John Paulin Hansen

John Paulin Hansen, Ph.D.

IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

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Academic background:

1992    Ph.D., Psychology, Institute of Psychology, The University of Århus, 1992.

1985    MA, Psychology, Institute of Psychology, The University of Århus, 1985.


Post-graduate education:

2013-2014       Leading the virtual company, 6-months executive course at Harvard Business School,                       Boston.


Previous and present employment:

2012 -2013      Interim research group coordinator, PitLab, IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)

2005- 2011      Research group leader, Innovative Communication Group. ITU

2008- 2010      Head of bachelor study program in “Digital Media and Design” at ITU.

2005               Visiting professor at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

2000- 2001      Head of master study program in “Design, Communication and Media” at ITU.    

1999-             Associate Professor, (ITU).

1996-1999       Head of Space Invaders Multimedia Design School.

1995-1998       External Lecturer, Human factors in Computer Science, University of Copenhagen.

1995-1996       Senior Scientist, Systems Analysis Department, Risø National Laboratory.

1991                Visiting scientist, Wright Patterson Air force Base, Dayton, Ohio.

1988-1995       Postgraduate Research Fellow, Cognitive Systems Group, Risø National Laboratory.

1987-1988       Postgraduate Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology, The University of Århus.



1997    "Method and circuit for generating an activation signal and uses for the same" United States, Patent no. 5,625,380. April 29, 1997.

2014     "Systems and methods of eye tracking calibration" United States Patent no. US20140226131 A1. August 14, 2014.



2013    Danish Society for Education and Business’ Erhvervsforskerpris (250.000

2005    Inge Lehmans legat af 1983 (30.000


John Paulin Hansen is an Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He received a MSc in 1984 and a PhD in 1992 both in Psychology from Institute of Psychology, University of Aarhus.   His research areas are human factors, cognitive modelling and gaze-based interaction. He has published more than 30 research papers within this area. John Paulin Hansen pioneered the use of eye-tracking technology for usability studies 20 years ago and holds two US- patents in  gaze based interaction. He has been engaged in several research projects with eye tracking to investigate attention strategies of ship navigators, pilots, anaesthesiologists, nuclear power plant operators and car drivers.

He initiated and was co-organizing the IST EU Sixth framework programme “Communication by Gaze Interaction” (COGAIN), 2004 – 2009, with approximately 100 researchers participating from all over the world.

Three of his PhD students formed The Eye Tribe Company in 2011. This company are working on several innovative gaze tracking products and have been awarded the ABB Award for Global Innovation in Stockholm, November 2011 and an award in the Product & Technology category in the Venture Cup Idea Competition, Copenhagen 2012. The Eye Tribe received 12 million in support from the Danish National Advanced Foundation in December 2012 for a 3-year research project in collaboration with ITU, DTU, LEGO Systems A/S and Serious Games Interactive. The purpose of the project is to develop eye-control systems for smartphones.



    Research areas

  • gaze interaction, location-based services, usability, user expirience, assitive technology, psychology, innovation, concept development, interaction design, human factors

Research outputs (45)

  1. Published
  2. Published
  3. Published

    Wrist-worn pervasive gaze interaction

    Research output: Conference Article in Proceeding or Book/Report chapterArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

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Prizes (1)

Research Activities (5)

  1. Teknologivurdering af civil anvendelse af droner (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

  2. Usability og Userexperience - formidling og metode

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

  3. 17th European Conference on Eye Movements

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conference

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Press (7)

  1. Byg Lego med øjenteknologi

    Press/Media: Press / Media

  2. Klik med et blik

    Press/Media: Press / Media

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