We define Transparent Telepresence as the experience of being fully present at a live
real world location remote from one's own physical location. Someone experiencing
transparent telepresence would therefore be able to behave, and receive stimuli, as though
at the remote site. The resulting vicarious interactive participation in activities, and
the carrying out of physical work, will bring benefits to a wide range of users. Examples
include the emergency and security services, entertainment and education industries, and
those of restricted mobility such as the disabled or elderly.
For any telepresence system there are three essential sub-systems,
i.e. the home site technology which interfaces to the user and the communication link, the
communication link itself which interfaces to the home site and the remote site, and the
remote site technology which interfaces with the communication link and possibly a remote
site human. We are interested in all aspects of these sub-systems, as is evident from our
existing and past work. These sub-systems are now described in general terms, more details
on our own systems can be found in the list of Publications.