Conversations on Presence

Conversations on Presence. Mel Slater.

Mel Slater has been an ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya since January 2006. He is also the founder of the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group in the Department of Computer Science, University College London.

His major research interest is in helping to find out what makes virtual reality work for people - in the sense that they can engage with one another in virtual environments, and also interact with virtual characters.

Interview carried out by Leo Ruffini of Starlab with Elem3ntal Creative Lab.

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Conversations on Presence. Wijnand Ijsselsteijn.

Wijnand Ijsselsteijn is assistant professor at the Human Technology Interaction Group of the Eindhoven University of Technology.

He is currently working on embodiment, bodily identification, and especially how non biological props and tools can become part of our body.

Interview carried out by Leo Ruffini of Starlab with Elem3ntal Creative Lab.

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Conversations on Presence - Giulio Ruffini

Giulio Ruffini is the coordinator of Peach as well as  the director of Starlab, a company transforming science into technologies with a profound and positive impact on society.

Besides his work in PEACH community, he is currently involved in various Space and Neuroscience research projects, including the recently completed Sensation (advanced sensor development for attention, stress vigilance, and sleep/wakefulness monitoring) and HIVE (Hyper Interaction Viability Experiments).

Interview carried out by Leo Ruffini of Starlab with Elem3ntal Creative Lab.

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Conversations on Presence - David Benyon

David Benyon is professor of Human Computer Systems in Napier University and has been publishing on Human Computer interaction since 1.984.

He is currently involved in Companions, a project that aims to develop a virtual conversational 'Companion', an agent or 'presence' that stays with the user for long periods of time, developing a relationship and 'knowing' its owners preferences and wishes.

Interview carried out by Leo Ruffini of Starlab with Elem3ntal Creative Lab.

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