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COGAIN

Project reference: 511598
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Communication by Gaze Interaction

From 2004-09-01 to 2009-08-31

Project details

Total cost:

Not available

EU contribution:

EUR 2 900 000

Coordinated in:

Finland

Call for proposal:

FP6-2003-IST-2See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

NoE - Network of Excellence

The eyes have it: communication for the severely disabled

Thanks to an ongoing European-based project, seriously disabled people now have access to cheaper tools that allow them to communicate by using their eye movements.

In Europe alone, an estimated 500,000 people are only able to communicate or send out signals by moving their eyes, a task that requires highly specialised hardware and software.

The COGAIN project is a ‘network of excellence’ designed to organise European research in eye-tracking integration using computers.

Establishing a sustainable network for sharing training resources and standards among the various laboratories enables researchers to develop new technologies and systems more efficiently. The researchers hope to improve existing gaze-based interaction techniques, and push forward the implementation of such technologies for everyday communication.

Developing eye-gaze technologies

The teams are concentrating on the use of eye-gaze technologies for communication, for mobility, and for environmental control. For example, the technologies could allow a disabled person to control a wheelchair or command an intelligent home system by eye movement alone.

Until recently, such tools were not available to many of those who needed them because of the high cost of the eye-control equipment, and the lack of suitable, compatible applications. Even those who were able to afford eye-control systems found them difficult to use. The current systems are also only capable of performing limited functions.

The project’s researchers are now coordinating themselves in order to better solve these problems, and to develop new and cheaper technologies. They aim to give the most disabled members of society communication and command tools they can use to control computers, or access the internet, for example.

More than 100 researchers from research groups and companies in 11 countries are concerned by the COGAIN networking efforts. Since the project kicked off in 2004, they have already managed to come up with some promising new eye-tracking technologies.

These allow text to be quickly created by eye-typing, which usually involves the user pointing his or her eyes at a section of a grid of keyboard displayed on a computer screen. Users are also able to switch between screens and select from menus.

Full on-line control

Now, even paralysed people who are so incapacitated they also need a respirator to breathe are able to function normally in cyberspace. The system enables them to write and send e-mails and blogs, communicate by instant messaging, control on-line audio and visual feeds, play games and follow news and sports.

As well as making such technological breakthroughs, COGAIN’s researchers have contributed to reducing the price of access equipment by designing their system in a modular form and by standardising existing technologies.

They were able to do this by their ability to bring together and coordinate the knowledge, influence and market clout of the project’s partners.

New technologies pioneered under the COGAIN umbrella include Dasher, an information-efficient communications system driven by continuous pointing gestures. This can be via a regular mouse, by touch screen or by gaze direction.

Using Dasher, a disabled user can write anything, with well-predicted phrases being written the fastest. With practice, users can write at nearly 30 words a minute – or faster than most people can type – via a gaze-tracker device.

Predictive text entry

Another product developed by the project is the GazeTalk predictive text entry system, an eye-tracking-based system able to support several languages. It currently supports Danish, English, Italian, German and Japanese, and comes with e-mail and web-browsing capabilities and has a multimedia player and PDF readers.

Objective

COGAIN (Communication by Gaze Interaction) integrates cutting-edge expertise on interface technologies for the benefit of users with disabilities. COGAIN focuses on improving the quality of life for those whise life is impaired by motor-control disorders, such as ALS or CP. COGAIN assistive technologies will empower the target group to communicate by using the capabilities they have and by offering compensation for capabilities that are deteriorating. The users will be able to use applications that help them to be in control of the environment, or achieve a completely new level of convenience and speed in gaze-based communication. Using the technology developed in the network, text can be created quickly by eye typing, and it can be rendered with the user's own voice. In addition to this, the network will provide entertainment applications for making the life of the users more enjoyable and more equal. COGAIN believes that assistive tecnnologies serve best by providing applications that are both empowering and fun to use. COGAIN aims at overcoming the tight coupling of hardware and software in current research and development work. Due to the fragmentation of the research activities, a given software system often works only with a particular eye-tracking device. The same applies for tools of analysing the efficiency and the usability that are tailored only for a particular set-up. COGAIN will work for the modularisation and standardisation that will integrate the existing pieces into a portfolio of compatible and usable tools and devices. The usability, comfort and take-up of the results will be ensured by the strong involvement of user communities in the project. Special activities are planned both for involving users in design and for spreading the results to those in need of the technology. COGAIN will also contribute to bringing down the price of eye-tracking technology of existing devices and by developing alternatives for everyday use at home and on the move.

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Coordinator contact

Kari-Jouko Raeihae, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +358 3 2156952
Fax: +358 3 2156070
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Kari-Jouko Raeihae, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +358 3 2156952
Fax: +358 3 2156070
E-mail

Coordinator

TAMPEREEN YLIOPISTO
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 0


Kanslerinrinne 1
33014 Tampere
Finland
Administrative contact: Kari-Jouko Raeihae
Tel.: +358-3-2156952
Fax: +358-3-2156070
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 0


RAEMISTRASSE 71
CH-8006 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Tobi Delbruck
Tel.: +41-1-6353038
Fax: +41-1-6353053
E-mail
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czech Republic

EU contribution: EUR 0


ZIKOVA 4
166 36 PRAHA 6
Czech Republic
Administrative contact: Olga Stepankova
Tel.: +420-22435 7333
Fax: +420-22435 7224
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET ZU LUEBECK
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 0


RATZEBURGER ALLEE 160
23538 LUEBECK
Germany
Administrative contact: Erhardt Barth
Tel.: +49-451-5005503
Fax: +49-451-5005502
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 0


HELMHOLTZSTRASSE 10
01069 DRESDEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Boris Velichkovsky
Tel.: 49-351-46334221
Fax: 49-351-46337741
E-mail
IT-UNIVERSITETET I KOEBENHAVN
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 0


RUED LANGGAARDS VEJ
2300 Kobenhavn NV
Denmark
Administrative contact: John Paulin Hansen
Tel.: +45-38168825
Fax: +45-38168899
E-mail
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 0


ANKER ENGELUNDSVEJ 1, BYGNING 101A
DK-2800 KGS. LYNGBY
Denmark
Administrative contact: Bjarne Kjaer Ersboell
Tel.: +45-45-253413
Fax: +45-45-881397
BISPEBJERG HOSPITAL
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 0


Department of Neurology Bispebjerg Bakke 23
2400 Koebenhavn NV
Denmark
Administrative contact: Ole Gredal
Tel.: +45-35312849
Fax: +45-35313957
E-mail
HJAELPEMIDDEL INSTITUTTET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 0


GREGERSENSVEJ
2630 TAASTRUP
Denmark
Administrative contact: Inger Kirk Jordansen
Tel.: +45-87412434
Fax: +45-43527072
E-mail
FORSKNINGSCENTER RISOE
Participation ended
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 0


FREDERIKSBORGVEJ 399
4000 ROSKILDE
Denmark
Administrative contact: Steen Weber
Tel.: +45 46775140
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD PUBLICA DE NAVARRA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 0


CAMPUS ARROSADIA, S/N
31006 PAMPLONA
Spain
Administrative contact: ARANTXA VILLANUEVA LARRE
Tel.: +34 948 166066
Fax: +34 948 169720
E-mail
METROVISION SAS
France

EU contribution: EUR 0


RUE DES PLATANES
59840 PERENCHIES
France
Administrative contact: Jacques Charlier
Tel.: +33 3 20171956
Fax: +33 3 20171951
E-mail
HEWLETT PACKARD ITALIANA SRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 0


VIA GRANDI
20063 CERNUSCO SUL NAVIGLIO
Italy
Administrative contact: Marco Di Girolamo
Tel.: +39-02-92123218
Fax: +39-02-92123993
E-mail
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 0


CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24
10129 TORINO
Italy
Administrative contact: Fulvio Corno
Tel.: +39-011-5647053
Fax: +39-011-5647099
E-mail
TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Japan

EU contribution: EUR 0


2-12-2 Oh-okayama
152-8552 Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Japan
Administrative contact: Kenji Kenji Itoh
Tel.: +81-3-5734-2362
Fax: +81-3-5734-2947
E-mail
SIAULIU UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania

EU contribution: EUR 0


Vilniaus 88
76285 Siauliai
Lithuania
Administrative contact: Gintautas Daunys
Tel.: +370-41-595836
Fax: +370-41-595832
E-mail
TOBII TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 0


KARLSROVÄGEN
SE18253 Stockholm
Sweden
Administrative contact: Henrik Eskilsson
Tel.: +46-8-6636994
Fax: +46-8-301400
E-mail
VASTRA GOTALANDS LANS LANDSTING
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 0


MODERFORVALTNINGEN, REGIONENS HUS
46280 VANERSBORG
Sweden
Administrative contact: Eva Holmqvist
Tel.: +46317398088
Fax: +46317398090
E-mail
PERMOBIL AKTIEBOLAG
Participation ended
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 0


PER UDDENS V� 20
S-861 23 Timra
Sweden
Administrative contact: Anette Duarte Martins
Tel.: +46-60-664870
Fax: +46-60-664871
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY
Participation ended
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 0


KEDLESTON ROAD
DE22 IGB DERBY
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Alastair Gale
Tel.: +44-1332593131
Fax: +44-1332593176
E-mail
ACE CENTRE ADVISORY TRUST
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 0


92 Windmill Road, Headington
OX3 7DR Oxford
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Stephen Druce
Tel.: +44-1865759822
Fax: +44-1865759810
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 0


ASHBY ROAD
LE11 3TU LOUGHBOROUGH, LEICESTERSHIRE
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Alastair Gale
Tel.: +44-1509-635703
Fax: +44-1509-635709
E-mail
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 0


THE OLD SCHOOLS, TRINITY LANE
CB2 1TS CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: David J.C. MacKay
Tel.: +44-1223-339852
Fax: +44-1223-354599
E-mail
DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 0


THE GATEWAY
LE1 9BH LEICESTER
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Richard Bates
Tel.: +44-116-2577495
Fax: +44-116-2078159
EYETECH DIGITAL SYSTEMS INC.
United States

EU contribution: EUR 0


E BROWN ROAD 2160 SUITE 2
85213 MESA ARIZONA
United States
Administrative contact: Robert Chappell
Tel.: 1-480-586-1437
Fax: 1-703-814-8626
E-mail
LC TECHNOLOGIES INC
United States

EU contribution: EUR 0


CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD 1483 SUITE 104
22101 MC LEAN
United States
Administrative contact: Nancy Cleveland
Tel.: 703-385-7133
E-mail
Record Number: 71851 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11