Anxious? Mental rotation is a challenge? Find out how this interacts.

Our paper “Not all anxious individuals get lost: Trait anxiety and mental rotation ability interact to explain performance in map-based route learning in men” (breathe now) written by John C. Thoresen, Rebecca Francelet, Arzu Coltekin, myself, Sara I. Fabrikant, and Carmen Sandi (breathe again) has just been published in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. In this paper we show that trait anxiety negatively affects participants with low (but not high) mental rotation ability in a map-based route learning task. The study contributes to a growing body of evidence that individual differences are a major driving force in explaining task performance.

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Detecting faulty POIs in OSM

Our paper ‘Mining the Co-Existence of POIs in OpenStreetMap for Faulty Entry Detection‘, written by Alireza Kashian, myself, Abbas Rajabifard, and Yiqun Chen, has been accepted for the academic research stream ath this year’s Locate conference.
The paper outlines Alireza’s approach to identifying how plausible a newly registered POI is based on how other POIs of the same type are embedded within an environment.

The conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from April 12 to 14.

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More COSIT…

Our paper ‘Are We There Yet? Spatial Cognitive Engineering for Situated Human-Computer Interaction‘, authored by myself, Martin Tomko, and Arzu Coltekin, has been accepted for the workshop on Cognitive Engineering for Spatial Information Processes, which will be held with COSIT in Santa Fe, October 2015.

Also, Mark Simpson will present a poster at COSIT on Measuring Space and Behavior: A Visual Summary Approach, which is a joint project of him, Alexander Klippel, Jan Oliver Wallgrün, and me.

 

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COSIT paper accepted

Our paper ‘Defensive Wayfinding: Incongruent Information in Route Following’ written by Martin Tomko and me has been accepted for this year’s Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT). The conference will be held on October 12-16 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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New Master’s Program in GIScience

The Department of Geography, University of Zurich, is offering a new specialized Master’s program in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) as of this fall semester.

A bit of short notice maybe, but more information including how to apply can be found at the program’s website.

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W2GIS Paper accepted

Our paper A Mobile Application for a User-generated Collection of Landmarks, written by Marius Wolfensberger and myself, has been accepted for the upcoming conference on Web and Wireless Geographic Information Systems to be held in Grenoble, France, on May 21st and 22nd.

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‘Landmarks’ in ACM Computing Reviews

ACM Computing Reviews has published a review of our book ‘Landmarks – GIScience for Intelligent Services’.

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Job Openings for 2 PhD Candidates

We are currently looking for two new PhD candidates (doctoral researchers) associated with the newly SNF-funded EMOtive project.
Click links for more details on position 1 and position 2 [this will open PDFs].

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1000

Google Scholar now claims that my work has been cited 1000 times.

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RoadPlex paper accepted

Alireza Kashian got a paper accepted at the Joint International Conference on Geospatial Theory, Processing, Modelling and Applications (organized among others by ISPRS) to be held in Toronto, CA, in early October.

The paper is about RoadPlex: A Mobile VGI Game to Collect and Validate Data for POIs (co-authored by Abbas Rajabifard and me).

 

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