EYE TRACKING SOLUTION FOR UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
1 If P&C Insurance Latvia (LATVIA)
2 Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (LATVIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2020
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The study of landscape architecture includes different systems and methods. There are different criteria used by industry experts to assess whether a landscape is relevant to the public’s views and needs, however, the evaluation results differ, mostly because of the different methods used and the influence of human psychology. Questionnaires and interviews are widely being used to get public opinion, but such approaches are not always sufficient to provide information on how a person perceives a particular landscape. Modern technologies can open up new approaches as means to digitalize the evaluation process.
Eye tracking solutions allow to identify the regions of the image that the user is most focused on. Visualisation of the collected data in a form of a heatmap would let to evaluate a specific landscape – detect entities that attracts person’s attention. It is crucial to incorporate new technologies into the learning process, especially in the curriculum of a specific field in order to constantly improve it. In this study we propose solution that could be included in the study programme of Landscape Architecture and Planning to evaluate landscapes, by using eye tracking technology. Proposed application uses various services to collect gaze data and generates heatmap of a particular landscape. Solution is applied in existing Landscape Architecture curriculum.
Keywords: Curriculum design, eye tracking, landscape architecture.