Monday, August 16, 2010

Call for Papers: ACM Transactions Special Issue on Eye Gaze

ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems
Special Issue on Eye Gaze in Intelligent Human-Machine Interaction

Aims and Scope

Partly because of the increasing availability of nonintrusive and high-performance eye tracking devices, recent years have seen a growing interest in incorporating human eye gaze in intelligent user interfaces. Eye gaze has been used as a pointing mechanism in direct manipulation interfaces, for example, to assist users with “locked-in syndrome”. It has also been used as a reflection of information needs in web search and as a basis for tailoring information presentation. Detection of joint attention as indicated by eye gaze has been used to facilitate computer-supported human-human communication. In conversational interfaces, eye gaze has been used to improve language understanding and intention recognition. On the output side, eye gaze has been incorporated into the multimodal behavior of embodied conversational agents. Recent work on human-robot interaction has explored eye gaze in incremental language processing, visual scene processing, and conversation engagement and grounding.

This special issue will report on state-of-the-art computational models, systems, and studies that concern eye gaze in intelligent and natural human-machine communication. The nonexhaustive list of topics below indicates the range of appropriate topics; in case of doubt, please contact the guest editors. Papers that focus mainly on eye tracking hardware and software as such will be relevant (only) if they make it clear how the advances reported open up new possibilities for the use of eye gaze in at least one of the ways listed above.


  • Empirical studies of eye gaze in human-human communication that provide new insight into the role of eye gaze and suggest implications for the use of eye gaze in intelligent systems. Examples include new empirical findings concerning eye gaze in human language processing, in human-vision processing, and in conversation management.
  • Algorithms and systems that incorporate eye gaze for human-computer interaction and human-robot interaction. Examples include gaze-based feedback to information systems; gaze-based attention modeling; exploiting gaze in automated language processing; and controlling the gaze behavior of embodied conversational agents or robots to enable grounding, turn-taking, and engagement.
  • Applications that demonstrate the value of incorporating eye gaze in practical systems to enable intelligent human-machine communication.

Guest Editors

  • Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg, Germany (contact: andre[at]informatik[dot]
  • Joyce Chai, Michigan State University, USA

Important Dates

  • By December 15th, 2010: Submission of manuscripts
  • By March 23rd, 2011: Notification about decisions on initial submissions
  • By June 23rd, 2011: Submission of revised manuscripts
  • By August 25th, 2011: Notification about decisions on revised manuscripts
  • By September 15th, 2011: Submission of manuscripts with final minor changes
  • Starting October, 2011: Publication of the special issue on the TiiS website and subsequently in the ACM Digital Library and as a printed issue

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