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The tenth anniversary of the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA 2018) will be held for the first time in Europe! This edition of ETRA will introduce several innovations such as co-located workshops, invited sessions, and a special journal issue based on selected invited papers.



ETRA 2018












The 10th ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA 2018) will be held in Europe for the first time. The symposium will focus on eye-tracking research and its applications in various disciplines. Participants will also have an opportunity to attend a variety of lectures and workshops delivered by the leading experts in the field of eye-tracking technology. Join us in Warsaw for the ETRA symposium to celebrate 20 years of eye tracking research.

Language of the conference: English. Ticket information»

June 14-17

ETRA 2018

The goal of ETRA is to bring together computer scientists, engineers and behavioral scientists in support of a common vision of moving the eye tracking research and its applications forward and to increase the impact of eye tracking.

The ETRA conference series focuses on the eye movement research and its applications across a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, human-computer interaction, visualization, biomedical research, and psychology. The symposium presents research that advances the state-of-the-art technology across multiple fields, leading to new capabilities in gaze tracking systems, gaze aware applications, gaze based interaction, and eye movement data analysis.

We invite papers in all areas of eye tracking research and applications, and we welcome submissions from all disciplines, including those that were not represented during the previous ETRA conferences.

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June 14, Thursday


  • Tutorial 1 - Mehul Bhatt, Jakob Suchan (room S202)
  • Tutorial 2 - Edward Ryklin (room S203)
  • Tutorial 5 - Tanja Blascheck, Michael Raschke, Michael Burch (room S226)
  • Tutorial 6 - Diako Mardanbegi, Thies Pfeiffer (room S227)
  • Doctoral Symposium (room S304)

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break (Room S303)


  • Tutorial 1 - Mehul Bhatt, Jakob Suchan (room S202)
  • Tutorial 2 - Edward Ryklin (room S203)
  • Tutorial 5 - Tanja Blascheck, Michael Raschke, Michael Burch (room S226)
  • Tutorial 6 - Diako Mardanbegi, Thies Pfeiffer (room S227)
  • Doctoral Symposium (room S304)

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break (Room S303)

  • Tutorial 3 - Andrew Duchowski, Nina Gehrer (room S202)
  • Tutorial 5 - Tanja Blascheck, Michael Raschke, Michael Burch (room S226)
  • Tutorial 6 - Diako Mardanbegi, Thies Pfeiffer (room S227)
  • Doctoral Symposium (room S304)

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break (Room S303)


  • Tutorial 3 - Andrew Duchowski, Nina Gehrer (room S202)
  • Tutorial 5 - Tanja Blascheck, Michael Raschke, Michael Burch (room S226)
  • Tutorial 6 - Diako Mardanbegi, Thies Pfeiffer (room S227)
  • Doctoral Symposium (room S304)

18.00 onwards Doctoral Symposium Dinner - Sponsored by Microsoft

June 15, Friday

9.00-10.00 Opening Session Keynote Address - Susanna Martinez-Conde (Room S214)

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break (Room S303)


  • ETRA Session 1: Cognition (Room S214)
  • COGAIN Session 1 (Room S305)

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break (Room S303)


  • Tobii Workshop (Room S202)
  • ETRA Session 2: Fundamental Eye Tracking (S214)
  • COGAIN Session 2 (S305)

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break and Posters (Room S303)


  • SmartEye Workshop (Room S202)
  • Demo & Video / DS Posters (Rooms S304 & S302)
  • ETRA Poster Session (Room S303)
  • PETMEI Session 1 (Room S305)

19:30 onwards Conference Gala Dinner (Endorfina Foksal Restaurant)

June 16, Saturday

9.00-10.00 Keynote Address - Andreas Bulling (Room S214)

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break (Room S303)


  • Pupil Labs Workshop (Room S202)
  • ETRA Session 3: Digital Interactions (Room S214)
  • PETMEI Session 2 (Room S305)

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break (Room S303)


  • Oculus Workshop (Room S202)
  • ETRA Session 4: Mobile Eye Tracking (Room S214)
  • ETVIS Session 1: Visualization (Room S305)
  • ETVIS Session 2: Evaluation (S305)

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break (Room S303)


  • ETRA Session 5: Gaze-based Interaction (S214)
  • ETVIS Session 3: Applications (S305)
  • ETVIS: Panel Discussion (Room S305)

June 17, Sunday

9.00-10.00 Keynote Address - Halszka Jarodzka (Room S214)

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break (Room S303)


  • ETRA Session 6: Social and Natural Behavior (Room S214)
  • EMIP Session 1 (Room S305)

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break (Room S303)

  • ETRA Session 7: Clinical and Emotional (Room S214)
  • EMIP Session 2 (S305)

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break (Room S303)

16.00-18.00 Town Hall Meeting, ETRA 2019 Introduction & Farewell (Room S214)

Full program


Keynote Speakers

From fixation to exploration: Towards an integrative view of oculomotor function

Susana Martines-Conde, Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY), USA

Vision depends on motion: we see things either because they move or because our eyes do. What may be more surprising is that large and miniature eye motions help us examine the world in similar ways - largely at the same time. In this presentation, I will discuss recent research from my lab and others suggesting that exploration and gaze-fixation are not all that different processes in the brain. Our eyes scan visual scenes with a same general strategy whether the images are huge or tiny, or even when we try to fix our gaze. These findings indicate that exploration and fixation are not fundamentally different behaviors, but rather two ends of the same visual scanning continuum. They also imply that the same brain systems control our eye movements when we explore and when we fixate - an insight that may ultimately offer clues to understanding both normal oculomotor function in the healthy brain, and oculomotor dysfunction in neurological disease.

Pervasive Gaze Sensing, Analysis, and Interaction: The New Frontier

Andreas Bulling, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany

The measurement, analysis, and use of human gaze has a long history in various academic disciplines and in industry but has long been limited to special application domains or user groups. Driven by the recent commercial breakthrough of virtual and augmented reality technology, as well as the advent of affordable stationary and head-mounted eye trackers, gaze interfaces are on the verge to finally become available in a wide range of consumer applications and to be used by millions of users on a daily basis. These latest advances pose an important question - what is next?

In my talk I will argue for a new frontier in eye tracking research: The development of pervasive attentive user interfaces that sense, analyse, and adapt to users' gaze in all explicit and implicit interactions that users perform with machines in everyday life. These new interfaces will go far beyond current interfaces that still require (partly) controlled environments, that assume gaze input to be deliberately triggered by users, that often consider the point of gaze as the only gaze characteristic, and that are geared to temporary interactions. Pervasive attentive user interfaces promise exciting new applications that, for example, sense gaze robustly, accurately, and seamlessly across arbitrary devices and systems, that analyse gaze behaviour continuously over long periods of time in daily life, and that combine gaze with other input modalities to enable truly natural, intuitive, and expressive interactions with machines.

Eye tracking in Education – bridging the gap from fundamental research to educational practice

Halszka Jarodzka, Associate Professor at the Welten Institute, Netherlands

Over the past decade, eye tracking has shed light onto aspects of learning and instruction that could not have been addressed otherwise before. However, few of these insights have found their way to educational practice. To bridge this gap between this fundamental research and educational practice, we now must take a step from controlled laboratory settings towards real-life scenarios accounting for their full complexity.

In my keynote, I would like to address this question from three perspectives, namely by using eye tracking to analyze the viewpoint of the teacher as well as that of the student, and by using eye tracking as direct instruction tool. From the teacher’s perspective, I will focus on how teachers develop visual expertise in managing a classroom full of students and how this can be investigated by eye tracking (and other triangulating measures). From the students’ perspective, I will discuss how eye tracking can help us to improve the instructional design of computer-based learning- and testing environments and what influence social presence has on students’ attentional processes and ultimately on their learning. Finally, I will present how we use eye tracking directly for teaching by means of so-called eye movement modeling examples, which is a form of video-based instruction, and what guidelines we can derive thus far for their design.

For all three aspects, I will draw connections to other areas of eye tracking research to show what we learned from them and described what theoretical development our research aims at.


Organizing Committee

  • Bonita Sharif, Youngstown State University, USA, conference chair
  • Krzysztof Krejtz, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland, conference chair
  • Roman Bednarik, University of Eastern Finland, Finland, paper chair
  • Frederick Shic, University of Washington, USA, paper chair
  • Oleg Komogortsev, Michigan State University, USA, sponsor chair
  • Andrew Begel, Microsoft Research, USA, sponsor chair
  • Tanja Blascheck, INRIA, France, demo and video chair
  • Rakshit Kothari, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, demo and video chair
  • Arantxa Villanueva, Public University of Navarre, Spain, poster chair
  • Dan Witzner Hansen & team, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Celebrations Chair
  • Preethi Vaidyanathan, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, tutorial chair
  • Pawel Kasprowski, Silesian University of Technology, Poland, tutorial chair
  • Hana Vrakova, University of Eastern Finland, Finland, doctoral symposium chair
  • Reynold Bailey, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, doctoral symposium chair
  • Marcus Nyström, Lund University, Sweden, doctoral symposium chair
  • Stephen Spencer, University of Washington, USA, publications chair
  • Justyna Żurawska, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland, accessibility chair
  • Maksymilian Bielecki, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland, accessibility chair
  • Anna Niedzielska, National Information Processing Institute, Poland, social media chair
  • Kamran Binaee, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, social media chair
  • Jenna Wise, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, web chair

Steering Committee

  • Andrew Duchowski, Clemson University, USA, chair
  • Pernilla Qvarfordt, FX Palo Alto Laboratory, USA, member
  • Kari-Jouko Räihä, University of Tampere, Finland, member





  • Tobii
  • iMotions
  • Pupil Labs


  • SR Research
  • Interactive Minds
  • Smart Eye


  • Microsoft
  • Gazepoint
  • Oculus Research

Time and Location

June 14-17, 2018, 9.00-18.00

SWPS University of Humanities and Social Sciences
Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815 Warsaw

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