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iTrace: enabling eye tracking on software artifacts within the IDE to support software engineering tasks


Shaffer, Timothy R; Wise, Jenna; Walters, Braden M; Müller, Sebastian; Falcone, Michael; Sharif, Bonita (2015). iTrace: enabling eye tracking on software artifacts within the IDE to support software engineering tasks. In: International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering (Tool Demonstrations Track), Bergamo, Italy, 30 August 2015 - 5 September 2015, 945-957.

Abstract

The paper presents iTrace, an Eclipse plugin that implicitly records developers' eye movements while they work on change tasks. iTrace is the first eye tracking environment that makes it possible for researchers to conduct eye tracking studies on large software systems. An overview of the design and architecture is presented along with features and usage scenarios. iTrace is designed to support a variety of eye trackers. The design is flexible enough to record eye movements on various types of software artifacts (Java code, text/html/xml documents, diagrams), as well as IDE user interface elements. The plugin has been successfully used for software traceability tasks and program comprehension tasks. iTrace is also applicable to other tasks such as code summarization and code recommendations based on developer eye movements. A short video demonstration is available at https://youtu.be/3OUnLCX4dXo.

Abstract

The paper presents iTrace, an Eclipse plugin that implicitly records developers' eye movements while they work on change tasks. iTrace is the first eye tracking environment that makes it possible for researchers to conduct eye tracking studies on large software systems. An overview of the design and architecture is presented along with features and usage scenarios. iTrace is designed to support a variety of eye trackers. The design is flexible enough to record eye movements on various types of software artifacts (Java code, text/html/xml documents, diagrams), as well as IDE user interface elements. The plugin has been successfully used for software traceability tasks and program comprehension tasks. iTrace is also applicable to other tasks such as code summarization and code recommendations based on developer eye movements. A short video demonstration is available at https://youtu.be/3OUnLCX4dXo.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:5 September 2015
Deposited On:17 Jul 2015 07:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:19
Publisher:ACM
Series Name:ESEC/FSE 2015 Proceedings of the 2015 10th Joint Meeting on Foundations of Software Engineering
ISBN:978-1-4503-3675-8
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/2786805.2803188
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:12210

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