affective interfaces, virtual agents, parasocial

* Presence-associated technologies:
- Immersive, interactive, multimodal displays
- Advanced broadcast and cinematic displays (stereoscopic TV,
- Virtual environments/simulators
- 3-D sound
- Haptic/tactile displays

* Presence applications:
- Education and training
- Medicine and therapy
- Entertainment
- Communication and collaboration
- Teleoperation
- Presence and design
- Presence in art

* Presence and philosophical issues (e.g., the nature of

* The ethics of presence

* Presence in the future: Media experiences in the 21st
century and beyond


Like the earlier workshops, PRESENCE 2006 will have an
interactive format in which all participants (attendees,
presenters, invited speakers) attend each of the sessions as
well as several social events, allowing participants to
exchange ideas and build knowledge together as the conference

The conference will feature keynote presentations by
prominent presence scholars (details to be announced soon).


The Workshop will be hosted by Cleveland State University,
located in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. Located on
the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts world-class
cultural institutions, major-league sports, state-of-the-art
attractions, unique ethnic neighborhoods, great shopping and
dining, vibrant nightlife, a national park for outdoor
recreation, and much more. It was ranked #1 for "Most Livable
City" in the U.S. and 26th in the world by the Economist
Intelligence Unit (October 2005), a Top 10 Summer Vacation
Destination by msn.com (May 2004, June 2003), one of the 10
ten safest and culturally most fascinating cities to visit in
the U.S. by Travel Smart (January 2004), a Top 10 city for
walking by The American Podiatric Medical Association
(November 2003), a Top 25 Arts Destination, by
Americanstyle.com (October 2003), #3 City That Works Hardest
to Accommodate Group Tours by Destinations magazine (April
2001), and Top Five U.S. City for Meetings by Get There
Direct Meeting Company (February 2001). Cleveland's also the
home of the 4th Best Beer in the Country (Great Lakes Brewing
Company, Dortmunder Gold) according to American Heritage
(July 2002)

For more information about Cleveland visit the web site of
the Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau
(<http://www.travelcleveland.com/>); for more information
about Cleveland State University, visit the CSU web site


We invite researchers and practitioners to submit work in the
following categories:

Papers: Comprehensive descriptions of original research or
design work within the scope of the workshop. Papers are 5 to
12 pages in the PRESENCE 2006 template format (see submission
page of the conference web site) and will be considered for
oral presentation.

Panels: Sets of presentations on a single theme or topic
within the scope of the workshop. Submitters are encouraged
to be creative regarding both the topic or theme and the
format for panel proposals, which are limited to 4 pages in
the PRESENCE 2006 template format.

Extended abstracts: Brief presentations of tentative or
preliminary results of research or design work within the
scope of the workshop. Extended abstracts are 2 to 4 pages in
the PRESENCE 2006 template format and will be considered for
oral presentation after all accepted full papers are

Posters: Visual display presentations. Submissions are
limited to 4 pages which contain miniature versions of the
larger pages that would be displayed at the conference.

Demonstrations/exhibitions: Step-by-step audiovisual
demonstrations and/or hands-on experiences of (commercial or
academic) work within the scope of the workshop. Proposals
for demonstrations/exhibitions are limited to 4 pages in the
PRESENCE 2006 template format.

Please submit your work online at the submission page of the
conference web site at <http://ispr.info> by the conference
deadline of April 3, 2006.


Registration costs before or on July 1 are 250 USD for
individuals with an academic, governmental, or non-profit
affiliation; 350 USD for individuals with a corporate
affiliation; and 125 USD for graduate students. (For costs in
other currencies, go to <http://www.x-rates.com>). All
registration fees will include admission to all Workshop
sessions, conference materials, refreshments during breaks,
lunches and conference dinner/reception.

Registration opens February 13, 2006. Please visit the
registration page of the conference web site at
<http://ispr.info> for the registration and payment forms and

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