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Eyeing the Web
Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

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Karl Aberer, EPFL, Switzerland

 

Eyeing the Web

Steffen Staab
University of Koblenz-Landau
Germany
 

Brief Bio
Steffen is full professor for Databases and Information Systems at the Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany, and full professor for Web and Computer Science at University of Southampton, UK. He studied in Erlangen (Germany), Philadelphia (USA) and Freiburg (Germany) computer science and computational linguistics. In his research career he has managed to avoid almost all good advice that he now gives to his team members. Such advice includes focusing on research (vs. company) or concentrating on only one or two research areas (vs. considering ontologies, semantic web, social web, data engineering, text mining, peer-to-peer, multimedia, HCI, services, software modelling and programming and some more). Though, actually, improving how we understand and use text and data is a good common denominator for a lot of Steffen’s professional activities.


Abstract
For most people, the dominating sense they use to interact with the Web is their eye sight.
However, web site providers do neither understand very well what users see when they look at their web site nor can they help the user to exploit her eye sight as an interaction modality. While eye tracking devices have become commercial commodity products, what has been lacking is the contextualized understanding of eye sight. Web browsers are almost unique software applications as they require an (almost) declarative representation of the user interface. We have engineered solutions that map eye traces and fixations onto interface regions and interaction widgets.
In the EU project Mamem we have used such mappings to facilitate hands-free Web interaction, especially for motor-impaired individuals. In collaboration with the company EyeVido, we use these mappings to mine user viewing behavior. We envision that eye sight will become a major interaction modality for the Web in the future, but for this we also suggest that Web browsers remain transparent, declarative-oriented applications that are so accessible and modifiable that we can develop methods that involve all our senses.




 

 

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Karl Aberer
EPFL
Switzerland
 

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