PhD Scholarship in Eye Movement/Visual Aesthetics

Michael Garbutt and Professor Branka Spehar from UNSW’s Faculty of Psychology can offer a new PhD Scholarshop in the area of visual aesthetics as part of the University of New South Wales’ “Scientia PhD Scholarship” program. It’s a new initiative that provides candidates with a $40,000 annual stipend + $10,000 travel grant for four years.

The deadline for application is 21 July. More information is available here: or you can directly contact Michael Garbutt:

Michael Garbutt PhD
UNSW Art & Design
UNSW Sydney

Paddington Campus
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd,
Paddington, NSW 2021


Call for Papers: T4S 2018 – 3rd International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research

First Call for Papers

ET4S 2018 – 3rd International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research

January 14, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland in conjunction with the 14th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2018) 

Eye tracking has become a popular method for investigating research questions related to geographic information science. This includes studies on how people interact with geographic information systems, studies on how space is perceived in decision situations, and using gaze as an input mode for geographic human-computer interaction. The International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research (ET4S) aims to bring together researchers from different areas who have a common interest in using eye tracking for research questions related to spatial information. The workshop should stimulate the exchange of ideas between the different areas, laying out a road-map for using eye tracking for spatial research.

After two successful ET4S workshops at COSIT'13 and GIScience'14, which also led to a successful double special issue in the Journal Spatial Cognition & Computation (vol. 17, issue 1-2), the 3rd edition of ET4S will be co-located with the 14th International Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2018).

The focus theme of ET4S 2018 will be Location Based Services. This includes, e.g., studies on how people interact with LBS, as well as using gaze and eye movements as input method or contextual information in an LBS. Knowledge of how people interact with their surrounding environment and the information provided by LBS can help us, for instance, to design better systems and representations of such information, providing more accurate and personalized assistance. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to 

-	Usability Analysis of LBS with Eye Tracking
-	Gaze-Aware Mobile Assistance
-	Navigation Studies and Eye Tracking
-	Gaze-Based Interaction with Visuo-Spatial Representations and Maps
-	Evaluation of Cartographic and other Spatial Visualizations with Eye Tracking
-	Visual Perception and Exploration of (Indoor and Outdoor) Space
-	Eye Tracking as a Tool for Spatial Cognition Research
-	Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Visualization of Eye Tracking Data
-	Eye Tracking in Traffic Research, Car Navigation, and Public Transport

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should submit work in progress, position papers or vision statements with a length of 2-6 pages. Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. Furthermore, we encourage submissions of demo cases of working prototypes that have to be accompanied by a short abstract (1 page) clearly describing the novelty and distinguishing ideas of your project.

All accepted papers will be included in the online proceedings (e-collection of the ETH Zurich Library, with DOI). 

Submissions should be prepared according to the LBS 2018 template and submitted through Easychair. Templates and submission website to be found at 

Important Dates

September 27, 2017		Paper submission
November 1, 2017		Notification of paper acceptance
November 8, 2017		Demo submission
November 15, 2017		Notification of demo acceptance
November 15, 2017		Camera-ready due
January 14, 2018		Workshop

Program Committee

-	Gennady Andrienko, Fraunhofer Institute IAIS & City University London
-	Christina Bauer, University of Regensburg
-	Michael Burch, University of Stuttgart
-	Arzu Cöltekin, University of Zurich
-	Florian Daiber, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
-	Sara Fabrikant, University of Zurich
-	Haosheng Huang, University of Zurich
-	Mohamed Khamis, University of Munich
-	Christian Kray, University of Münster
-	Krzysztof Krejtz, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw
-	Bernd Ludwig, University of Regensburg
-	Kristien Ooms, Ghent University
-	Sophie Stellmach, Microsoft
-	Rul von Stülpnagel, University of Freiburg

Invited Speaker
-	Roman Bednarik, University of Eastern Finland

-	Peter Kiefer, ETH Zürich
-	Ioannis Giannopoulos, ETH Zürich
-	Fabian Göbel, ETH Zürich
-	Martin Raubal, ETH Zürich
-	Andrew T. Duchowski, Clemson University

Sponsor of ET4S 2018: Ergoneers (