Prof Pieter Blignaut
Position
Professor (Units)
Department
Computer Science and Informatics
Address
WWG 312
Computer Science and Information
IB 65
R3732
Telephone
051 401 2754
Office
313
Information

Short CV

Qualifications

  • 1981 - B.Sc. (Physics, Applied Mathematics)
  • 1982 - B.Sc.(Hons) (Physics)
  • 1983 - Higher Education Diploma
  • 1989 - B.A. (Afrikaans and Dutch, Biblical Studies)
  • 1992 - Diploma in Datametrics
  • 1994 - B.Sc. (Hons) (Computer Science)
  • 1996 - M.Sc. (Computer Science)
  • 1999 - Ph.D. (Computer Science)

Career

  • 1986 – 1989 Teacher: Physical Science & Mathematics
  • 1990 – 1994 Head of Department: Physical Science
  • 1995 – 1996 Lecturer Information Technology, Technikon Free State
  • 1997 – 2000 Lecturer Computer Science, University of the Free State
  • 2001 - 2003 Senior Lecturer Computer Science, University of the Free State
  • 2004 - 2005 Associate Professor, University of the Free State
  • 2006 - Professor, University of the Free State

Publications (Short List)

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Blignaut, P.J. 2014. Mapping the Pupil-Glint vector to gaze coordinates in a simple video-based eye tracker.  Journal of Eye Movement Research, 7(1):4, 1-11.

Blignaut, P.J., Wium, D.J. 2014. Eye tracking data quality as affected by ethnicity and experimental design.  Behavior Research Methods, DOI 10.3758/213428-013-0343-0.

Blignaut, P. & McDonald, T. 2009. The effect of experience and socio-economic status on web searching performance: a South African perspective. Behaviour & Information Technology, 1-12. DOI:10.1080/01449290903488140.  Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01449290903488140

Blignaut, P.J. 2009. A bilateral perspective on the Digital Divide in South Africa.  Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 8(4), 581-601. DOI: 10.1163/156915009X12583611836091. Available at http://brill.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/pgdt/2009/00000008/00000004/art00001

Blignaut, P.J. & Beelders, T.R. 2009. The effect of fixational eye movements on fixation identification with a dispersion-based fixation detection algorithm. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 2(5):4, 1-14.

Blignaut, P.J. 2009.  Fixation identification: The optimum threshold for a dispersion algorithm.  Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 71(4), 881- 895.

Blignaut, P.J., & Naudé, A. 2008. The influence of temperament style on a student’s choice of and performance in a computer programming course. Computers in Human Behavior, 24, 1010-1020.

Blignaut, P.J., Dednam, E.H. & Beelders, T.R. 2007. Die opleiding van persone uit benadeelde groepe in rekenaargebruik: Is die afstand nie té groot om te oorbrug nie? SA Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie, Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.

Blignaut, P.J. & McDonald, T. 2006. Is dit nodig om ’n webblad te vertaal vir Afrika-gebruikers? SA Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie, Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.

Blignaut, P.J. & Cruywagen, I. 2005. Development of an Information Kiosk for a Large Transport Company: Lessons Learned. Journal of Cases on Information Technology, 7(4):27-45, Idea Group Publishing.

Blignaut, P.J., Burger, A.J., McDonald, T., Tolmie, C.J. 2005. Computer Attitude and Anxiety. Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Volume I-V. Khosrow-Pour, M. (ed.) Idea Group Publishing.

Peer-reviewed Chapters in Books

Beelders, T.R., Blignaut, P.J. 2014.  Gaze and Speech: Pointing device and text entry modality.  In Horsley, M., Eliot, M., Knight, B., Reilly, R. (Eds.), Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research, Springer. 

Blignaut, P.J., Holmqvist, K., Nyström, M., Dewhurst, R.  2014.  Improving the accuracy of video-based eye-tracking in real-time through post-calibration regression.  In Horsley, M., Eliot, M., Knight, B., Reilly, R. (Eds.),Current Trends in Eye Tracking Research, Springer. 

Beelders, T.R., Blignaut, P.J. 2011. The Usability of Speech and Eye Gaze as a Multimodal Interface for a Word Processor.  In Ipsic, I. (ed.), Speech Technologies. pp385-404, Intech Open. ISBN 978-953-307-996-7.  Also available athttp://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/the-usability-of-speech-and-eye-gaze-as-a-multimodal-interface-for-a-word-processor

Blignaut, P.J., Burger, A.J., McDonald, T., Tolmie, C.J.  2005.  Computer Attitude and Anxiety.  In Khosrow-Pour, M. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, pp 495-501, Information Science Reference. ISBN 1-59140-553-X. Republished in 2009 in Khosrow-Pour, M. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, second edition. pp 647-653, Information Science Reference.  ISBN 978-1-60566-026-4.

Books

Blignaut, P.J. 2010.  Be sharp with C#. ISBN 978-0-620-49068-9.  PL3 Databases, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Blignaut, P.J., & Messerschmidt, H.J., De Wet, L. 2004. Build with Builder: A hands-on Introduction to Object Oriented Programming using C++ Builder. (3rd ed.). University of the Free State.

Blignaut, P.J. 1995. Modular Programming with Turbo Pascal.

Peer-Reviewed Published Conference Contributions (Only last seven years)

Beelders, T.R, Blignaut, P.J., McDonald, T. Dednam, E.H. 2008. Novice word processor user performance with pictorial and text icons. 8th Asia-Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI). 6-9, Seoul, Korea.

McDonald, P.J. & Blignaut, P.J. 2008. Language aspects of web searching: An African perspective. Sixth International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (CATaC), Nimes, France.

Blignaut, P.J., Beelders, T.R. So, C-Y. 2008. The visual span of chess players. Eye Tracking Research and Applications Symposium (ETRA), Savannah, Georgia.

So, C-Y., Blignaut, P.J., Beelders, T.R. 2008. Content analysis and usability inspection on international city tourism websites. World Wide Web Congress, September 2008.

Beelders, T.R., Blignaut, P.J., McDonald, T., Dednam, E.H. 2009. Measuring user performance for different interfaces using a word processor prototype. 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, July 2009, San Diego, California.  Published in Jacko, A. (Ed.), Human Computer Interaction, Part I, HCII2009, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5610/2009, 395-404, Springer-Verlag: Berlin / Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-642-02573-0.

Beelders, T.R., Blignaut, P.J. 2010. Using vision and voice to create a multimodal interface for Microsoft Word 2007. Proceedings of ETRA 2010: ACM Symposium on Eye-Tracking Research and Applications, Austin, Texas, USA, 22-24 March 2010, pp 173 – 176 (ISBN 978-1-60558-994-7).

Blignaut, P.J.2010.  Visual span and other parameters for the generation of heatmaps. Proceedings of ETRA 2010: ACM Symposium on Eye-tracking Research and Applications, Austin, Texas, USA, 22-24 March 2010, pp 125-128 (ISBN 978-1-60558-994-7).

Blignaut, P.J., Oosthuysen, C.G.  2010. A usability and functionality study of intranet websites at South African universities. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference on World Wide Web Applications, Durban, September 2010, pp 4 – 19.

Blignaut, P.J. 2011. A tool to measure the accuracy and precision of eye-trackers.  European Conference on Eye Movements.  Marseille, France, 21-25 August 2011.

Shih, T.C., Blignaut, P.J. 2011. The Influence of Gender and Internet Experience on the Acceptability of Smell as Interaction Modality. SAICSIT Annual Research Conference, Cape Town 3-5 October 2011.

Beelders, T.R. & Blignaut, P.J. 2012. Measuring the performance of gaze and speech for text input. Eye-Tracking Research and Applications symposium (ETRA), Santa Barbara, California, 28-30 March 2012, 337-340 (ISBN 978-1-4503-1225-7).

Beelders, T.R. & Blignaut, P.J. 2012. Using eye gaze and speech to simulate a pointing device. Eye-Tracking Research and Applications symposium (ETRA), Santa Barbara, California, 28-30 March 2012, 349-352 (ISBN 978-1-4503-1225-7).

Blignaut, P.J. & Beelders, T.R.  2012. The precision of eye-trackers: A case for a new measure. Eye-Tracking Research and Applications symposium (ETRA), Santa Barbara, California, 28-30 March 2012, 289-292 (ISBN 978-1-4503-1225-7).

Blignaut, P.J. & Beelders, T.R.  2012. TrackStick: A data quality measuring tool for Tobii eye trackers. Eye-Tracking Research and Applications symposium (ETRA), Santa Barbara, California, 28-30 March 2012, 293-296 (ISBN 978-1-4503-1225-7).

Blignaut, P.J. & Wium, D.J. 2013. The Effect of Mapping Function on the Accuracy of a Video-Based Eye Tracker.  Proceedings of the Eye Tracking South Africa Conference (ETSA), Cape Town, 29-31 August 2013 (ISBN 978-1-4503-2110-5).

Blignaut, P.J. 2013.  A new mapping function to improve the accuracy of a video-based eye tracker.  South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT 2013), East London, South Africa, 7-9 October 2013.

Dednam, E.H., Brown, R.W., Wium, D.J., and Blignaut, P.J. 2014. The Effects of Mother Tongue and Text Difficulty on Gaze Behaviour while Reading Afrikaans Text. In Proceedings of SAICSIT 2014.

Technical reports

Blignaut, P.J. 2006. Usability study for the website of the Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche in Bayern.  Usability Laboratory, University of the Free State.

So, C-Y, Blignaut, P.J. 2007. Usability study for the newspaper of Kovsie FANS. Usability Laboratory, University of the Free State.

Blignaut, P.J. 2008.  Usability study on the website of WOMF.  Usability Laboratory, University of the Free State.

Blignaut, P.J. 2008. Eye-tracking study on the viewing behaviour during broadcasting of high profile sports events. Usability Laboratory, University of the Free State.

Blignaut, P.J., Beelders, T.R. 2009.  Saliency of promotional material on television and the effect it has on the recall ability of viewers.  Usability Laboratory, University of the Free State.

Blignaut, P.J., Beelders, T.R. 2009.  Usability Report: Online student registration for students at the University of the Free State.  Usability Laboratory, University of the Free State.

Blignaut, P.J., Beelders, T.R., Wium, D.J.  2012.  Noordfed maize meal packaging: An eye-tracking study.  Usability Laboratory, University of the Free State.

Accolades and Awards

2012. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Technology Awards:  Runner-up in the THRIP advanced Hi-Tech Category for the research work done in the UFS Telkom Centre of Excellence.

2013. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Technology Awards:  Runner-up in the THRIP advanced Hi-Tech Category for the research work done in the UFS Telkom Centre of Excellence.

2014. Finalist of the NSTF 2013/14 awards in the category for an individual or team for an outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering and Technology through research leading to innovation in a corporate organisation or institution.

Area(s) of Interest

  • Eye-tracking
  • Usability testing
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Courses Presented

  • Introductory and Advanced Programming in C#

Community Service

  • Using eye-tracking to enable disabled persons to access computers

FACULTY CONTACT

Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199
E: makgwahlamvt@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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