ETSA 2013 Keynote Speakers

Andrew Duchowski

Andrew Duchowski

Dr. Duchowski is a professor of Computer Science at Clemson University. He received his baccalaureate (1990) from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, and doctorate (1997) from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, both in Computer Science. His research and teaching interests include visual attention and perception, eye tracking, computer vision, and computer graphics. He joined the School of Computing faculty at Clemson in January, 1998. He has since produced a corpus of publications and a textbook related to eye tracking research, and has delivered courses and seminars on the subject at international conferences. He maintains Clemson's eye tracking laboratory, and teaches a regular course on eye tracking methodology attracting students from a variety of disciplines across campus.

The title of Dr Duchowski’s keynote address is “Eye Tracking in the Comfort Zone” - Half a century of eye tracking has led to remarkable progress in the development and use of the technology. The earlier characterization of applications as either interactive or diagnostic was largely influenced by an analogous demarcation of computer graphics algorithms: real-time or offline. Interactive eye tracking applications now include gaze-controlled depth-of-field graphics effects designed to increase comfortable viewing of 3D stereoscopic displays, and are in general heading towards contextual support of multimodal interaction styles. Diagnostic applications are benefiting from analytical innovations as well as standardization efforts. In his address he will provide a snapshot of recent advancements, including a few of his own contributions.


Mick Donegan

Mick Donegan

Mick’s research draws on his many years of practice-based work as a teacher and an Assistive Technology specialist who has extensive experience in assessing, teaching, training, and supporting people with complex communication difficulties.

During 2004-2009 he was the User Requirements Coordinator in COGAIN, a European Network of Excellence investigating the use of gaze control for people with complex disabilities. In 2008, he founded a charity, SpecialEffect which uses specialised technology to enhance access to videogames and creative self-expression for people with a wide range of disabilities. Many of those he supports have very complex disabilities, including locked-in syndrome. He is an Associate Senior Research Fellow at SMARTlab, University College, Dublin, and has also recently accepted a role as Adjunct Professor at OCAD University, Ontario. In April 2009, he was involved in SMARTlab's ground-breaking 'Duet for Eyes' performance at the Science Gallery, Dublin, during which two people with complex disabilities performed a musical duet using gaze controlled technology, accompanied by some of Ireland's leading professional musicians. For the last two years he has been an Advisor for the European Commission funded “T.O.B.I. (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction) Project.” He has presented and published widely on Assistive Technology. He co-wrote and edited “Gaze Interaction and Applications of Eye Tracking: Advances in Assistive Technologies”, which was published as a Premier Reference Source by IGI Global in 2011.

Mick continues to be driven by a passion to utilise whatever technology is available to reduce the gap between potential and performance for all people with disabilities and an eagerness to collaborate with others who are similarly motivated to enhance their quality of life as much as possible, as quickly as possible.