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In the Twinkling of an Eye

By Swiss National Science Foundation

January 4, 2017

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The process of automatically tracking the direction of a person's gaze is making significant progress.

Computer scientist Peter Kiefer and geomatics expert Martin Raubal in the GeoGazeLab at ETH Zurich in Switzerland are using eye-tracking technology to refine smartphone maps so pedestrians will find their way in any new environment.

Meanwhile, Mandana Sarey Khanie, a civil engineer at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is using eye-tracking technology to develop software that can help architects make better use of light when designing workspaces.

Agnes Scholz, a psychologist at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, is using the technology to gain a better understanding of the specific viewing behaviors of humans and the role they play in decision-making.

Kenneth Funes Mora and Jean-Marc Odobez at the Idiap Research Institute in Switzerland say their new camera, which uses an eye-tracking method, can support the interaction between people and computers. For example, they note a robot could use their system to advise customers in a shopping mall.

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