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COGAIN

Project ID: 511598
Financé au titre de

Communication by Gaze Interaction

De 2004-09-01 à 2009-08-31, projet clôturé | COGAIN Site web

Détails concernant le projet

Coût total:

EUR 0

Contribution de l'UE:

EUR 2 900 000

Coordonné à/au(x)/en:

Finland

Appel à propositions:

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

Régime de financement:

NoE - Network of Excellence

Description

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.

Objectif

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.

Informations connexes

Coordonnées du coordinateur

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

Coordinateur

TAMPEREEN YLIOPISTO
Finland

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


Kalevantie 4
33014 TAMPERE
Finland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Kari-Jouko Raeihae
Tél.: +358-3-2156952
Fax: +358-3-2156070
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH
Switzerland

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


Raemistrasse 71
8006 ZURICH
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Tobi Delbruck
Tél.: +41-1-6353038
Fax: +41-1-6353053
E-mail
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czech Republic

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


ZIKOVA 4
16636 PRAHA
Czech Republic
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Olga Stepankova
Tél.: +420-22435 7333
Fax: +420-22435 7224
E-mail
University of Luebeck
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


Ratzeburger Allee
23538 Luebeck
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Erhardt Barth
Tél.: +49-451-5005503
Fax: +49-451-5005502
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


HELMHOLTZSTRASSE 10
01069 DRESDEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Boris Velichkovsky
Tél.: 49-351-46334221
Fax: 49-351-46337741
E-mail
FORSKNINGSCENTER RISOE
Fin de participation
Denmark

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


FREDERIKSBORGVEJ 399
4000 ROSKILDE
Denmark
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Steen Weber
Tél.: +45 46775140
E-mail
IT-UNIVERSITETET I KOEBENHAVN
Denmark

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


RUED LANGGAARDS VEJ
2300 Kobenhavn NV
Denmark
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: John Paulin Hansen
Tél.: +45-38168825
Fax: +45-38168899
E-mail
BISPEBJERG HOSPITAL
Denmark

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


Department of Neurology Bispebjerg Bakke 23
2400 Koebenhavn NV
Denmark
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Ole Gredal
Tél.: +45-35312849
Fax: +45-35313957
E-mail
HJAELPEMIDDEL INSTITUTTET
Denmark

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


GREGERSENSVEJ
2630 TAASTRUP
Denmark
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Inger Kirk Jordansen
Tél.: +45-87412434
Fax: +45-43527072
E-mail
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


ANKER ENGELUNDSVEJ 1 BYGNING 101 A
2800 KGS LYNGBY
Denmark
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Bjarne Kjaer Ersboell
Tél.: +45-45-253413
Fax: +45-45-881397
UNIVERSIDAD PUBLICA DE NAVARRA
Spain

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


CAMPUS DE ARROSADIA
31006 PAMPLONA
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: ARANTXA VILLANUEVA LARRE
Tél.: +34 948 166066
Fax: +34 948 169720
E-mail
METROVISION SAS
France

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


RUE DES PLATANES
59840 PERENCHIES
France
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Jacques Charlier
Tél.: +33 3 20171956
Fax: +33 3 20171951
E-mail
HEWLETT PACKARD ITALIANA SRL
Italy

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


VIA G DI VITTORIO 9
20063 CERNUSCO SUL NAVIGLIO MI
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Marco Di Girolamo
Tél.: +39-02-92123218
Fax: +39-02-92123993
E-mail
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24
10129 TORINO
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Fulvio Corno
Tél.: +39-011-5647053
Fax: +39-011-5647099
E-mail
TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Japan

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


2-12-2 Oh-okayama
152-8552 Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Japan
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Kenji Kenji Itoh
Tél.: +81-3-5734-2362
Fax: +81-3-5734-2947
E-mail
SIAULIU UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


VILNIAUS 88
LT-76285 SIAULIU
Lithuania
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Gintautas Daunys
Tél.: +370-41-595836
Fax: +370-41-595832
E-mail
VASTRA GOTALANDS LANS LANDSTING
Sweden

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


REGIONENS HUS
462 80 VANERSBORG
Sweden
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Eva Holmqvist
Tél.: +46317398088
Fax: +46317398090
E-mail
PERMOBIL AKTIEBOLAG
Fin de participation
Sweden

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


Per Uddens vag
861 23 Timra
Sweden
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Anette Duarte Martins
Tél.: +46-60-664870
Fax: +46-60-664871
TOBII TECHNOLOGY
Sweden

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


KARLSROVAGEN 2D
18253 DANDERYD
Sweden
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Henrik Eskilsson
Tél.: +46-8-6636994
Fax: +46-8-301400
E-mail
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


ASHBY ROAD
LE11 3TU LOUGHBOROUGH
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Alastair Gale
Tél.: +44-1509-635703
Fax: +44-1509-635709
E-mail
ACE CENTRE ADVISORY TRUST
United Kingdom

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WINDMILL ROAD 92
OX3 7DR HEADINGTON, OXFORD
United Kingdom
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Stephen Druce
Tél.: +44-1865759822
Fax: +44-1865759810
DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

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THE GATEWAY
LE1 9BH LEICESTER
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Richard Bates
Tél.: +44-116-2577495
Fax: +44-116-2078159
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY
Fin de participation
United Kingdom

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KEDLESTON ROAD
DE22 1GB DERBY
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Alastair Gale
Tél.: +44-1332593131
Fax: +44-1332593176
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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom

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TRINITY LANE THE OLD SCHOOLS
CB2 1TN CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: David J.C. MacKay
Tél.: +44-1223-339852
Fax: +44-1223-354599
E-mail
EYETECH DIGITAL SYSTEMS INC.
United States

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


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

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


CHAIN BRIDGE ROAD 1483 SUITE 104
22101 MC LEAN
United States
Contact administratif: Nancy Cleveland
Tél.: 703-385-7133
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