VERE aims to carry out research on the fusion of the human body with virtual or physical surrogates. Fusion involves human participants to operate under the illusion that the virtual body is their own, or that they are actually in the physical space of the real world in a robotic body that they perceive as their own. As well as providing a radical extension of traditional virtual reality through the notion of virtual body ownership, VERE also pioneers remote body ownership, where the participant stays in a reclining and immobile position but operates a virtual or physical remote body via a brain and body computer interface (BBCI). The work of partners involved in VERE combines multidisciplinary research in tele-presence, brain-computer interfaces, cognitive neuroscience, robotics, virtual reality and psychology, computer graphics, and character animation technologies for the development of beneficial applications through a radically new form of human-computer confluence.

The main aim of the conference is to bring together post-graduate students in the labs of all partners involved in VERE in order to exchange ideas, scientific findings, and developmental methodologies beneficial to the VERE consortium and to the scientific community overall. 
VERE is an Integrated Project funded by the European Seventh Framework Program, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), Grant Agreement Number 257695.

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The 2nd VERE PhD Symposium will be held October 23rd-24th, 2014at Universitat de Barcelona, Faculty of Psychology, and it will have a duration of one and half day with several sessions.
The conference has no registration fee. An optional conference dinner will be held October 23rd, the cost of which will be announced later on.
At the opening of the Symposium a guest speaker relevant to the VERE consortium will present a keynote talk; the invited speaker will be Prof. Henrik Ehrsson.

Call for Abstracts

This is an open call to post-graduate students (including trainees and fellows) in all labs in the VERE consortium. Attendees do not have to be part of the VERE project, but to be in one of the associated institutions. You are invited to submit an abstract on any topic related to research conducted by VERE partners. To encourage development of research, the call is also open to work-in-progress and preliminary results. The abstracts will be peer reviewed by members of the committee and changes or suggestions may be proposed. Submissions will be selected for an oral presentation or for a poster session based on the authors’ preferences and the planning of the different sessions. Please see below for guidelines for abstract and posters submissions.

Abstract Submission

A single PDF file is permitted for abstract submissions. The maximum length of the abstract is 500 words referring to a global overview of the research, including introduction, materials & methods, results when possible, and conclusions. Authors can download a manuscript template in MS Word from the VERE PhD symposium website.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to the address with the subject: “VERE PhD Symposium Abstract” followed by the first author's name. Please also indicate in the e-mail if you prefer your abstract to be considered for one of the following:

If no preference is indicted you will be considered for all possibilities as best fit in the agenda. Please also specify the main field of research of your submitted work.

Poster Session

Posters should be readable by viewers one meter away. The message should be clear and understandable without oral explanation. The poster-board surface area is A1 format or 841mm by 594mm. Posters can be vertical or landscape oriented. A poster template in MS PowerPoint can be downloaded from the VERE PhD symposium website.

Oral Presentation Session

Oral presentations will be restricted to a maximum time of 10 minutes, allowing for another 5 minutes for questions. Timings will be strict, and authors will be notified for changes after all final submissions are received. A VERE presentation template in MS PowerPoint can be downloaded from the VERE PhD symposium website; participants however are allowed to use their own formatting.

Symposium Proceedings
The conference proceedings will be included in a comprehensive PDF which will be made available with the VERE consortium only.

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Technical Program

The conference will cover, but is not restricted to, the following topics:

Proposals for organizing demos are encouraged and should be sent to the program chairs along with (OR INSTEAD OF) the abstract submission.

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Important Dates

NEW Abstract Submission Deadline: September, 8th 2014
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: September, 23rd 2014
Final Abstract Submission: October, 6th 2014
Conference Dates: October, 23rd 2014 (Thursday)

Important Notes

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VERE Symposium Best Abstract Award

The VERE Symposium will award a “Best Abstract” prize to honor the author(s) of the most outstanding paper with significant contributions to the scope of the VERE consortium. The prize will be announced later on. Awards are sponsored by the EventLab.

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Symposium Committee

Members Members

Domna Banakou (Chair)
EventLab, UB, Spain

Sofia Seinfeld

Robert Jenke
TUM, Germany

Mariia Kaliuzhna
EPFL, Switzerland

Giusepe Spinelli

Gabriele Fusco

Catarina Runa
IT, Portugal

Pedro Mendes
IT, Portugal

Teresa Vieira
IT, Portugal

José Serra
IT, Portugal

Questions and/or comments may be forwarded to any of the above committee members.

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Additional Information

All information related to the 2nd VERE PhD Symposium can be found on the following website:

More details including the final Symposium Program, accommodation and transit information will be available soon.