ISPR News: 2014 conference thank yous and award winners

ISPR 2014

[Image © M/G Felnhofer]

Great thanks to the many people who made the ISPR 2014 conference in Vienna such a success, especially the Conference Chairs Anna Felnhofer and Oswald D. Kothgassner. It was another wonderfully productive, interesting and very enjoyable Presence conference (watch ISPR Presence News for announcements about the next conference as well as other ISPR developments).

The official conference Proceedings are available now in book form from Amazon and Facultas and will be available via links to Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files containing each paper on the ISPR web site beginning this September (they’re listed there now).

We had three categories of awards at the conference: Best Presentation and Best Poster award winners were determined by secret ballot votes by those who attended the conference. Best Paper award winners were determined by the Program Committee members via a two-step process prior to the conference: The review form included the option to recommend the submission be considered for a top paper award; the Committee members then voted on the rank of all the nominated submissions.

Congratulations to all of the award winners:

Best Presentation Awards:

  1. Louise Fryer & Jonathan Freeman – Goldsmiths University of London (United Kingdom)
    Can you feel what I’m saying? The impact of verbal information on emotion elicitation and presence in people with a visual impairment

  2. Rabindra Ratan & Young June Sah – Michigan State University (USA)
    The spawn of presence: Examining the relationship between presence and self-presence

  3. Paul Strohmeier & Ike Kamphof – Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
    Mediated touch: Exploring embodied design for remote presence

Best Poster Awards:

  1. Tyson Foster – Griffith University (Australia)
    Clean to the bone: A phenomenological analysis of grotesque movement

  2. Magdalena Schuler, Larissa Wolkenstein, Mathias Müller, Andreas Mühlberger & Christian Plewnia – University of Tübingen (Germany)
    Measuring valence and naturalness of statements made by virtual agents

  3. Leon Van Rijswijk & Antal Haans – TU Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    Using immersive virtual reality for developing novel lighting applications

Best Paper Awards:

  1. Oswald D. Kothgassner, Johanna Kafka, Johanna Rudyk, Leon Beutl, Helmut Hlavacs & Anna Felnhofer – University of Vienna (Austria)
    Does social exclusion hurt virtually like it hurts in real life? The role of agency and social presence in the perception and experience of social exclusion

  2. Laura Aymerich-Franch & Jeremy Bailenson – Stanford University (USA)
    The use of doppelgangers in virtual reality to treat public speaking anxiety: a gender comparison

  3. Silvia Erika Kober – University of Graz (Austria)
    Effects of age on the subjective presence experience in virtual reality
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