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Presence: Research Encompassing Sensory Enhancement, Neuroscience, Cerebral-Computer Interfaces and Applications

Presence: Research Encompassing Sensory Enhancement, Neuroscience, Cerebral-Computer Interfaces and Applications

Objective

PRESENCCIA will undertake a research programme that has as its major goal the understanding and exploitation of brain mechanisms for the enhancement of presence and interaction in mixed and virtual reality. The project is highly interdisciplinary, combining neuroscience, computer science, psychiatry, psychology, psychophysics, mechanical engineering, philosophy and drama. By presence we mean the propensity of humans to respond to fake stimuli as if they were real, something observed daily in every virtual reality laboratory. Understanding the neural basis of this `presence response¿ its enhancement and its application is the fundamental object of study within the IP from many different points of view. The most interesting, challenging and useful mixed environments are social. The types of interaction we plan in mixed reality are those supporting interactions between real people and other remote real people, real people and virtual people, and between virtual people and virtual people. The aim is to make people¿s responses real even if the perception of the reality is fake. The project will carry out fundamental research adopting a neuroscience methodology and theoretical standpoint combined with research in the delivery of presence through multisensory modelling and rendering, and wide area tracking and display systems. A substantial part of the project is concerned with interaction through brain-computer interfaces. The whole will be brought together through a number of applications, in particular a persistent virtual community that represents the project itself.
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Coordinator Contact

Mel SLATER (PROF.)

Coordinator Contact

Mel SLATER (PROF.)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Address

Jordi Girona, 31
08034 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 904 187

Administrative Contact

Mel SLATER (Prof.)

Participants (16)

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GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OEG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 227 402,50

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 679 319

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH

Switzerland

UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 415 135

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 261 240

FUNDACIO BARCELONA MEDIA UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 144 594

UNIVERSIDAD MIGUEL HERNANDEZ DE ELCHE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 177 141

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 765 774

CONSORCI INSTITUT D'INVESTIGACIONS BIOMEDIQUES AUGUST PI I SUNYER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 152 856

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 379 954

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 352 025

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 318 452,50

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 235 960

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 241 225

GOLDSMITHS' COLLEGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 356 735

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 788 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 027731

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 468 408,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 400 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain