European Summer School on Eye Movements (ESSEM) 2020
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ESSEM brings together internationally renowned researchers to teach students of all levels in the scientific foundations of eye movement research and the design and analysis of eye movement studies in basic (psychology, neuroscience), clinical (e.g., psychiatry, neurology) and industrial (e.g., economics, human-computer interface) settings.

ESSEM 2020 is organised by Christoph Klein (Freiburg/Cologne) and Ulrich Ettinger (Bonn) and will be held at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Freiburg, Germany, from 7th to 12th September 2020.

The course fee of €370 includes participation in ESSEM as well as catering (lunch, tea/coffee) during the summer school.

Applications including your CV, a letter of motivation and a 300 words abstract on the research you are going to present during the ESSEM poster session should be sent in one document to kjp.essem@uniklinik-freiburg.de. The deadline for applications is 28th February 2020 23:59 CET.

For further information, please see attached flyer, visit www.essem.info or email us on kjp.essem@uniklinik-freiburg.de.

Please feel free to forward this call to students or colleagues who may be interested in participating!

Best wishes

Christoph Klein & Ulrich Ettinger

COGAIN Symposium 2020, Deadline Extension
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THE 2020 COGAIN SYMPOSIUM
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Website: http://cogain2020.cogain.org

Where: Stuttgart, Germany
When: June 2-5, 2020, as part of ETRA 2020 (https://etra.acm.org/2020/)

Important dates:
Papers due: Feb 3, 2020
Feedback: Feb 21, 2020
Rebuttals: Feb 28, 2020
Decisions: Mar 6, 2020
Camera-ready: Apr 2, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Symposium on Communication by Gaze Interaction organized by the COGAIN Association (http://cogain.org/) will be co-located with ETRA 2020 (https://etra.acm.org/2020/), the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications. ETRA 2020 will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, from June 2nd to the 5th.
Founded in 2008 as a continuation of the COGAIN Project (a network of excellence supported by the European Commission’s IST 6th framework program from 2004 to 2009), the COGAIN Association aims to promote research and development in the field of gaze-based interaction in computer-aided communication and control.

The COGAIN Symposium 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 papers and notes following the same ETRA’s ACM format (http://etra.acm.org/2020/cfp.html).
Papers, up to 8 pages (+ 2 additional pages for references), can be submitted through the link https://new.precisionconference.com/etra (select the COGAIN track from the drop down list). Accepted articles will be published as adjunct ACM proceedings of ETRA 2020.

The COGAIN Symposium focuses on all those aspects of gaze interaction which have a clear connection with eye-controlled assistive technology. Thanks to its strong identity, the symposium will be the right venue to present advances in these areas, leading to new capabilities in gaze interaction, gaze enhanced applications, gaze contingent devices, etc. Unless the main focus is on assistive technology, the authors must clearly state how the paper advances or is linked with eye-controlled assistive technology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

* 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.)

ORGANIZATION

General co-chairs:
– Marco Porta
(University of Pavia, Italy)
– Diako Mardanbegi
(AdHawk Microsystems, Canada)

Program co-chairs:
– Päivi Majaranta
(Tampere University, Finland)
– Ken Pfeuffer
(Bundeswehr University,
Germany)

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Please visit http://cogain2020.cogain.org/
for more information or contact us by
email to cogain2020@cogain.org
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ETRA 2020 – CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
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ACM ETRA 2020 – CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
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In conjunction with ETRA 2020
Stuttgart, Germany
Workshops: 2 June 2019
ETRA: 2-5 June 2019
https://etra.acm.org/2020/

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CALL
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We invite proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with ETRA 2020. The goal of the workshops is to provide a venue for presenting research on focused topics of interest and an informal forum to discuss research questions and challenges evolving around eye tracking research. It is the perfect opportunity for putting the best minds in the field together to build new communities, to explore new ideas, and to develop emerging topics.

Workshops will be held on the first day of the conference. We invite submissions of proposals for full-day (6 hours) and half-day (3 hours) workshops. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the workshop chairs.

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IMPORTANT DATES
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16 December 2019: Proposals due
22 December 2019: Notifications sent
15 January 2020: Workshop page is online and linked

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FORMATS
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We encourage you to contact the chairs with your ideas. They will support you in preparing an exciting proposal. We encourage proposals for a wide range of workshops, including but not limited to:

“Mini-conferences” on specialized topics; such workshops may have their own paper submission and review processes.

“Hands-on” workshops around a specific problem or topic that may wish to ask participants to submit a position statement.

“Project centric” workshops that may be closely related to the scope of an existing large scale (e.g. NSF, EU, etc. funded) project.

“Mini-competitions”, like challenges or hackathons, around selected topics with individual or team participation.

Workshops with few submissions may be cancelled, shortened, merged with other workshops, or otherwise restructured. The organizers of accepted workshops are responsible for producing a call for participation and publicizing it, such as distributing the call to relevant newsgroups and electronic mailing lists, and especially to potential audiences from outside the ETRA conference community. Workshop and tutorial organizers will maintain their own website with information about the workshop and the ETRA 2020 web site will refer to this website. The workshop organizers will coordinate the paper solicitation, collection, and review process.

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PUBLICATION OF WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS
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This year, ETRA will allow workshop contributions to be published in two different formats:

Short Paper Proceedings: Papers with up to 4 pages + any number of pages for references, going through one full review cycle

Adjunct Proceedings: Papers with up to 2 pages, going through a less competitive review cycle or juried process.

Workshop organizers may chose between both formats and should clearly indicate their preference in their proposal.

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PROPOSAL FORMAT
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Workshop proposals should be maximum 4 pages long and follow the formatting instructions and template at https://www.siggraph.org/learn/instructions-authors/

Please include the following information in the proposal:

Name and title:
A one-word acronym and a full title.

Description of workshop or tutorial topic:
This description should discuss the relevance of the suggested topic to ETRA and its interest for the ETRA 2020 audience. Include a brief discussion of why and for which audience the workshop is of particular interest.

Previous history (if applicable):
List of previous workshops that were held on the topic including the conferences that hosted past workshops and the number of participants.

Organizer(s):
Names, affiliations, emails, and web pages of the organizer(s). Provide a brief description of the background of the organiser(s). Strong proposals normally include organizers who bring differing perspectives on the topic and are actively connected to the communities of potential participants. Please indicate the primary contact person and the organizers who plan to attend the workshop. Also please provide a list of other workshops organized by workshop organizers in the past.

Workshop program committee (optional):
Names and affiliation of the members of the (tentative) workshop program committee that will evaluate the workshop submissions.

Participants:
A statement saying how many participants you expect and how you plan to invite participants for the workshop or tutorial. If possible, include the names of at least 10 people who have expressed interest to participate in the workshop or tutorial.

Workshop format:
A brief description of the format regarding the mix of events or activities, such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, demonstrations, teaching activities, hands-on practical exercises, general discussion. Please also list here any material you will make available to participants, e.g. slides, access to hardware/software, handouts, etc.

Specific requirements (e.g., Hackathons):
Please provide a detailed list of any specific requirements regarding facilities / hardware you might have.

Planned outcomes of the workshop:
What are you hoping to achieve by the end of the workshop? Please list here any planned publications or other outputs arising workshops.

Length:
Full-day or half-day.

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SUBMISSION OF WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
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Workshop proposals should be submitted by the deadline via email to the workshop organizers:
workshop.etra2020@gmail.com

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TENTATIVE TIMELINE FOR WORKSHOP REVIEW CYCLES
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Workshop Papers going into the Short Paper Proceedings need to undergo a full review process. The approximate timeline for this is as follows:

20 February 2020 Workshop papers due
19 March 2020 Notifications
02 April 2020 Camera-ready deadline (hard deadline)

Workshop Paper going into the Adjunct Proceedings require a less rigorous / can be juried. The approximate timeline for this is as follows.

06 March 2020 Workshop papers due
19 March 2020 Notifications
02 April 2020 Camera-ready deadline (hard deadline)

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WORKSHOP CHAIRS
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Florian Alt, Bundeswehr University Munich
Thies Pfeiffer, Hochschule Emden/Leer
workshop.etra2020@gmail.com

2020 ACM ETRA Call for Paper Submissions
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*** https://etra.acm.org/2020

The 2020 ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA) will be held in Stuttgart, Germany, June 2-5, 2020. ETRA will gather computer scientists, engineers, and behavioral scientists with the common goal of continuing to move eye tracking research forward.

Under the motto “Bridging Communities”, ACM ETRA 2020 aims to bring together eye tracking researchers from computer science, psychology, and cognitive science. Therefore, we encourage paper submissions from fields ranging from computer science to psychology and cognition.

The full CFP is available online: https://etra.acm.org/2020/cfp.html

Important dates for Full Papers (up to 8 pages and any number of additional pages for references):
* Dec 1, 2019: Abstract submission (mandatory)
* Dec 9, 2019: Full paper submission
* Feb 14, 2020: First round reviews and notification
* March 6, 2020: Revisions due
* March 23, 2020: Second round reviews and notification
* April 2, 2020: Camera ready deadline

Important dates for Short Papers (2-4 pages and any number of additional pages for references):
* Feb 3, 2020: Paper submission
* March 19, 2020: Reviews and notification (first and only round)
* April 2, 2020: Camera ready deadline

The accepted Full Papers will be published by ACM in the “ETRA Full Papers Proceedings” and the accepted Short Papers will be published by ACM in the “ETRA Short Papers Proceedings”.

Sincerely,

Eakta Jain (University of Florida), Ralph Radach (University of Wuppertal), Daniel Weiskopf (University of Stuttgart)

– Technical Program Chairs, ACM ETRA 2020 –

ECEM 2019: Deadline extended to Monday, April 22nd
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The deadline for abstract submissions for the 2019 European Conference on
Eye Movements (ECEM) has been extended to Monday, April 22nd.

Full details at:
http://www.ecem2019.com/index.php/abstracts/abstracts-guidelines.

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

ECEM 2017’s abstracts are available at:

https://bop.unibe.ch/JEMR/issue/view/779

Register for ECEM 2019 by the early registration deadline (June 17th) and
save on fees:
http://ecem2019.com/index.php/registration/registration

We are also delighted to announce that ECEM 2019 will include nine accepted
symposia:

What Eyes Tell Us About Child Sensorimotor and Cognitive Development
Chair: Nadia Alahyane (Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada)

Eye Movements During the Reading of Narrative and Poetic Text
Chairs: Jana Lüdtke and Arthur M. Jacobs (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Eyes Wide Shut: gaze dynamics without vision
Chair: Susana Martinez-Conde (State University of New York, Downstate
Medical Center, NY, USA)

Eye Movements in Developing Readers: from basic research to classroom
application
Chair: Alexandra Spichtig (Reading Plus, USA)

From Lab-Based Studies to Eye-Tracking in Virtual and Real Worlds:
conceptual and methodological problems and solutions
Chair: Roy Hessels (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)

Recent Advances in Research on the “Looking at Nothing” Phenomenon
Chair: Agnes Rosner and Roger Johansson (University of Zurich, Switzerland,
and Lund University, Sweden)

3-D Binocular Motor Control and Health
Chair: Zoï Kapoula (CNRS FR3636, UFR Biomédicale, University Paris
Descartes, France)

Word Processing Across Space and Time During Reading: insights from eye
tracking, electrophysiology, and computational modeling
Chair: Elizabeth Schotter and Brennan Payne (University of South Florida and University of Utah, USA)

Progress in Neurophysiology and Oculomotor Psychophysics: contributions and influence of Jan van Gisbergen (1943-2019)
Chair: John van Opstal (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)

ECEM 2019 will feature six world-renowned keynote speakers:
Jennifer Groh (Duke University)
Hamutal Slovin (Bar Ilan University)
Martin Rolfs (Humboldt University of Berlin)
Janet Rucker (New York University)
Enkelejda Kasneci (University of Tübingen)
Antje Nuthmann (University of Kiel)


http://ecem2019.com/index.php/programme/keynotes

ECEM 2019 will be in Alicante, Spain (August 18-22)

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 accommodations can become limited in the high summer
season. We advise early hotel reservation.

On Behalf of the Local Organization Committee

Please share this information with your colleagues. We look forward to
welcoming you to Alicante!

Luis Martinez-Otero (chair), Albert Compte, and Susana Martinez-Conde

Nottingham Trent University: 50 PhD studentships
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From Filipe Cristino
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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: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/c/phd-studentships. 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. https://www.ntu.ac.uk/research/groups-and-centres/groups/perception-and-attention

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 (filipe.cristino@ntu.ac.uk): Understanding human gaze behaviour; pupillometry; eye tracking in VR environment

Dr Duncan Guest (duncan.guest@ntu.ac.uk): Visual search, memory and eye tracking within VR.

Dr Christina Howard (christina.howard@ntu.ac.uk): Neural basis of attention, distraction and mind wandering.

Dr Lucy Justice (lucy.justice@ntu.ac.uk): How do jurors and legal professionals make judgements of memory-based evidence?

Dr Andrew Mackenzie (andrew.mackenzie@ntu.ac.uk): Visual Cognition and Neuroscience within everyday tasks: Understanding eye movement behaviour and cognitive ability in the real world

Dr Darren Rhodes (darren.rhodes@ntu.ac.uk): The perception of time inside and out: exteroceptive and interoceptive modelling of temporal processes

Dr Kate Roberts (kate.roberts@ntu.ac.uk): How does age-related hearing loss affect cognitive ability? (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnagi.2016.00039/full).

Dr Paula Stacey (paula.stacey@ntu.ac.uk) & Dr Chris Sumner (christian.sumner@ntu.ac.uk): Audiovisual integration in users of cochlear implants.

Filipe Cristino, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychology

Nottingham Trent University

COGAIN 2019
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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

CALL FOR PAPERS   

The Symposium on Communication by Gaze Interaction organized by the COGAIN Association (http://cogain.org) 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 (http://etra.acm.org/2019/authors.html). 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.

ORGANIZATION   

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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email to cogain2019@cogain.org ==============================================================

ETWEB – Eye Tracking for The Web @ ETRA 2019
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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 http://etra.acm.org/2019/etweb.html.

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).

Topics

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

Submission

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 http://etra.acm.org/2019/authors.html <http://etra.acm.org/2019/authors.html>, 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

Organizers

  • 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

Contact

Chandan Kumar, Institute for Web Science and Technologies, University of Koblenz, kumar@uni-koblenz.de
http://chandankumar.net

ECEM 2019
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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 www.ecem2019.com. 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: https://bop.unibe.ch/JEMR/issue/view/77

IEEE Virtual Reality – Joint Workshops on Perception-driven Graphics and Displays for VR and AR & Eye Tracking and Vision Augmentation
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23-27 March 2019
Osaka, Japan

CALL FOR PAPERS

Important dates:
Workshop paper submission: January 25, 2019
Notification of acceptance: February 1, 2019
All deadlines are due at 9:00 pm Pacific Time (PDT/PST)

Website

https://sites.google.com/view/pergravarworkshop/home

Description

This year, we will be holding a series of workshops with the common topics of perception, graphics, and augmentation. As such, the PerGraVAR and VisAug workshops will be held back-to-back, with several shared sessions and/or keynotes.
We solicit original research papers in the area of perception-driven graphics and perceptual displays.

The goal of the PerGravAR workshop is the creation of a better understanding of the various techniques and systems that exploit limitations or address the potentials of the human visual system to create a more intense or comprehensible visual experience in VR and AR. While display technology progresses, pixel densities and the dynamic range increase. At the same time, refresh rates are getting higher and higher, and display latencies are continually reduced. Currently, novel technologies such as displays with a growing number of displayed views per pixel (ranging from stereo, multi-view to holographic or lightfield displays) are advancing beyond the prototype stage. Likewise, multi-layered displays and adaptable lenses are integrated into head-mounted devices. Prototypes for retinal displays and bionic contact lenses have begun to emerge. All these advances in display technologies will tighten the requirements on image synthesis techniques. This workshop aims for bringing together a group of experts to discuss perceptual findings, identify challenges and present the latest research in the field of perception-driven rendering and computational displays.

The VisAug workshop is designed to cover both eye tracking and vision augmentation technologies as they pertain to Augmented and Virtual Reality. Eye tracking is closely tied to a number of AR applications such as diagnosis, interaction with content, and enhancement of human vision. The workshop will include a review of many of these technologies, along with a series of presentations on state-of-the-art research, ranging from visualization to optical modification to vision correction in the fields of MR/AR/VR. The workshop will also include a panel/discussion session in which participants can engage with leading experts in the field. 

For these workshops, we expect researchers to submit early work, such as initial analyses of user studies, perceptual findings, experimental rendering techniques, or sketches for novel devices. Although position papers that comprise several pages and summarize a range of previous approaches (literature review), perceptual findings or experiences also fall inside the scope of the workshop. Papers should be between 2 and 6 pages in length and may cover one or more of the following topics:

For PerGravAR

  • Novel display devices for VR and AR
  • Rendering and information visualization methods that exploit perceptual issues
  • Rendering and information visualization methods that target specific perceptual potentials
  • Gaze-contingent rendering and interaction techniques
  • Studies that provide insights into perception and cognition processes
  • Saliency and attention models and findings
  • Perception-driven image metrics
  • Perceptual issues of image synthesis techniques
  • Just noticeable differences, signal thresholds, and biases
  • Validation methodologies, benchmarks and measurement methods, including eye tracking
  • Novel measurement and processing techniques such as autorefractors or wavefront sensing
  • Experimental designs and techniques for conducting user studies
  • Systems, findings and general issues related to:
    • Depth-of-Field
    • Vergence-accommodation conflict
    • Stereo disparity manipulation
    • Wide Field-of-Views

For VisAug

  • Vision assistance, correction, training, and enhancement-
  • Head-mounted display technologies
  • Oculography, eye tracking, and pupillometry
  • Extended vision/ Superhuman vision
  • Optics hardware and software

All submitted papers will go through a two-stage review process to guarantee the publication of high-quality papers. All accepted IEEE VR Workshops paper will be published electronically through the IEEE Digital Library. 

Submissions

Papers are to be submitted online through the Easychair system
PerGravAR
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pergravar2019
VisAug
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=visaug2019

Best wishes,Martin Weier, Kaan Aksit, Jason Orlosky,  Yuta Itoh, Praneeth Chakravarthula and Chang Liu