COGAIN Newsletter 2011/12
A word from the President
Presentation of the new board
Update on standardization work on eye tracking data quality
Announcing the COGAIN book
Information about upcoming conferences in gaze tracking
COGAIN to co-host ECEM 2013

1. A word from the president
Dear COGAIN member,

I am proud and honored to welcome you as a reader to this first newsletter from the COGAIN Association. I will be serving as president for the COGAIN association for the next 2 years and I am excited about all the activities that the association will be engaged in for the years to come. First and foremost we are dedicated to continue the good work on standardization of gaze tracking systems that originally started in the COGAIN network of excellence (NoE). The COGAIN association has kindly been invited to co-host the next ECEM conference in Lund, Sweden 2013 and we will make sure that the standardization work continues at this event also.

The COGAIN Association has 23 institutional members and 74 individual members, a total of 97 members. We will have our first general assembly by email in January 2012. This is where you can get involved in shaping the COGAIN Association, if you have points you would like to raise, please forward them.

The COGAIN Association has elected a new board and I am happy to work with this board. Below you can read a bit about who we are.


Arantxa Villanueva

2. Presentation of the new board
Arantxa Villanueva (President) is an Associate Professor at the IT Public University of Navarra (SPAIN). She received a MSc in 1998 and a PhD in 2005 in Telecommunications. The topic of her PhD was Mathematical Models for Video Oculography. Her research interests are image processing and more specifically eye tracking systems development and gaze estimation. She is the leader of Gaze Interaction Group at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department and she also leaded Eye Tracking Systems Development Work Package in the COGAIN Project of the European Commission. She has collaborated with eye tracking companies and has published more than 20 papers in conferences and journals.

John Paulin Hansen (Vice-President) initiated the COGAIN NoE. He is an Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He received a MSc in 1984 and a PhD in 1992 both in Psychology from Institute of Psychology, University of Aarhus.   His research areas are human factors, cognitive modelling and gaze-based interaction. He has published more than 30 research papers within this area.

Fiona Mulvey (Chair) was a member of the steering board of the COGAIN NoE, and is a researcher at the HumLab, Lund University, Sweden. Her research interests are in the neurological basis of eye movements and visual attention, eye event detection and how eye movement measures can be used to infer subjective cognitive states and intentions in normal and clinical populations. She initiated two international standards for eye trackers led by the COGAIN Association.

Margret Buchholz (Secretary-Treasurer) is a Specialist in Occupational Therapy at DART - Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT), Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden and doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. She has worked in the field of AAC and AT since the mid 1990's and wrote her MSc and specialist degree in Occupational Therapy with emphasis on AT.

Detlev Droege (Portal Administrator) is senior research associate at the University of Koblenz and Landau (Germany). He received his diploma in 1987 and has since worked in the department of computer science in the realms of operating systems, computer graphics and image processing. Within the Active Vision Group he works on approaches for low cost gaze tracking systems. His group was one of the partners in the COGAIN Project of the European Commission.

3. Update on standardization work on eye tracking data quality & infra red safety in eye trackers

The update on standardization is that the committee met in Marseille during ECEM 2011 and work to develop standard measures of data quality are well underway. Committee members will present a paper on data quality and be available to talk to anyone interested in the work during ETRA 2012. A comprehensive position paper written by committee members has been submitted for publication. The standard for using infra red light in eye trackers is in the final stage of review within the CIE and should become a recognized ISO international standard in the near future.

4. The COGAIN book is available for purchase
The COGAIN Association recently published a book summarizing work so far and intended for a multidisciplinary audience, taking the reader from eye tracking basics to future technologies, covering all aspects of gaze based interaction. All profits are donated by the authors to the COGAIN Association. “Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking: Advances in Assistive Technologies” is published by IGI Global and available to order here:

5. Upcoming events
ETRA 2012, 28 - 30 March 2012:

The ACM Eye Tracking Research & Applications Symposium (ETRA 2012) will be the seventh biennial symposium in a series that focuses on all aspects of eye movement research across a wide range of disciplines. The goal of ETRA is to bring together computer scientists, engineers and behavioral scientists in support of a common vision of moving eye tracking research and its application forward, and expanding its impact. ETRA 2012 will be held at the Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara, CA, USA. (

COGAIN will have a stand at ETRA where we will make information on current activities available and where new members can sign up or anyone interested can get information about who we are, on standardization work, the COGAIN book and our web resources.

6. COGAIN to co-host ECEM 2013
The COGAIN Association will co-host the European Conference on Eye Movements in 2013, in Lund, Sweden. This conference will include a program covering all aspects of eye tracking excellence, from clinical measures, cognitive, neurological and neuropsychological research, data analysis and event detection methods, emerging and state of the art hardware and software and high quality applications of eye movements for human computer interaction. An educational element is being added to the proceedings with short courses taught by top experts in the days preceding the conference. These courses will cover various themes in both basic and applied research, taught by top experts across a wide range of topics related to eye tracking.

To keep updated on all these topics, or to get involved in the work, see