This year PETMEI will be organized as a workshop in conjunction with The 2023 ACM Symposium of Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA). The workshop will be held as a hybrid event during 13:00 - 17:30 CEST, June 2nd, 2023 in Tübingen, Germany.
Vision and Goals
Eye tracking technology has matured considerably in recent years, and eye-based interaction is gaining attention in various application areas. While early work focused on gaze as an input modality to interact with desktop computers, it is becoming increasingly important to take eye tracking into everyday life and mobile settings. This paradigm of continuous eye monitoring and eye-based interaction 24/7 was coined pervasive eye tracking. The potential applications for the capability to track and analyse eye movements anywhere and any time call for new research to further develop and understand visual behaviour and eye-based interaction in mobile daily-life settings. Pervasive eye tracking is by nature inter-disciplinary and spans across a number of disciplines, including ubiquitous computing, human-robot, human-computer interaction, eye-tracking research, egocentric vision, cognitive psychology, design, and extended reality. Furthermore, virtual reality and augmented reality devices (VR/AR) are becoming more popular and have already entered people's everyday lives, further pushing eye tracking beyond the typical desktop setting. Most likely, the next generation of these devices will integrate eye tracking as an essential core technology to increase content presentation and enhance interaction.
PETMEI 2023 will provide the opportunity to re-establish and expand the research community around pervasive eye tracking, define novel challenges and opportunities, and establish guidelines to inform future research in this field. The first stepping stones towards this vision were established in the first iterations of this workshop from 2011 to 2018. However, in the last five years significant advancements in camera technologies, algorithms, and display devices, have been made, which call for a new perspective on these topics. Specifically, we want to encourage these communities to think about the implications of pervasive eye tracking for context-aware computing, that is, the ability to track eye movements not only for a couple of hours inside the laboratory but continuously for days, weeks, or even months in people’s everyday life.