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Intention-Aware Gaze-Based Assistance on Maps (IGAMaps)

Adaptive human computer interfaces can significantly facilitate the interaction with digital maps in application scenarios such as navigation, information search, and for users with physical limitations. A map system that is able to recognize its user’s information requirements fast and accurately could adapt the map content, thus increasing effectiveness and efficiency of interaction. Since maps are primarily perceived and explored with the visual sense, it is plausible to assume that a user’s gaze on a map can be used to recognize intentions and activities, which can then trigger map adaptation.

The main goal of this research project consists in the investigation of methods for the recognition of activities and intentions from visual attention during the interaction with maps. The project tries to answer the following questions:

1.) Can we infer a map user’s activity and intention from the visual attention he or she is spending on the map (e.g., route planning, searching for a restaurant)?

2.) How should a map adaptation be designed to be helpful?

3.) What is the general user acceptance of gaze-based intention recognition on maps?



Chair of Geoinformation Engineering

  • Dr. Peter Kiefer (Principal Investigator)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Raubal (Co-Principal Investigator, PhD student Supervisor)
  • Fabian Göbel (PhD student)



Perceptual User Interfaces Group, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken

  • Dr. Andreas Bulling

Chair of Cognitive Science, ETH Zürich

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Hölscher

Open Source Geospatial Laboratory, Chair of Cartography, ETH Zürich

  • Dr. Ionut Iosifescu

Expertise Centre for Digital Media, Hasselt University, Belgium





  • Start Date: 01.02.2016
  • End Date: 31.01.2019