READ2018: International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Reading Experience & Analysis of Documents
Technical University of Kaiserslautern and German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Kaiserslautern, Germany, October 4-5, 2018

Conference Programme

If you are giving an oral presentation in one of the four regular oral sessions, please be prepared for a 12 minute talk plus 3 minutes discussion.

If you are presenting your research by means of a poster, we recommend to use a large size, comparable to the A0 size (841 x 1189 mm, or 33.1 x 46.8 inch).

Download PDF version of program here.

Download the complete abstracts, compiled into one PDF here.

Registration, Venue, Accomodation and more

For the preparation of your trip to Kaiserslautern we like to give you numerous support:

First of all, we are proud to announce that due to the generous sponsoring by the Center for Cognitive Science (CogSci), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) we can offer the registration to all participants with either oral or poster presentations without any registration fees!

Despite this fact, we strongly like you to register yourself by sending an email to Thomas Kieninger until September 15th 2018, in order to allow us for further planning.
For registrations after that date, we cannot guarantee their admission to the social event.

If you intend to travel together with your partner and also like him/her to accompany you to the social event (bus tour to the winestreet with winetasting and dinner), you may send us your explicit request by email. We will then register your partner for this event based on available empty seats in the bus and we will serve mutliple requests in a first come - first serve fashion. The costs for the participation must be paid for by you or your guest. The price is 65 € and includes winetasting, dinner, bus transfer.

Recommended Hotels in Kaiserslautern

HotelPrice (Euro) per nightDistance to DFKIoption ends
Hotel Zollamt **** single room: 102 € (+breakfast 14 €) 950 Meters / 12 min. by foot no option
SAKS Urban Design Hotel ****S single room: 129 € (+breakfast 15 €) 3,1 km / 11 min. by taxi Sept 3
Altstadthotel single room: 80 € (+breakfast 8,50 €) 3,8 km / 13 min. by taxi Sept. 12
Art Hotel Lauterbach *** single room: 80 € (incl. breakfast) 3,3 km / 12 min. by taxi Sept. 12
Alcatraz Hotel single room: 76 € (incl. breakfast) 3,4 km / 11 min. by taxi Sept. 12
B&B Hotel single room: 66,50 € (incl. breakfast) 3,5 km / 10 min. by taxi no option
Stadthotel single occup. in double room: 91 € (incl. breakf.) 3,0 km / 10 min. by taxi Sept. 12
Hotel Fröhlich *** superior single room: 90 € (incl. breakfast) 5 km / 6 min. by taxi Sept. 12

All Hotels except for Hotel Fröhlich are located amidst of or in walking distance to the city center of Kaiserslautern. Hotel Zollamt is quite in the middle of the city center and the DFKI (READ2018 location)

How to claim a room in the above mentioned hotels from our reserved contingency

The Tourist Info Kaiserslautern reserved a contingency of rooms in either of the above mentioned hotels. Rooms can be reserved based on availability. However, some hotels that specified a date as option end, guarantee a number of five rooms for our event (Art Hotel only 4) at the rates specified in the above table.

In order for you to claim any of these rooms, please contact Mr. Thomas Keller from the Tourist Info by email ( or phone (+49 631 365-4316) and mention that you are an attendee of the READ2018-Symposium.

How to get to Kaiserslautern or to the DFKI

You may visit DFKIs own directions page for directions.

October 3rd - German Unity Day

We will provide links to special events that are planned for the German Unity Day here in this section as soon as we get notice of it. Please have a look here from time to time.
Please keep in mind that all stores are closed on such national holidays. However, restaurants, pubs, bars etc have opened as usual.

German grape harvest festival in Neustadt/W You can download a flyer from here!

Garden Show (horticultural Show) in Kaiserslautern

German-American Friendship Concert of the U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus, 20.00 h; place: Fruchthalle
Admission to the concert is free of charge. However, tickets will be issued in advance in the rooms of the German-American Citizens' Office in the North Town Hall, ground floor, entrance Lauterstraße 2, on Wednesday, 19 September 2018, from 10:00 to 12:00, Telephone reservations are not possible. Please contact Thomas Kieninger if interested.

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Scope and Aim

READ 2018 –The first international interdisciplinary Symposium on Reading Experience & Analysis of Documents (READ 2018) will be held in Kaiserslautern, Germany, October 4-5, 2018. The symposium focuses on research on the reading process, on techniques and technologies to better analyze and improve the reading process, as well as on new ways of understanding and augmenting reading across a wide range of disciplines.

The symposium presents research that advances the state-of-the-art in these areas, leading to new findings in understanding the interaction with documents, based on their genre, their role, their layout as well as their contents. For READ 2018, we invite researchers, designers, and practitioners from all related disciplines to submit presentations for envisioning and exchanging ideas on:

Eye movements: measurement and analysis

Innovative eye tracking methods

Gaze-based biometric reading analysis

Fixation detection algorithms

Scan path and gaze pattern analysis and prediction

Visualization of gaze data

Gaze information retrieval

Visual attention and eye movement control

Models of skilled reading

Differentiating reading routes and strategies

Computational approaches to reading

Neurocognitive and neuro-computational models of reading

First-language vs. second-language reading processes

Reading in different orthographies

Reading and culture

Reading intention classification

Reading in mixed realities

Reading process analysis and classification

Document analysis and comprehension

Methods of document analysis

Gaze based document interaction

Augmented documents

Legibility and layout quality analysis

Influences of typography

Presentation modes

Reading ergonomics

Perceptual and attentional processes in reading

Recognition of characters, icons and symbols

Visual perception and attention in reading

Impact of literacy on perception

Reading development

Models of reading acquisition

Developmental dyslexia

Diagnostics, support and intervention


Application to quantified learning

learning performance estimation

internal states estimation (understanding, engagement, cognitive load, etc.)

Organizing Team

General Co-Chairs

Andreas Dengel, DFKI, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Koichi Kise, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan


Thomas Lachmann, Center of Cognitive Science, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

Thomas Kieninger, DFKI, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Program Committee

Akiko Aizawa, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Shanley Allen, Center of Cognitive Science, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

Saqib Bukhari, DFKI, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Tandra Ghose, Faculty of Social Sciences, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

Shoya Ishimaru, DFKI, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Dimos Karatzas, CVC, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Pascal Klein, FB Physik, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

Tessei Kobayashi, NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Japan

Kai Kunze, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Thomas Lachmann, Center of Cognitive Science, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

Eisaku Maeda, Tokyo Denki University, Japan

Volker Märgner, TU Braunschweig, Germany

Siegfried Stiehl, University of Hamburg, Germany

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit original work submitted as extended abstract - a minimum of 600 words, a maximum of 1200 words (approximately 2 pages, not including diagrams, figures or tables) - by July 20th.

The extended abstract should provide enough details so that the Technical Program Committee can evaluate the potential quality and the interest of the READ attendees in your presentation.

All accepted submissions need to have a full registration to the conference.

Sharing Abstracts and Post Proceedings

By default, all submitted extended abstracts will be made availabe online before and during the symposium. If you have personal reasons that prohibit such publication, please add the remark "do not post online" in your submission.

The organizers of READ 2018 are planning to publish Post Proceedings of the event, containing selected contributions if the author(s) agree. In those cases a camera ready paper in a yet to be defined length and format needs to be submitted.

Social Program

The city of Kaiserslautern is just 30 miles away from the famous German Winestreet. This is an area well know for its rich variety of different wines. At the end of day one we will have a tour to that wine region. We will visit one of the best vineyards that has repeatedly been awarded for several of their own grown wines. During a snuggish wine tasting you will have the chance to experience the rich bouquet of several wines, red and white, and of course the very popular Riesling.

After the wine tasting we will continue our tour and complete day one with a conference dinner.

During day two of our event, we will have the chance to visit some of DFKIs living labs, demonstrating cutting edge technology of their research departments. You will be guided to the famous SmartFactory the first place where Industry 4.0 technology was demonstrated. Another highlight of our DFKI tour is the Immersive Quantified Learning Lab. Here, touching is explicitly allowed - and even more, you will have the chance to try out by yourself our protoypes that demonstrate most innovative teaching paradigms supported by user observation hardware.


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