Call for Participation: BioEye 2015 Competition

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:

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:

Best regards,

The Organizing Committee of BioEye 2015



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

Course Coordinator:

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


  • 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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Teaching language: English
Fee: none


To apply to the course, please send an e-mail – no later than 21.08.2015 – to Martin Meißner (
Do you have questions about the course? Please contact Martin Meißner ( or Jella Pfeiffer (

Call for Papers: Eye Tracking South Africa (ETSA) 2015

T.R. Beelders posted this call for papers:

Eye Tracking South Africa (ETSA) 2015 Call for papers

The second International Eye Tracking South Africa Conference (ETSA) will be held in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, in South Africa from 7-9 October 2015. 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 2015 has been approved for in-cooperation with SIGCHI.

Key note speakers
Three distinguished keynote speakers will share their expertise and knowledge with us. Prof Juan Bornman, Prof Kenneth Holmqvist and Mr Michael Schießl will each be delivering a keynote address. Please see our website ( for more details.

Submissions: Academic
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.

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 2015 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.
Please download the complete call for papers from
ETSA 2015 Organising Committee


Call for Papers: Workshop on Methodological Issues in Mobile Eye Tracking

Jacob Lund Orquin posted this call:

Call for Papers

Workshop on Methodological Issues in Mobile Eye Tracking

  • 18th of March 2015
  • Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark

The use of mobile eye tracking is of great potential to behavioral research, but application is often hampered by methodological issues. This workshop addresses methodological challenges and recent developments in mobile eye tracking across disciplines to advance the use of mobile technology. Participation in the workshop is free.

Invited speakers:

  • Thies Pfeiffer (Bielefeld University)
  • Annika Wallin (Lund University)
  • Kerstin Gidlöf (Lund University)

Submission Procedure and Deadlines:

If you wish to present your research, please submit an abstract (max 500 words) to<> by February 20, 2015. We invite contributions on methodological issues in mobile eye tracking from any discipline. Authors will receive notification of acceptance by the end of February 2015.

Conference Fee: Free.


Marc Andersen (<>) and Jacob L. Orquin (<>)

Important Dates:

  • February 20, 2015: Deadline for abstract submission
  • End of February 2015: Notification of acceptance
  • March 4, 2015: Deadline for registration

Logistic Information:

The workshop will take place at the Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark. Further logistical details can be found here at:


For any further information please contact us at<>.