Draft Programme Session: Gaze-based Assistive Technology (STS23)

December 6, 2016

Session Type: Presentations followed by discussion.

Gaze-based Assistive Technology – Use and Usability in Everyday Life for Individuals with Impairments

Eye gaze assistive technology (AT) is a promising tool that has the potential to change life opportunities for people with severe physical impairments and without speech. In spite of this, research is scare in this area. This session focus on research outcomes in gaze-based AT use in everyday life for people with severe impairments including latest technical developments.

The presentation starts with an overview of the development of gazed-based AT application but also how eye trackers are being used in gaming, virtual reality and real world environments. A gaze-based AT intervention with longitudinal design reports the development of eye gaze skills and effects on daily activities for ten children with severe physical impairments aged 1-15 years. Based on qualitative methodology teacher and parents’ views on children’s use of eye gaze technology at home and at school are presented. Furthermore, a trial of two different eye gaze devices from the perspective of parents is reported. Development of software grids for gaze-based AT aiming at providing solutions for communication, leisure activities, play and learning situations is described. A case study explores gaze-based AT as early intervention for a ten months old non-verbal child with severe physical impairments. Data was collected repeatedly over time through observations, videos clips, and questionnaires until the child was three years old. Finally a group case study explores the usefulness of gaze-based AT in communication assessment in individuals with Rett syndrome.

The audience will be invited to share their experiences and contribute to the discussion of how research findings can benefit new understanding, opportunities and applications of gaze-based AT.


Contact: Helena Hemmingsson, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University
Email: Helena.hemmingsson@liu.se


Proposed presenters:

  • Maria Borgestig, Post doctor, occupational therapist, Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping, Sweden
  • Rob Gregory, Sales Manager UK/Eire Tobii Dynavox, United Kingdom
  • Patrik Rytterström, Senior lecturer, Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping, Sweden
  • Helena Wandin, PhD candidate, speech language pathologist, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Research in Disability and Habilitation, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, and Swedish National Rett Center, Frösön, Sweden
  • Eva Holmqvist, M.Sc, Council Certified Specialist in Occupational Therapy, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, DART – Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Petra Karlsson, PhD, Msc (OT) Research Fellow, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, The University of Sydney


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