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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference, Oct 26-28 2011, SCOTLAND

ISPR 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland

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):

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 on the ISPR web site 

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. 


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 Edinburghs 
medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town both of which are 
UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


A free online booking facility will be provided via a link on the 
conference web site; delegates will be able to view information on 
each of several local hotels with rates from approximately 50 to 
150 and book their room, receiving an automatic email 


Registration will open July 1, 2011.

Fees include lunch and refreshments for 3 days, an opening 
evening reception, a conference dinner with wine at a traditional 
Scottish restaurant in Edinburghs old town on the evening of day 
2, conference proceedings and more. Fees are in British Pounds - 
you can use the converter at to check 
other currencies.

Until September 15, 2011

o Standard - 325 
o Student - 250 
o Standard + ISPR annual membership - 300 
o Student + ISPR annual membership - 230 

From September 16, 2011

o Standard - 375 
o Student - 275 
o Standard + ISPR annual membership - 350 
o Student + ISPR annual membership - 255 


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 available on the conference web site ( All 
accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings and will be 
allocated time for oral presentation.   

SHORT PAPERS: Short papers may be up to just 4 pages in the 
ISPR 2011 template format. 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 7040 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 
( for sponsorship terms and opportunities.  

All submissions will be made through the EasyChair conference 
online submission system (at the url below) and will undergo a 
double-blind peer-review process by at least two selected 

Submission url:

Important Dates

June 5, 2011 - Submissions due
July 1, 2011 - Early registration opens
August 15, 2011 - Notification of acceptance decisions
September 15, 2011 - Finished, camera-ready papers due
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)

For More Information 

Conference web site:

Conference questions: