Nottingham Trent University: 50 PhD studentships

From Filipe Cristino

50 PhD studentships available at NTU

Nottingham Trent University is offering over 50 fully-funded PhD studentships for UK, EU or international students in our core subject areas or key research themes. More details can be found here: Research at NTU was awarded the 2015 Queens Anniversary Prize – the highest honour for a UK university – and 90% of our research was classed as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

We would like to encourage applications to complete a PhD within the Perception, Attention and Memory Group. We are a vibrant research group investigating auditory, visual and temporal perception and attention, as well as conducting both theoretical and applied memory research. We have excellent facilities, including EEG, eye and motor tracking, TMS, driving simulators, sound booths and VR. Please visit our webpage for more information about our research and facilities.

We would like to encourage applications on any topic that aligns with our research interests, including the specific projects listed below. Please contact the researcher directly if you’re interested in the topic and have a strong academic record.

Dr Filipe Cristino ( Understanding human gaze behaviour; pupillometry; eye tracking in VR environment

Dr Duncan Guest ( Visual search, memory and eye tracking within VR.

Dr Christina Howard ( Neural basis of attention, distraction and mind wandering.

Dr Lucy Justice ( How do jurors and legal professionals make judgements of memory-based evidence?

Dr Andrew Mackenzie ( Visual Cognition and Neuroscience within everyday tasks: Understanding eye movement behaviour and cognitive ability in the real world

Dr Darren Rhodes ( The perception of time inside and out: exteroceptive and interoceptive modelling of temporal processes

Dr Kate Roberts ( How does age-related hearing loss affect cognitive ability? (

Dr Paula Stacey ( & Dr Chris Sumner ( Audiovisual integration in users of cochlear implants.

Filipe Cristino, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychology

Nottingham Trent University


Submission deadline

  • Abstracts due: Jan 25th, 2019 (extended)       
  • Papers due: Jan 25th, 2019 (extended)   
  • Feedback: Feb 18th, 2019   
  • Rebuttals: Feb 25th, 2019   
  • Decisions: Mar  4th, 2019   
  • Camera-ready due: Mar 29th, 2019


The Symposium on Communication by Gaze Interaction organized by the COGAIN Association ( will be co-located with ETRA 2019, the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications. ETRA 2019 will take place in Denver, Colorado, June 25-28.   

Following the successful concept used at the COGAIN symposium 2018, also COGAIN 2019 will be organized as a “special session” at ETRA. By combining our efforts with ETRA, we hope to encourage a broader exchange of knowledge and experiences amongst the communities of researchers, developers, manufacturers, and users of eye trackers.   

We invite authors to prepare and submit short papers following the ETRA’s ACM format ( Long papers are up to 8 pages (+ 2 additional pages for references). Short papers are up to 4 pages (+ 2 additional pages for references). During the submission process to ETRA 2019, you will be asked if you would like your paper to be presented at the COGAIN Symposium. All the accepted papers for the COGAIN Symposium will be published as part of the ETRA 2019 ACM Proceedings.   

The COGAIN Symposium focuses on all aspects of gaze interaction, with special emphasis on eye-controlled assistive technology. The symposium will present advances in these areas, leading to new capabilities in gaze interaction, gaze enhanced applications, gaze contingent devices etc. Topics of interest include all aspects of    gaze interaction and communication by gaze including, but not limited to

  • Eye-controlled assistive technology
  • Eye-typing
  • Gaze-contingent devices
  • Gaze-enhanced games
  • Gaze-controlled robots and vehicles
  • Gaze interaction with mobile devices
  • Gaze-controlled smart-home devices
  • Gaze interfaces for wearable computing
  • Gaze interaction in 3D (VR/AR/MR & real world)
  • Gaze interaction paradigms
  • Usability and UX evaluation of gaze-based interfaces
  • User context estimation from eye movements
  • Gaze-supported multimodal interaction (gaze with multitouch, mouse, gesture, etc.)   

The Program Committee will select the COGAIN 2019 best paper.


General co-chairs      

  • John  Paulin Hansen  [Technical University of Denmark, Denmark]
  • Päivi Majaranta      [Tampere University, Finland]     

Program co-chairs

  • Diako Mardanbegi     [Lancaster University, United Kingdom]
  • Ken Pfeuffer         [Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany]

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ETWEB – Eye Tracking for The Web @ ETRA 2019

ETWEB – Eye Tracking for The Web, as a conference track at ETRA 2019, the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications, June 25-28, 2019 in Denver, Colorado, USA

The Web offers rich information and services. Mostly, users access these on Web sites through interaction with graphical interfaces defined by Web page documents. The design and the interaction with Web pages thus have a considerable impact on our daily lives. Therefore, especially both the usability and the accessibility of Web pages are relevant areas of research to make the Web more useful.

The eye gaze is a strong indicator for attention, which provides insights into how a user perceives an interface and helps analysts to assess the user experience through. Researchers and companies are interested to assess the attention on certain portions of a Web page, e.g., which sections are read, glanced or skipped by the users, and the Web page usability in general. The analysis requires an accurate association between the coordinates of the recorded gaze data and a representation of the Web page as a stimulus. The content on a Web page might be a dynamic stimulus, which is difficult to synchronize between multiple users because of its interactive nature. Hence, the focus of ETWEB is to encourage research on accurate stimulus representations of dynamic Web, mapping of gaze data and visualization methods to analyze the usability of Web pages, and to understand Web browsing behavior of end users.

Furthermore, eye tracking research would also be beneficial to Web users with different abilities. For instance, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web and that they can contribute to the Web. However, the restricted capability to use conventional input (mouse/keyboard/touch etc.) limits their ability to interact with the Web and thus excludes them from the digital information spaces. The applications of eye tracking can break the interaction barrier, and improve the quality of life of those with limited ability to communicate. However, most graphical user interfaces for Web access are not designed for use with eye tracking devices, which often have limited accuracy or may require unconventional selection techniques that interfere with access to information. In that regard, we encourage submissions that explore the adaptation mechanism of Web interfaces for gaze interaction (i.e., using gaze signals obtained from eye tracking devices to control the Web application environment).


ETWEB will cover topics that are related to Web (interface semantics extraction, interaction adaptation, etc.) and eye tracking (attention visualization, crowdsourcing, etc.). We particularly welcome submissions that address the following topics with an emphasis on the relationship between eye tracking and the Web:

  • Novel methods for eye tracking in challenging Web scenarios
  • Website usability analysis techniques using eye movement data
  • Enable usability optimization with eye tracking on dynamic Web content
  • Enhance the user experience in the Web by enabling an easy and complete understanding of user behavior
  • Understanding eye-tracking data for re-engineering Web pages
  • Eye Tracking scanpath analysis techniques on Web Pages
  • Analyzing Web search and browsing behaviors through gaze pattern
  • Social media browsing behavior analysis
  • Correlating mouse clicks and gaze data with Web browsing behavior
  • Gaze-based Web usability studies via crowdsourcing approaches
  • Standardized metrics for evaluating interactions and usability
  • Corpus of eye tracking ground truth data on Web pages
  • Eye tracking interaction techniques to assist people with disabilities
  • Multimodal interaction with Web (gaze, mouse, voice, touch, EEG etc.)
  • Interactive annotation of gaze and Web stimulus data
  • Techniques to integrate eye gaze as an input element in Web development
  • Reports of eye tracking studies evaluating Web accessibility and usability


Authors are invited to submit their work complying with the ETRA short and long paper format. Long papers (8 pages) encourage more matured research with evaluation results. Short papers (4 pages) encourage work in progress, and also position papers identifying the challenges of gaze-based Web interaction and analysis. Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format to ETWEB over the ETRA submission system. Please select the ETWEB track. Accepted papers are considered regular ETRA publications and will be part of the ETRA proceedings (ACM digital library). A footnote on the first page will indicate that your paper was part of ETWEB. The submission process follows that of ETRA <>, but with a separate program committee. At least one author of each accepted ETWEB paper must register for the ETRA conference. Participants will be free to attend all ETRA tracks.

ETWEB Important Dates

  • February 22, 2019 – Full papers and short papers due
  • March 22, 2019 – Author notifications
  • March 29, 2019 – Camera-ready papers due


  • Chandan Kumar, Institute WeST, University of Koblenz, Germany
  • Raphael Menges, Institute WeST, University of Koblenz, Germany
  • Sukru Eraslan, METU Northern Cyprus Campus Program Committee
  • Alexandra Papoutsaki, Pomona College, USA
  • Jacek Gwizdka, University of Texas, USA
  • Scott MacKenzie, York University, Canada
  • Simon Harper, University of Manchester, UK
  • Caroline Jay, University of Manchester, UK
  • Victoria Yaneva, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Yeliz Yeşilada, METU Northern Cyprus Campus
  • Marco Porta, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Spiros Nikolopoulos, CERTH ITI, Greece
  • Korok Sengupta, University of Koblenz, Germany
  • Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz, Germany


Chandan Kumar, Institute for Web Science and Technologies, University of Koblenz,

ECEM 2019

The 20th European Conference on Eye Movements, ECEM 2019, will take place
from Sunday, August 18th, to Thursday, August 22nd, in Alicante, Spain. Over its more than three-decade long history, ECEM has grown to become the largest scientific meeting on eye movement research worldwide. The conference brings together a vibrant community of researchers working towards a better understanding of eye movements, and their use in the study of a wide range of topics in neuroscience, cognitive science and various applied fields.

Our goal is to promote communication and cooperation between participants from diverse areas, such as neurophysiology, psychology, medical sciences, linguistics, computer science, human factors and many others. An important feature of ECEM is the presentation of state of the art equipment and software by manufacturers of eye movement recording systems.

The conference website will soon be active at In the meantime, please save the dates: August 18th through August 22nd, 2019.

Important Dates

  • January 10, 2019 : Symposia, poster/talk submission open
  • January 28, 2019 : Symposia submission deadline
  • February 28, 2019 : Notification of symposia acceptance
  • April 1, 2019: Registration opens
  • April 05, 2019: Poster/talk submission deadline
  • May 06, 2019: Notification of poster/talk acceptance
  • June 17, 2019: Deadline for early registration

Conference Venue and Accommodation

Alicante, with more than 320,000 inhabitants, is a traditional maritime city located on the Mediterranean Sea. The old part of the city encompasses Postiguet Beach, two marinas and a large commercial port. The city embraces an imposing 166-meter rocky hill right next to the sea, Monte Benacantil, crowned by The Castillo de Santa Bárbara (Santa Barbara Castle). This is one of the largest castles on the Mediterranean, and the conference dinner will take place within its premises, with breathtaking views over the city and the Mediterranean. The slopes of Monte Benacantil surround the old city of Alicante (El Barrio) like a shield. El Barrio is well known for its vibrant nightlife.

The local organizing team has secured a large block of hotel rooms at special discounted rates for the conference. Specific hotel information will be made available on the website in March 2019. Lodging in the area is reasonably priced, but accommodation can become limited in the high summer season. We advise early hotel reservation.

Publication of Abstracts

Accepted abstracts will be published as a special issue in the Journal of
Eye Movement Research (Editor: Rudolf Groner, Bern). See ECEM 2017’s
abstracts at: