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The 4th COGAIN Annual Conference on Communication by Gaze Interaction

COGAIN2008:
Communication, Environment and Mobility Control by Gaze

2-3 September 2008
Prague, Czech Republic

The 4th international COGAIN conference on eye gaze interaction has 
communication, environmental control and mobility control as its main 
themes. These three aspects together constitute the means to give 
people with severe motor disabilities independence in their daily 
lives. Eye gaze is often the most effective means of interacting with 
devices associated with these. Much progress has been made in 
developing eye tracking systems with a high degree of usability, and 
in developing systems for text entry using gaze. There are now new 
approaches to text entry and communication which offer higher input 
rates than have been previously possible. It is also important to 
consider enabling communication with mobile devices as well as 
conventional screen based applications, and to consider also how low 
cost, less accurate gaze systems can best be utilised. There are now 
research questions too about how to best to extend the use of gaze 
and enable users to interact with the local environment and to 
control mobility devices such as scooters and wheelchairs. A Danish 
person with motor neuron disease and an experienced user of gaze 
communication devices said recently "One of the future challenges 
should be to make a computer so that you can drive the wheelchair 
(safely!) using only an eye tracker". Gaze control has the potential 
to make really significant improvements to the quality of life of 
people with severe motor impairments. The COGAIN conferences are the 
major international events which focus particularly on gaze 
communication for people with disabilities. Now in its 4th year, 
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 COGAIN2005 (Copenhagen), COGAIN2006 (Turin) and 
COGAIN2007 (Leicester) are available from the site.

Call for Papers

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

Papers which deal with the use of eye gaze to study the usability of 
mainstream applications and websites are not normally considered for 
inclusion in the conference.

Format of the conference and proceedings
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. The 
paper sessions will present short papers and authors of some of these 
will be invited to produce full papers for a special edition of a 
journal. Full submission details can be found on the COGAIN website 
at http://www.cogain.org/cogain2008

Important Dates
Submission deadline for short papers : 31/05/08
Notification of acceptance: 15/07/08
COGAIN2008 Conference/Exhibition: 2-3/09/08

Please send submissions to
Howell Istance, Program Chair COGAIN2008,
School of Computing, De Montfort University,
Leicester UK,
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