Human Factors Lab enjoys a productive summer

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 9:29am

Members of the Human Factors in GIScience Lab publish half a dozen peer-reviewed papers this summer.

An exceptionally productive spring has been rewarded with the acceptance of six papers at major research conferences. Dr. Alexander Klippel points out that these are only contributions that directly involve him as an author and that manifold additional contributions by individuals have been made. "The great success that we are having at competitive conferences is a sign of the quality of our research and allows us to be present in various research communities around the globe." Klippel says.


Papers got accepted at Spatial Data Handling 2012  (Bonn, Germany), Spatial Cognition 2012 (Bavaria, Germany), the International Conference Spatial Cognition 2012 (Rome, Italy), the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2012 (Montellier, France), and twice at GIScience 2012 (Columbus, Ohio).


The majority of the research papers focus on central topics of the Human Factors in GIScience Lab related to Klippel's NSF project on Contextual  Influences on the Category Construction of Geographic-scale Movement Patterns. Klippel says "We have advanced our research methodology to a maturity level that allows for significant contributions to the emerging field of geo-spatial semantics and the formalization of human cognitive processes." For example, the paper led by Dr. Wallgrün addresses a topical issues, similarities of spatial configurations with several entities such as habitats of different species, as well as a methodological novelty—an algorithm to compare different clustering methods.


Full references and links to the papers (pre-final draft versions) are as follows:


Wallgrün, J. O., Yang, J., Klippel, A., & Dylla, F. (2012). Investigations into the cognitive conceptualization and similarity assessment of spatial scenes. In GIScience 2012. Berlin: Springer.



Klippel, A., Yang, J., Wallgrün, J. O., Dylla, F., & Li, R. (2012). Assessing similarities of qualitative spatio-temporal relations. In C. Stachniss, K. Schill, & D. H. Uttal (Eds.), Spatial Cognition 2012 (pp. 242–261). Berlin: Springer.



Zhang, X., Qui, B., Mitra, P., Xu, S., Klippel, A., & MacEachren, A. M. (2012). Disambiguating road names in text route descriptions using exact-all-hop shortest path algorithm. In Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Amsterdam: IOS Press.



Klippel, A., Wallgrün, J. O., Yang, J., Li, R., & Dylla, F. (2012). Formally grounding spatio-temporal thinking. Cognitive Processing, (tba), tba.



Klippel, A., Yang, J., Li, R., & Wallgrün, J. O. (2012). Evaluating the cognitive adequacy of the DLine-Region Calculus. In SDH 2012. Berlin: Springer.



Xu, S., & Klippel, A. (2012). Developing nearness models from geocoding spatial entities in a news corpus. In GIScience 2012, extended abstracts.