Methods and Research on gaze tracking

Workshop of the Mind-Brain College, Universidade de Lisboa

25 July 2018

There is a growing interest in eye tracking as a research method in many communities, including human-robot interaction, applied perception, psychology, cognitive science, security, and mixed reality. Progress in hardware technology and the reduction of costs for eye tracking devices have made this analysis technique accessible to a large population of researchers. We aim to establish connections to related fields, in particular, in human-machine interaction, cognitive science, psychology, and language sciences. This will promote a robust exchange of established practices and innovative use scenarios.

Scope and Focus

Technological advances in computer vision algorithms and sensor hardware have greatly reduced the costs of eye tracking. Thus, we are witnessing a significant increase in its use as a research tool in fields beyond the traditional domains of biological vision and neuropsychology. Key challenges in gaze tracking technology lies in the analysis of complex spatio-temporal datasets, usability by non-technical parties and/or accompanying physiological sensor recordings. Most often the research objective is to allow eye tracking data to be effectively interpreted in terms of the observer’s decision-making and cognitive processes. To achieve this, it is necessary to draw upon our current understanding of gaze-behavior across various and related fields, from vision to cognition to human-robot interaction.

We have seen a large increase in research and papers related to eye tracking. However, the analysis, interaction, and visualization of such gaze data—along with additionally attached data from the stimulus or further physiological sensor recordings—becomes a challenging factor in this emerging discipline. Also, from the human-robot interaction and the cognitive science perspective, many aspects have to be focused on integrating the human behavior and the decision-making and thinking processes. All together make eye tracking an important field to be understood, be it in the sense of data analysis and visualization, interaction, or user-based evaluation of visualization.


Prospective participants and speakers are invited to register via the workshop submission form. ( . For each talk there will be up to 15 minutes for each speaker to present the work plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Confirmed speakers

Speaker: Susana Araújo, Research Center for Psychological Science, University of Lisbon
Title of the talk: Naming speed deficits in reading disabilities: what the readers’ eye tells us

Speaker: Paula Luegi, Laboratório de Psicolinguística, CLUL, University of Lisbon
Title of the talk: Eye tracking in language processing and reading research: studies with typical and atypical populations

Speaker: Sonia Frota and Cátia Severino, Laboratório de Fonética e Fonologia and Lisbon Baby Lab, CLUL, University of Lisbon
Title of the talk: ‘Old’ paradigms, new measures: Eye-tracking in early language development research

Speaker: Mirko Raković, Institute for Systems and Robotics, IST, University of Lisbon
Title of the talk: LabStreamingLayer: a tool for integration of time series measurements in research experiments

Speaker: Nuno Duarte, Institute for Systems and Robotics, IST, University of Lisbon
Title of the talk: The role of gaze cues for action anticipation in dyadic human-human and human-robot interaction


Mirko Raković and José Santos-Victor
Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon


Talk title submission: 21st of July, 2018, end of day
Program: 23rd of July, 2018
Registration: 23rd of July, 2018, end of day
Workshop: 25th of July, 2018, 10:00 AM


Instituto Superior Tecnico, Torre Norte, Amphitheater EA1, 9:30

– Registration is free but mandatory. You can do your registration here!