Call for Papers

This call is also available as a PDF

September 23, 2014 in Vienna, Austria
in conjunction with the Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2014)

Eye tracking has become a popular method for investigating research questions related to geographic information science. This includes studies on how people interact with geographic information systems and studies on how space is perceived in decision situations. Knowledge of how people perceive spatial information can help us, for instance, to design better maps and other spatial representations or to decide on the optimal placement of signage in indoor and outdoor environments. Recent technological developments in the area of mobile eye trackers have opened up new perspectives for their use in spatial research by allowing for studies outside the research lab, adding the user’s position as another aspect of the data.

Independent of this, the human computer interaction (HCI) community has been using eye trackers as input devices for building interactive systems that react to the user’s gaze. These gaze-aware assistance technologies are likely to change the way we will access and interact with geographic information in the future, especially as augmented reality glasses with integrated eye trackers will reach the mass market in the forthcoming years.

After the successful 1st International Workshop on Eye Tracking for Spatial Research (ET4S) at COSIT’13 we aim to bring together researchers from different areas who have a common interest in using eye tracking for research questions related to spatial information. The workshop should stimulate the exchange of ideas between the different areas, laying out a road-map for using eye tracking for spatial research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • Visual Perception and Exploration of (Indoor and Outdoor) Space
  • Eye Tracking as a Tool for Spatial Cognition Research
  • Wayfinding Studies and Eye Tracking
  • Gaze-Based Interaction with visuo-spatial representations and Maps
  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Visualization of Eye Tracking Data
  • Eye Tracking in Traffic Research, Car Navigation, and Public Transport
  • Gaze-Aware Mobile Assistance
  • Usability Analysis of GIS with Eye Tracking
  • Evaluation of Cartographic and other Spatial Visualizations with Eye Tracking

Submission Guidelines
Prospective authors should submit work in progress, position papers or vision statements with a maximum of 4 pages length. Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee.

All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings distributed at the workshop (USB memory stick). We are exploring the potential for a special issue in a journal (e.g., in “Spatial Cognition and Computation”), for which there would be an open call and separate review process. Accepted authors to the workshop will be encouraged to submit extended versions of their work to this special issue.

Submissions should be prepared according to the Springer LNCS guidelines (PDF) and submitted through Easychair. Templates and submission website to be found at

Important Dates
May 2, 2014                            Paper submission
June 6, 2014 June 18, 2014  Notification of acceptance
July 10, 2014                          Camera-ready due
September 23, 2014              Workshop

Program Committee
Gennady Andrienko, Fraunhofer Institute
Iva Barisic, ETH Zurich
Arzu Cöltekin, University of Zurich
Florian Daiber, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Clare Davies, University of Winchester
Andrew T. Duchowski, Clemson University
Beatrix Emo, ETH Zurich
Sara Fabrikant, University of Zurich
Mary Hegarty, University of California, Santa Barbara
Christoph Hölscher, ETH Zurich
Christian Kray, Münster University
Johannes Schöning, Hasselt University
Artemis Skarlatidou, University College London
Jan M. Wiener, Bournemouth University

Invited Speaker
Andrew T. Duchowski, Clemson University

Peter Kiefer, ETH Zürich
Ioannis Giannopoulos, ETH Zürich
Martin Raubal, ETH Zürich
Antonio Krüger, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Sponsor of ET4S 2014