Eye Tracking Research & Applications Symposium

ETRA 2018 Call for Submissions

The tenth anniversary of the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA 2018) will be held in Warsaw, Poland June 14-17 2018. This will be the first time ETRA will be held in Europe and will introduce several innovations, such as co-located workshops and invited sessions. Join us in Warsaw to celebrate twenty years in eye tracking research at ETRA!

The ETRA conference series focuses on eye movement research and applications across a wide range of disciplines including computer science, human-computer interaction, visualization, biomedical research, and psychology. The symposium presents research that advances the state-of-the-art across multiple fields, leading to new capabilities in gaze tracking systems, gaze aware applications, gaze based interaction, and eye movement data analysis. We invite papers in all areas of eye tracking research and applications, and welcome submissions from all domains including those not represented in previous ETRA conferences.

ETRA 2018 is co-sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), and the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH).

ACM sends ETRA publications to Elsevier for indexing. All of ACM’s content is indexed in the EI/EV.

Important Dates (Time Zone: AoE)

Papers & Notes
Jan 12, 2018 Authors: Paper Abstracts due
Jan 26, 2018 Authors: Papers & Notes due
Feb 25, 2018 Feedback: Reviews to authors
Mar 8, 2018 Authors: Rebuttals due
Mar 26, 2018 Feedback: Preliminary decisions to authors
Apr 13, 2018 Authors: Camera ready papers due
Apr 23, 2018 Feedback: Final notifications to authors
Jun 14-17, 2018 ETRA Conference @ SWPS University, Warsaw, Poland
Demo/Video & Doctoral Symposium (Technical Abstracts)
Apr 2, 2018 Doc Symp Authors: Extended abstracts due
Apr 6, 2018 Demo/Video Authors: Extended abstracts due
Apr 10, 2018 Feedback: Preliminary acceptance, revisions, and rejections to authors
Apr 16, 2018 Authors: Camera ready abstracts due
Apr 23, 2018 Feedback: Final notifications to authors
Jun 14-17, 2018 ETRA Conference @ SWPS University, Warsaw, Poland

Submission Categories

Papers and Notes:
Authors are invited to submit original work in the formats of Papers (Up to 8 pages + 2 additional pages for references) and Notes (Up to 4 pages + 2 pages references). Abstract length is limited to 150 words and required to be entered in the conference website by the abstract due date prior to submission for both Papers and Notes. A Paper should provide substantial contribution to the field and a Note should provide focused and concise, yet significant contribution while not delving into broad discussion. All submissions will undergo a rigorous review process assessing the originality and quality of the work as well as the relevance for eye tracking research and applications. Papers presented at ETRA 2018 will be available in the ACM digital library. All accepted Papers and Notes will be presented at the conference in either oral or poster presentation format, with the format determined on a case-by-case basis for both Papers and Notes. At least one author needs to attend the conference.

ETRA employs a two-phase review process with a rebuttal phase and conditional acceptance. Before the final decision, authors will have the opportunity to respond to reviews. Given the outcome of the review process, authors may be invited to resubmit a revised paper along with a rebuttal. In some cases, papers may be asked to be resubmitted in shortened form. All papers and notes submissions must be appropriately anonymized to conceal the authors’ identifies and institutions. The submitted paper must be anonymized for peer review. This means that authors are expected to remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper. Also, please make sure that identifying information does not appear in the document’s meta-data (e.g., the ‘Authors’ field in your word processor’s ‘Save As’ dialog box). Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors’ discretion. We do expect that authors leave in citations to their previous work, so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. Nonetheless, please avoid phrases such as “In this paper we build on top of our previous work presented in [reference]…” and, instead, use constructions such as “We extend the work presented in [reference]… “. Observe that you are allowed to extend anyone’s work, and only the first phrase reveals that you are the author of the previous work.

Companion Video: Both papers and notes can be submitted with a companion video. A video submission is not required, but encouraged to help clarify interaction with a gaze-based system, or give a better sense of particular gaze patterns which is not as easy to communicate with static images or textual descriptions. The aim of the video is to supplement the paper; acceptance to the conference will be based on the paper and not on the companion video. A submitted companion video cannot be larger than 100 MB. We recommend using MP4 format with H.264 codec. Most video production systems can encode in this format and most video applications are able to play it. If you use a different codec, you risk that reviewers might not be able to view the video clip and you will need to re-encode the video clip for the conference proceeding disc. As for the paper submission, the companion video needs to be blinded for peer review.

Doctoral Symposium:
ETRA 2018 will offer an ETRA Doctoral Symposium, where doctoral students will get an opportunity to meet other students and experienced researchers for feedback. We invite abstracts from doctoral students who have a defined topic in the area of eye tracking research and applications, and whose work is still in a phase where it can be influenced by the feedback received in the symposium. Participants will be selected based on an extended abstract (2 pages + 1 additional page for references) describing the thesis work and its current status. Travel assistance through SIGCHI Student Travel Grants is available and/or volunteering work may be offered. Please refer to the long call for submissions for detailed information on the ETRA doctoral symposium.

Demo/video track:
Have a gaze interaction technique to share? Or want to show off how your new eye tracking method works? At ETRA 2018, we will have a demo/video session where researchers give demonstrations of their research or show videos of their work. We encourage new and exciting ideas that may not yet be fully tested. To take part in this session, we request an extended abstract (2 pages + 1 additional page for references) to be submitted. If authors have a full or short paper accepted, no extended abstract is needed. If submitting a video presentation, the video is required. For demos, space will be provided for a poster display. Please refer to the long call for submissions for detailed information on the ETRA demo/video track.

Tutorials ETRA 2018:
Tutorials were introduced at ETRA 2016. ETRA 2018 will include a number of half-day or full-day tutorials, where experts in the field cover a topic related to eye movement or eye tracking research within the general theme of the conference. To align the topics with the interests of ETRA participants, we now welcome suggestions of both topics and teachers. Please enter your suggestions through our online form at http://bit.ly/2rplwAU, before October 1, 2017.

Submission Process (For Papers & Notes and Demo/Video Tracks)

Please upload a 150-maximum word abstract reflecting your expected contribution by the Paper Abstract due date. Your abstract submission will allow us to prepare for the review process. An abstract is required before the actual paper is submitted. To submit the abstract, login to https://new.precisionconference.com/user/login?society=etra and create an account if you do not already have one. Ensure that you are making a submission to Society=ETRA, Conference=ETRA 2018, Track={ETRA 2018 Papers & Notes, ETRA 2018 Demos & Videos, ETRA 2018 Posters}. Edit the submission by including title, authors, and abstract, and then record the changes. The status will remain “incomplete”. Ensure that you have uploaded your actual paper/technical abstract submission by the Paper due date. Your submissions should be prepared following the sigconf instructions found at http://www.siggraph.org/learn/instructions-authors. To prepare the content of the PDF file, SIGGRAPH encourages authors to use LaTeX, but a Word template is also available as a sublink (https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template) off the link above. Authors who choose to use Word should keep in mind (a) they must use the "sigconf" template style, and (b) they must use the "author year" citation and reference format. We advise that Word authors consult the sigconf pdf example as a formatting template. When generating the PDF file, please make sure that the fonts are embedded in the PDF file. This will ensure that reviewers can view the paper without problems. The submitted papers and notes must be anonymized for peer review. The demos/videos do not need to be anonymized.

Submission Process (For Doctoral Symposium)

Abstracts and accompanying documents (see longer call on ETRA website) for the 2018 ETRA Doctoral Symposium should be submitted by email to ETRAdoctoralsymposium@gmail.com. Please use the subject line "ETRA 2018 Doctoral Symposium Submission."

Best Paper Awards

Awards will be made for the best papers in several categories including papers, notes, and video/tool demo.

Program Chairs

Roman Bednarik (roman.bednarik@uef.fi), University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Frederick Shic (fshic@uw.edu), Seattle Children’s Research Institute/University of Washington, USA

Video/Demo Chairs

Tanja Blascheck (tanja.blascheck@inria.fr), INRIA, France
Rakshit Kothari (rsk3900@rit.edu), Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Doctoral Symposium Chairs

Reynold Bailey (rjb@cs.rit.edu), Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Hana Vrzakova (hanav@uef.fi), University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Marcus Nyström (marcus.nystrom@humlab.lu.se), Lund University, Sweden