Presence Research in Action


  Project objectives  

- To coordinate and integrate, stimulate and support the emerging Presence multi-disciplinary communities
- To identify the research challenges and define the strategic research visions, directions, roadmaps and policy for Presence
- To support the construction of the ERA in Presence by providing recommendations on research and education policy
- To analyse Socio-Ethical issues related to Presence research and technologies and their future impact on society
- To enhance market and social impact by pro-actively fostering early contacts with Market actors and obtain guidance on future market trends and opportunities
- To promote the public understanding of Presence research



- Starlab Barcelona SL, Research Department (S)
- Napier University (UK)
- CERTH-ITI, Center for Research and Technology Hellas (GR)
- Instituto di Tecnologie Industriali Automazione (I)
- Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (DE)
- Telecom Italia, (I)
- University of Oxford, (UK)
- University of Zagreb, (CRO)
- LSR - Institute of Automatic Control Engineering, (DE)

1st Peach Summer School
CERTH/ITI- Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory (AVRLab)
Peach Presence Research in Action - FP6 CA
Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center



Presence is an emerging field focusing on understanding the cognitive experience of being somewhere and developing technologies to generate and augment it (being someone or something, somewhere, sometime, without physically being there).
By nature a deeply interdisciplinary field, Presence spans a wide range of subjects: from neuroscience and cognition to artificial intelligence, sensors and systems. This horizontal character makes Presence a fascinating and fertile interdisciplinary field, but it is can also stunt its growth, as researchers are scattered across disciplines and groups worldwide. A coordination activity promoting discipline connect, identity building and integration while defining future research and policy directions is needed.
The first goal of the three-year long PEACH Coordination Action is to stimulate, structure and support the research community, with special attention to the challenges associated to the interdisciplinary character of the field, and to produce visions and roadmaps to support the construction of the Presence ERA.
Secondly, because Presence research is set to produce disruptive technologies which can cause profound social impact and raise serious ethical issues, PEACH will analyse the relation of Presence technologies with society (trends, ethics, legal aspects), foster the contact of researchers with the market and enhance the Public Understanding of Presence research and technology.
PEACH will achieve its objectives by providing an open central information point for all the stakeholders, using a working methodology based on Working Groups and Action Events (Consultation Meetings, Summer Schools, a Science Fair and an Industry Event).

Based on a review of existing standards or standard initiatives, CERTH/ITI will provide recommendations on technologies, protocols, data standards for experimental work towards efficient data sharing analysing of international existing resources for compatibility.
CERTH/ITI will set up a moderated sample experiment data repository in the peach web for the community: physiological data, tracking, interviews, video, questionnaires, with supporting documentation for anyone to be able to use (including references...), and providing Guidelines for acknowledging use of the data in publications. The task in the PEACH CA would seek to define/understand what experiment projects can involve (experimental landscaping). The idea is to promote open exchange of data and a good common practice baseline. Quality of the database will be critical for its use.

Summer Workshops are proven to be an efficient and effective tool to encourage students, young and senior researches to create new research communities. Thus, CERTH/ITI will organize two summer workshop/Jamboree Events, each lasting 3 days, with support from the Presence IPs. The intention is to share knowledge and vision future research areas. The first one will focus on the Measurement Problem and Foundations, the second one
will be Application oriented.

1st Peach Summer School
"Presence: Towards Human Machine Confluence" [4-6 Jul 2007]-

The 1st  Peach Summer School 2007, is a 3 day summer workshop,
where attendees will share Presence knowledge and visions of future research areas on Presence.  The workshop will focus on problems and foundations regarding Presence measurement.
The 1st  Peach Summer School , aims to bring together students and junior/senior researchers from many academic and industry disciplines  to stimulate cross-disciplinary research.
Participants from Presence I & II projects are expected to provide the conceptual backbone for discussion between researchers scattered across groups worldwide.
4-6 July 2007 
Fira, Santorini, Greece
Dr Dimitrios Tzovaras
Tel.: +30-2310-464160-2 (ext. 177)
Fax: +30-2310-464164
[Organizers: CERTH/ITI-AVRLab & Peach Team]