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Title: Gaze as a biometric

Two people may analyze a visual scene in two completely different ways. Our study sought to determine whether human gaze may be used to establish the identity of an individual. To accomplish this objective we investigated the gaze pattern of twelve individuals viewing different still images with different spatial relationships. Specifically, we created 5 visual dot-pattern tests to be shown on a standard computer monitor. These tests challenged the viewer s capacity to distinguish proximity, alignment, and perceptual organization. Each test included 50 images of varying difficulty (total of 250 images). Eye-tracking data were collected from each individual while taking the tests. The eye-tracking data were converted into gaze velocities and analyzed with Hidden Markov Models to develop personalized gaze profiles. Using leave-one-out cross-validation, we observed that these personalized profiles could differentiate among the 12 users with classification accuracy ranging between 53% and 76%, depending on the test. This was statistically significantly better than random guessing (i.e., 8.3% or 1 out of 12). Classification accuracy was higher for the tests where the users average gaze velocity per case was lower. The study findings support the feasibility of using gaze as a biometric or personalized biomarker. These findings could have implicationsmore » in Radiology training and the development of personalized e-learning environments.« less
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  1. ORNL
  2. Tennessee Technological University
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Conference: SPIE Conference on Medical Imaging, San Diego, CA, USA, 20140215, 20140220
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
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United States
eye tracking; perceptual organization; user modeling