Second International Workshop on Eye Tracking

Experts to meet at CITEC

From 29–30 September 2015, the second international workshop on eye tracking research (SAGA) will take place at CITEC. SAGA stands for “Solutions for Automatic Gaze-Data Analysis.” Researchers will discuss challenges in the field, new developments, and the use of mobile technologies to track eye movements. In this context, researchers are particularly interested in investigating how to gather eye movement data in natural environments. At a supermarket, for instance, where does the customer’s eye go when picking out a box of muesli? There are also potential industrial applications – this technology could be used, for example, to analyse virtual automotive prototypes in real time. The project ADAMAAS, financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research with a total of 1.2 million Euro, also makes use of this technology. The smart glasses for ADAMAAS are designed to make the tasks of daily living easier, particularly for handicapped people and senior citizens.

Wearing a pair of smart glasses, Dr. Thies Pfeiffer picks out muesli at a grocery store (left image). His eye movements are recorded and analysed (middle image). The smart glasses also allow researchers to analyse which areas in a 3-dimensional environment are especially interesting to the test subjects (right image). Photo: CITEC.“The second SAGA workshop will provide an overview of the current state of eye tracking technology and automated analysis. In addition to this, participating international experts can use the workshop as a platform for exchange, which in turn will help to shape future research,” says Dr. Thies Pfeiffer, who works at the Central Labs of the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University.

The workshop brings together researchers with expertise in many different fields, including linguistics, psychology, biology, sports science, business administration, informatics and computer science, and robotics, as well as representatives from industry.

Danish researcher Dr. Jacob Lund Orquin of Aarhus University will hold the opening talk and introduce the topic of which characteristics of eye movements are currently being used by researchers in their analysis. Another issue is the question of what information researchers should provide in their scientific publications in order to ensure the highest degree of transparency and reproducibility. Linguist Dr. Maria Staudte of Saarland University will report on her research findings on the eye movements of speakers and their listeners. English Professor of Psychology Dr. Mark Williams from Brunel University in London works in the area of professional athletics and will discuss the “quiet eye phenomenon,” which refers to the final fixation of the eye when aiming for a target, for example, in archery.

The workshop is being organized by CITEC researchers Dr. Thies Pfeiffer, Dr. Kai Essig, Prof. Dr. Pia Knoeferle, Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack.
The first SAGA Workshop took place at CITEC in 2013 (see At the center of this workshop was the question of how objects can be automatically recognized by machines so that human eye movements can be evaluated more efficiently and data can be processed more quickly.

The conference will be held in English. Registration is required to participate in the entire workshop. Keynote addresses are open to the public.

For more information on the workshop, please visit:

Dr. Thies Pfeiffer, Bielefeld University
Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology
Telephone: +49 521 106-12373