At the Department of Human-Machine Systems, eye-tracking is used in multiple areas to investigate cognitive processes of visual information perception and processing, as well as ergonomic aspects. So far, the research of the Department of Human-Machine Systems ranges from investigating eye movements and visual distraction during driving, to studying eye movements as an indicator of usability of interfaces. Other research areas are user modeling and basic research regarding eye movements in complex dynamic systems. A multiplicity of these studies was conducted in cooperation with different industrial partners (e.g. Volkswagen, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories).
Not only is eye-tracking used as an instrument to record and analyze eye movements at the department but it is also used to permit the interaction with a system using gaze and its applicability by the workgroup mEyeInt.
The Department of Human-Machine Systems provides several eye-tracking devices, head- mounted and remote controlled. They are used in the laboratory, the driving simulator, and real world settings such as our research car.