BT Presence Workshop

BT Labs

10-11 June 1998

Provisional Programme

Further Information


Reception and Coffee

Day 1: Wednesday 10th June


Graham Walker
BT Labs

Welcome and Introduction

Session 1 - Conceptual Issues

Chair: Peter Lawrence – BT Labs


Nat Durlach
Research Laboratory of Electronics, M.I.T., (USA)
Mel Slater (University College London)
Presence in Shared Virtual Environments and Virtual Togetherness

11.45 - 12.15

Karl-Petter Kesson
Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
Fredrik Ljungberg, Viktoria Research Institute, Sweden
Coupling real and virtual environments


Mike Holderness,
London U.K
Presence in CVEs as extelligence: virtuality and collectivity

12.45-1.45 LUNCH (Buffet)

Session 2: Conceptual Issues (continued)


Carlton Reeve
University of Bradford, U.K
Presence in Virtual Theatre


Stefan Thie
KPN Research, The Netherlands
A General Theory on Presence


Panel discussion: Conceptual Issues


Tea + demos (Human Interaction Centre)

Session 3 Practice and Experience I

Chair: John Seton, BT Labs


Randy Jackson
Wayne Taylor
William Winn
University of Washington, Box 353090, Seattle, Washington 98195-3090 USA
Peer Collaboration and Virtual Environments: A Preliminary Investigation of Multi-Participant Virtual Reality Applied in Science Education


Daniela M. Romano
Paul Brna
John A. Self
University of Leeds, UK
Collaborative Decision-Making and Presence in Shared Dynamic Virtual Environments


Chih-Hao Ho
Cagatay Basdogan
Mel Slater (UCL)
Nat Durlach
Mandayam A. Srinivasan
Research Laboratory of Electronics, M.I.T., USA
The Influence of Haptic Communication on the Sense of Being Together


Jenny Gristock
University of Sussex, UK
Communications and Organisational Virtuality

7.30 for 8.00 Workshop dinner - Venue TBA

Day 2: Thursday 11th June

Session 4 Measurement

Chair: Mel Slater (UCL)


Roy Kalawsky
Loughborough University, UK
VRSART A Tool for Evaluation of Contributory Factors Associated with Presence in Spatially Immersive Environments


Craig D. Murray
Paul Arnold
Ben Thornton
University of Manchester, UK
Combining qualitative and quantitative methods in the study of presence


Tea + demos

Session 5 Measurement (Continued)


Jonathan Freeman
S.E Avons
Don Pearson
University of Essex, UK

David Harrison
Nick Lodge
Independent Television Commission
Behavioural Realism as a Metric of Presence


W.A. IJsselsteijn
H. de Ridder
IPO, Center for Research on User-System Interaction, The Netherlands
Measuring Temporal Variations in Presence

12.15-1.30 LUNCH in "The Carvery", BT Labs


Panel discussion: Measurement

Session 6 Practice and Experience II

Chair – Peter Lawrence: BT Labs


Monika Büscher
Jon O'Brien
Tom Rodden
Jonathan Trevor
University of Lancaster, UK
Red is behind you: the experience of presence in shared virtual environments


Peter Henne
Gloria Mark
Angi Voss
German National Research Center for Information Technology, Germany
Gestures for Social Communication in Virtual Environments


M. Slater
A. Sadagic
M. Usoh
University College London, UK

R. Schroeder
Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden
Small Group Behaviour in a Virtual and Real Environment: A Comparative Study


Panel discussion: Practice and Experience

4.00-4.15 Plenary discussion: Future Directions

Chair: Mel Slater

4.15 Close of workshop