IFE supports American control room modernization program
This marks the first major involvement of IFE-MTO in the U.S. modernization program. Under the INL contract, IFE supplies three products, namely UNID (Universal Information Display system), MITTS (Micro-Task Testing and Training System), and SYNOPTICON, our automatic gaze detection system. IFE also supports INL through the design of scenarios and overview displays.
SYNOPTICON combines data from eye tracking glasses and position data from reflective markers (attached to the glasses) to automatically measure what an operator is looking at.
Three researchers from the Industrial Psychology division visited INL in July to test systems and develop scenarios. The highlight of the visit was the first full-scale test of SYNOPTICON. Using SYNOPTICON’s innovative modeling approach, within just 3 hours the researchers produced a 3D model of the simulator’s 49 monitors at an accuracy of 1mm.
Using mobile eye tracking glasses and a position-tracking system, they then demonstrated how they can track an operator’s gaze automatically and in real-time, and map this data onto the 3D model. SYNOPTICON is currently the only system that provides this kind of service.
For more information, contact Michael.Hildebrandt@ife.no
IFE’s SYNOPTICON system supports 3D modeling of environments as well as automated, real-time tracking of what an operator is looking at. The yellow vector represents the head orientation, the blue vectors are the gaze vectors (orientation of the eyes), and the red tile indicates the monitor the operator is looking at.