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                  COGAIN 2006: GAZING INTO THE FUTURE

    The COGAIN 2006 Conference on Communication by Gaze Interaction

                          4-5 September 2006

                             Turin, Italy


The conference provides a unique focus on communication by eye-gaze. 
It concentrates on the use of eye-gaze primarily for users with 
different types of disabilities in the context of interacting with 
computer applications, environment control and mobility. The 
conference has a strong involvement with disabled users and forms a 
vital bridge between those who develop gaze measurement and 
communication systems, those who research into the construction and 
use, and those who actually use, or could use, the systems. There is 
a strong emphasis in the conference on a range of subjects from 
technical issues to disabled user requirements and usability issues. 
The conference is the second annual conference of COGAIN, a European 
Union funded research Network of Excellence, which comprises 25 
universities, manufacturers and end-user organizations.

The theme of the conference is defining the future in terms of a 
research agenda for gaze-based communication.


The conference will be run over two days:
Day 1 (Monday 4th September, 2006): Academic Sessions
Day 2 (Tuesday 5th September, 2006): User and Industry Sessions

The academic sessions (Day 1) depart from the traditional format of 
paper presentations and instead will take the form of 4 workshops. The
proceedings will be in three parts: a collection of short papers from 
participants published on the conference web-site and made available 
at the conference; an edited summary of the workshop sessions in the 
form of text and video and a special edition of the Journal of 
Universal Access in the Information Society, which will contain 
papers from invited participants based on their short papers and 
contributions to the workshop sessions.

Each workshop will have a theme around which the short papers will be 
collected, and the session chair will present a state-of-the-art 
position summary for each theme, together with a series of issues for 
the conference participants to address. All participants are invited 
to submit a short position paper that summarises their own work to 
date, and where they believe the priorities for the future lie. The 
provisional set of themes is:

* Eyetracking systems: low-cost systems, mobile systems, software, 
algorithms, calibration techniques and issues, integration with 
operating systems, standards.
* Gaze-aware communication software: eye-typing systems, interfaces 
to common applications, end-user configuration, gaze-aware 
applications, edutainment.
* Integration of gaze with other modalities: multimodal interaction, 
user performance and preference studies, attentive interfaces, gaze 
and brain integration.
* Human factors and user-related issues: Requirements for various 
disabled user groups, measuring usability with disabled groups, 
usability issues with gaze-based systems, case studies of user 
experience with gaze communication, training in the use of gaze-communication.

The user and industry sessions (Day 2) will follow a similar format 
to the successful event held in Copenhagen during COGAIN 2005 
Conference. The sessions will contain presentations from users of 
gaze-based systems, from representatives of end-user organizations 
and from industry, as well as opportunities for end users and 
researchers to try out the latest systems from the participating 
manufacturers. One of the most valuable aspects of last year's 
meeting was the opportunity it gave the academic research community 
and industry to meet, listen to, and observe users of gaze-based 
systems, and to understand their priorities and needs for system 
design and use. Furthermore, the session will provide manufacturers 
an ideal and unique opportunity to showcase their products to a 
highly specialist audience of those active and interested in 
gaze-based communication. Photographs of last year's event are 
available at


Submission of short papers: 31st May 2006
Notification of acceptance: 30th June 2006
Workshops at Conference: 4th September 2006
Invitation to submit Journal Papers: 30th September 2006
Deadline for Submission of Journal Papers: 31st January 2007


Authors are requested to submit their short papers (c. 1000 - 1500 
words) using the COGAIN conference format (for a template and 
instructions, see A condition of 
acceptance is that at least one of the authors will attend the 
conference. Best papers will be invited to submit full long papers 
for a special issue in the Universal Access in the Information 
Society (UAIS) journal. The special edition editors in consultation 
with the editor in chief of the journal will distribute the papers to 
three reviewers who are experts in the field.

The text should be clear enough to allow reviewers to judge the 
potential of the paper's suitability for COGAIN 2006. The suitability 
of the paper will be judged on the following criteria:

* Originality
* Statements of main results obtained so far (need not be final results)
* Clear identification of future research needs
* Clarity of presentation
* Technical soundness

Authors are requested to email their paper for consideration to Howell Istance:
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Tel: +44 (0)116 2506103

Conference Co-Chairs
Howell Istance (De Montfort University)
Laura Farinetti (Politecnico di Torino)

More information is available at

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