Expert workshop: Spatial Orientation in Virtual Environments

Date and Location

The first CRC Hybrid Societies workshop on Spatial Orientation in Virtual Environments will take place on June 30 and July 1, 2021. Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, the workshop will be an online-only event.


By means of embodied digital technologies, humans can move in synthetic environments that encompass virtual but also remote environments experienced through technology (telepresence and telemanipulation). If the body moves in the environment, representations of where other bodies and objects are relative to the own body have to be updated. Preserving spatial orientation by effortless, continuous spatial updating requires sensory experiences capable of triggering updating mechanisms. The continuous spatial updating during one’s own movements is a process that contributes significantly to spatial orientation in the real world. In virtual or synthetic environments, the process of spatial updating is often disrupted or incompletely supported by a lack of sensory experience, as a result of which spatial orientation is impaired.

Supportive sensory experiences can be used to improve spatial orientation in virtual scenarios. For this purpose, on the one hand, cues can be made available via sensory channels (auditory, visual, haptic) or the possible real self-movements (translation, rotation) can be changed. The abundance of possibilities, both with regard to cues as well as research methods to be used, should be discussed. The workshop is intended to exchange ideas about methodological challenges, open research questions, and possible collaborations.


Wednesday (June 30, 2021)

3:00-3:15pm (UTC+1)

3:15-5:00pm (UTC+1)

5:00-5:15pm (UTC+1)

5:15-7:00pm (UTC+1)

7:00 – (UTC+1)

Welcome and introduction

Talks of participants and virtual lab tours

Coffee break/Informal virtual meetings

Discussion of research gaps and methodological challenges (whole group or small groups)

Informal virtual meetings

Thursday (July 1, 2021)

2:30-2:40pm (UTC+1)

2:40-3:00pm (UTC+1)

3:00-4:30pm (UTC+1)

4:30-5:00pm (UTC+1)

5:00-5:15pm (UTC+1)

5:15-6:15pm (UTC+1)

6:15-7:00pm (UTC+1)

7:00 – (UTC+1)

Zoom login + welcome and wrap up 1st day

Presentation of project C02

Talks of participants and virtual lab tours

Lab tour C02

Coffee break/Informal virtual meetings

Small group discussion of research gaps and methodological challenges

Presenting results from small group discussions

Wrap up and informal virtual meetings


You can download the complete program to the workshop here.


Leading experts in the field of spatial orientation in virtual environments have been invited and present their field of research:

The CRC Hybrid Societies workshop on Spatial Orientation In Virtual Environments is organized by the team of subproject C02 – Spatial orientation in telepresence.

In addition, members of the CRC and the University will take part:

  • Thomas Baumann
  • Prof. Dr. Alexandra Bendixen
  • Sascha Feder
  • Francisco Hernandez
  • Dr. Karl Kopiske


Name: Jennifer Brade

Phone:  +49 371 531-33513

Fax:  +49 371 531-833513


Project:  C02 – spatial orientation in telepresence

Would you like to attend the workshop, please send a registration e-mail with your full name and affiliation to by 28 May.