This year PETMEI will be organized as a workshop in conjunction with The 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2016). The workshop will be held on September 13th, 2016, in Heidelberg, Germany.
Vision and Goals
Despite considerable advances over the last decades, previous work on eye tracking and eye-based human-computer interfaces mainly developed use of the eyes in traditional desktop settings. Latest developments in remote and head-mounted eye tracking equipment and automated eye movement analysis point the way toward unobtrusive eye-based human-computer interfaces that will become pervasively usable in everyday life. With the growth of interest in smart glass devices and low-cost eye trackers, gaze-based techniques for mobile computing are becoming increasingly important in recent years. We call this new paradigm pervasive eye tracking — continuous eye monitoring and analysis 24/7. The potential applications for the ability to track and analyse eye movements anywhere and any time call for new research to further develop and understand visual behaviour and eye-based interaction in daily life settings.
PETMEI 2016 focuses on pervasive eye tracking as a trailblazer for mobile eye-based interaction and eye-based context-awareness. We provide a forum for researchers from human-computer interaction, context-aware computing, egocentric computer vision, and eye tracking to discuss techniques and applications that go beyond classical eye tracking and stationary eye-based interaction. We want to stimulate and explore the creativity of these communities with respect to the implications, key research challenges, and new applications for pervasive eye tracking in ubiquitous computing. The long-term goal is to create a strong interdisciplinary research community linking these fields together and to establish the workshop as the premier forum for research on pervasive eye tracking.