Department of Geoinformatics at Palacký University in Olomouc is engaged in the wide area of cartographic research topics. Feeling the absence of objective evaluation of cartography products, since June 2011 we have started the research on cognitive visualization using eye-tracking.
Research orientation of our group is the application of the eye-tracking technology and cognitive sciences in the field of evaluation and optimization of maps.
The team is formed by young scientists interested in different aspects of geographic information visualization. Research topics deal with cognition of maps complexity, 3D visualization, uncertainty, map elements and layout and other themes, leading us to the only aim - to do better maps.
Since 2011, the laboratory is equiped with SMI RED 250 eye-tracker. It allows to record eye-movements with a frequency of 250 Hz. In 2018, new eye-tracker Tobii Spectrum 300 with frequency of 300Hz was obtained. We are also usinge three pieces of low-cost EyeTribe trackers. Eye-movement measurement can be enhanced by EEG measurement with the use of Emotiv EPOC device and GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) measurement using Shimmer 3.
For data analyses, we are using SMI BeGaze software, opensource application OGAMA, V-Analytics, R Studio for statistics and some other tools for specific types of analyses.