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. 


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Conversations on Presence. Wijnand Ijsselsteijn.

Wijnand Ijsselsteijn is assistant professor at the Human Technology Interaction Group of the Eindhoven University of Technology.

He is currently working on embodiment, bodily identification, and especially how non biological props and tools can become part of our body.

Interview carried out by Leo Ruffini of Starlab with Elem3ntal Creative Lab.

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Peach Industry Event

The Peach Industry Event is a conference and an exhibition where companies, researchers, investors, public officials and entrepreneurs gather to learn, to see, to touch, to discuss and to network around solutions, products, services and more based on Presence technologies. We aim to foster the contact of researchers with market actors in the industry, in order to assess future market trends and opportunities.

Conversations on Presence - Giulio Ruffini

Giulio Ruffini is the coordinator of Peach as well as  the director of Starlab, a company transforming science into technologies with a profound and positive impact on society.

Besides his work in PEACH community, he is currently involved in various Space and Neuroscience research projects, including the recently completed Sensation (advanced sensor development for attention, stress vigilance, and sleep/wakefulness monitoring) and HIVE (Hyper Interaction Viability Experiments).

Interview carried out by Leo Ruffini of Starlab with Elem3ntal Creative Lab.

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PEACH meets VISNET at VISNET II Industry day

Hosted by Telecom Italia (Lab) in Torino, the VISNET II Industry Day (May 20th 2008) represented an opportunity for people coming from industries, solution providers, and integrators that work in the field of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to take a look at the future trends in these two scenarios and to discuss with researchers from VISNET II about technology exchange and transfer.

Peach Roadmap II issue released!

The second issue of the roadmap is now on line! comments and suggestions are welcome! [+ more info]

New Keho Magazine online!

The Keho issue 3 "The Body" has been released.

Conversations on Presence - David Benyon

David Benyon is professor of Human Computer Systems in Napier University and has been publishing on Human Computer interaction since 1.984.

He is currently involved in Companions, a project that aims to develop a virtual conversational 'Companion', an agent or 'presence' that stays with the user for long periods of time, developing a relationship and 'knowing' its owners preferences and wishes.

Interview carried out by Leo Ruffini of Starlab with Elem3ntal Creative Lab.

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Presence 2008, Padova, Italy, October 16-18, 2008

Presence 2008, Padova, Italy, October 16-18, 2008

Academics and practitioners with an interest in research, theory, tePresence 2008chnologies and applications related to the concept of (tele)presence are invited to
submit their work for presentation at PRESENCE 2008 in Padova, Italy, on October 16-18, 2008.

Summer School Acceptance Announcement Delay to 6th May !!!

Applicants will be informed this Tuesday 6th of their acceptance to the summer school

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