International Workshop hosted by the European Congres of Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE2010)


24 August 2010, Delft, the Netherlands

Notifications send out on the 15th of June

We like to thank all contributors for their contribution to the ECCE workshop "Eye Tracking = Reading the Mind". We have accepted nine contributions allowing a full day of exchange of ideas and progression towards an interest group. The workshop contributants are truely international ranging from the U.S.A. to South Korea. The workshop takes place on the 24th of August in Delft, the Netherlands in one of the buildings of the Delft University of Technology. You wil receive additional information (i.e., exact location, room number, set-up of the day, etc) about the ECCE workshop no later than the 15th of July 2010. In the mean time, please keep an EYE on as this website will be updated frequently with new information. Also consider registration for the ECCE conference and the workshop as the registration system is currently open (see 'registration' page of the ECCE conference website:

Call for participation

Eye activity measures are used in a variety of fields and domains, and thereby provide a valuable measure of human activity. The field of advertising, for example, embeds eye-tracking studies in its quest for successful new advertising concepts. Usability studies, in turn, increasingly utilize eye activity measures to validate the effectiveness and efficiency of artefacts and the satisfaction in using them. Finally, the research community acknowledges the empirical strength of eye activity measures in studies conducted to infer mental (workload) states (Ha et al., 2006; Lin et al., 2003; Van Orden et al., 2001), cognitive processes (Salvucci, 2001; Rayner, 1998;), and acknowledgement states (de Greef & Lafeber, 2008). Advances made in these lines of research can potentially inform human machine interaction design by offering predictions about users' responses in different settings (e.g., Salvucci, 2006; Verwey, & Veltman, 1996).

Up to date, studies involving eye activity measurements seem to fall into two broad categories. First, many experimental studies use indices such as pupil diameter, fixation duration, or blinking frequency to infer about the mental workload a certain task imposes (e.g., Porter, Troscianko & Gilchrist, 2007; Van Orden et al., 2001; Stern, Boyer & Schroeder, 1994). Second, other experimental studies focus on understanding how eye activity patterns are related to higher-level cognitive processes and attention shifts (e.g., Salvucci, 2006; Salvucci, 2001; Rayner, 1998).

While theories of the first category are already widely studied and to some extent accepted, those of the second category are less studied and accepted. Hence, this second broad category provides an excellent opportunity to continue and extend the research in the area to related higher-level cognitive processes and attention shifts with lower-level eye-movement behaviour. These studies contribute the knowledge base of cognitive processes and can serve to improve human machine interaction.

We also believe that some attention is due to the relationship between task completion strategies and individuals’ mental workload (Hockey, 1997). Interestingly, we currently know of no literature that focuses on the interaction between eye-related workload indices and such higher-level cognitive processes.

The organizing committee invites you to participate in the workshop!

Important Dates

       (This provides the workshop attendees to await a review decision of a (short/long) paper submission to the ECCE 2010 conference prior to writing an attendee workshop motivation)


The main question of the workshop is how to use eye activity measures in order to support higher-level cognitive processes. Furthermore, we have an interest to gain knowledge on the interaction between eye-related workload effects and higher-level cognitive processes.

The workshop mainly serves to establish an international special interest group interested in making research proposals about inferring higher-level cognitive processes from eye activity. Furthermore, the workshop provides participants a short overview of the usage of eye activity measures and the technology & knowledge required to obtain these activity measures. In addition, the workshop facilitates an exchange of general ideas between participants concerning the usage of eye tracking devices for supporting humans.

Read workshop proposal here

Program of the day

The full-day workshop is set up to have the participants fully engaged and actively involved. The workshop will use the morning and the afternoon for different purposes. In the morning each participant will provide a short presentation (max 30 min) describing her or his research interests, experiences, and personal perspective on the gaps in knowledge. These presentations are intended to provide the audience with an overview and comprehension of the state-of-the-art techniques in eye activity research.

The afternoon will be used to summarize the research challenges, to achieve a common ground by closing on the knowledge gaps, and to work in small groups to create a research proposal. Afterward, each group will present a short elevator pitch about their ideas. These ideas can eventually, depending on their subject and on their content, be combined into an overall proposal. Ideally, the workshop should end with an overall understanding about one or two research proposals with enthusiastic researchers attached. The workshop will close with a drink allowing people to discuss previous research and establish new relations.


People interested are required to shortly motivate their attendance by describing their research interest, experience, and a visionary statement that identifies knowledge gaps and possible approaches to bridge them (max. 500 words, to upload using the ECCE 2010 conference reviewing system The participants group, however, will not be limited to the academic community. The participants group will ideally include manufacturers and end users of eye activity measurements systems.

Organizing Committee

Tjerk de Greef - Delft University of Technology

Assaf Botzer - Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Peter-Paul van Maanen - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam