Call for Papers: ETRA 2014

The call for the ETRA 2014 is out:


March 26th – 28th, 2014 Safety Harbor Resort & Spa Safety Harbor, FL,


The eighth ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA
2014) will be held in Safety Harbor, Florida, on March 26th-28th,
2014. The ETRA conference series focuses on eye movement research and
applications across a wide range of disciplines. The symposium
presents research that advances the state-of-the-art in these areas,
leading to new capabilities in gaze tracking systems, gaze aware
applications, gaze based interaction, eye movement data analysis, etc.
For ETRA 2014, we invite papers in all areas of eye tracking research
and applications.


20 Sept 2013: Paper abstracts due
4 Oct 2013: Full & short papers due
8 Nov 2013: Paper acceptance
29 Nov 2013: Paper revisions due
20 Dec 2013: Final paper acceptance due
6 Jan 2014: Doctoral Symposium submission due Video & Demo submission due
24 Jan 2014: Doctoral Symposium, video & demo acceptance due
31 Jan 2014: Camera ready papers due


*Eye Tracking Technology* Advances in eye tracking hardware, software
and algorithms such as: 2D and 3D eye tracking systems, calibration,
low cost eye tracking, natural light eye tracking, predictive models,

*Eye Tracking Data Analysis* Methods, procedures and analysis tools
for processing raw gaze data as well as fixations and gaze patterns.
Example topics are: scan path analysis, fixation detection algorithms,
and visualization techniques of gaze data.

*Visual Attention and Eye Movement Control* Applied and experimental
studies investigating visual attention and eye movements to gain
insight in eye movement control, cognition and attention, or for
design evaluation of visual stimuli. Examples are: usability and web
studies using eye tracking, and eye movement behavior in everyday
activities such as driving and reading.

*Eye Tracking Applications* Eye tracking as a human-computer input
method, either as a replacement to traditional input methods or as a
complement. Examples are: assistive technologies, gaze enhanced
interaction and interfaces, multimodal interaction, gaze in augmented
and mixed reality systems, gaze-contingent displays and gaze-based
biometric applications.


*Research papers:* Authors are invited to submit original work in the
formats of Full paper (8 pages) and Short paper (4 pages). The papers
will undergo a rigorous review process assessing the originality and
quality of the work as well as the relevance for eye tracking research
and applications. Papers presented at ETRA 2014 will be available in
the ACM digital library. Submission formats and instructions are
available at the conference web site.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The submission process is different from past years,
in that there is a single deadline for both long and short papers.
Given the outcome of the first review process, papers may be invited
to resubmit for an additional review. In some cases, full papers may
be offered to resubmit their paper as a short paper.

*Doctoral Symposium (NEW to ETRA 2014):* ETRA 2014 is proud to
introduce the ETRA Doctoral Symposium, where graduate students get an
opportunity to meet other students and experienced researchers to get
feedback on their research in a friendly environment. We invite
doctoral students, who have a defined topic in the area of eye
tracking research and applications, but whose work is still in a phase
where it can be influenced by the feedback received in the symposium.
Participants will be selected based on a 2-page extended abstract
describing the thesis work and its current status.

*Demo/video track(NEW to ETRA 2014):* Have a gaze interaction
technique to share? Or want to show off how your new you tracking
method works? At ETRA 2014, we are adding a demo/video session where
researchers give demonstrations of their research or show videos of
their work. To take part in this session, we request a 2-page extended
abstract to be submitted. If authors have a full or short paper
accepted, no extended abstract is needed. If submitting for a video
presentation, the video is required.


ETRA 2014 will be held at the historic Safety Harbor Resort and Spa in
Safety Harbor Florida, a resort hotel sitting on top of three natural
springs facing the Tampa Bay, located on the beautiful Florida Golf


ETRA 2014 is co-sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group in
Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), and the ACM Special Interest
Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH).

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS Dan Witzner Hansen, IT University Denmark
Pernilla Qvarfordt, FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc.

PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS Joe Goldberg – Oracle, Inc. Jeffrey B. Mulligan –

DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM CO-CHAIRS Päivi Majaranta, Univesity of Tampere,
Finland Jeff B. Pelz, University of Rochester, USA

DEMO/VIDEO CHAIR Oleg Komogortsev, Texas State University, USA

Call for Contributions: Challenge on Automatic Object Identification (AOI) and Tracking

1. Call for Challenge on Automatic Object Identification (AOI) and Tracking

as part of the 

SAGA 2013:
 - uniting academics and industry.

24-26 October 2013 Bielefeld University, Germany
Cognitive Interaction Technology Center of Excellence 

Workshop Website:


Important Dates:

August 15th, 2013:   Deadline for 2-page abstract sketching your
September 2nd, 2013: Notification of acceptance for challenge.
October 2nd, 2013:   Submission of the final abstracts and final 

October 24-26, 2013: Challenge results presentation takes place at the 
                     SAGA 2013 Workshop at Bielefeld University, 


We are very pleased to publish this call for challenge contributions
as part of the SAGA 2013 1st International Workshop on Solutions for
Automatic Gaze Data Analysis. The challenge will focus on software
solutions for automatic object recognition as a trailblazer for
vision-based object and person tracking algorithms. The automatic
object or person recognition and tracking in video sequences (in real-
time) is a key condition for many application fields, such as mobile
service robotics, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Computer Vision,
Digital Image Processing, autonomous assistance and surveillance
systems (e.g., driver assistance systems) and Eye Tracking.
Applications vary from tracking of objects (e.g., manipulating or
recognition of objects in dynamic scenes), body parts (e.g., head or
hand tracking for mimic and gesture classification), and persons
(e.g., person reidentification or visual following).

Although, many efficient tracking methods have been introduced for
different tasks over the last years, they are mostly restricted
towards particular environmental settings and therefore cannot be
applied to general application fields. This is due to a range of
factors: 1.) Often, underlying assumptions about the environment
cannot be met, including static background, no changes in lighting and
inhomogeneous or invariant appearances. These idealized conditions are
usually missing for object tracking in high dynamic environments, as
they are common, for example in mobile scenarios. 2.) Object models
cannot be applied because of the high variance in the appearance of
tracked persons or objects. 3.) Most algorithms are computationally
quite expensive (large systems demand often hard computational
restrictions for the used algorithms).


Details on the SAGA 2013 
CHALLENGE on Automatic Object Identification (AOI) and Tracking:

In order to drive research on software solutions for the automatic
annotation of videos we offer a special challenge on this topic.
The purpose of the challenge is to encourage the community to work on a
set of specific software solutions and research questions and to
continuously improve on earlier results obtained for these problems over
the years. This will hopefully not only push the field as a whole and
increase the impact of work published in it, but also contribute open
source hardware, methods and data analysis software back to the

For the challenge we adress this topic on the basis of eye-tracking
data. Therefore, we are providing a set of test videos (duration 2-3
minutes) and separate text files with the corresponding gaze data on
the workshop website for which solutions should be written. These gaze
videos, recorded by a scene camera attached to an eye-tracking system,
show people when they look at objects or interact with them in mobile
applications. The gaze data contains a time-stamped list of x- and y-
positions of the gaze points (in the coordinate system of the scene
video). For selected videos, frame counter information will be also
available to assist with synchronization of the video and the gaze

For the challenge we are looking for semi- and fully-automatic
software solutions for the recognition and tracking of objects over
the whole video sequence. The software should provide the coordinates
for the tracked objects and use this information to automatically
calculate object specific gaze data, such as number of fixations and
cumulative fixation durations, by using the time-stamped list of 2D
gaze coordinates in the eye-tracking file. There are no restrictions
on the way in which the relevant objects are marked and on which kind
of techniques can be used to track the objects. The only constraint is
that your software solution can read and process the provided videos
and reports gaze specific data for the selected objects either as a
text file (which can serve as input for a statistical program such as
SPSS, Matlab, R oder MS Excel) or by providing some kind of

All submissions will be evaluated by an independent jury according to
the evaluation criteria (see below). Additionally, there is a live
session scheduled for the third day in which all selected solutions
can be demonstrated to the interested workshop participants. The three
best solutions will receive an award.

Prize money:

1. Price: 1.000,- €
2. Price:   500,- €
3. Price:   250,- €

We would like to thank our premium sponsor SensoMotoric Instruments
(SMI) for the contribution of the prize money.

The SAGA challenge features test videos recorded with different devices
- SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) [SMI EyeTracking Glasses]
- Tobii Technologies [Tobii Glasses]
- Applied Science Laboratories (ASL)
  / Engineering Systems Technologies (EST) [ASL Mobile Eye-XG]



In order to allow for more time for the implementation process for the
challenge a two-step submission procedure has been devised. The decision
for acceptance to the challenge will be on a preliminary submitted
abstract. The final evaluation and ranking of the software solutions
will be based on the final abstract and the final results for a test-set
of videos, including such similar to those on the website:

a) Preliminary submissions should consist of a 2 page abstract
describing the implementation details of your proposed software solution
including the following:

- description of the underlying techniques and implementations
- description of object selection and tracking processes

b) Finals submissions shall extend the preliminary submission to a 3
page paper by adding the following details:

- number of fixations and cumulative fixation duration details for the
  specified objects
- performance data (such as computation time, number of selected
  objects, parallel tracking of several objects in the scene)
- snapshot of the results

We will use results based on manual annotation to evaluate the submitted
results. The following evaluation criteria will be applied:

- quality of the automated benchmark results (region and pixel based)
  compared to the results given by manual annotation
- conceptual innovation
- performance (such as computation time, number of selected objects,
  parallel tracking of several objects in the scene)
- robustness (such as such as tracking performance, general scope of
  the application)
- usability

The test videos and a corresponding description of them can be found on
the workshop website. Additionally, you can find a detailed description
of how we perform the manual annotation. The exact description for the
challenge, including the evaluation criteria and the required format for
the results, will appear on the workshop website within the next 3
weeks. Please check the website regularly for updates.

Abstracts will be peer-viewed by at least two members of an
international program committee. We will provide templates on the
workshop website. We are currently pursuing possible options for
publication of a special issue in a journal or as an edited volume.

Please Note: All challenge participants must register separately for
access to the challenge material and the video download.


We would like to thank our commercial sponsors:

Premium Sponsors
- SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) [challenge]
  / SMI Eye Tracking Glasses (

- Tobii Technologies [live demo workshop session]
  / Tobii Glasses (
  research/global/products/hardware/tobii- glasses-eye-tracker/)


Challenge Organising Committee:

Workshop Organisers:
- Kai Essig
- Thies Pfeiffer
- Pia Knoeferle
- Helge Ritter
- Thomas Schack
- Werner Schneider

All from the
Cognitive Interaction Technology Center of Excellence
at Bielefeld University

Scientific Board:
- Thomas Schack
- Helge Ritter
- Werner Schneider

Jury of the Challenge:
- Kai Essig
- Thies Pfeiffer
- Pia Knoeferle
- Denis Williams (Sensomotoric Instruments, SMI)

Please visit the website periodically for updates:

For additional question, please contact:

We look forward to receiving your submissions and to welcoming you to
Bielefeld in October, 2013!

On behalf of the organisers

Thies Pfeiffer