Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Engineering (Electrical)

First Advisor

Dr. Taikang Ning


The goal of the Gaze Controlled Human Computer Interface project is to design and construct a non-invasive gaze-tracking system that will determine where a user is looking on a computer screen in real time. To accomplish this, a fixed illumination source consisting of Infrared (IR) Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) is used to produce corneal reflections on the user’s eyes. These reflections are captured with a video camera and compared to the relative location of the user’s pupils. From this comparison, a correlation matrix can be created and the approximate location of the screen that the user is looking at can be determined. The final objective is to allow the user to manipulate a cursor on the computer screen simply by looking at different boxes in a grid on the monitor. The project includes design of the hardware setup to provide a suitable environment for glint detection, image processing of the user’s eyes to determine pupil location, the implementation of a probabilistic algorithm to determine an appropriate matrix transformation, and performance analysis on various users.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering.