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

First Call for Papers

Submission deadline: May 1, 2008

Full details available at


Academics and practitioners with an interest in the concept of (tele)presence are invited to submit their work for presentation at the 11th Annual International Workshop on Presence, to be held in Padova, Italy, on October 16-18, 2008. Often described as a sense of “being there” in a mediated environment, telepresence is broadly defined as a psychological state or subjective perception in which a person fails to accurately and completely acknowledge the role of technology in an experience. It is a rich, fascinating subject of scientific investigation, artistic exploration and diverse application, with increasingly important implications for the ways in which people interact and technologies are developed.

Designing technologies and imagining practices to modify, prolong and reconfigure the possibilities of being present has been a continuous endeavor of the human species, from early attempts at constructing communication and transportation devices, to the many current technologies we continue to develop to reach other places and people. Originally focused on bringing “presence” from the real world to a simulated one, the phenomenon is today analyzed and investigated in the context of diverse environments and involves questioning simple distinctions between “‘real” and “artificial”. This opening to a wide range of mediated environments is accompanied by a growing involvement of different research fields that are continuously updating and modifying the contours of presence scholarship. The phenomenon of presence is challenging from a scientific point of view as much as it is viable in everyday life, where people participate in simultaneous mediated experiences, feeling present or co-present in digital locations without any need for explicit instructions and orchestrating technical and cognitive resources to control and enhance presence. What it means to be present in mediated environments is then an extremely relevant and enticing question, bearing all sorts of implications for the design and application of diverse technologies.

PRESENCE 2008 is co-organized by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR) and the Human Technology Lab (HTLab) at the University of Padua.

The conference will be preceded by two parallel half-day events devoted to:

* Ethical and Societal Implications of Presence Technologies (organized by the PASION EU project)

* Second European Workshop on Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation in Europe (organized by HTLab and Interactive Media Institute-Europe in collaboration with the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation)


Continuing with the series of annual workshops, PRESENCE 2008 will provide an open discussion forum to share ideas regarding concepts, measurement techniques, technologies, and applications related to presence. Issues of prominent interest include (but are not limited to):

* Presence in shared virtual environments and online communities
* Presence in social interactions with virtual agents and digital counterparts
* Real bodies, avatars and cyborgs
* Presence and ubiquity with mobile and geo-location technologies
* Presence as a socio-cultural achievement; practices, preferences and material resources to manifest presence
* Realistic action in virtual environments
* Parasocial interaction and relationships
* Cognitive processes and the sense of presence
* Linguistic and non-verbal strategies to create, negotiate and challenge presence in mediated environments
* Neuropsychology of presence
* Presence affordances in digital technologies
* 3D sound, acoustic environments and presence
* Advanced broadcast and cinematic displays (stereoscopic TV, HDTV, IMAX)
* Haptic and tactile displays
* Holography
* Affective and socio-affective interfaces
* Presence analysis, evaluation, and measurement techniques
* Causes and consequences (effects) of presence
* Presence augmentation through social, physical, and contextual cues
* Presence, involvement and digital addiction
* Presence applications (education and training; medicine; e-health and cybertherapy; entertainment; communication and collaboration; teleoperation; usability and design; art and performance, etc.)
* Presence theory; historical investigation of presence concepts; fictions, constructions and realism; transportation, flow, absorption, awareness; philosophical perspectives on presence
* Ethical and societal implications of presence technologies
* The future of presence experiences

Original, high quality papers are sought which make substantial contributions to the field. All accepted papers will be collected in the printed volume (with ISBN) of the official conference Proceedings, and will also be permanently available for download on the ISPR conference archive (http://ispr.linfo).

Authors may also be invited to revise their paper for publication in a special issue of PsychNology Journal (ISSN: 1720-7525, a peer-reviewed open-access journal indexed in PsycInfo and other databases.


Like the earlier workshops, PRESENCE 2008 will have an interactive format in which all participants (attendees, presenters, invited speakers) attend each of the sessions as well as several social events, allowing participants to exchange ideas and build knowledge together as the conference progresses. More information on the conference program, on local accommodations and on the registration modalities will be available later in 2008. Other calls for papers will follow. The language of the conference is English.


The conference will be hosted by Human Technologies Lab (HTLab) at The University of Padova, Italy.

For more information about Padova visit the Padova Tourist web site.


We invite researchers and practitioners to submit work in the following categories:

* Papers: Comprehensive descriptions of research or design work or theoretical investigation within the scope of the workshop. Papers must relate to existing literature on presence and make an original contribution to it. Papers are 4 to 10 pages including references in the PRESENCE 2008 template format (see submission page at Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings, and will be allocated time for oral presentation, as well as a 30 second oral preview during the first plenary session.

* Panels: Sets of presentations on a single theme or topic within the scope of the workshop. Submitters are encouraged to be creative regarding both the topic or theme and the format for panel proposals, which must identify and provide contact information for all proposed participants. Panel proposals are 4 to 10 pages including references in the PRESENCE 2008 template format (see submission page at Accepted panels will be included in the proceedings, and will be allocated time for oral presentation, as well as a 30 second oral preview during the first plenary session.

* Posters: Visual display presentations. Poster proposals are limited to 4 pages including references in the conference template format. Accepted poster proposals will be published in the conference proceedings. Posters will be displayed on a 100 cm high, 70 cm wide board during a dedicated session of the conference and will be allocated a 30 second oral preview during the first plenary session.

* Demonstrations/exhibitions: Step-by-step audiovisual demonstrations and/or hands-on experiences of non-commercial work within the scope of the workshop. Proposals for demonstrations/exhibitions are limited to 4 pages in the PRESENCE 2008 template format. Accepted demonstration/exhibition proposals will be included in the conference proceedings and will be presented during a dedicated session of the conference. For the exhibitions of commercial products, please contact ISPR for sponsorship terms and opportunities.

All submissions will be made through the conference online submission system, and will undergo a double-blind peer-review process by at least two selected reviewers.

Please submit your work online at the submission page of the conference web site at by the conference deadline of May 1, 2008.

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Publié par Paule Mackrous

Après un parcours universitaire en histoire de l’art (BAC, Maitrise) et en sémiologie (Phd), j’ai fait un petit virage en horticulture (DEP, ASP) et en foresterie urbaine (arboricultrice certifiée ISA et études de deuxième cycle en agroforesterie), un domaine dans lequel j’œuvre avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme aujourd’hui! Je poursuis mon travail d’historienne de l’art et de sémioticienne par l’écriture et la recherche, surtout durant la saison hivernale, lorsque la lumière s’amenuise, que le sol gèle et que les plantes dorment. Sur mon blogue, je publie des textes de réflexion sur l’art, la nature et la foresterie selon les lectures du moment, les lieux visités, les œuvres rencontrées.


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