ICIS 2018: Tutorial on Using Head-Mounted Eye Tracking in Infant Research

Organized by Chen Yu, John Franchak and Irina Castellanos

General Description

Researchers have recorded eye movements in infants to investigate a stunning number of aspects of early development, from low-level phenomena, such as visual attention and motion perception, to high-level questions about theory of mind and the origins of concepts. Most eye tracking studies are screen-based, which requires infants to sit in front of a computer screen and precludes movement. Recently, head-mounted eye tracking allow researchers to record eye movements from the infants' perspectives - what they see and where they attend when actively exploring the world. However, compared with the well-established screen-based paradigm, infant head-mounted eye tracking poses new challenges in both data collection and analysis. The overall goal of the workshop is to share our expertise in using head-mounted eye tracking in infant studies, and more generally form a research community for sharing expertise on head-mounted eye tracking. Specifically, the workshop will 1) provide hands-on training for head-mounted eye tracking data collection; 2) discuss issues of annotating and analyzing high-density gaze data and provide tools to facilitate annotation and analysis; and 3) showcase a wide variety of research applications.

Meeting materials

  • Program
  • Data collection and data annotation by John Franchak
  • Data Analysis by Chen Yu and Linger Xu
  • Resources

  • ROI coding software


  • TIMEVP: Data Analysis Toolbox


  • Heatmap plotting function
  • Eye Tracking Video

    Video lectures