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10 janvier 2018

M2 internship: Eye tracking and virtual reality

Catégorie : Stagiaire

In the context of the IDEA project (Immersive Data Exploration and Analysis), we propose a M2 internship (4-6 months starting feb/march 2018) on the topic of the representation and analysis of eye-tracking data recorded from within a Head Mounted Display during an immersive experience.

Keywords: Eye tracking, virtual reality, HMD, experimental methodologies, data analysis

Contact: Matthieu Perreira Da Silva (Ass. Prof.), matthieu.perreiradasilva@univ-nantes.fr

Location: Image Perception Interaction team, LS2N, Nantes (France)


Lab and advisors

Image Perception Interaction research team, LS2N (Polytech Nantes, Université de Nantes, France)

Duration & Salary

4 to 6 months (from February /March 2018)

550 - 600€ per month


This internship is part of a larger project, Immersive Data Exploration and Analysis (IDEA) funded by the West Creative Industries Regional cluster, which implicates researchers from the LS2N lab (Image, Perception, Interaction and Data User Knowledge groups) and the School of Design of Nantes Atlantique.

This project focuses on immersive analytics. It aims at studying the use of new interactive and immersive technologies and new visualizations for the analysis of abstract data, as well as new experimental methodologies to evaluate human perception and computer human interactions in this context.

Detailed description

The recent availability of eye tracking technologies in Head Mounted Display (HMD) opens up new possibilities to use visual attention to analyze user behavior during immersive experience.

However, this extension is a challenge for the eye-tracking community as the study of visual attention in VR environment still remains an open research question from both theoretical (e.g. gaze data representation in 3D, scanpath comparison methods) and methodological (e.g. experimental protocols) points of view.

The objective of this internship is to propose new experimental methodologies and analytical tools to for the study of visual attention in an immersive and interactive context of visualization with HMD. These proposals should be tested in a specific use case of immersive data visualization, in collaboration with a PhD student working on Human Computer Interaction.


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Appreciated skills

Good level in computer science or signal processing , interest in experimental sciences.


Application must be sent to Prof. Matthieu Perreira Da Silva (CV + cover letter + grades ).


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