Cyberselves workshop – report

Thank you to the Oxford Martin School for hosting such a fascinating conference, so robust with ideas from so many different disciplines.

And many thanks to the media team at the Oxford Martin School for producing this video, with interviews and analyses.

Stay tuned for more Cyberselves news in the very near future.


Cyberselves Workshop in Oxford, 14 & 15 October

We are pleased to advertise a two-day symposium on virtual reality and telepresence on the theme of “Cyberselves in Immersive Technologies”. The symposium is sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Oxford Martin School and will be hosted at the University of Oxford on the 14th and 15th October 2015.

Our symposium will be multi-disciplinary with contributions from technologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers and cultural theorists looking at the future societal and ethical impacts of virtual reality and immersive technologies.

Technology demonstration: After the symposium has ended on the first day, there will be a showcase of new technologies and current research into virtual reality, augmented reality and teleoperation (approximately 5.30pm on 14th October).

Venue: Oxford Martin School, Broad Street, Oxford
Date and time: 14th and 15th October 2015, 9.30-4.30 (timing tbc on finalised programme)
Booking: Free to attend and all welcome, however booking is required.

For further details and to book online go to

For the full programme, please click here.

Programme overview:


· Dr Johnny Hartz Søraker: ‘Virtual Environments and Subjective Well-being’

· Prof Henrik Ehrsson: ‘Neural substrates of senses of body ownership and self location’
· Dr Orit Halpern: ‘The Smart Mandate: A Brief History of Ubiquitous Computing and Responsive Environments’
· Prof JoAnn Difede: ‘On the precipice of a paradigm shift: Novel therapeutics for PTSD and Anxiety disorders’


Dr Blay Whitby: ‘Virtually anything goes: what, if any, are the ethical limits on behaviour in virtual worlds?’
Prof Ralph Schroeder: ‘Ethical and Social Issues in Shared Virtual Environments Revisited’
Prof Patrick Haggard: ‘Re-engineering the relation between self and body: private experience and public space’
Prof Paul Verschure: TBC
Prof Jonathan Freeman: TBC
Dr Tom TylerCyberselves symposium 2015 Programme: ‘How to Lose at Videogames (Repeatedly)’

The full programme is now available here.

Moving Ahead…

The Cyberselves team recently enjoyed a day of productive meetings and discussions as we finalised plans for our experiments.

Representatives from Sheffield’s Department of Psychology and School of English and Hannah Maslen from Oxford University’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics also had the chance to experience the technology behind our researches and experiments. Have a look at the pictures below to get a sense of how things are coming along.

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iCub meeting the team: (l – r) Tony Prescott, Hannah Maslen, Uriel Hernandez, Fabienne Collignon.


Michael meets iCub.

Michael and iCub

Michael sees the world through iCub.









These pictures illustrate how we will explore the idea of teleoperation, by using an Oculus Rift DK2 to experience the world – visually, audibly, tacitly – through our iCub robot. This is one of two experiments we are conducting into the nature of our emerging and changing notions of self in virtual and cyber spaces.

You can see from the video below how teleoperation will work, as iCub’s vision can be remotely controlled though the Oculus Rift and a haptic glove (and some very clever coding by Uriel and Luke Boorman.)



More updates will follow shortly, including a sneak peak at our virtual reality experiment as well.

Visit us on Facebook

As part of our plan for world domination, we have also set up a Facebook group related to the Cyberselves project. Visit and ‘Like’ us at

Whereas the website will post news and developments about the project itself, it is our plan to use the Facebook page for more informal discussions and updates on wider development and news relating to virtual reality, immersion, teleoperation and the like.

Feel free to join in the discussion!


Hello world, and welcome to Cyberselves in Immersive Technologies. CiIT is an AHRC-funded, short-term project looking into our experiences of virtual worlds and telepresence technologies and how we are transformed, mind and body, in such spaces.cropped-experiment-picture.jpg

In the next year, we are going to be running experiments in immersion and teleoperation, to determine the objective measures and subjective factors that create believable experiences and that evoke a sense of presence.  We will also be analysing the cultural perceptions and expectations of such technologies, and the ethical implications and potential challenges these technologies will pose now and in the future.

As our project is a collaboration of psychologists, literary and cultural scholars and philosophers, we will spend the next few weeks learning each others’ languages, assembling bibliographies and determining the most productive ways to move ahead. A big part of this will also include laying out the parameters and specific objectives of the two experiments we hope to run. Details and progress reports will be posted here, both for team members, other researchers and for the interested public.

In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch with any questions you have, or to flag up any items in the news or your own research in which you think we might be interested.