Call: ISPR 2014: The 15th International Conference on Presence

ISPR 2014

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Call for Papers

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.


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 English.


The conference will be held at the University of Vienna in Austria ( 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.


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


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 students.


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 presentation.

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 opportunities:

Mareike Schmidt & Johanna Kafka
Faculty of Psychology
University of Vienna
Liebiggasse 5/ 3
1010 Wien

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

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 Vienna)

The Program Committee members are prominent members of ISPR.

For more Information

Web Site:

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 – – 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 presence.

We encourage your questions, contributions, comments and suggestions.


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