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ISPR 2011
International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference 

Edinburgh, Scotland
October 26 - 28, 2011

Academics and practitioners interested in presence (short for 
telepresence) are invited to participate in the Annual International 
Conference on Presence, to be held in Edinburgh on October 26-
28, 2011. The presence community comprises researchers in 
communication, computer science, psychology, entertainment, 
philosophy, the arts, education and other fields.

Presence exists in two overlapping flavours - social presence and 
spatial presence.

Social presence is the sense, the feeling and the experience of 
being with other people mediated by technologies such as 
teleconferencing, collaborative virtual environments, social 
networking, mobile communications and so on.

In contrast, spatial presence is the sense, the feeling and the 
experience of being in another place by way of technologies such 
as immersive and non-immersive virtual reality, movies, games, 
mixed reality systems and books.

ISPR 2011 follows a series of 12 successful PRESENCE 
conferences (see and provides an ideal forum for 
presentation of presence scholarship and applications that allow 
attendees to join together in synthesizing and expanding our 
collective knowledge and visions for the future regarding this 
compelling topic.

ISPR 2011 is co-organized by the International Society for 
Presence Research and the Centre for Interaction Design at 
Edinburgh Napier University (


Issues of prominent interest include (but are not limited to):

o Mobile & ubiquitous presence
o Philosophical perspectives on presence
o Presence applications
o Measures of presence
o Presence in entertainment
o Presence in games
o Presence in medicine and therapy
o Presence in the arts and humanities
o Presence in mixed reality
o Presence technologies
o Presence theory
o Psychological perspectives on presence
o Neuropsychology of presence
o Educational aspects of presence
o The ethics of presence
o Presence in the next 25 years

We seek original, high quality papers that make substantial 
contributions to the field. All accepted papers will be collected in 
the official conference proceedings (with ISBN) and will also be 
permanently available for download on the ISPR conference 
archive (at

We expect to have all accepted papers included in the ACM 
Digital Library.

Conference Format

ISPR 2011 will have an interactive format in which all participants 
(attendees, presenters, invited speakers) attend each of the 
sessions as well as social events, allowing participants to 
exchange ideas and build knowledge together as the conference 
progresses. The language of the conference is English. Please 
visit the conference web site ( soon for more 
information on the conference program, local accommodation, 
registration and so forth.


The conference will be hosted by Edinburgh Napier University. 
The conference events will take place at Craighouse Campus 
which is a fine example of the Scottish Baronial. Craighouse is 
only 2 miles (3km) and a short bus ride from Edinburgh´s 
medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town both of which are 
UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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

Papers: Comprehensive descriptions of research or design work 
and/or theoretical investigation within the scope of the 
conference. Papers must relate to existing literature on presence 
and make an original contribution to it. Papers may be up to 10 
pages in length including references in the ISPR 2011 template 
format (see Accepted papers will be included in 
the Proceedings and will be allocated time for oral presentation.

Panels: Sets of presentations on a single theme or topic within 
the scope of the conference. Submitters are encouraged to be 
creative regarding both the topic or theme and the format for 
panel proposals (formats that encourage guided discussion are 
particularly welcome). Panel proposals must identify and provide 
contact information for all proposed participants and be a 
maximum of 10 pages in length. Accepted panels will be included 
in the proceedings.

Posters: Visual display presentations. Poster proposals are 
limited to 4 pages including references in the ISPR 2011 template 
format. Accepted poster proposals will be published in the 
conference proceedings. Posters will be displayed on an 
approximately 70×40 cm board during a dedicated session of the 
conference and will be allocated a 2 minute oral preview.

Demonstrations/Exhibitions: Step-by-step audiovisual 
demonstrations and/or hands-on experiences of non-commercial 
work within the scope of the conference. Proposals for 
demonstrations/exhibitions are limited to 4 pages in the ISPR 
2011 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 
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All submissions will be made through the EasyChair conference 
online submission system and will undergo a double-blind peer-
review process by at least two selected reviewers.

Important Dates

May 15, 2011 -  Submissions due
August 15, 2011  -  Notification of acceptance/rejection
September 15, 2011 - Finished, camera-ready papers due

August 15, 2011 - Early registration opens
September 15, 2011 - Early registration closes

October 26 -28, 2011 - Conference

Conference Committee

Conference Chair:  Phil Turner (Edinburgh Napier University)

Programme Co-Chairs:

David Benyon (Edinburgh Napier University)
Susan Turner (Edinburgh Napier University)
Matthew Lombard (Temple University)

Find presence resources and subscribe to ISPR Presence News 

Matthew Lombard, Ph.D.
Temple University
International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)

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