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Supporting shape reinterpretation with eye tracking

Jowers, Iestyn; Prats, Miquel; Pedreira, Nieves; McKay, Alison and Garner, Steven (2011). Supporting shape reinterpretation with eye tracking. In: 'Circuit bending, breaking and mending', the 16th conference of Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), 27-30 April 2011, Newcastle, Australia.

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It has been argued that reinterpretation is an essential process in design generation and idea exploration. However, computational design tools, such as computer-aided design systems, offer poor support for shape reinterpretation, and as such are not well suited to ideation in conceptual design. One of the key difficulties in implementing computational systems that support shape reinterpretation is the issue of interface – how can a user intuitively guide a system with respect to their interpretation of a designed shape? In this paper, a software prototype is presented that uses an eye tracking interface to support reinterpretation of shapes according to recognised subshapes. The prototype is based on eye tracking studies, and uses gaze data and user input to restructure designed shapes so that they afford manipulation according to users’ interpretations.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011, Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), Hong Kong
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Design Synthesis and Shape GenerationNot SetThe Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: eye tracking; shape interpretation; computer-aided design; design generation; design exploration
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 31870
Depositing User: Steven Garner
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 17:09
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 22:53
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