Call: Eye Gaze in Intelligent Human-Machine Interaction (ACM TiiS special issue)

Special Issue of the
ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems

Main submission deadline: December 15th, 2010
If you should have problems to meet this deadline, please let us know.


Partly because of the increasing availability of nonintrusive and high-performance eye tracking devices, recent years have seen a growing interest in incorporating human eye gaze in intelligent user interfaces. Eye gaze has been used as a pointing mechanism in direct manipulation interfaces, for example, to assist users with “locked-in syndrome”. It has also been used as a reflection of information needs in web search and as a basis for tailoring information presentation. Detection of joint attention as indicated by eye gaze has been used to facilitate computer-supported human-human communication. In conversational interfaces, eye gaze has been used to improve language understanding and intention recognition. On the output side, eye gaze has been incorporated into the multimodal behavior of embodied conversational agents. Recent work on human-robot interaction has explored eye gaze in incremental language processing, visual scene processing, and conversation engagement and grounding.

This special issue will report on state-of-the-art computational models, systems, and studies that concern eye gaze in intelligent and natural human-machine communication. The nonexhaustive list of topics below indicates the range of appropriate topics; in case of doubt, please contact the guest editors.

Papers that focus mainly on eye tracking hardware and software as such will be relevant (only) if they make it clear how the advances reported open up new possibilities for the use of eye gaze in at least one of the ways listed above.


  • Empirical studies of eye gaze in human-human communication that provide new insight into the role of eye gaze and suggest implications for the use of eye gaze in intelligent systems. Examples include new empirical findings concerning eye gaze in human language processing, in human-vision processing, and in conversation management.
  • Algorithms and systems that incorporate eye gaze for human-computer interaction and human-robot interaction. Examples include gaze-based feedback to information systems; gaze-based attention modeling; exploiting gaze in automated language processing; and controlling the gaze behavior of embodied conversational agents or robots to enable grounding, turn-taking, and engagement.
  • Applications that demonstrate the value of incorporating eye gaze in practical systems to enable intelligent human-machine communication.


  • Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg, Germany
    (contact: andre[at]informatik[dot]
  • Joyce Chai, Michigan State University, USA


  • By December 15th, 2010: Submission of manuscripts. If you should have problems to meet this deadline, please let us know.
  • By March 23rd, 2011: Notification about decisions on initial submissions
  • By June 23rd, 2011: Submission of revised manuscripts – By August 25th, 2011: Notification about decisions on revised manuscripts
  • By September 15th, 2011: Submission of manuscripts with final minor changes
  • Starting October, 2011: Publication of the special issue on the TiiS website and subsequently in the ACM Digital Library and as a printed issue


Manuscripts will be submitted via the ScholarOne Manuscripts site of the ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS). All necessary information will be found in the instructions for authors at


TiiS (pronounced “T double-eye S”) is a new ACM journal for research concerning interactive systems that make use of some form of machine intelligence. TiiS’s editorial workflow and infrastructure include innovations designed to ensure journal quality at conference speed.  For detailed information, see

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