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7th Annual International Workshop on Presence

Polytechnic University of Valencia,
Valencia, Spain, 13-14-15 October 2004



PRESENCE 2004 is the seventh in a series of highly successful International Workshops on Presence. PRESENCE 2004 will provide an open discussion forum to share ideas regarding concepts and theories, measurement techniques, technology, and applications regarding presence, the psychological state or subjective perception in which a person fails to accurately and completely acknowledge the role of technology in an experience, including the sense of 'being there' experienced by users of advanced media such as virtual reality.

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.Explications of the presence concept
.Presence evaluation/measurement methodologies
.Causes and consequences (effects) of presence
.Presence in shared virtual environments and online communities
.Social/affective interfaces, virtual agents, parasocial interactions
.Presence-associated technologies:

  1. Immersive, interactive, multimodal displays ?
  2. Advanced broadcast/cinematic displays (stereoscopic TV, HDTV, IMAX,OMNIMAX)
  3. Virtual environments/simulators
  4. 3-D sound
  5. Haptic/tactile displays

.Presence applications:

  • Education and training
  • Medicine and therapy
  • Entertainment
  • Communication
  • Teleoperation
  • Presence and design
  • Presence in art
  • Presence and philosophical issues (e.g., the nature of 'reality')
  • The ethics of presence
  • Presence in the future: Media experiences in the 21st century and beyond

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Conference chairs

Mariano Alcaniz
Cristina Botella

Scientific Committee

Alexandros Bakalakos
(European Commission)
Anna Spagnoli (University of Padua)
Anthony Steed ( University College London)
Cath Dillon ( Goldsmith College)
Erik Granum ( Aalborg University)
Frank Biocca (M.I.N.D. Lab)
Fred Brooks (Worlington, Suffolk , UK)
Gary Bente ( University of Cologne)
Giuseppe Riva (ATN-P Lab)
Jane Lessiter ( Goldsmiths College)
John Waterworth (Interactive Institute)
Jonathan Freeman ( Goldsmiths College)
Loretta Anania (European Commission)
Luaciano Gamberini ( University of Padua)
Matthew Lombard ( Temple University)
Mel Slater ( University College London)
Nat Durlach (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Rita Lauria ( NC A & T State University, Greensboro, USA
Rosa Baños (Universidad de Valencia)
Steve Ellis (NASA)
Wijnand IJsselsteijn (Eindhoven University of Technology)

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We invite researchers and practioners from the fields above described and other related fields to submit papers in the following categories:

  • Full papers: These will be comprehensive descriptions of original research or design work within the scope of the workshop. Full papers are limited to 8 pages in Presence2004 template format.
  • Short papers: These will rather present tentative or preliminary results of research or design work within the scope of the workshop and with more emphasis on the interdisciplinary evaluation of these ideas. Short papers will also be included in the proceedings and are limited to 4 pages in Presence2004 template format. Short papers will be considered for posters.

The workshop proceedings will be published by UPV press with ISBN mark. Templates for Word, can be found at:

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Submit your paper(s) electronically at the ISPR web site (

The papers will be blind-reviewed through the website. At least two selected reviewers will read each submission and contributors will be notified regarding acceptance.

A collection of documents based on the workshop presentations and discussions will appear as an electronic publication included on a web page.

Authors of presentations may also be invited to write up papers for submission to a special issue of the journal Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments.

Exhibition: Projects and commercial parties are invited to exhibit in the foyer of the conference site.

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Submission Deadline
: July 15, 2004

Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2004

Camera-ready paper due: September 6, 2004

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The Workshop will be hosted by Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain . See for more information.

Valencia is today Spain 's third largest city. It is located at the Mediterranean sea , and you will find beaches right in the very heart of it. It has also fantastic possibilities for any kind of sports (golf, diving, cycling, tennis, etc.) and a boiling nightlife, together with an ample cultural offer. Important trade fairs confirm Valencia 's position as one of the most dynamic cities in Spain.

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