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Category Archives: Gaze-based interaction

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Short Paper and Workshop Paper accepted at GIScience 2018

We are happily announcing that two of our papers have been accepted at GIScience 2018 and the Workshop on Spatial big data and machine learning in GIScience:

Fabian Göbel, Peter Kiefer, Ioannis Giannopoulos and Martin Raubal. 2018. Gaze Sequences and Map Task Complexity. GIScience 2018, Melbourne, Australia.

Fabian Göbel, Henry Martin. 2018. Unsupervised Clustering of Eye Tracking Data. Spatial big data and machine learning in GIScience, Workshop at GIScience 2018, Melbourne, Australia.

Both works are part of the IGAMaps project.


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LAMETTA at GeoSummit: Visit by Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

We have presented the LAMETTA project at the GeoSummit in Bern (6-7 June 2018), the largest congress for geoinformatics, surveying and planning in Switzerland.

Federal councilor Guy Parmelin was one of the first visitors of our exhibit and was very interested in the innovative system. Due to his subsequent opening speech, there was no time to try out the gaze-based tourist guide to Lake Lucerne himself, but the short visit seemed already impressive.

A large number of visitors from both, industry and academia, visited our exhibit and tried out the system. In addition, our exhibit was part of the GeoSchoolDay – an event in conjunction with GeoSummit which introduces students at high school age to applications and opportunities of geo information technologies. Approx. 500 pupils visited LAMETTA and learned about eye tracking and its application in interactive systems.


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Papers accepted at ETRA and ETVIS

We are happy to announce, that two of our papers have been accepted at ETRA and ETVIS.

Fabian Göbel, Peter Kiefer, Ioannis Giannopoulos, Andrew T. Duchowski, and Martin Raubal. 2018. Improving Map Reading with Gaze-Adaptive Legends. In ETRA ’18: 2018 Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications

David Rudi, Peter Kiefer, and Martin Raubal. 2018. Visualizing Pilot Eye Movements for Flight Instructors. In ETVIS’18: 3rdWorkshop on Eye Tracking and Visualization

These papers are part of the IGAMaps and Awareness in Aviation projects.

Peter Kiefer has further been involved in ETRA as an Area Chair.


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Science City March 2018 – Impressions

The LAMETTA project has been demoed at this year’s “Treffpunkt Science City” event, an educational program of ETH Zurich for the general public where more than 3,000 visitors came.

Our panorama wall installation and the LAMETTA software allowed our visitors to experience as if they were exploring the view from a vantage point. Just by looking at the interested area (such as lakes, mountains and villages), our system can provide related information to the user.


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Meeting point Science City – March 2018

We’re excited to demonstrate the LAMETTA project at ETH Treffpunkt Science City, the educational programs of ETH Zurich for all. Come and try out an interactive mobile eye tracking system! Explore a mountain panorama and interact with it only by using your gaze (more details)!

You can find us Sunday, 25 March in ETH Hönggerberg HCI, Room E2.


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Position Paper at CHI Workshop on Outdoor HCI

We’ll present our ideas on how to enrich a tourist’s experience with gaze-guided narratives at a CHI workshop in Montreal this year:

Kiefer, P., Adams, B., and Raubal, M. (2018) Gaze-Guided Narratives for Outdoor Tourism. HCI Outdoors: A CHI 2018 Workshop on Understanding Human-Computer Interaction in the Outdoors

This research is part of the LAMETTA project.


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Tiffany Kwok joins the team

We welcome Tiffany as a new PhD student in the LAMETTA project!

[Current Team]


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Full Paper accepted at CHI 2018

Andrew T. Duchowski, Krzysztof Krejtz, Izabela Krejtz, Cezary Biele, Anna Niedzielska, Peter Kiefer, Ioannis Giannopoulos, and Martin Raubal (2018). The Index of Pupillary Activity: Measuring Cognitive Load vis-à-vis Task Difficulty with Pupil Oscillation In Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), ACM (accepted)


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3rd ET4S Workshop

Many thanks to all participating in this workshop and making it an inspiring event.

We have published the workshop proceedings through the ETH Research Collection.


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Student Project Finished: A Public Gaze-Controlled Campus Map

Four Geomatics Master students have developed a public gaze-controlled campus map in the context of an interdisciplinary project work this autumn semester (Nikolaos Bakogiannis, Katharina Henggeler, Roswita Tschümperlin and Yang Xu).

The system prototype has been tested in a one week field study performed at the Campus Info Point at ETH Hönggerberg with 50 campus visitors.

The results of the thesis will be presented at a public event on Thursday 14 December, 2017 between 17:00 – 18:00 at HIL D 53. During the apéro afterwards, you are welcome to try the system yourself.

We’d like to thank the visitor and information management of ETH Zurich Services (in particular Stephanie Braunwalder) for supporting this project


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3rd ET4S Workshop: Keynote by Roman Bednarik

We are glad to announce that the ET4S workshop 2018 will be opened with a keynote given by Roman Bednarik, an adjunct professor at the School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland:

 

Predicting user states from gaze and other multimodal data

Abstract: In this talk I will present research conducted by our team at UEF related to user state recognition during problem solving and other interactive contexts. We adapt and apply machine learning techniques to model behavioral and mental states, including action prediction and problem-solving state prediction.

 


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Scientifica 2017 – Impressions

We have demoed the LAMETTA project at this year’s Scientifica, the Zurich science exhibition of ETH Zurich and University of Zurich with more than 30,000 visitors.

Our panorama wall installation enabled visitors to query information about lakes, mountains, and villages just by looking at them. Many visitors found the hidden treasure in the panorama and were rewarded with a piece of Swiss chocolate.

Visitors of all ages tried out and learned more about gaze-based interaction and mobile eye tracking technology. We are happy that so many people were interested and eager to discuss our research and potential applications to tourist guides of the future.


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GeoGazeLab at Scientifica 2017

We’re excited to present the LAMETTA project at Scientifica, the science fair of ETH Zurich and University of Zurich. Come and try out an interactive mobile eye tracking system! Explore a mountain panorama and interact with it only by using your gaze (details in German)!

You can find us Friday, 1 September to Sunday, 3 September at University of Zurich main building (West Foyer).

Check out our Scientifica video!


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Open PhD position

We are looking for a PhD candidate (LAMETTA project).

More details and application on the ETH website.


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Gaze-Informed Location Based Services

Our article “Gaze-Informed Location Based Services” has been accepted for publication by the International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS):

Anagnostopoulos, V.-A., Havlena, M., Kiefer, P., Giannopoulos, I., Schindler, K., and Raubal, M. (2017).  Gaze-informed location based services.  International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 2017. (accepted), PDF

The article introduces the concept of location based services which take the user’s viewing direction into account. It reports on the implementation and evaluation of such gaze-informed location based service which has been developed as part of the LAMETTA project. This research has been performed in collaboration between the GeoGazeLab, Michal Havlena (Computer Vision Laboratory, ETH Zurich) and Konrad Schindler (Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, ETH Zurich).

Abstract
Location-Based Services (LBS) provide more useful, intelligent assistance to users by adapting to their geographic context. For some services that context goes beyond a location and includes further spatial parameters, such as the user’s orientation or field of view. Here, we introduce Gaze-Informed LBS (GAIN-LBS), a novel type of LBS that takes into account the user’s viewing direction. Such a system could, for instance, provide audio information about the specific building a tourist is looking at from a vantage point. To determine the viewing direction relative to the environment, we record the gaze direction
relative to the user’s head with a mobile eye tracker. Image data from the tracker’s forward-looking camera serve as input to determine the orientation of the head w.r.t. the surrounding scene, using computer vision methods that allow one to estimate the relative transformation between the camera and a known view of the scene in real-time and without the need for artificial markers or additional sensors. We focus on how to map the Point of Regard of a user to a reference system, for which the objects of interest are known in advance. In an experimental validation on three real city panoramas, we confirm that the approach can cope with head movements of varying speed, including fast rotations up to 63 deg/s. We further demonstrate the feasibility of GAIN-LBS for tourist assistance with a proof-of-concept experiment in which a tourist explores a city panorama, where the approach achieved a recall that reaches over 99%. Finally, a GAIN-LBS can provide objective and qualitative ways of examining the gaze of a user based on what the user is currently looking at.


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Short Paper accepted at AGILE conference

Fabian Göbel, Peter Kiefer and Martin Raubal (2017). FeaturEyeTrack: A Vector Tile-Based Eye Tracking Framework for Interactive Maps In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (AGILE 2017), Wageningen, The Netherlands. (accepted)


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Special Issue Appearing: Spatial Cognition&Computation 17 (1-2)

A double Special Issue on “Eye Tracking for Spatial Research” in Spatial Cognition&Computation, guest-edited by Peter, Ioannis, Martin, and Andrew Duchowski, has appeared [URL].

Nineteen manuscripts were submitted to an open Call for Submissions, out of which seven were finally accepted after a rigorous review process.

The Special Issue commences with an overview article, authored by the Guest Editors: “Eye tracking for spatial research: Cognition, computation, challenges” [URL, PDF].


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Controllability matters: The user experience of adaptive maps

An article titled “Controllability matters: The user experience of adaptive maps” will appear in one of the next issues of the Geoinformatica journal. It is now available online:

Controllability matters: The user experience of adaptive maps

Abstract Adaptive map interfaces have the potential of increasing usability by providing more task dependent and personalized support. It is unclear, however, how map adaptation must be designed to avoid a loss of control, transparency, and predictability. This article investigates the user experience of adaptive map interfaces in the context of gaze-based activity recognition. In a Wizard of Oz experiment we study two adaptive map interfaces differing in the degree of controllability and compare them to a non-adaptive map interface. Adaptive interfaces were found to cause higher user experience and lower perceived cognitive workload than the non-adaptive interface. Among the adaptive interfaces, users clearly preferred the condition with higher controllability. Results from structured interviews reveal that participants dislike being interrupted in their spatial cognitive processes by a sudden adaptation of the map content. Our results suggest that adaptive map interfaces should provide their users with control at what time an adaptation will be performed.


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Article in Horizonte

The latest issue of the Horizonte magazine, published by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is reporting on our research.

Source: Horizonte 111, December 2016

German (PDF)

English (PDF)


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INNOLEC Lecture

Martin Raubal was invited for the INNOLEC Lecture at the Department of Geography of the Masaryk University Brünn, Czech Republic.

The title of his talk is: Gaze-based assistance for wayfinders in the real world (slides as PDF, all our presentations).


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GeoGazeLab at the Smarttention Workshop

GeoGazeLab was represented at the Smarttention Workshop at MobileHCI to raise awareness for visual attention in adaptive interfaces.

Thanks to the organizers for their great work. We had inspiring discussions about the future of mobile UIs.whatsapp-image-2016-09-10-at-11-47-57


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Paper accepted at PETMEI Workshop

Vasileios-Athanasios Anagnostopoulos and Peter Kiefer (2016). Towards gaze-based interaction with urban outdoor spaces.  In 6th International Workshop on Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction (PETMEI 2016), UbiComp’16 Adjunct, New York, NY, USA, ACM. accepted


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GeoGazeLab at GEOSummit 2016

This year at GEOSummit, our group displayed a gaze-based Geo-Game. During the GEOSchool Day, pupils and adults could experience how it feels to control maps just by using their gaze.
– We had great fun changing the world in the blink of an eye.

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Full paper accepted at GIScience 2016

Peter Kiefer, Ioannis Giannopoulos, Andrew Duchowski, Martin Raubal (2016) Measuring cognitive load for map tasks through pupil diameter. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2016). Springer


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Fabian Göbel joins the team

Fabian Göbel has started as a PhD student in the IGAMaps project (Intention-Aware Gaze-Based Assistance on Maps).

Great to have you on board, Fabian!

[Current Team]


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BSc/MSc topics for spring 2016

We offer topics for student theses on Bachelor and Master level:

Bachelor (PDF, German)

Master (PDF, English)

You may also propose your own topic related to eye tracking, wayfinding, or gaze-based interaction. Contact us for more information!

The full lists of all topics (including non-eye tracking topics) can be found on the main page of the Chair of Geoinformation Engineering.


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Open PhD position

We are looking for a PhD candidate (IGAMaps project).

More details and application on the ETH website, and as PDF.


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New SNSF Project: IGAMaps

Exciting research project to be started soon!

Our project proposal on “Intention-Aware Gaze-Based Assistance on Maps” (IGAMaps) has been approved by the Swiss National Science Foundation (PI: Peter Kiefer, Co-PI: Martin Raubal, 1 PhD for 3 yrs).

The project envisions intention-aware gaze-based assistance on cartographic maps. A future intention-aware gaze-based assistive map could, for instance, recognize from the user’s gaze that he or she is planning a touristic round trip, and adapt to the user’s needs accordingly. The main objective of this project consists in the investigation of methods for the recognition of activities and intentions from gaze data, collected from cartographic map users.

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PETMEI 2015: Summary

The PETMEI 2015 workshop at UbiComp, which Peter Kiefer has co-organized, took place on September, 7 in Osaka (Japan). There were 6 presentations, a keynote by Ali Borji, a demo, and a group work session, all with very active participation and interesting discussions. The workshop ended with a workshop dinner in a restaurant with food from the Okinawa region, and some participants continued to a Japanese Karaoke bar.

All in all, it has been a stimulating, fascinating and enjoyable event. Thanks to all participants, co-organizers, and sponsors!

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