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Eye Tracking technology integrated in the MarSEVR (Maritime Safety Education with VR Technology) Command Bridge Safety VR Technology by TUAS

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Eye Tracking technology integrated in the MarSEVR (Maritime Safety Education with VR Technology) Command Bridge Safety VR Technology by TUAS

Experts are making important breakthroughs in encouraging the seafarer frame of mind that ensures safe voyages – with training technology that interprets their eye movements.

Prof. Evangelos Markopoulos

Prof Evangelos Markopoulos and Prof Mika Luimula of the Game Lab of Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) Research Group of Futuristic Interactive Technologies, Panagiotis Markopoulos, PhD student in the doctorate programme of mathematics and computer science at the University of Turku, and Niko Laivuori, TUAS Game Lab engineer, have achieved the integration of Eye Tracking into the MarSEVR (Maritime Safety Education with VR Technology) Command Bridge VR Technology. MarSEVR provides practical situational awareness and decision making by replicating a ship command bridge environment for virtual education in maritime safety training.

Command bridges are a setting of significance for eye tracking due to the complex operation environment. The researchers identified that especially inexperienced users with no gaming experience have difficulties acting in virtual reality environments without extra guidance.

Prof. Dr. Mika Luimula

The technology used in the experiment was the Varjo VR-2 Pro VR headset to detect a user’s gaze, to calibrate eye tracking manually, and to configure the eye tracking. Calibration is needed every time the user puts a headset back on since even a slight change in headset position will affect in the accuracy of the eye tracking.

When ships are sailing across the oceans it is the confidence in applying skills that secures safe journeys.   Maritime industry experts who tested previous versions of the technology indicated that the confidence of the bridge commander and the rest of the crew is reflected through their eyes, on the actions taken to perform their operations.   Hesitation, thought delays, second guessing, wondering, and other feelings can be expressed and identified by eye movements. The eye tracking technology provides more than understanding the confidence of the seafarers when performing a task.   It extends towards understanding the mental state that impacts on the psychology of the seafarers which is reflected on their eye movements.    This is a major issue for  marine insurance companies that play a critical role in the effective and profitable operations of the shipping industry.

MarSEVR EyeTracking Wheel

The results of this research have been submitted for publication under the following academic paper:

Mika Luimula, Evangelos Markopoulos , Johanna Kaakinen, Panagiotis Markopoulos, Niko Laivuori (2020). Eye Tracking in Maritime Immersive Safe Oceans Technology. Submitted to CogInfoCom 2020. 11th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications. On-Line Conference.  Sept. 23-25, 2020.

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