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Eye Movements, Cognition and Communication (EMCoC) Workshop

Eye Movements, Cognition and Communication (EMCoC)


June 9-13, 2006, St. Petersburg

2nd Call for Papers

The Russian Association for Cognitive Studies and EU Network-of-Excellence COGAIN (Communication by Gaze Interaction) invite submissions for the First Workshop on Eye Movements, Cognition and Communication (EMCoC) to be held on June13, 2006, in St. Petersburg. Intentional activity is the key component of any biological and -- in an increasing way -- artificial information processing. EMCoC is the first of what we hope will be a number of scientific meetings that bring together researchers and practitioners in areas such as eye movements, active vision, attention and action, neurocognitive and neuroaffective mechanisms of oculomotor activity in cognitive and communicative tasks, innovative applications of eye-tracking in all domains, especially for communication and security purposes (e.g. in adaptive assistance systems).

The Workshop encourages submissions on the following topics:

  • Relationship between attention and eye movements,
  • Ambient vs. focal modes of oculomotor activity,
  • Eye movements and scene recognition,
  • Visual fixations and levels-of-processing effects in cognitive tasks,
  • Eye movements in language processing and communication,
  • Innovative applications of eye-tracking research,
  • New ways of data-analysis and presentation (attentional landscapes, fixation maps, etc.),
  • Advances in the methodology of eye-tracking and its combination with brain activity analysis.

The goal of the Workshop is twofold:
- to discuss the state-of-the-art of eye movement research in cognitive science
- to attract the interest of cognitive community to eye-tracking and its innovative applications.


There are two categories for submission:
PAPERS (20- or 30-minute spoken presentations) and POSTERS.

Submitted abstracts should be in Russian or English and no longer than 2 pages (single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 type size), including illustrations and references. They will be evaluated through peer review with respect to several criteria, including originality, quality, and significance of research, relevance to a broad audience of cognitive science researchers, and clarity of presentation. One author cannot participate in more than two submitted papers (only once as a first author).

Papers accepted for oral presentation will be presented at the conference as scheduled talks. Papers accepted for poster presentation will be presented at a poster session at the conference. All papers may present results from completed original unpublished research as well as report on current research with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives. FORMAT: MS Word file attached to an e-mail message. At the beginning of an abstract please indicate the following information:

  • the title of the paper
  • the author(s) information, including:
    • full name
    • institutional affiliation
    • postal address
    • phone number
    • e-mail address
  • 5 to 7 keywords
  • Whether the papers is intended to be presented as talk or as poster

The Program Committee will inform the authors of its decision by FEBRUARY 15, 2006. Abstracts of the accepted papers will be published by the beginning of the conference.

Workshop chairs:
Prof. Boris M. Velichkovsky (
Prof. Kari-Jouko Raiha (

Conference/Workshop fee is 150 EUR (students and doctoral students - 50 EUR). Hotels and hostels can be reserved via the organizers of the Conference (from 40 EUR for*** hotels and higher for **** hotels per night). Students can reserve a limited number of rooms at the University Hostel (12 EUR per night). St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and the Conference takes place in the prime time - the famous White Nights. City-tours, an excursion to the Hermitage and a night-boat tour along the Neva-river will be organized.

Additional information on the conference is available at the web site of the Association for Cognitive Studies:
or by e-mail: