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Dr. Gwizdka investigates eye-tracking for adaptive user interfaces

School of Information Assistant Professor Jacek Gwizdka, a co-director of the iSchool’s Information eXperience (IX) Lab, is a principal investigator on a new project called “Eye-Tracking for Adaptive User Interfaces.” The project is being funded by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The main goal of this three-year project is to improve user-system performance in systems with complex displays. Eye-tracking and facial expression detection technologies will be used to sense user cognitive and affective mental states and adapt the display or adjust the training procedures. The objective of adaptation is to improve the user’s situation awareness, reduce mental workload, and proactively provide relevant information. Dr. Gwizdka will supervise a graduate student who will assist in designing and conducting experiments in the IX lab to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed approach. The resulting techniques should be applicable to environments with complex information, requiring sustained attention and tasks of long duration.

The iSchool’s Information eXperience Lab is a research facility dedicated to the study of human interaction with information across a wide range of digital formats and devices. The lab provides iSchool faculty, students, research collaborators and clients with a state-of-the-art facility in which to conduct research on broadly construed human-information interaction (HII) research topics, including effects of fundamental human capabilities on HII, evaluation of user interface and interaction design, usability, and all aspects of user experience.