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Google award recognises Lancaster academic’s focus on eye tracking research

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Computing giant Google has recognised research at Lancaster University to develop eye-tracking technology.

Professor Hans Gellersen will receive a $46,000 Google Faculty Research Award to expand his work on eye-tracking for interaction with display devices.

Professor Gellersen, who is a professor of Interactive Systems in Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications, said: “Eye-tracking is a disruptive technology that will change the ways we interact with display devices.

“This award will allow us to study how gaze input can be combined with multi-touch, in order to create natural user interfaces where people use both their hands and eyes.”

The award will enable PhD student Ken Pfeuffer to work with Professor Gellersen on the project.

“Gaze is natural for selection of objects on a screen, and multi-touch is great for direct manipulation,” he said. “By using a combination of both gaze and touch we aim to develop novel techniques that improve interaction.”

Google research awards are intended to support cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering and related fields. They are structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class faculty members at top universities around the world.

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Thu 18 September 2014