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PRESENCE 2011 - The International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference

June 4, 2011 | William Zimmerman
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International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference - ISPR 2011

Edinburgh, Scotland
October 26 - 28, 2011

Submission deadline: June 5, 2011

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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 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):

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

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.


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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 (you can have a look here). 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.

Travelling to Edinburgh:

BY AIR - Edinburgh offers direct and connecting flights from many UK, European and International airlines.

The flight from London takes around an hour and there are over 40 flights from London airports every day. Regular services arrive in Edinburgh from other major UK cities and there are frequent scheduled flights from 40 European airports, including Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich. Continental Airlines offers a daily direct service from New York's Newark airport, while Delta Airlines offer a daily direct flight between Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Edinburgh. Further transatlantic flights arrive at Glasgow International Airport, one hour's drive away.

Edinburgh International Airport is 8 miles (12km) west of the city centre.

The Airlink 100 operates a frequent bus service (every 10 minutes at peak times) between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre, with designated stops en route. Journey time is about 30 minutes and tickets cost £3.50 single and £6.00 return. See

BY RAIL - Edinburgh is easy to reach by train; in fact, the East Coast line is the fastest intercity railway in the UK, with a journey time of just under 5 hours between Edinburgh (Waverley) and London (King's Cross).

ScotRail operate an overnight service, the Caledonian Sleeper, between London (Euston) and Edinburgh 7 nights a week.

Edinburgh train station has rail links to other major cities too. York, Newcastle, Inverness and Aberdeen are all about 2 hours away by train, and Glasgow is just 50 minutes away on the First ScotRail shuttle service which leaves Waverley train station every 15 minutes.

BY CAR - You can get here from Birmingham in about 5.5 hours, from Manchester and York in about 4 hours, and the city is just 2.5 hours from Newcastle. Parking will be very limited or impossible at city centre hotels, however.

Getting around Edinburgh:

Edinburgh is easy to explore on foot. Delegates will find the city not only visually stunning but also very accessible. For longer journeys around the city, there are plentiful buses and taxis always available.

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