Telepresence technologies—systems that provide the perception of presence within a physically remote or simulated site—have recently seen increased adoption in business, medical, and educational settings, spurred by advances in mobile devices, networking, virtual reality, and robotics. The integration of these technologies into people's lives—e.g., using their phones to videochat with friends, receiving care from doctors via telemedical devices, watching a grandson's baseball game over a tablet, attending school from a hospital in a telepresence robot, or holding meetings in virtual board rooms—has opened up a vast new space for future research. As a result, new questions have emerged about how telepresence systems may affect current computer-mediated communication theories, alter user perceptions, influence communicative behaviors, or support distant relationships.
With all of these new questions, research within the realm of telepresence has spread into a number of areas, including work to facilitate the construction of innovative systems (e.g., virtual, mobile, flying, autonomous), the creation of interfaces to support the remote user's capabilities, the design of systems for use in specific contexts (e.g., classrooms, dining, stroke treatment), investigations into scenarios that may benefit from these systems, and studies to understand how telepresence features affect user interactions. Although these explorations have broadened our understanding and laid a groundwork for the future, their disparate nature has presented barriers to communicating across telepresence domains.
Our goal for this workshop is to engage researchers and designers across multiple telepresence-related disciplines—including virtual reality, teleoperation, telepresence robotics, mobile telepresence, computer-mediated communication, video-mediated communication, and telemedicine. This workshop will serve to build common ground for researchers from different backgrounds, allowing them to share their perspectives, methodologies, and results from their own investigations in telepresence, and to promote communication, collaboration, and discussion on how to advance the field.
Prospective authors are invited to submit position papers demonstrating research, design, practice or interest in telepresence. Position papers should be no more than 4 pages long and in the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract format. Submissions should not be anonymized, and the author names and affiliations should be displayed on the first page. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and register for at least one day of the conference. Accepted submissions will be hosted here on the workshop website.
Submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=chi2015.