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Monday, February 23, 2009

Three upcoming conferences

2009 IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom-09)
Vancouver, Canada, August 29-31, 2009
Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2009 (March 1st for panel proposals)
Conference web site:

Social Computing can be broadly defined as computational facilitation of social studies and human social dynamics as well as design and use of information and communication technologies that consider social context. Social computing has recently become one of the central themes across a number of information and communication technology fields and attracted significant interest from not only researchers in computing and social sciences, but also software and online game vendors, web entrepreneurs, political analysts, digital government practitioners. The 2009 IEEE International Conference on Social Computing provides a key forum for researchers and industry practitioners to exchange information regarding advancements in the state of art and practice of social computing.

PRESENCE 2009: 12th Annual International Workshop on Presence
Los Angeles, California, USA,November 11-13, 2009
Submission deadline: July 1, 2009
Conference web site:

Academics and practitioners with an interest in the concept of (tele)presence are invited to submit their work for presentation at the 12th Annual International Workshop on Presence, to be held in Los Angeles, California on November 11-13, 2009. Often described as a sense of "being there" in a mediated environment, telepresence is broadly defined as a psychological state or subjective perception in which a person fails to accurately and completely acknowledge the role of technology in an experience. It is a rich, fascinating subject of scientific investigation, artistic exploration and diverse application, with increasingly important implications for the ways in which people work, play and live, and technologies are developed.

PRESENCE 2009 is co-organized by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR; and The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT;

6th Conference of the Media Psychology Division (German Psychological Society)
Focus-Theme: "New Media and Interactive Systems"
Submission deadline: April 1, 2009
University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, September 9th to 11th, 2009
Conference web sites: (not working as of 2/26)

The 6th Conference of the Media Psychology Division (German Psychological Society) will take place from September 9 to September 11, 2009 at the University Duisburg-Essen (Campus Duisburg), Germany, chaired by Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer. The division chairs as well as local chair and the Department for Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science cordially invite you to Duisburg.

This year´s focus theme is "New Media and Interactive Systems". By suggesting a focus theme we aim at concentrating results, advancing theoretical development in this area and fostering exchange with other psychological disciplines as well as with neighbouring disciplines. However, contributions on all areas of media psychology are welcome.

For the first time, the conference is to be held in English. We thus invite not only German media psychologists but also European and other international researchers to contribute. All contributions will be peer-reviewed. You can submit position and review papers (extended abstract of 1000 words each), research papers (300 word abstract including results) and posters (300 word abstract).

University Duisburg-Essen
Prof. Dr. Nicole Krämer
Social Psychology – Media and Communication
D-47057 Duisburg
Telefon: +49-(0)203-379-2482 / Fax: +49-(0)203-379-3670

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