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Eye tracking interface design for controlling a mobile robot

This poster presents a baseline study for an eye tracking user interface design for controlling a mobile robot. The baseline study is an experiment involving the use of a radio controller (RC) to drive the robot, while gaze data is collected from each subject monitoring the position of robot on the remote screen that displays the view for the turret-mounted video camera on the robot. Initial data from the experiment provides a foundation for interface design of actual control of the mobile robot by gaze interaction.

Such an interface may provide Tele-presence for the disabled. Patients with motor disability cannot use their hands and legs but only use their eye motions. Such applications of an eye tracking system can provide patients with much flexibility and freedom for search and identification of objects The research holds significant importance for providing the users with motor neuron Disability for Tele-presence by utilizing state of the art technology integration. The study will produce a simple, accurate, efficient, and effective interface design for users. This study provides a foundation for building the interface in the next phase.

The evolution of Information Technology and Computer Science provides a potential for integration of eye tracking and mobile robot technologies. This creates possibilities and multiple interrelated applications may be developed.