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As many of us gather in Prague for the PRESENCE 2018 conference, ISPR Presence News will be taking a break, but it will return on Tuesday May 29, 2018. For more presence news and other materials, join the free ISPR Presence Community on Facebook. “See you” in a few weeks…

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ISPR News: PRESENCE 2018 Conference Program

[We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Prague in two weeks for PRESENCE 2018; the conference program, which emphasizes collective knowledge development through not just presentations but informal discussions, some over good food and during sightseeing (!), is below.

It’s not too late to join us, in person or virtually: Online registration is available via EventBrite and if you can’t be in Prague, join us for a (free) ‘virtual’ discussion about presence via telepresence tech.

If you’re already registered, please complete the Attendee Sightseeing and Meal Choices Survey before May 11. 

All questions welcome…

–Matthew]

CONFERENCE PROGRAM (printer-friendly PDF)

PRESENCE 2018
18th conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)
Prague, Czech Republic
May 21-22, 2018 (optional demonstrations and guided sightseeing events May 20)

Conference theme: Challenges

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW (Details follow below)

Sunday, May 20: Sightseeing! (Optional)

Presence 2018 conference plans include an optional group sightseeing trip around Prague on May 20th. The schedule will start at 10:30 am at St. Nicholas Church near Prague Castle.

Tentative Itinerary: St. Nicholas Church – Charles Bridge – Lunch – Clementinum (Guided Tour) – Astronomical clock tower – Havel Market (Market closes at 6:30)

Time Plan
09:30 am 10:00 am Meet at St. Nicholas Church
10:00 am 11:00 am Visit St. Nicholas Church
11:00 am – 11:30 pm Visit Lennon Wall
11:30 pm – 12:00 pm Walk across the Charles Bridge
12:00 pm – 01:45 pm Suggested places for lunch:  Lehká hlava – vegetariánská restaurace / Pub Atmoska (Atmosfera Café pub) / Good Food Coffee & Bakery
01:45 pm – 02:30 pm Clementinum – Guided Tour (45 minutes)
02:45 pm 04:15 pm Visit the astronomical clock tower and Old Town Square
04:30 pm Shopping at Havel Market

Map of sightseeing route

Monday, May 21: Main Conference Day 1

08:30 – 09:15 am Check-in and welcome message
09:15 – 10:30 am Session 1: Presence Theory and Measurement
10:30 – 11:45 am Session 2: Presence and Avatars
11:45 am – 01:30 pm Lunch in the hotel – included in registration* 
01:30 – 02:45 pm Panel Discussion 1: Using the Senses to Make Sense: From Aesthetics to Ethics
02:45 – 03:00 pm Coffee break
03:00 – 04:15 pm Session 3: Past, Presence, and Future
04:15 – 05:30 pm Panel Discussion 2: Presence in Practice: A Discussion about Presence via Telepresence Tech (WebEx)
05:30 – 08:00 pm Dinner at Plzenskarestaurace – included in registration*

Tuesday, May 22: Main Conference Day 2

09:00 – 10:15 am Session 4: Social Presence, AI, and Gaming
10:15 – 11:00 am Session 5 (Poster): Challenges of New Approaches in Presence Studies
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Panel Discussion 3: New Ideas for Spatial and Social Cues
12:15 – 01:45 pm Lunch at U Pinkasu – included in registration*
01:45 – 03:00 pm Session 6: Big Ideas about Presence
03:00 – 03:15 pm Coffee break
03:15 – 04:15 pm Panel Discussion 4: Presence Challenges
04:15 – 04:30 pm Closing
After 4:30 pm Dinner – not included in registration

 

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Call: A (Free) ‘Virtual’ Panel at PRESENCE 2018: A Discussion About Presence via Telepresence Tech

Call for Participation

A (Free) ‘Virtual’ Panel at PRESENCE 2018:
Presence in Practice: A Discussion about Presence via Telepresence Tech
Monday May 21, 2018
4:15 – 5:30 pm (i.e., 16:15 – 17:30) in Prague (GMT+2)
(click here to see your current local time in Prague)

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Call: PRESENCE 2018 – IMPORTANT DEADLINE AND REGISTRATION UPDATES

Two important updates about the upcoming PRESENCE 2018 conference in Prague:

  1. DEADLINE: The submission deadline is Thursday March 1, but we know how things can go with deadlines, so if you need a few extra days there’s a bit of flexibility – just email me directly on or before the deadline to let us know when to expect your submission.

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Call: PRESENCE 2018 submission deadline extended to March 1

By popular demand, the submission deadline for the PRESENCE 2018 conference in Prague has been extended to MARCH 1. Please consider submitting your work and joining us in Prague (or of course just joining us in Prague!).

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Call: PRESENCE 2018 Conference Updates!!

To all members and friends of the presence community:

The submission deadline for the PRESENCE 2018 conference in Prague is coming up soon (and may be extended if we get enough requests). The organizing committee is busy planning a useful, interesting and fun event, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you there!

The call for papers (below and on the ISPR website) has been updated with submission templates for MS Word and LaTeX, new information about hotels near the conference venue, new destinations for the informal group sightseeing the day before the conference begins (mmm, chimney cakes!), and more.

If you have any questions or requests, please e-mail me directly at lombard@temple.edu.

–Matthew

CALL FOR PAPERS

PRESENCE 2018
18th conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)
Prague, Czech Republic
May 21-22, 2018 (optional demonstrations and guided sightseeing events May 20)
https://ispr.info/call-presence-2018

Conference theme: Challenges

Submission deadline: February 20, 2018

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Note: PRESENCE 2018 precedes (but isn’t affiliated with) the 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in Prague May 24-28.

OVERVIEW

Telepresence, often shortened to presence, is a state or perception in which we overlook or misconstrue the role of technology and feel present in the environments and/or connected to the people or things we experience via technology. It’s increasingly relevant to a wide range of media experiences and application areas.

Following a series of 17 successful Presence conference events, PRESENCE 2018 will retain the single-track format and enjoyable social environment of previous conferences while featuring an expanded variety of paper and poster sessions, panel discussions, keynote presentations, hands-on demonstrations of presence applications/services/projects, and informal discussion, networking and fun. Members of both academic and industry communities are welcome.

At the end of the first day, all attendees are invited to a social dinner; we also hope you’ll join us for all or part of a day of demonstration visits and guided sightseeing on May 20 (the day before the conference).

The registration cost is $140, with a discounted student cost of $100. The fee includes lunches on both days, coffee and snacks during breaks, and the social dinner.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES

The term presence has many formal and informal meanings but is used by a growing interdisciplinary scholarly community to refer to experiences in which technology is overlooked or misconstrued in some way during a mediated experience. Long a focus of those who study virtual reality and environments, it’s increasingly relevant to a wide range of media experiences. For example, presence occurs when we get “lost” in the world of a novel, TV show, movie, video game or theme park ride; we’re convinced by the realism of paintings or graphic designs; we treat our cars, computers or other machines as if they have personalities of their own, and we feel like we’re “with” a person we talk to on the phone or in a video conference.

The presence research community has been working to identify causes, characteristics and consequences of diverse presence experiences. The consequences identified so far – including arousal/relaxation, empathy, enjoyment, persuasion and more – make clear the importance and power of presence to improve communication across a wide variety of contexts and applications of interest to scholars and those who create media technologies and content. Presence as a concept and set of phenomena is related to the work being done in nearly every field and business sector from art to zoology, with particularly direct applications in business, education, entertainment and health. The 4000+ posts in ISPR Presence News and thousands more on its predecessor, the presence-l listserv, along with the Presence Bibliography on the ISPR website, illustrate the breadth of presence applications, and the breadth, depth and value of presence scholarship.

The objectives of the conference are to deepen and update the knowledge of those already familiar with presence and introduce new scholars and practitioners to the centrality, pervasiveness, and value of presence phenomena, theory and research.  The overarching goal is to help integrate and increase collaborative scholarship on presence.

SUBMISSIONS

Topics

We seek original, high quality papers and demonstrations that contribute to our collective understanding of presence phenomena and applications in any/every aspect of life. Topics of interest include (but are absolutely 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

Theme: Challenges

Researchers, scholars, technology designers and users, and citizens all face challenges related to presence. We invite submission in all of the categories below that identify, consider and ideally propose solutions to the challenges people in any or all of these groups face now or will face in the future. Data-based projects, concept and theory building work as well as personal (first person) reflections are encouraged. Read more on Call: PRESENCE 2018 Conference Updates!!…

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Call: PRESENCE 2018, 18th conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)

CALL FOR PAPERS

PRESENCE 2018
18th conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)
Prague, Czech Republic
May 21-22, 2018 (optional demonstrations and guided sightseeing events May 20)
https://ispr.info/call-presence-2018

Conference theme: Challenges

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ISPR News: PRESENCE 2018!

Big news…! Full details and the official Call for Papers will follow soon but the Board of Directors of ISPR invites you to join the presence community as we meet next May in Prague!

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ISPR Presence News returns Thursday September 21

ISPR Presence News returns Thursday September 21

ISPR Presence News is taking a short break while I participate in IBC2017 in Amsterdam. Publication will resume on Thursday September 21. In the meantime, if you’re interested in more presence-related news and fun stuff, please join our open/public/free ISPR Presence Community Facebook group.

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ISPR Presence News publication schedule for first week of October

ISPR Presence News publication schedule for first week of October

ISPR Presence News will not be published next week while some of us attend the 17th annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) in Berlin, Germany. ISPR Presence News will return on Monday October 10.

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