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The 3rd COGAIN Annual Conference on Communication by Gaze Interaction

COGAIN 2007:
Gaze-based creativity, interacting with games and on-line communities

3-4 September 2007
Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK


Overview
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The conference is the third COGAIN conference. It is dedicated to
gaze-based communication with computer systems by anyone, but
primarily by people who have different types of disability.

Paper submissions are invited on all aspects of gaze-based
communications. This year's special theme, however, is using gaze to
interact with games and virtual on-line communities, as well as with
applications to express creativity. Gaze can add considerable
interaction bandwidth for able-bodied or mainstream users, if
measuring gaze position is not intrusive. Profoundly disabled people
may find great enjoyment from participation in virtual communities as
their disability need no longer be a barrier between them and the
able-bodied world. Gaze-based interaction techniques can enable this.
There is then the added challenge of fast real-time interaction if
this user group is to participate in a world or game on an equal
footing with able-bodied participants. Computer games have become
such a large part of the entertainment culture, and making use of
where the player is looking has yet to be exploited. Disabled users
too should be able to fully engage with this form of entertainment
and gaze communication offers a means to realise this. Attentive gaze
responsive interfaces and applications are the focus of increasing
attention. Different electronic forms of creativity and artistic
expression for both disabled and able bodied people alike can benefit
from the knowledge of where the user is currently looking.

COGAIN (COmmunication by GAze INteraction) is a European Union funded
research Network of Excellence, which comprises 25 universities,
manufacturers and end-user organizations from across the European
Union together with partners from across the globe. More information
about the COGAIN network can be found at www.cogain.org. The
proceedings of COGAIN 2005 (Copenhagen) and COGAIN 2006 (Turin) are
available from the site.

Call for papers
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The conference committee invites the submission of short papers
particularly in the following areas, although submissions in any area
related to gaze-based interaction will be considered.

- Gaze-based interaction with virtual worlds
- Gaze and creativity
- Gaming using gaze as an input modality
- Attentive interfaces and inferring user intent from gaze
- Text entry by means of gaze
- Applications using gaze
- Usability studies of gaze-based techniques
- User experience studies
- Innovations in eyetracking systems
- Low cost gaze tracking systems
- Gaze and environmental control
- Gaze and personal mobility control
- Using gaze with other modalities including BCI

Format of the conference
------------------------
The public conference will be a two-day event as last year, the first
day having themed paper sessions, and the second having user and
industry presentations as well as the exhibition of systems. Full
submission details can be found on the COGAIN 2007 website:
http://www.cogain.org/cogain2007

Important Dates
---------------
Submission deadline for short  papers : 31 May 2007
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2007
COGAIN 2007 Conference/Exhibition: 3-4 September 2007

Please send submissions to Howell Istance, Program Chair COGAIN 2007,
School of Computing, De Montfort University, Leicester UK,
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