Eye Tracking Research & Applications Symposium

ETRA 2019 Call for Submissions

The 2019 ACM Symposium on Eye tracking Research & Applications (ETRA) will be held in Denver, Colorado June 25-28 2019. The aim of ETRA is to bring together computer scientists, engineers, and behavioral scientists with the common goal of continuing to move eye tracking research forward. Join us in Denver for ETRA, attend co-located workshops, and participate in exciting discussions.

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 symposia.

Papers must be original and not accepted previously for publication elsewhere. All papers will be published and will be available in the ACM Digital Library. At least one author must register and present accepted work at the conference. Awards will be made for the best papers in several categories including long papers, short papers, video/tool demo, and challenge track.

AACM ETRA 2019 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).

Important Dates (Time Zone: AoE)

Long & Short Papers
Jan 2, 2019 Authors: Paper abstracts due
Jan 9, 2019 Authors: Long & short papers due
Feb 15, 2019 Feedback: Reviews to authors
Feb 20, 2019 Authors: Rebuttals + Revised paper due
Mar 6, 2019 Feedback: Final notifications to authors
Mar 20, 2019 Authors: Camera ready papers due
Demo and Video
Mar 15, 2019 Authors: Submissions due
Mar 22, 2019 Feedback: Notifications due to authors
Mar 29, 2019 Authors: Camera ready papers due
Doctoral Symposium
Mar 10, 2019 Authors: Submissions due
Mar 22, 2019 Feedback: Notifications due to authors
Mar 29, 2019 Authors: Camera ready papers due
Challenge Track
Mar 22, 2019 Authors: Challenge report due (Draft)
Mar 24, 2019 Authors: Challenge report due (Final Submission)
Mar 26, 2019 Feedback: Notifications due to authors
Mar 29, 2019 Authors: Camera ready papers due
Tutorial Track
February 28, 2019 Authors: Tutorial Suggestions due

Submission Categories

Long and Short Papers:
Authors are invited to submit original work in the formats of long papers (up to 8 pages plus 2 additional pages for references) and short papers (up to 4 pages plus 2 pages references). A long paper should provide substantial contribution to the field and a short paper should provide focused and concise, yet significant contribution while not delving into broad discussion.

All submissions will undergo a rigorous triple-blind 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 2019 will be available in the ACM digital library.

ACM ETRA employs a two-phase review process with a rebuttal phase. Before the final decision, authors will have the opportunity to respond to the reviews with rebuttal.

Both long and short papers 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 2019 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 (3 pages + 1 additional page for references) describing the thesis work and its current status. Please refer to the long call for submissions for detailed information on the ETRA doctoral symposium.

Demo and video track:
Have a gaze interaction technique to share? Or want to show off how your new eye tracking method works? At ETRA 2019, we will have a demo and 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, a video with audio is required. For demos, we also require that a video with audio is submitted for review. Please refer to the long call for submissions for detailed information on the ETRA demo and video track.

Tutorial track
Continuing the success of the tutorials introduced at ETRA2016, ETRA2019 will also include a number of half-day or full-day tutorials, where experts in the field cover a topic related to eye tracking or eye movement 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 as well as suggestions for teachers. Please enter your suggestions through our online at https://goo.gl/forms/1s3Fasu9WOVtzTIO2, before February 28, 2019. Submissions open on November 7, 2018.

Challenge Track
In 2019, ETRA will host for the first time a Challenge Track. In this opening edition, the Challenge Track will consist of a mining challenge. We call upon interested participants to apply their analytical tools to a common human eye-movement data set. The challenge is for participants to creatively engage their newest and most exciting mining tools and approaches to make the most of these data. Please refer to the long call for submissions for detailed information on the ETRA challenge track.

Submission Process (Long and Short Papers, Demo, Video, Doctoral Symposium and Challenge 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://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=etra19 and create an account if you do not already have one. Ensure to make your submission to the correct track. Edit the submission by including title, authors, and abstract, and then record the changes. Ensure that you have uploaded your abstract/paper by the appropriate due dates. 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 must be anonymized for peer review. The demos/videos do not need to be anonymized.

All paper 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.

For questions, please email: etra19@easychair.org

Program Chairs

Paige Rodeghero (prodegh@clemson.edu), Clemson University
Veronica Sundstedt (veronica.sundstedt@bth.se), Blekinge Institute of Technology

Demo and Video Chairs

Tanja Blascheck (tanja.blascheck@inria.fr), INRIA, France
Fabian Deitelhoff (Fabian.Deitelhoff@fh-dortmund.de), University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund

Tutorial Chairs

Preethi Vaidyanathan (preethi@eyegaze.com), LC Technologies, USA
Diako Mardanbegi (d.mardanbegi@lancaster.ac.uk), Lancaster University, UK

Doctoral Symposium Chairs

Hana Vrakov (hana.vrzakova@colorado.edu), University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Reynold Bailey (rjb@cs.rit.edu), Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Ann McNamara (ann@viz.tamu.edu), Texas A&M University, USA

Eye Tracking Challenge Chairs

Susana Martinez-Conde (smart@neuralcorrelate.com), State University of New York, USA
Jorge Otero-Millan (jorge7582@gmail.com), Johns Hopkins University, USA