Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28

We continued to analyze the data today. While Jason and a grad student were looking for patterns in the data, I was transcribing recordings of people that we took in part one of the experiment. I will begin checking for keywords tomorrow.

Monday, July 27, 2015


Now that we have collected the data for our experiment, we can now begin to analyze it. We are hoping to find patterns between data sets such as times for part 1 and how they compare to part 2.

Friday, July 24, 2015

July 24

We continued to work on the dual eye-tracker experiment.  There is still a problem with calibrating the wearable eye-tracker. We will continue to work with them next week.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 23

This is starting to sound repetitive, but all that we did was continued to collect data for our experiment. We did however get the wearable eye-tracker to work somewhat ok, but there are still problems.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 21 and 22

Yesterday we continued to conduct our experiment, nothing much to say about that. We also got the opportunity to visit the Mees Observatory out in Bristol. That was interesting. The night was very clear and we were able to see the stars fairly well. We also went on an adventure in the woods nearby.

Today we continue to conduct our experiment. We are almost done collecting data to analyze.

Friday, July 17, 2015

July 16th

There is not much to say about today. We continued with part 2 of our experiment, which at this time I cannot give specific details. If you would like to know more about the experiment, please contact us at a later date.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

July 15th

Today we worked on the experiment more. We conducted more tests and then did more data analytics.

Today's lunch talk was given by Joe Pow about the freshman project. Many of the projects shown looked fairly interesting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 14

Today we finally began to conduct our experiment. We were able to test 5 people. However, since we still have more people to test, we cannot reveal results at this time. If you would like to know about our findings, please contact us at a later date.

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 12

Today we continued preparation for the experiment we will be conducting in the coming days. However, things did not go exactly as planned. The eye-tracker glasses were not calibrating properly. Despite much troubleshooting and manual reading, we were unable to ascertain what the issue was. Unfortunately, this means that we will have to alter the experiment slightly and will only be able to use the remote eye-tracker to measure gaze patterns.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Experiment contructing

Today we started constructing the experiment that we will be conducting next week. The main question we are asking is whether a subject's gaze pattern will be affected depending on cognitive stimulus.

The control group will be asked to view a series of 12 or so paintings. We hope to learn whether or not being asked to recall something will affect the participants gaze pattern.I believe that additional cognitive stimulus will indeed affect gaze patterns because the participant may be looking more intently at the art to try and memorize some of the features better.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

beGaze and hidden text

Today we got more familiarized with the eye-tracker technology.  After running the program a few times, I realize the benefits and negatives of using stationary eye-tracking technology as opposed to t using portable eye-tracker technology. Stationary eye-tracker tech is, in my opinion, better because it requires less time to calibrate and the processing and data collection is already don for you with the beGaze software.

After lunch, we attended a lecture given by Dr. Roger Easton. He presented on his work in the Historical document imaging field. He told us about many techniques that he and his colleagues use to reveal seemingly hidden layers of text from what are called palimpsests. It was actually quite interesting to see the process that it takes to reveal some of the "hidden" writing.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Red Barn and an Intro to Vision

Today we went to the Red Barn for some team building exercises. We were presented with several challenges, which increased in difficulty. The challenges we were presented included: tossing an octopus, aptly named Oscar around the circle to getting the entire group to stand on a plank of wood to escape sabre-tooth chipmunks. I fell that we learned a lot from engaging with one another to solve the problems presented to us.

After lunch, I was given an in depth introduction to the the science of vision. It was very interesting, but a bit overwhelming as a large amount of material was presented in such a short amount of time. Despite this, I am eager to learn more about the eye-tracker system and begin work on the project.