June 18 – 21 , 2018, Dagstuhl Seminar 18252

Ubiquitous Gaze Sensing and Interaction


Lewis Chuang (LMU München, DE)
Andrew Duchowski (Clemson University, US)
Pernilla Qvarfordt (FX Palo Alto Laboratory, US)
Daniel Weiskopf (Universität Stuttgart, DE)

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Andreas Dolzmann for scientific matters


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The miniaturization of optical devices and advances in computer vision have led to an increasing integration of gaze-sensing capabilities in computing systems, from desktop computing to virtual reality and wearables. Everyday scenarios include computer games that select the camera viewpoint given the user’s gaze and robotic agents that infer user engagement from gaze behavior. Numerous computational challenges will have to be addressed before we can realize the full potential of integrating gaze tracking in everyday settings. Ubiquitous gaze sensing and interaction require a framework that can accommodate compatible solutions from data acquisition to signal processing to pattern classification to visualization and analytics.

Thus, this Dagstuhl Seminar will bring together computer scientists and gaze researchers to answer the following questions: (1) What can computing systems reliably sense from user’s gaze? (2) How can human-computer interactions be improved by considering gaze information? From the computing sciences, we invite experts from computer graphics, signal processing, visualization, human-computer interaction, data analytics, pattern analysis and classification. Also, we invite researchers that employ gaze tracking across diverse disciplines: geo-information systems, medicine, aviation, psychology, neuroscience, etc. This will foster a dialogue that will allow: (1) computing scientists to understand the problems that are faced in recording and interpreting gaze data, (2) gaze researchers to consider how modern computing techniques could potentially advance their research. In addition, we will discuss the ethical and privacy concerns of deploying gaze monitoring devices in everyday scenarios.

The seminar will begin with defining on the problems of deploying gaze-tracking devices in the real world, as well as the reasons for doing so. Participants will present short talks on their area of research and how it relates to the deployment of gaze sensing and interaction in the real world. Thereafter, seminar participants will work in small groups on selected problems. Possible topics are algorithms for robust gaze acquisition, gaze metrics for user interactions, visualization of gaze data for individual- and group-level analyses, and integration of gaze inputs for human-computer interfaces. Plenary talks and interleaved discussions will re-focus the working groups. By the end of the seminar, we will develop a research roadmap for the successful deployment of ubiquitous gaze sensing and interaction. This will include a statement on the ethical and privacy considerations of doing so. Both academic and industrial participants are encouraged to follow up from these discussions to generate novel research lines after the seminar.

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  Lewis Chuang, Andrew Duchowski, Pernilla Qvarfordt, and Daniel Weiskopf


  • Computer Graphics / Computer Vision
  • Mobile Computing
  • Society / Human-computer Interaction


  • Eye tracking
  • Signal processing
  • Pattern analysis
  • User modeling
  • Ubiquitous computing

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