Human Factors summer research summary

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 9:32am

The Human Factors in GIScience Lab had a very productive summer: Over half a dozen peer-reviewed scientific contributions were accepted at international journals (Spatial Cognition and Computation, Environment and Behavior, Cartography and Geographic Information Science) and leading conferences (Spatial Cognition, GIScience). Topics addressed in these papers span central research themes in the spatial and cognitive sciences such as crowdsourcing, space syntax, how humans understand geographic space, the commonsense ontology of geographic concepts, land cover classifications, the validation of cluster algorithms, route directions, uncertainty, map design and more.

Prefinal drafts are available through the lab website:


Full papers

  • Kinkeldey, C., Mason, J.,  Klippel, A. & Schiewe, J. (2014, to appear). Evaluation of noise annotation lines: Using noise to represent thematic uncertainty in maps. Cartography and Geographic Information Science,
  • Li, R., & Klippel, A. (accepted). Wayfinding behaviors in complex buildings: The impact of environmental legibility and familiarity. Environment and Behavior.
  • Mast, V., Wolter, D., Klippel, A., Wallgrün, J. O., & Tenbrink, T. (2014). Boundaries and prototypes in categorizing direction. In C. Freksa, B. Nebel, M. Hegarty, & T. Barkowsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spatial Cognition Conference 2014. Berlin: Springer.
  • Xu, S., Klippel, A., MacEachren, A. M., & Mitra, P. (2014). Exploring regional variation in spatial language using spatially-stratified web-sampled route direction documents. Spatial Cognition and Computation.



Extended abstracts

  • Mark, D. M., Klippel, A., & Wallgrün, J. O. (2014). A crowd-sourced  taxonomy for the common-sense geographic domain. GIScience (extended abstracts).
  • Wallgrün, J. O., Klippel, A., & Mark, D. M. (2014). A new approach To cluster validation in experimental investigations of (geo)spatial concepts. GIScience (extended abstracts).
  • Sparks, K., Klippel, A., Wallgrün, J. O., & Mark, D. M. (2014). Crowdsourcing landscape perceptions to validate land cover classifications. GIScience (extended abstracts)
  • Klippel, A., Wallgrün, J. O., Mast, V., Tenbrink, T., & Wolter, D. (2014). The CatFramework for spatial semantics. 10th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication. 12-13 September 2014, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia. (extended abstract)
  • Sparks, K., Klippel, A., Wallgrün, J. O., & Mark, D. M. (2014) Position statement: Crowdsourcing landscape perceptions to validate land cover classifications. Workshop on Volunteered Geographic Information, in conjunction with GIScience 2014, Vienna, Austria.
  • Mason, J., Retchless, D., & Klippel, A. (2014). Dimensions of uncertainty: A visual classification of geospatial uncertainty visualization research. Workshop Visually-Supported Reasoning with Uncertainty, in conjunction with GIScience 2014, Vienna, Austria).