The understanding of the MultiplEYE Experiment and integration in the project

Alba Haveriku is a PhD student at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania. She completed her STSM at the Institute for Computational Linguistics at the University of Zurich from 22/01/2024 to 02/02/2024. During the STSM period she participated in the experimental setup of the MultiplEYE experimental framework.

A professionally fulfilling experinece

My two-week stay in Zurich marked my first participation in a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM), providing me the opportunity to visit the ‘Institute of Computational Linguistics’ at the University of Zurich. This experience proved to be very fulfilling both in the professional and personal aspect.

Being part of the MultiplEYE project for a year, I have had the opportunity to learn more about eye-tracking and how eye-tracking data can be used in various contexts. Over the course of this STSM, I gained a deeper understanding of the experimental implementation, and understood the importance of each of the steps included in the experimental setup, from the point of view of the experimenters and participants. This experience helped me feel more integrated into the MultiplEYE project, allowed me to meet new people from a field I am very interested in, but also helped me gain new inspiration for my current PhD studies.

Collaborating with my host Deborah during this STSM was crucial to gain better insights into the work accomplished so far and the Python-based experiment setup she has been working for more than a year.

I gained a better understanding about the future work that awaits, particularly in the inclusiveness of numerous languages. Deborah guided me through the main important points that need to be considered for the participant questionnaire, so that it could be integrated in the overall experimental setup.

Furthermore, Zurich, with its organized and punctual atmosphere, offered an ideal and calming place to stay. It was so nice to walk around the city, enjoying the sun and the friendly people. I am happy for my time in Zurich, and I want to thank Deborah and all the staff of the ‘Institute of Computational Linguistics’, for making me feel welcome and helping me throughout my stay.