Landmarks are crucial elements of human understanding of and communication about space. And they pose a major challenge for computational systems.
Stephan Winter and I have written a book — Landmarks – GIScience for Intelligent Services — summarizing research on integrating (references to) landmarks into computational systems from the last decade or so. It covers cognitive, conceptual, computational, and communication aspects and argues why producing and understanding landmarks is a necessity for truly intelligent geospatial systems.
The book is published by Springer.
Our paper Up, Down, Turn Around: Assisted Wayfinding Involving Level Changes, written by Stephany Bigler, Annina Brügger, Fiona Utzinger, and myself has been accepted as full paper for this year’s Spatial Cognition conference to be held in Bremen, Germany, in September.
We got a paper accepted at this year’s GIScience conference in Vienna, Austria.
Our paper Wayfinding Decision Situations: A Conceptual Model and Evaluation presents a model for decision point complexity that accounts for the structure of the intersection, the action to be performed as well as instruction complexity, user capabilities and environmental factors. The paper is written by Ioannis Giannopoulos, Peter Kiefer, Martin Raubal, myself, and Tyler Thrash.
Sara Fabrikant and me received a grant from the Faculty of Science to develop a new seminar on ‘Lego Mindstorms als Vermittler der Prinzipien der Raumkognition’ (Understanding Principles of Spatial Cognition via Lego Mindstorms).
This endeavor will be funded through the MNF IIL program (Initiative Interaktives Lernen / Innovative Lernformen 2014). Expect to see some Lego bricks crawling through the department in the future…
We currently have an open position for a doctoral researcher (PhD candidate) in project VISDOM. The candidate will work in the areas of information-rich visualization environments, such as three-dimensional (3D) city models, digital globes, and geo-virtual reality applications (or related).
I’ll be presenting a poster on some work Xiaofei Zheng did as his Master project under my supervision at this year’s Conference on Spatial Information Theory. We compared POI coverage in Melbourne of OpenStreetMap and the WhereIs route planner. Accordingly, the poster is entitled: A Comparative Study of POI Coverage between WhereIs and OpenStreetMap.