Eye Tracking: Theory and Practice


This one-semester course provides an introduction to Eye Tracking in the form of a one part theoretical lecture and one part practical lab session.

  • Human Visual System
  • Eye Tracking Systems
  • Eye Tracking Methodology
  • Eye Tracking Applications

Course Goals

The main objective of the eye tracking course is twofold. First, getting a good understanding of eye tracking theory and methodology. Second, participation in the course will familiarize students with eye tracking hardware and carrying out eye tracking user studies.

Key goals are:

  • Knowledge in working on specific topics in the field of eye tracking.
  • Knowledge of key characteristics of eye movements.
  • Knowledge of the design and implementation cycle of eye tracking user studies.
  • Practical experience in the technical realization of eye tracking user studies.
  • Practical proving of the knowledge in eye tracking user stuies on selected topics.
  • Application of group work skills.
  • Presentation of project work.


None, if taken as a master course. 

If taken as an advanced course in the bachelor program:

  • basic math courses offered in our bachelor programs
  • algorithms and data structures
  • introduction to computer science including programming

Record and academic assessments

Credit will be given based on a written (midterm) exam and a presentation of an experimental study using our eye tracking system. The presentation should include the theoretical foundations, the design of the experiment, the data analysis, and the visualization of the results. In addition a written report containing this material must be provided