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ISPR 2012 “Presence Live!” Conference
International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
October 25 – 26, 2012
[Immediate Contact: Tim Downs, Interwork Media, Inc.; 1+949-235-8985]
The concept of telepresence, often shortened to ‘presence,’ is commonly referred to as a sense of ‘being there’ in a virtual environment and can be more broadly defined as an illusion of non-mediation in which users of any technology overlook or misconstrue the technology’s role in their virtual experience.
A telepresence conferencing system makes us feel as if we’re face-to-face; an online virtual world seems real; a 3D IMAX film makes us reach out to touch objects on the screen; we get ‘lost’ in the worlds of novels, TV shows, movies, videogames and theme park rides; doctors, engineers, explorers and many others operate machinery thousands of miles away as if they were at the remote site; students learn about the world and workers learn how to do their jobs using compelling simulations; we think of and interact with computers, agents, avatars, robots and androids as if they were living social entities even though we know they’re not; we’re delighted by perceptual illusions in everything from ancient Trompe-l’œil paintings to modern digital art. As we expand technology’s capabilities and applications, we’re having ever more, and ever more compelling, presence experiences.
Join us for ISPR Presence Live 2012, the 14th international conference on presence. This year’s event will showcase researchers and research studies from a diverse academic community in communication, computer science, psychology, philosophy, the arts, business, education and other fields. Presentations and papers by researchers and professionals in commercial, government, educational and other industry sectors are to be featured. Other events include visits to presence-related sites in Philadelphia and conference reception and dinner. Read more on ISPR News: Spread the word: ISPR 2012 “Presence Live” October 25-26 in Philadelphia…