Welcome to the Presence Community website!

How do we create the experience we call reality?  How are rapidly evolving interaction technologies changing it? Presence is a field studying the science, technology and social impact of digitally mediated interaction. It consists of research strands studying how to produce “real”-feeling experiences and the impact of associated technologies on social dynamics.  Presence is intensely interdisciplinary, requiring collaboration in fields as diverse as Human and social cognition, human-machine interaction and machine cognition.

Notice: the follow up and extension to Peach you were waiting for is now active. It is called HC2, for Human Computer Confluence. Please visit http://hcsquared.eu. 


Join the official HC squared group on Linkedin!

Please see also ISPR's site.

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Presence-relevant calls in the ICT 2009-10 Work programme

Here is a "first-pass" list of relevant items in the the new work program:

Peach Networking Session @ ICT2008 Human-Computer Confluence and the next wave in European research

26th November 2008 ICT2008 (Lyon) - Foyer Gratte-Ciel Park

Join us at FET09, Prague, April 21-23 2009!

FET09 (21-23 April 09, Prague) is co-organised by the European Commission´s Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) scheme, the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Czech Technical University. The conference has been established to provide the wider future and emerging technologies research community with the opportunity to reflect together on future challenges, to engage in focused debate, and to understand and to help to create what is ahead of us.

PRESENCE call for papers for Special Issue (RAVE-09)

Please see http://rave.peachbit.org for updated information on RAVE-09!

Call for Papers: Presence Special Issue: RAVE-09

Please visit http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/pres

Industry Event was a success

The 2008 PEACH industry event was a fantastic event. We are very thankful for the excellent organization by Telecom Italia, and the gracious hosting by VIEW 2008 /Comune di Torino. Please search "Industry Event" in this website for further information, slides, etc., or go straight to the official website,

Links to news on the event:


Come take a look at Peach @ VIEW 2008


★  Keynote speakers  ★

Will Wright
Game Developer and Designer
Maxis - Elecronic Arts

2nd Grand Challenge Panel (Padova, Presence 2008): Giulio Ruffini

Dear all,

You can now find the summary of the GCP2 which took place in Padova last month. I thank the speakers for their inputs, and I, as editor, take the blame for any errors.

Some of the slides from session are attached.

Enjoy the reading, and please post your own ideas on Grand Challenges to Social Presence in this forum.

Kind regards,


Presence & The Science of Virtual Reality, Haifa 3-4 Nov 2008

Available slides attached, as well as program.

Local Organizer: Technion
Where: Haifa, ISRAEL
When: 3,4,5 November 2008

Final Peach Industry Event Program and Attendees.

The final Peach Industry event program has been released. Further information shall be found at   http://peach.tel.fer.hr/industry/peach_industry_event_home.htm

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