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EV-Eye: Rethinking High-frequency Eye Tracking through the Lenses of Event Cameras

Guangrong Zhao · Yurun Yang · Jingwei Liu · Ning Chen · Yiran Shen · Hongkai Wen · Guohao Lan

Great Hall & Hall B1+B2 (level 1) #506


In this paper, we present EV-Eye, a first-of-its-kind large scale multimodal eye tracking dataset aimed at inspiring research on high-frequency eye/gaze tracking. EV-Eye utilizes an emerging bio-inspired event camera to capture independent pixel-level intensity changes induced by eye movements, achieving sub-microsecond latency. Our dataset was curated over a two-week period and collected from 48 participants encompassing diverse genders and age groups. It comprises over 1.5 million near-eye grayscale images and 2.7 billion event samples generated by two DAVIS346 event cameras. Additionally, the dataset contains 675 thousands scene images and 2.7 million gaze references captured by Tobii Pro Glasses 3 eye tracker for cross-modality validation. Compared with existing event-based high-frequency eye tracking datasets, our dataset is significantly larger in size, and the gaze references involve more natural eye movement patterns, i.e., fixation, saccade and smooth pursuit. Alongside the event data, we also present a hybrid eye tracking method as benchmark, which leverages both the near-eye grayscale images and event data for robust and high-frequency eye tracking. We show that our method achieves higher accuracy for both pupil and gaze estimation tasks compared to the existing solution.

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