The 2023 Communication by Gaze Interaction (COGAIN) Symposium

Tübingen, Germany, June 2, 2023

In collaboration with:

Important dates

Papers due : Mar 3, 2023
Notifications: Mar 24, 2023
Camera-ready: Apr 3, 2023

General Chairs
Augusto Esteves
Minoru Nakayama

Program Chairs
Joshua Newn
Christopher Clarke

The 2023 COGAIN Symposium

The 2023 Communication by Gaze Interaction (COGAIN) symposium is organized by the COGAIN Association and will be co-located with ETRA 2023, the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications. COGAIN 2023 will take place at the University of Tübingen (hybrid) on June 2 from 1 to 5 pm (UTC +2).

The Communication by Gaze Interaction (COGAIN) Association is a network of excellence that integrates cutting-edge expertise on interface technologies for the benefit of users with and without disabilities. Through the integration of research activities such as this yearly symposium, the network aims to develop new technologies and systems, improve existing gaze-based interaction techniques, and facilitate the implementation of systems for everyday communication.

COGAIN has a long history: founded in 2008 on the back of the COGAIN project – a network of excellence supported by the European Commission’s Information Society Technologies (IST) 6th framework program, that ran between 2004 and 2009 – the COGAIN Association aims to promote research and development in the field of gaze-based interaction in computer-aided communication and control.

By combining our efforts with ETRA, we hope to encourage a broader exchange of knowledge and experiences amongst eye tracking communities of researchers, developers, manufacturers, and users.


This year marks the 15th anniversary of the COGAIN Association. While the COGAIN Symposium has observed the mainstream adoption of eye-tracking technologies in areas such as video games, streaming, or AR and VR; this year’s special theme is rooted in the original foundations of the COGAIN Association: eye-tracking in support of differently-abled users, and to create more accessible and inclusive computer systems.

As a result, we particularly welcome papers on:

  • Eye-tracking developments for accessibility
  • Use cases of systems made more inclusive via eye-tracking technologies
  • Reflections over the last 15 years of COGAIN and the state-of-the-art on accessible, gaze-based systems
  • Future applications of eye-tracking for accessibility (e.g. in VR/AR/MR, BCI, the real world)

The COGAIN symposium is a yearly event that focuses on all aspects of gaze interaction related to eye-controlled assistive technology. Thanks to its strong identity, the symposium is the right venue to present advances in all areas mentioned below, which lead to new capabilities in gaze interaction, gaze-enhanced applications, gaze contingent devices, etc. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Eye-controlled assistive technology
  • General gaze-controlled graphical user interfaces
  • Eye-typing
  • Gaze-enhanced games
  • Gaze-controlled robots and vehicles
  • Gaze interaction with mobile devices
  • Gaze-controlled smart-home devices
  • Gaze interfaces for wearable computing
  • Gaze interaction in 3D (VR/AR/MR & the real world)
  • Usability and UX evaluation of gaze-based interfaces
  • User context estimation from eye movements
  • Interaction study of eye movements & pupillary responses
  • Gaze-assisted multimodal interaction (gaze with e.g. multi- touch, mouse, gestures, head movement)

The COGAIN symposium works as a half-day mini-conference where authors have their work go through a double-blind review process, managed by program chairs from the COGAIN Association. Selected authors are invited to present either in-person or remotely, together with a keynote and panel sessions on current and future challenges of gaze-based interaction in assistive technology.

As ETRA 2023 is a hybrid event, presentations are expected to take place as live presentation or pre-recorded videos to ensure high-level delivery and allow for asynchronous participation. We invite authors to prepare and submit papers following ETRA's ACM format.

We are looking for contributions that lead to interesting discussions – these can range from works in progress, demos, to traditional paper contributions. Submissions should have a size that fits its contribution, up to eight pages long (single-column format, not counting references), be anonymized, and be submitted via PCS (Society: ETRA, Conference: ETRA 2023, Track: ETRA 2023 COGAIN). The timeline for this is as follows (all times are AoE):

  • February 24 March 3: Paper submission deadline
  • March 24: Notification of acceptance
  • April 3: Camera-ready submission deadline

Accepted papers will be included in ETRA's proceedings, and we require that at least one author per submission registers for the symposium.