Showing posts from June, 2023

2023-06-20: ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA) 2023 Trip Report

The 15th Annual ACM Symposium of Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA 2023) was a fully hybrid conference, with the in-person event at the University of Tübingen , Germany, and virtual attendees joining via Webex Events . ETRA 2023 conference took place from May 30 to June 2, 2023. We ( Yasasi and Gavindya ) attended the conference in person and virtually. ETRA brings together computer scientists, engineers, and behavioral scientists for enhancing eye-tracking research and applications. This year, 13 full papers were presented at ETRA 2023 and published in the Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction (PACMHCI). In addition, 23 short papers were accepted and presented in the poster sessions at ETRA 2023. Conference Venue - Neue Aula, University of Tubingen Doctoral Symposium . @ETRA_conference is happening now at @uni_tue (hybrid). #ETRA2023 Doctoral Symposium has started with Prof. John Paulin Hansen's keynote speech. — Yasasi

2023-06-15: A Milestone Achieved: Completing my Master's Degree and Advancing to PhD Candidacy

In the Fall of 2019, I joined the WS-DL (Web Science and Digital Libraries) research group at Old Dominion University as a Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Michele C. Weigle and Dr. Michael L. Nelson . During my master's degree, I was on the thesis option (24 coursework credits, 6 research credits, a thesis, and a thesis defense). As I progressed through my courses and research, I discovered my passion for studying and research and  I realized that I wanted to continue my academic journey and pursue a PhD. I reached out to my MS thesis advisor, Dr. Weigle, to express my strong interest in pursuing a PhD within the exceptional WS-DL group. I applied to the PhD program at ODU and was thrilled to be accepted for the Fall 2020 semester. Since then, I have been a dual-status MS and PhD student, I have been working on completing my Master's thesis while also advancing my PhD studies. Figure 1:Some cherished memories with my incredible support system: advisors, mentors,