11th Annual International Workshop on Presence
October 16-18, 2008
Padova, Italy

[ PROCEEDINGS ISBN: 978-88-6129-287-1 ]

PRESENCE 2008 took place at The University of Padova in Padova, Italy October 16-18, 2008. The conference was organized by ISPR, the International Society for Presence Research in collaboration with the Human Technology Lab (HTLab) at the University of Padua.

Below is a list of the papers and presentations from the conference, in alphabetical order by author name, with links to Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files containing each paper.

The complete program for the PRESENCE 2008 conference is available here.

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Configuring Presence in Simulated and Mobile Contexts
Ilkka Arminen, Inka Koskela, Tiia Vaajala

The Quest Atlantis Project: Using Games to Bring Ethics and Presence to the Classroom
Sasha Barab

Validating Presence by Relying on Recollection: Human Experience and Performance in the Mixed Reality System XIM
Ulysses Bernardet, Martin Inderbitzin, Sytse Wierenga, Aleksander Väljamäe, Anna Mura, Paul FMJ Verschure

Presence in Performing Digital Art
M. Bertoncini, G. Jacucci, S. Roveda, D. Tonguet, T. Takala

An Evaluation of Portrayals of Telepresence and Romantic Relationships in Film and Television
Michael Black, Bonnie Friel, Joan Jasak, Matthew Lombard, Anne Russ

The Five Pillars of Presence: Guidelines to Research Presence
Patrice Bouvier

Tiny Dancers and Singing Fish: “Being There” as Healing Art
Galen Brandt

A Simulation of a Fire Accident in Second Life
Paolo Buono, Tiziana Cortese, Fabrizio Lionetti, Marco Minoia, Adalberto Simeone

Virtual Worlds: Projecting Human Presence into Cyberspace, Streetspace, Biospace, and Outerspace
Bruce Damer

The Blog, the Blogger and “the Other” on the Net
Marie Di Blasi, Giovanni Ferraro, Francesco Conti

Affording Embodiment in Collaborative Virtual Environments: What is the Role of Presence in Collaborative Design?
Leman Figen Gül

The Performance of the Self and Its Effect on Presence in Virtual Worlds
Jacquelyn Ford Morie

Virtual Social Presence for Effective Collaborative E-Learning
Katherine G. Franceschi, Ronald M. Lee

Influence of Presence in Three-Dimensional Process Control
Denise Gramß, Karin Schweizer, Susi Mühlhausen

The Influence of Media Content and Media Form in Sense and Presence: A Preliminary Study
Alessandra Grassi, Andrea Giaggioli, Giuseppe Riva

Teaching and Learning Immersion and Presence
Bruno Herbelin, Jan Cíger

Social Cooperation and Competition in the Mixed Reality Space eXperience Introduction Machine
Martin Inderbitzen, Sytse Wierenga, Aleksander Väljamäe, Ulysses Bernardet, Paul FMJ Verschure

Effects of Representational Realism in 3D Violent Games
Eui Jun Jeong, Frank A. Biocca, Corey J. Bohil

An Experiment on Cognitive Priming and the Book Problem in Narrative Media
Matthew T. Jones

Afforded Action as a Behavioral Assessment of Physical Presence
Jean-Claude Lepecq, Lionel Bringoux, Jean-Marie Pergandi, Thelma Coyle, Daniel Mestre

The Social and Cultural Implications of ‘Co-Presence at a Distance’ in an Augmented Location Aware Collective Environment (the Mogi Case)
Christian Licoppe, Yoriko Inada

My Voice Shall Now Come From the Other Side of the Room (Presence of the Interactive Demo: Choreographing Absences – The Viewer as a Medium)
Christer Lundahl, Martina Seitl

Augmenting Presence: A Study with Activity Feedback
Francesco Martino, Roberto Baú, Fabiola Scarpetta, Concetta Alberti, Anna Spagnolli, Luciano Gamberini

The Presence Projects: Advances So Far
Rod McCall, Gábor Székely, Fabrizio Davide, Ulysses Bernardet

From Absence to Presence: Blurred Consciousness and Sleep States
Henry J. Moller

Embodied Conversational Agents: A New Kind of Tool for Motor Rehabilitation?
María Lucila Morales-Rodriguez, Bernard Pavard

On the Use of Presence Measurements to Evaluate Computer Games
Rolf Nordahl, Dannie Korsgaard

The Effect of Viewer Perceptions of Avatar Anthropomorphism and Realism on Judgments of Credibility and Homophily, and Avatar Choice
Kristine L. Nowak, Mark A. Hamilton, Chelsea C. Hammond

The Psychology of Avatars: Real Life Effects of Virtual Communication
Kristine L. Nowak, Igor S. Pandzic, Goranka Zoric, Karlo Smid, Sophia Grundnig, Thomas Petri, Christin Polzer, Nicole Sträfaling, Nicole Krämer, Sabine Trepte, Leonard Reinecke, Katharina-Maria Behr

The Impact of Avatar Blushing on the Duration of Interaction between a Real and Virtual Person
Xueni Pan, Marco Gillies, Mel Slater

Potential of Immersive Virtual Reality Models in Studies of Drivers’ Behaviour and Interventions to Improve Road Safety
Marco Pasetto, Luciano Gamberini, Andrea Manganaro

A Display for Supporting Ownership of Virtual Arms
Aniña Pescatore, Lisa Holper, Pawel Pyk, Edith Chevrier, Daniel Kiper, Kynan Eng

When Simple Technology Affords Social Presence: A Case Study for Remote Family Members
Antonia Lucinelma Pessoa Albuquerque, Andrew Perkis

No Vision is Complete Without Sound: The Sonification of Telepresence
Gary Pettey, Cheryl Campanella Bracken, Bridget Rubenking, Emily Appley, Mycal Brown, Dawnnay Butler, Kelly Cline, Zlatko Coralic, Jennifer Hargiti, Han Liou

Social Presence: The Role of Interpersonal Distances in Affective Computer-Mediated Communication
Thies Pfeiffer, Ipke Wachsmuth

Components of Presence and Reality Judgment as Predictors of Treatment Efficacy
Soledad Quero, Sonia Salvador, Rosa M. Baños, Azucena García-Palacios, Cristina Botella, Berenice Serrano

Simulation versus Reproduction for Avatar Eye-Gaze in Immersive Collaborative Virtual Environments
John Rae, Estefania Guimaraes, William Steptoe

Brain Activity and Presence: a Preliminary Study in Different Immersive Conditions Using Transcranial Doppler Monitoring
Beatriz Rey, Mariano Alcañiz, José Tembl, Vera Parkhutik

Socio-Demographic and Psychological Determinants of Presence in a Gaming Experience
Wannes Ribbens, Mariek Vanden Abeele

Presence and Social Presence: From Agony to Self and Others
Giuseppe Riva

A Grand Challenge for Presence
Giulio Ruffini, Luciano Gamberini, Andrea Gaggioli, Ralph Schroeder, David Benyon, Giulio Jacucci

Presence in Everyday Life
Paul Skalski, Matthew Lombard, Cheryl Campanella-Bracken, Tilo Hartmann, David Westerman

Conversational Practices and Presence: How the Communication Structure Exploits the Affordances of the Medium
Anna Spagnolli, Fabiola Scarpetta, Teresa Tona, Tatiana Bortolatto

A Cognitive-Heuristics Approach to Understanding Presence in Virtual Environments
S. Shyam Sundar, Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, Amulya K. Garga

How Real Is It? The State of (Tele)Presence in Therapy with Mediated Environments
Teresa Tona, Anna Spagnolli, Cheryl Campanella-Bracken, Bridget Rubenking

Triangulation In Practice
Phil Turner, Susan Turner

Virtual Reality as a Universal Language for Behavioral Interventions
John Urry

Presence in the Future
John A. Waterworth, Eva L. Waterworth

When and How to Assess Subjective Overall Judgments of Presence?
Bartholomäus Wissmath, David Weibel, Daniel Stricker

Being Inside the Image. Heightening the Sense of Presence in a Video Captured Environment through Artistic Means: The Case of CREW.
Nele Wynants, Kurt Vanhoutte, Philippe Bekaert

A Market Overview on Presence Technologies and Applications
Gianluca Zaffiro, Igor S. Pandzic, Giulio Ruffini, Cristinia Martin-Puig

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