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Andreas Riener <[log in to unmask]>
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1st Call for Papers
Special Issue of Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
Subliminal/unaware  cues  and  perception of  presence in  virtual, tele-
presence, and automotive environments
Submissions due: July 31, 2013

This special issue focuses on the role of a special category  of sensory
cues in the sense of 'presence': subliminal and unaware sensory  stimuli
in Virtual Environments (VE). The central  objective  is  to  provoke an
active debate on the impact,  role,  and  adequacy  of using  unaware or
below threshold information in VE, teleoperation, or augmented  reality.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* The impact of unaware/subliminal cues on user?s  feelings,  attitudes,
  and behavior.

* Subliminal cues and the user?s sense of presence  or immersion  in VE.

* Subliminal  cues  and improvement   of  a   user?s   performance in VE
  although  it  is generally  accepted  that  such   stimuli   are weak.

* Systematic approach to taxonomy (i.e., definition and  terminology) of
  subliminal perception and  other  interchangeable  or contrary  terms,
  including  implicit, supraliminal,  priming, conscious,  preconscious,
  unconscious, subconscious, below awareness, (etc.) in  the  context of
  VE/teleoperation systems or the automotive domain.

* Philosophy or rationale for the use of  subliminal  interfaces  in VE,
  teleoperation, or augmented reality.

* Ethical  issues  of  application  of  subliminal   perception   in VE,
  teleoperation systems or vehicular interfaces.

* Social interaction based on subliminal/unaware cues.

* Socio-technical issues such as social acceptance, preference,  privacy
  issues, security issues,  and  attitudes   towards   technologies that
  include cues which the user is unaware of.

* Guidelines  of the  application  of   subliminal   perception   in VE,
  teleoperation, or augmented reality.

* Case study of application of subliminal  perception/cues/interfaces in
  VE, teleoperation, automotive applications,  or  augmented  reality in

* Subliminal  cues  and interfaces   such   as  head-mounted   displays,
  vibrotactile  transducers,  olfactory   stimulation,    brain-computer
  interfaces (BCI).

* Domain-specific  approach  to  subliminal  perception  (e.g.,   remote
  vehicles,  driving  simulator, aviation, robotics, or other teleopera-
  tion tasks).

* Modalities: visual perception (flashing picture, video,  text,  etc.),
  auditory perception  (compressed  speech,  music,  non-speech  sounds,
  etc.), haptic/tactile  perception,  olfactory,   or fusion   of those.

* Evaluation and validation methodologies for the effects of  subliminal
  information (qualitative, quantitative validations).

* Characteristics   of  subliminally    delivered   information   (e.g.,
  reachable bandwidth, natural bounds, complexity of  information, speed
  of perception, strength/duration/frequency of subliminal interaction).

* Subliminally delivered information  and  its  relationship  with other
  constructs  - cognitive  workload,  perceived  performance,  situation
  awareness, emotions, etc.

* Individual differences  in  threshold  of subliminal  perception (age,
  gender,  characteristics, (dis)abilities,  cognitive style,  cultural/
  ethnologic background, etc.).

* Risk assessment of the use of subliminal interfaces and  strategies to
  reduce its risk.

Submission Guidelines
Papers  will  be  selected  based  on  scientific  rigor,   originality,
novelty,  and presentation  quality.  By submitting   a  paper   to this
special  issue,  the  authors  guarantee  that  their   papers   are not
currently submitted or accepted for publication  elsewhere.  Manuscripts
should  conform  to the  journal  submission   guidelines   available at
- Submissions due: July 31, 2013
- Publication expected for 2014

Guest Editors of the Special Issue
- Andreas  Riener,  Dept.  of Pervasive  Computing,  University  of Linz,
  Austria; Phone: +43 732 2468 ? 4473; Email: <[log in to unmask]>

- Myounghoon Jeon, Department  of Cognitive & Learning Sciences, Michigan
  Tech, USA; Email: <[log in to unmask]>

- Miriam Reiner, Head of Technion  Touch  Lab, Gutwirth  Building, Haifa,
  Israel; Email: <[log in to unmask]>

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