Call for papers for the workshop “Inferring user action with mobile gaze tracking”
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Call for papers for the workshop “Inferring user action with mobile gaze tracking”

Scope of the workshop

Gaze tracking in psychological, cognitive, and user interaction studies has recently evolved toward mobile solutions, as they make it possible to directly assess users’ visual attention in natural environments. In addition to attention, gaze can provide information about users’ action and intention: what the user is doing and what will she do next. Gaze behavior in natural, unstructured task environments is quite complex and cannot be satisfactorily explained using “simple” behavioral models that are induced with typical stimulus-response testing in controlled laboratory environments. To evolve the inference of gaze-action behavior in natural environments, a more holistic approach bringing together a number of disciplines from cognitive sciences to machine learning is needed.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together a cross-domain group of individuals to (i) discuss and contribute to the problem of using mobile gaze tracking for inferring user action, (ii) advance the sharing of data and analysis algorithms as well as device solutions, and (iii) increase understanding of behavioral aspects of gaze-action sequences. The workshop proposes an interdisciplinary gathering for recognizing potential synergies, mapping solved and unsolved problems, and creating a research roadmap for the future applying the strengths of each contributing field.

Topic of interest

We seek papers related, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • Cognitive aspects of mobile gaze tracking
  • Computational methods to infer user action from gaze data
  • Technical solutions for mobile gaze tracking
  • Applications and potential use of gaze data

Important dates

  • Submission Deadline: May 27th 2016, 5pm PST
  • Notifications Sent: June 10th 2016
  • Camera-ready submissions: June 29th 2016
  • Workshop day: September 6th 2016

Other information

The workshop wil be held in conjunction with the MobileHCI 2016 conference (http://mobilehci.acm.org/), to be held in Florence (Tuscany), Italy, September 6th – 9th, 2016. The instructions for submitting the papers can be found at http://www.ttl.fi/gaze2016. The papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. At least one author of accepted papers needs to register for the workshop and for the conference itself. Accepted workshop papers will be included in the MobileHCI 2016 Adjunct Proceedings.

Contact: miika.toivanen@ttl.fi​; kristian.lukander@ttl.fi

Abstract deadline for Scandinavian Workshop on Applied Eye Tracking approaching
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Raymond Bertram distributed the following message over the eyemovement mailing list:

The abstract submission deadline of SWAET 2016 (Scandinavian
Workshop on Applied Eye Tracking) to be kept in Turku from 19-21.6.2016
is approaching. Abstract submissions should be submitted by Friday 26.2.2016.
Abstracts can be submitted via the abstract submission page,
see http://swaet2016.utu.fi/abstract.html

SWAET is an interdisciplinary meeting place for graduate students, researchers,
industry, and other people using eye tracking as a measurement tool.
The program includes 2 keynote lectures, several sessions with 3-4 talks
of 20 minutes each, and 1 or 2 poster sessions. Several eye tracker
companies will present their latest products. The keynote speakers
are Professor Simon Liversedge from the University of Southampton, UK
(Reading Comprehension), and Dr. Halszka Jarodzka from the University
of Heerlen, The Netherlands (Learning & Instruction).

The welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening the 19th of June
and the conference dinner on Monday the 20th of June.

The participation fee will be in the range of 60 to 100 € for regular
participants and free of charge (0€) for graduate students.

For more information, see http://swaet2016.utu.fi/
Contact infomation: SWAET2016@utu.fi

Important dates:
Abstract submission open: January 18, 2016
Abstract deadline: February 26, 2016
Notification of acceptance: March 18, 2016
Registration deadline: May 1, 2016
Conference: June 19-21, 2016

On behalf of the organizing committee, welcome to Turku!

Raymond Bertram

Organizing committee:
Raymond Bertram (Chair); Fred Andersson; Johanna Kaakinen; Tuomo Häikiö; Henri Olkoniemi; Seppo Vainio; Jukka Hyönä; Marjaana Puurtinen; Aki Kyröläinen; Suvi Holm; Kenneth Holmqvist

Call for Papers: Eye Tracking South Africa 2016
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Tanya Beelders just posted the new call for the ETSA 2016:

Eye Tracking South Africa, an international conference aimed specifically at eye tracking research will be held in Stellenbosch (near Cape Town), South Africa. The conference will take place from 5-7 October 2016.

Call for papers

The conference will include poster sessions, presentations of short papers (3-4 pages) and full papers (8-10 pages). It will be organised around several tracks and sessions to accommodate delegates with various interests. Besides the academic presentations, we also welcome industry to present their products and services in non-academic workshops and demonstrations. In this context “industry” does not refer to manufacturers of eye trackers only but also to users thereof, for example market researchers, usability analysts, graphic designers, educators, radiographers, occupational and speech therapists, people with physical disabilities, cognitive psychologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, etc. We therefore invite the submission of case studies and proposals in these areas.

ETSA 2016 has been approved for in-cooperation with SIGCHI. The proceedings will be published in the ACM digital library and will have an ISBN number.

Authors are invited to submit original research papers related to eye movement and the application thereof. Conference tracks will include but are not limited to the following topics:

· Usability

· Visualisation

· Gaze interaction

· Reading research

· Eye Control for people with disabilities

· Visual attention

· Systems, tools and methods

· Eye movements

· Technical aspects of eye tracking e.g. pupil detection, calibration, mapping, event detection, data quality, etc.

Full and short papers

Full papers should be 8-10 A4 pages while short papers should be 3-4 A4 pages in length. All papers should follow the ACM Proceedings format (templates will shortly be available on the ETSA website). Submissions should be in pdf format with all fonts embedded in the document. All tables and figures should be included in the paper.

Poster presentations

Poster presentations will be evaluated on a 300-400 word abstract. Upon acceptance, long papers will be allowed 30 minutes for presentation and discussion while short papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Posters should be in A0 format for presentation and A4 format for inclusion in the proceedings.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND REVIEW PROCESS

The submitted paper must be anonymous, i.e. papers should not include any information that can identify the authors. Authors’ names should be removed from the submission, with “Author” and year used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of authors’ name, paper title, etc. In addition, all identifying information in file properties should be removed.

Submission instructions will be available shortly.

Each paper will be anonymously reviewed by at least three reviewers. The program committee will consider the following criteria when evaluating submitted papers: originality of contribution, relevance to the conference, technical/scientific merit, and presentation and clarity.

SUBMISSIONS: SPECIAL INTEREST / CASE STUDY SESSIONS FOR PRACTITIONERS AND INDUSTRY

ETSA 2016 invites practitioners from any related discipline (Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Speech Therapy, Ophthalmology etc.) to present case study based sessions on their use of eye tracking with patients/clients. These need not represent formal research, and should be submitted in the format of a short paper under the Special Interest category. Submissions should describe the case study and the findings which will be presented.

Additionally, industry is invited to submit in this category for consideration of non-academic workshops or demonstrations. These submissions should be in the form of a proposal for the envisaged workshop, detailing the contents of the workshop or demonstration and how it will be presented.

Deadline for full papers: 3 July 2016.

Deadline for short papers and posters (abstracts): 3 July 2016

Deadline for case studies: 3 July 2016

Please visit http://www.eyetrackingsa.com<http://www.eyetrackingsa.com/> for more information.

ETSA Organising Committee

Tanya Beelders

Pieter Blignaut

University of the Free State

Department of Computer Science and Informatics?

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Research Assistant Position: Gaze-Tracking Project at QMUL
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Isabelle Mareschal posted a job offer on CVNET which might be of interest to you:

Research Assistant position for gaze-tracking project at QMUL

We are recruiting a Research Assistant for the four-month project 
'Evaluation of commodity gaze-trackers for large-scale 
neuropsychological studies'. The objective is to characterize the 
performance of new gaze-tracking systems (e.g. EyeTribe), for 
clinical and psychophysical applications. This will involve 
user experiments, as well as computational modelling.

This is a joint project, supervised by Miles Hansard (EECS) 
and Isabelle Mareschal (Experimental Psychology), and funded 
by a Wellcome Trust grant to the QMUL Life Sciences Institute. 
The successful candidate will join a research group working on 
3D vision, eye-movements, and scene-modelling. There will be 
opportunities to work with a range of new devices, including 
head-mounted displays (Oculus Rift).

Candidates should have previous experience of Matlab and/or 
JavaScript programming. Knowledge of signal processing and 
data analysis is also essential. Previous experience of 
eye-tracking, web-based experiments, or computer vision would be useful.

Candidates should have a PhD in computer science, engineering, 
experimental psychology, or a related field. Candidates in the 
final stages of PhD submission (or having an MSc plus relevant 
experience) will also be considered.

The post is full-time and available immediately for 4 months, 
to start no later than 01/04/2016. The salary will be in the 
range £32,052-£35,672 per annum. Applicants *must already* have 
permission to work in the UK, for the duration of the post.

Applications should consist of a CV (including publications, 
and the email addresses of two referees), as well as a one-page 
research statement (including details of programming experience). 
These PDFs should be emailed, with subject 'Gaze RA Application', 
tomiles.hansard@qmul.ac.uk before the deadline of 14/02/2016. 

Enquiries should be addressed to miles.hansard@qmul.ac.uk
For further information, please see:
http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~milesh/
http://isabelle-mareschal.squarespace.com/
http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/

Call for Participation: SAGA Workshop 2015 – Early Bird ends August 30th
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Call for Participation at SAGA Workshop 2015 – Early Bird ends August 30th

2nd International Workshop on Vision and Eye Tracking in Natural Environments and the Technical Implementation of Suitable Analysis Methodologies (SAGA 2015)

Where: CITEC Research Building, Bielefeld University, Germany
When: September, 29-30, 2015
WWW: http://saga.eyemovementresearch.com

As a follow up event of the successfull SAGA 2013 workshop,
we are providing a forum for researchers to discuss techniques and
applications that go beyond classical eye tracking and stationary
eye-based interaction.


Keynote speakers:

  • Jacob Lund Orquin (Denmark): “What eye tracking researchers (dis)agree about reporting”
  • Maria Staudte (Germany): “Studying gaze in spoken interaction”
  • Mark Williams (United Kingdom): “Visual search behaviour and expertise in high-performance environments”

The full program with all the talks can be found online:


Registration:


 

SAGA 2015 Workshop Organising Committee:

Workshop Organisers:
Thies Pfeiffer, Kai Essig, Pia Knoeferle, Helge Ritter, and Thomas Schack. All from Bielefeld University, Germany
Scientific Board: Thomas Schack, Helge Ritter and Pia Knoeferle

Please visit the website periodically for updates(http://saga.eyemovementresearch.com/about-saga/) For additional question, please contact: saga@eyemovementresearch.com

We look forward to welcoming you to Bielefeld in September, 2015!

Thies Pfeiffer, Kai Essig & Pia Knoeferle

PhD-course: Eye-tracking in social science research projects
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The qualifications and skills obtained during master programs often hardly prepare students to conduct eye-tracking studies, to avoid potential pitfalls when using the eye-tracking equipment and to analyze the complex eye-tracking datasets. Especially in the beginning of a PhD project these challenges appear to be overwhelming. PhD students completing the course will gain an overview of research in the field of bottom-up and top-down attentional process and search in decision-making. We will give an overview on latest developments in the field, including learning and contextual biases in decision sequences and the evaluation of decision theories. From a practical perspective PhD students will get insight in the process of setting up eye-tracking experiments, conducting a first empirical study on their own and analyzing an eye-tracking dataset. PhD students will have the opportunity to use remote eye-tracking devices together with their own laptops and use the provided software to analyze their datasets. Based on this experience, students will be able to critically reflect their experimental work and improve the planning of their own future experiments. Moreover, PhD students will learn about ways of analyzing eye-tracking data, for example using multi-level regression models.

*More information can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/phdcourse-eyetracking*

First Call for Papers: 5th International Workshop on Pervasive Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction (PETMEI 2015)
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Where: September 7, 2015 in Osaka, Japan

in conjunction with the
2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015)

Eye tracking technology is becoming increasingly available for mobile and pervasive settings. The availability of eye tracking beyond the desktop calls for new interaction concepts, novel applications, and an understanding of the broader implications of pervasive eye tracking on humans. PETMEI 2015 focuses on pervasive eye tracking as a trailblazer for mobile eye-based interaction. The goal of the workshop is to bring together members in the ubiquitous computing, context-aware computing, computer vision, machine learning and eye tracking community to exchange ideas and to discuss different techniques and applications for pervasive eye tracking.

PETMEI 2015 will be a one-day workshop featuring presentations, interactive demos, and group discussions. We solicit papers describing original research related to, or visionary of, pervasive eye tracking research addressing computational methods, new applications and use cases, as well as technology for pervasive eye tracking and mobile eye-based interaction.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Methods
– Tools for face, eye, and pupil detection as well as tracking
– Devices for wearable and ambient eye tracking
– Eye tracking technologies on mobile devices
– Head-mounted or remote gaze estimation
– Gaze and eye movement analysis methods
– Fusion of gaze with other modalities
– Integration of pervasive eye tracking and context-aware computing
– User studies on pervasive eye tracking

Applications
– Pervasive eye-based interaction
– Mobile attentive user interfaces
– Eye-based activity and context recognition
– Security and privacy for pervasive eye-tracking systems
– Eye tracking for specialized application areas
– Cognition-aware systems and user interfaces
– Human factors in mobile eye-based interaction
– Eye tracking for pervasive displays
– Gaze-based interaction with outdoor spaces

Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions with a length of between 6 and 10 pages in the SIGCHI Extended Abstract format. Refer to the workshop website for Word and Latex templates (http://2015.petmei.org/submissions/). In addition to research papers we explicitly invite submissions of position papers and papers that describe work-in-progress. Submissions will be peer-viewed by at least two members of the technical program committee with respect to novelty, significance, technical quality, and their potential to spark interesting discussions. Please note that all submissions must be anonymized for double-blind review.

Accepted papers will be published in the UbiComp 2015 supplemental proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. At least one author for each accepted paper is required to attend the workshop and present the paper.

Submit your paper via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=petmei2015
Important Dates
– June 5, 2015 Paper submission
– July 3, 2015 Notification of acceptance
– July 10, 2015 Camera-ready due
– September 7, 2015 Workshop

Organizers
– Peter Kiefer, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
– Yanxia Zhang, Lancaster University, U.K.
– Andreas Bulling, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany

Contact petmei2015@gmail.com

PhD Position: Gaze-Based Interaction with Urban Environments
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At the ETH Zürich, the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate for a research project at the Chair of Geoinformation Engineering, starting at the earliest possible date (1st of August, 2015 at the latest).

The main objective of the 3-year project Location-Aware Mobile Eye Tracking for Tourist Assistance, funded through an ETH Zurich Research Grant, is the investigation of novel gaze-based interaction methods for pedestrians in urban environments, with a focus on a tourist scenario. The project envisions mobile assistance systems that trigger information services based on a user’s gaze on 3D-objects in a real-world urban environment.

The ideal candidate must have an academic degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Geomatics or related fields, as well as a strong research interest in human-computer interaction. Knowledge of methods in machine learning, computer vision, inferential statistics, as well as strong programming skills (e.g., Java or C++) are required. Background or experience in eye tracking, virtual environments, geographic information science, or related topics is a significant plus. The candidate must have good communication skills in English (oral and writing), be team-oriented and willing to work in an international environment.

If you want to apply, please visit the website: https://pub.refline.ch/845721/3790/++publications++/1/index.html

Call for Participation: BioEye 2015 Competition
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Call for Participation:

BioEye 2015 – Competition on Biometrics via Eye Movements

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to announce that the Competition on Biometrics via Eye Movements (BioEye 2015) has been launched. The BioEye 2015 competition is organized as an attempt to advance the research field of eye movement biometrics, by giving an opportunity to scientists and researchers to use a large, high quality database of eye movements, recorded using different visual stimuli and with recordings conducted to allow testing for template aging effects.

You can visit competition webpage at: www.bioeye.info

Registrations are open and the development datasets are ready to download. You can start testing your approaches immediately! In the competition webpage you can find the description of the competition procedure and deadlines, and helpful resources regarding eye movement biometrics.

Prize: the winner of the competition will receive an eye tracker as a prize. Specific details about the model of the eye tracker and the vendor providing the prize will be announced at a later date.

The deadline for the submission of final results is: March 26, 2015.

BioEye 2015 is an official competition of the 7th IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS 2015).

If you have any additional questions please contact us at: bioeye2015@cs.txstate.edu

Best regards,

The Organizing Committee of BioEye 2015

Webpage: www.bioeye.info
Email: bioeye2015@cs.txstate.edu

 

Call for Participation: PhD Course on Using Eye-tracking in Social Science Research Projects
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Course Coordinator:

  • Associate Professor Dr. Martin Meißner, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Environmental and Business Economics, Esbjerg, Denmark

Lecturers:

  • Associate Professor Dr. Martin Meißner, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Environmental and Business Economics, Esbjerg, Denmark.
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Jacob Orquin, Aarhus University, Department of Business Administration, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Jella Pfeiffer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Information Systems and Marketing, Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Thies Pfeiffer, Bielefeld University, Cognitive Interaction Technology Center of Excellence, Bielefeld, Germany.

Time:

  • Monday, September 14th to Friday, September 18th, 2015.

Description:

Much of the rapid growth of research on attention and especially eye-tracking has been driven by the fast technological development in recent years and a sharp decline in the costs of eye-tracking equipment. Remote, head-mounted, portable and mobile devices will now be used in many PhD projects because it is possible to generate larger samples of respondents in new (decision) environments.

Eye-tracking makes it possible to track and study attentional processes in great detail, classically in front of computer screens but also in mobile contexts, for example when using digital devices, like smartphones or smartglasses (Google glasses, EPSON Moverio) for studying purchasing behavior in retail stores.

The qualifications and skills obtained during master programs often hardly prepare students to conduct eye-tracking studies, to avoid potential pitfalls when using the eye-tracking equipment and to analyze the complex eye-tracking datasets. Especially in the beginning of a PhD project these challenges appear to be overwhelming.

PhD students completing the course will gain an overview of research in the field of bottom-up and top-down attentional process and search in decision-making. We will give an overview on latest developments in the field, including learning and contextual biases in decision sequences and the evaluation of decision theories. From a practical perspective PhD students will get insight in the process of setting up eye-tracking experiments, conducting a first empirical study on their own and analyzing an eye-tracking dataset. PhD students will have the opportunity to use remote eye-tracking devices together with their own laptops and use the provided software to analyze their datasets. Based on this experience, students will be able to critically reflect their experimental work and improve the planning of their own future experiments. Moreover, PhD students will learn about ways of analyzing eye-tracking data, for example using multi-level regression models.

Course Content:

The following topics will be part of the course:

  • Eye-tracking basics
  • Visual attention and search in decision making
  • Eye-tracking measures and their meaning (pupil dilation, fixation duration, eye blinks, saccadic distances)
  • Handling and management of eye-tracking data
  • Mobile eye-tracking equipment and annotation of fixations
  • OpenSource eye-tracking software
  • Alternative process-tracing techniques (Mouselab, Think aloud)
  • Analysis of eye-tracking data: An overview of different analytical approaches and examples for the use of more advanced (multi-level) methods
  • Hands-on experiment with portable eye-tracking equipment (SMI Smart Glasses): Setup of a small experiment using low-frequency, portable eye-trackers to record data, analysis of the dataset, presentation of first results in class.
  • Hands-on mobile eye-tracking equipment: Track a short sequence with the mobile equipment

Course Format:

The course has a lecture/discussion format and a hands-on experimental component. The interactive lectures will focus on the theoretical background of visual attention and search in the context of decision-making. In a hands-on practical exercise PhD students will setup a small eye-tracking experi-ment and use eye-tracking equipment to record eye movements. Students can then use the provided open source software for analyzing the data as well as other (open source) statistical software package of their choice. Finally, they will present their first results in class. The practical part can take place in a classroom. PhD Students will be able to use their own laptops in combination with a portable plug-in low frequency eye-tracking device. Moreover, we will also bring mobile eye-tracking equipment to the class so that PhD students will get familiar with new mobile eye-tracking technologies, existing open source software and the potential pitfalls of these new devices.

Learning Objectives:

After completing the course, PhD students will have:

  • an understanding of problems associated with conducting eye-tracking experiments using different sorts of equipment.
  • an understanding of the data generating process.
  • an ability to assess the prospects and limits of their own empirical research.
  • an ability to setup eye-tracking experiments on their own avoiding serious pitfalls related to the use of eye-tracking technology.
  • an understanding of the various ways in which eye-tracking data can be analyzed.
  • an understanding of state-of-the-art theories of attention and search.

Prerequisites:

This PhD course is targeted for PhD students from business (particular marketing), psychology, experimental economic research, information systems and other social sciences, who are planning or starting an empirical research project using eye-tracking or other process-tracing approaches. Basic knowledge (master level) in statistics as well as knowledge in statistic software packages like SPSS, SAS, Stata, R or other programs is desirable but is not a precondition.

Evaluation:

Certificates of completion will be issued based on class attendance and participation, the submitted assignments, and an oral presentation.

Each student must submit a description (max. 2,500 words) of the (potential) eye-tracking or process-tracing part of his/her PhD project. The description should include: (1) a short introduction; (2) (preliminary) research question(s); (3) a detailed description of the data or data collection process; (4) a detailed description of the planned experiments; and (5) key references. During the PhD course each student will be asked to present: (a) a short description of his/her research project; (b) the relation of the PhD project to existing eye-tracking research, the theoretical background, and the chosen or planned experiments; (c) arguments why the proposed methodology to analyze the data is appropriate.

ECTS: 5
Teaching language: English
Fee: none

Participation:

To apply to the course, please send an e-mail – no later than 21.08.2015 – to Martin Meißner (meiss-ner@sam.sdu.dk).
Do you have questions about the course? Please contact Martin Meißner (meissner@sam.sdu.dk) or Jella Pfeiffer (jella.pfeiffer@kit.edu).