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Presence Research
Proactive Initiative in the 5 th Framework Programme (1998-2002)

PRESENCE is a proactive initiative of Future and Emerging Technologies, the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme of the EU. It is an opportunity for European researchers and institutions to combine the best expertise and skills from diverse disciplines in a highly challenging and promising new domain.

What is the initiative about?

To develop novel media that convey the sense of "being there". A theory of presence, emerging through interdisciplinary research that explores the cognitive and affective roots of sensory perception is expected to give rise to the design of innovative systems that offer "richer" experiences than any current media and communication technologies.
Reaching the objectives of the presence initiative, requires systematic and interdisciplinary scientific investigations to discover what are the salient parameters and clues that contribute to the experience of presence when human beings participate in a mediated environment. Such an experience can be demonstrated by interactive systems that allow humans to escape the boundaries of space and time for such purposes as communicating, learning, entertainment, commerce, and remote actions.
What is presence?
Presence, the sense of "being there", is the experience of projecting one's mind through media to other places, people and designed environments. Appropriate presence technologies combine to create an illusion of " non-mediation" - the closest possible approximation to a sense of physical presence, when physical presence there may be none.
The initiative is timely because of two developments: On the one hand, recent discoveries in cognitive neuroscience make it possible to acquire a better understanding of the human aspects of presence. On the other hand, the breakthroughs at the level of the enabling technologies such as broadband access, computing power and displays make it increasingly possible to build systems based on this understanding.

Workshops - Related events

January 25th 2000
FET Brainstorming meeting: Telecommunications & Networked Virtual Presence
March 21st 2000
FET Brainstorming meeting: Sound & Vision: Active Perception
March 29th 2000
FET Brainstorming meeting: Sound & Vision: Presence Research
Terms of reference ( PDF ) - Meeting Reports ( PDF )
1st June 2001
Starting date of Presence Working Group (proj. number IST-2000-31014)
8-9 June 2001
Presence WG Meeting, hosted by Goldsmith College, London UK
2 August 2001
International Conference on Auditory Display, Helsinki (SF)
Sound Perception & Modeling led by FET Project
9-10 October 2001
International Conference " Virtually There: Understanding Presence and the Engineering of Experience "
TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Report ( PDF )
11 October 2001
Meeting of the Presence Research Working Group (by invitation only)
Technical University of Eindhoven (NL)
16 November 2001
Publication of the Call for Proposals on Presence Research
4 December 2001
Düsseldorf (D) IST 2001 Conference
Session on " Reality & Our Sense of Presence "
Download presentation ( PDF )
10 January 2002
Brussels Presence Info Day
15 April 2002
Tentative date for the Presence Research Evaluation, Brussels
Summer 2002
Joint negotiation of retained proposals
1 September 2002
Possible startdate for PRESENCE projects

Brussels Info Day: 10 January 2002


The programme included an overview of the FET activities, an introduction to the initiative and talks by keynote speakers presenting the key challenges and visions.
This event also served as a place to meet with potential partners for submission of a research proposal. Participants were given the opportunity to present (in one slide) a brief overview of their interests and the central idea of the project they wish to propose.
There was also time for questions and for discussions with EC staff.

Overview and scope of the proactive initiative on "Presence Research"
Loretta Anania (European Commission)
Presentation of the conclusions of the Working Group on Presence Research
Frank Biocca (Director, Meida Interface and Network Design Lab, Eindhoven Univ., NL)
Different visions on Presence:
Leslie Smith (Computing Science and Mathematics Department Head, University of Sterling, Scotland)
Dr. Annie Luciani (Director, ICA Lab, IMAG, Grenoble, France)
Michael Kubovy and Dave Van Valkenburg (Department of Psychology, University of VIrginia, Chalottesville, USA)


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