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2nd International Workshop on Privacy and Ethics in Eye Tracking (PrEThics)

to be held at ACM ETRA 2022

Contact: PrEThics2022@gmail.com

With eye tracking becoming pervasive, researchers face fundamental new challenges regarding privacy and ethics. However, these critical topics have only received little attention in the eye tracking community so far. An active discussion about ethical and social implications as well as issues of data privacy is important for the further development of pervasive eye tracking technology and its acceptance in society.

With a highly successful first event (more than 40 participants) held in conjunction with ETRA 2021, this workshop has established itself as the premier forum for these discussions. Building on the outcomes from last year, we now aim to actively engage researchers and practitioners and help them to start implementing privacy-aware pervasive eye tracking systems.

This workshop brings together researchers and practitioners from

... to discuss a range of topics including, but not limited to

The workshop will alternate between short presentations of our expert speakers, periods of focused discussion and hands-on tasks conducted in smaller breakout groups, as well as presentation and joint discussion of intermediate results from these breakout groups. The expert presentations will be based on a recently submitted IEEE Pervasive Computing article that is a result of the first workshop. In the group discussions, participants will work on concrete eye tracking applications - either taken from their own research or identified as particularly promising (and/or sensitive) - and will be guided to consider and identify concrete privacy and ethics issues with these, as well as to develop and propose potential technical solutions to these issues.


to be announced

Program (Seattle time, PDT)

09:45 – 10:00 Welcome
10:00 – 10:30 Expert presentations: Introduction to privacy, ethical, and legal aspects of pervasive eye tracking (10 min each)
10:30 – 11:10 Breakout groups 1: Selection of eye tracking applications and use cases
11:10 – 11:45 Expert presentations: Key privacy, ethical, and legal dimensions
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 12:55 Breakout groups 2: Discussion of dimensions for selected applications
12:55 – 13:15 Expert presentations: Possible solutions to privacy, ethical, and legal issues
13:15 – 13:55 Breakout groups 3: Development of solutions for selected applications
13:55 – 14:15 Summary discussion and closing


Photo Inken Hagestedt Inken Hagestedt - CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Germany
Inken Hagestedt is a final-year PhD student at the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security. She is interested in privacy-preserving computation and sharing of biomedical data including epigenetic and eye tracking data.

Photo Celine Gressel Céline Gressel - University of Tuebingen, Germany
Céline Gressel studied sociology, psychology and education in Tübingen. Simultaneously, in 2011 she started to work at the IZEW. From March 2016 she worked as a research assistant in INTEGRAM. In December 2018 she started her new project HIVE-Lab whereshe works on the Sociology of technology, Qualitative methods of empirical social research, in particular Grounded Theory, Ethics in the sciences and humanities an especially on the Integration of social, ethical an legal aspects into technology development.

Photo Rebekah OverdorfRebekah Overdorf - EPFL, Switzerland
Rebekah Overdorf is a computer scientist and a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL in Switzerland where she studies the effects that machine learning can have on privacy and the ways in which machine learning can be used to attack private systems and infer private information. Her research revolves around the negative impacts of technical optimization systems on the users, non-users, and on the environments in which they are deployed.

Photo Andreas Bulling Andreas Bulling - University of Stuttgart, Germany
Andreas Bulling is Full Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Cognitive Systems at the University of Stuttgart. His research interests are in novel computational methods and systems to sense, model, and analyze everyday non-verbal human behavior, specifically gaze. He was one of the organisers and panelist of the privacy in eye tracking panel at ACM ETRA 2019. He received his PhD in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich and his MSc in Computer Science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.