February 20, 2020; Leon Kokkoliadis

CfP for the Workshop Privacy and Ethics in Eye Tracking (PrEThics), to be held on June 2, 2020 at the University of Stuttgart. This workshop is supported by the SFB-TRR 161, and part of the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA).
Deadline March 6, 2020.


With eye tracking becoming pervasive, researchers face fundamentally new challenges regarding privacy and ethics. However, these critical topics have received little attention in the eye tracking community so far. An active discussion about ethical and social implications as well as issues of data privacy is important for the further development of pervasive eye tracking technology and its acceptance in society.

This workshop aims to become the premier forum for these discussions as well as for the presentation of technical solutions towards privacy-aware and ethical eye tracking. Continuing the successful privacy panel held for the first time at ACM ETRA 2019, this interdisciplinary workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from

  • eye tracking,
  • (usable) privacy,
  • human-computer interaction,
  • psychology
  • and other eye tracking-related research fields,
  • and industry.


Call for Papers

The hands-on workshop will consist of both paper presentations and interactive sessions with work on specific practical materials that will support the participants in identifying ethically and socially relevant aspects of eye tracking and transferring them into their everyday work. To this end, we welcome submissions of 2-page research papers (for attendees already actively working on privacy and ethics for eye tracking) or 1-page position papers (for attendees interested but without prior experience in these topics).

Based on the discussions and the network created at the workshop, we plan to edit a special issue in a journal on the topic of privacy and ethics in eye tracking. We hope to form a community around these topics and to establish the first of a whole series of follow-up workshops or (Dagstuhl) seminars.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to

  • Studies on Privacy-sensitive information that can be extracted from the eyes
  • Empirical analyses of privacy risks for eye tracking users and bystanders
  • Analyses of privacy risks from eyes in combination with other modalities and/or body-worn sensors
  • Computational methods for privacy-preserving gaze data analysis
  • Hardware solutions for privacy-aware and ethical eye tracking
  • Ethical considerations on the usage of gaze data for research, in medical devices, in commercial products etc.
  • User studies on the awareness of privacy and ethical issues arising from the usage of pervasive eye tracking

How to submit?

Your paper for the workshop should be sent to PrEThics2020@gmail.com and should follow the sigconf instructions. Please also indicate conflicts with the organizers in your submission email.


Important Dates:

  • March 6, 2020: 2-page research paper deadline (juried)
  • March 19, 2020: Notifications
  • April 2, 2020: Camera-ready deadline (hard deadline)
  • April 20, 2020: 1-page position paper deadline
  • June 2, 2020: Workshop date

Organizers: Inken Hagestedt, Tanja Blascheck, Michael Raschke, Céline Gressel, Andreas Bulling

Contact: PrEThics2020@gmail.com


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