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Organized by ISPR, the International Society for Presence Research and MedICLab/UPV Spain.

Technical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain - October 13, 14, 15.

This is the preliminary version of the programme. This information will be periodically updated.

Wednesday, October 13:

08.30-09.00 Registration

09.00-09.15 Conference Opening by Conference Chair.

Speaker: L. Anania - Eur. Commission - Project Officer INFSO-FET.

09.30-10.15 Keynote.
Invited keynote speaker: Prof. Luciano Floridi
Associate Professor of Logic and Epistemology, Department of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Bari, Markle Foundation Senior Research Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
Conference title: Exploring the informational nature of presence.
Chair: Cristina Botella.

10.15-10.30 Break.

10.30-11.30 Session 1: Theory I.
Chair: Frank Biocca.

  • Andre Gysbers, Christoph Klimmt, Tilo Hartmann, Andreas Nosper & Peter Vorderer: Exploring the Book Problem: Text Design, Mental Representations of Space, and Spatial Presence in Readers.
  • Sungkil Lee, Gerard J. Kim, Albert Rizzo, Hyungjin Park: Formation of Spatial Presence: By Form or Content?
  • Luciano Gamberini, Anna Spagnolli: The Sense of Being 'There': a Model for the Space of Presence.

11.30-12.30 Session 2: Exploring the sense of presence I.
Chair: Cristina Botella

  • Younbo Jung, Kwan Min Lee: Effects of Physical Embodiment on Social Presence of Social Robots.
  • Ruth Rettie: Using Goffman´s Frameworks to explain Presence and Reality.
  • Gary Bente, Sabine Rüggenberg, Nicole C. Krämer: Social Presence and Interpersonal Trust in Avatar-Based, Collaborative Net-Communications.

12.30-14.00 Lunch.

14.00-15.00 Session 3: Applications I.
Chair: Gary Bente

  • Maria Spante, Ralph Schroeder, Ann-Sofie Axelsson, Michael Christie: How putting yourself into the other person´s virtual shoes enhances collaboration.
  • Shigeru Wesugi, Yoshiyuki Miwa: Facilitating Interconnectedness Between Body and Space for Full-bodied Presence - Utilization of "Lazy Susan" Video Projection Communication System.
  • Arthur Tang, Frank Biocca, Lynette Lim: Comparing Differences in Presence during Social Interaction in Augmented Reality versus Virtual Reality Environment.

15.00-16.00 Session 4: Measurement I.
Chair: Rosa Baños.

  • Jeremy N. Bailenson, Eyal Aharoni, Andrew C. Beall, Rosanna E. Guadagno, Aleksandar Dimov, Jim Blascovich: Comparing Behavioral and Self-Report Measures of Agents' Copresence in Immersive Virtual Environments.
  • Espen Nystad, Angelia Sebok: A Comparison of Two Presence Measures Based on Experimental Results.
  • Chad Harms, Frank Biocca: Internal Consistency and Reliability of the Networked Minds Measure of Social Presence.

16.00-16.15 Break.

16.15-17.30 Session 5: Exploring the sense of presence II.
Chair: Giuseppe Riva.

  • Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy, Andrea Brogni, Marco Gillies, Mel Slater, Anthony Steed: An Investigation of Presence Response across Variations in Visual Realism.
  • Masaki Emoto, Kenichiro Masaoka, Masayuki Sugawara, Fumio Okano: Quantitative Evaluation of Sensation of Presence in Viewing the "Super Hi-Vision" 4000-scanning-line Wide-field Video System.
  • Shaleph O'Neill, Rod McCall, Michael Smyth, David Benyon: Probing the Sense of Place.
  • Annie Luciani: Dynamics as a Common Criterion to Enhance the Sense of Presence in Virtual Environments.
17.45 Social event: Reception at "Jardín Botánico".
Thursday, October 14:

Session 6: Special Panel.
Title: Empirical results of Presence Research.

The panelists will present the results of empirical studies (over many years) that have tried to understand the factors involved in the formation of presence.

Longer format presentations (25-30 minutes).
Active questions from a chair discussant and audience questions.

Mel Slater
Frank Biocca
Jonathan Freeman
Chair: Wijnand IJsselsteijn

10.30-10.45 Break.

10.45-11.30 Session 6: Poster session and exhibition activities.

11.30-12.30 Session 7: Applications II.
Chair: Wijnand IJsselsteijn.

  • Beatriz Rey, Mariano Alcañiz, Jose Antonio Lozano, Rosa Baños, Cristina Botella, Nuria Lasso, Jorge Osma: Emotionally controlled Virtual Environments: A New Tool for Enhancing Presence through Media Content Manipulation.
  • Anne-Mie Sponselee, Yvonne de Kort, Anneloes Mejinders: Healing Media: The Moderating Role of Presence in Restoring from Stress in a Mediated Environment.
  • Rosa Baños, Cristina Botella , Victor Liaño, Belén Guerrero, Beatriz Rey, Mariano Alcañiz: Sense of Presence in Emotional Virtual Environments.

12.30-14.00 Lunch.

14.00-15.00 Session 8: Measurement II.
Chair: Matthew Lombard.

  • Guger C., Edlinger G., Leeb R., Pfurtscheller G., Antley, A., Garau, M., Brogni A., Friedman D., Slater M.: Heart-Rate Variability and Event-Related ECG in Virtual Environments.
  • Maia Garau, Hila Ritter Widenfeld, Angus Antley, Doron Friedman, Andrea Brogni, Mel Slater: Temporal and Spatial Variations in Presence: A Qualitative Analysis.
  • Tassos A. Mikropoulos, Evangelos Tzimas, Georgios El. Dimos: Objective Presence Measures through Electric Brain Activity.

15.00-16.00 Session 9: Exploring the sense of presence III.
Chair: Mel Slater.

  • Niklas Ravaja, Jari Laarni, Kari Kallinen, Timo Saari, Mikko Salminen, Jussi Holopainen, Aki Järvinen: Spatial Presence and Emotional Responses to Success in a Video Game: A Psychophysiological Study.
  • Freeman, J., Lessiter, J., Keogh, E., Bond, F.W., Chapman, K.: Relaxation Island: Virtual, and Really Relaxing.
  • Jari Laarni, Niklas Ravaja, Timo Saari and Tilo Hartmann: Personality-related Differences in Subjective Presence.

16.00-16.15 Break.

16.15-17.30 Session 10: Theory II.
Chair: John Waterworth.

  • Blair MacIntyre, Jay David Bolter, Maribeth Gandy: Presence and the Aura of Meaningful Places.
  • David Nuñez : Working Memory and Presence: Reconsidering the Role of Attention in Presence.
  • Antonella Carassa, Francesca Morganti, Maurizio Tirassa: Movement, Action, and Situation: Presence in Virtual Environments.
  • Matthew Lombard, Matthew T. Jones: Presence and Sexuality.

17.30-18.30 Session 11: Omnipres Board meeting.
Chair: Wijnand IJsselsteijn

18.30 Social event: Workshop opening dinner.

Friday, October 15:

9.00-10.30 Session 11: Special Panel.
Title: Presence as a support for the development and understanding of applications.

The panelists will present how presence can support the development of practical applications in several domains and the relationship between presence and these domains.


Longer format presentations (25-30 minutes).
Active questions from a chair discussant and audience questions.

Psychology : Cristina Botella
Neuroscience: Maria Sánchez-Vives / Michael Harvey
Training: Richard Walker
Chair: Jonathan Freeman.

10.30-10.45 Break.

10.45-11.45 Session 12: Measurement III.
Chair: Jonathan Freeman.

  • Pontus Larsson, Daniel Västfjäll, Mendel Kleiner: Perception of Self-motion and Presence in Auditory Virtual Environments.
  • Saskia Böcking, Andre Gysbers, Werner Wirth, Christoph Klimmt, Tilo Hartmann, Holger Schramm, Jari Laarni, Ana Sacau & Peter Vorderer: Theoretical and Empirical Support for Distinctions Between Components and Conditions of Spatial Presence.
  • Jari Takatalo, Jukka Häkkinen, Jeppe Komulainen, Heikki Särkelä, Göte Nyman: The Experiental Dimensions of two Different Digital Games.

11.45-12.45 Session 13: Applications III.
Chair: Jane Lessiter.

  • Doron Friedman, Robert Leeb, Angus Antley, Maia Garau, Christoph Guger, Claudia Keinrath, Anthony Steed, Gert Pfurtscheller, Mel Slater: Navigating Virtual Reality by Thought: First Steps.
  • Timo Saari, Niklas Ravaja, Jari Laarni, Kari Kallinen, Marko Turpeinen: Towards Emotionally Adapted Games.
  • Gary Marsden & Shih-min Yang: Eliminating Design and Execute Modes from Virtual Environment Authoring Systems.

12.45-16.00 Social event: special lunch (Restaurant at the beach).

16.30-17.45 Session 14: Exploring the sense of presence IV.
Chair: Luciano Gamberini.

  • Anne-Cecile Jeandrain: Why and How Do the Telepresence Dimensions Influence Persuasive Outcome?.
  • Timo Saari, Jari Laarni, Niklas Ravaja, Kari Kallinen, Marko Turpeinen: Virtual Ba and Presence in Facilitating Learning from Technology Mediated Organizational Information Flows.
  • Bernhard E. Riecke, Jörg Schulte-Pelkum, Marios N. Avraamides, Heinrich H. Bülthoff: Enhancing the Visually Induced Self-Motion Illusion (Vection) under Natural Viewing Conditions in Virtual Reality.
  • Aleksander Väljamäe, Pontus Larsson, Daniel Västfjäll, Mendel Kleiner: Auditory Presence, Individualized Head-Related Transfer Functions, and Illusory Ego-Motion in Virtual Environment.

17.45-18.00 Concluding remarks and closing session.

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