Conference Programme

Timeframes and Discussion Times:

Full Papers: 30 minutes total (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion)

Vision Papers: 30 minutes total time (15 minutes presentation, 15 minutes discussion)

Short Papers: 20 minutes total time (10 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion)

Doctoral Colloquium presentations: 15 minutes total time (10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes discussion)


Please note that the exact times may still be subject to change



Monday, September 9th 2019: Doctoral Colloquium (click to expand)
8am Registration Desk Open

9am - 9:15am Welcome Speech

9:15am - 10:30am

Session 1

  • Dajana Snopková. Application of Space Syntax Theory in Agent-based Evacuation Modelling
  • Bingjie Cheng. Enhancing Spatial Learning with an Adaptive Navigation System That Employs Neurofeedback
  • Armand Kapaj. Landmark Visualization on Mobile Devices for Effective Pedestrian Navigation:Assessing the Effects of Realism for Spatial Learning
  • Bartosz Mazurkiewicz. Augmented Reality Navigation in Outdoor Spaces
  • Abed Bashardoost. Real-Time Situational Awareness for Disaster Management - Using the Juxtaposition of the UAV’s Supplied Reality Information and Existing 3D Models

10:30am - 11am Coffee

11am - 12:30pm Session 2
  • Charu Manivannan. Heuristic approach for automatic resolving of generalisation in sketch map alignment
  • Han Kruiger. Modelling the Analytic Potential of Spatial Data Sources for Human Geography
  • Sara Lafia. Spatially Supported Thematic Discovery of Research Data
  • Caitlin M. Hafferty. QUALMAP: Qualitative Geospatial Methods for Active Participation
  • René Unrau. Enhancing Usability Evaluation of Web-Based Geographic Information Systems with Visual Analytics
  • Beidi Li. BIM-integrated decision-support software with automatic constraint checking

12:30pm - 2:30pm Lunch

2:30pm - 3pm Session 3
  • Marvin Mc Cutchan. The Importance of Geospatial Semantics for Spatial Predictions
  • Adam Richard-Bollans. Modelling Spatial Prepositions for Locative Expression Interpretation and generation

3pm - 3:05pm Closing Speech

3:05pm - 3:30pm Coffee 


Discussion with assigned mentor


The following internationally renowned scholars have agreed to act as mentors for the COSIT 2019 Doctoral Colloquium:

  • Sara Irina Fabrikant
  • Christian Freksa
  • Stephen Hirtle
  • Toru Ishikawa
  • David Jonietz
  • Chris Kray
  • Dan Montello
  • Kai-Florian Richter
  • Simon Scheider
  • Angela Schwering
  • Martin Tomko
  • Stephan Winter



Tuesday, September 10th 2019: Workshop Day (click to expand)
8am Registration Desk Open

10:30am - 11am Coffee

12:30pm - 2pm Lunch

3:30pm - 4pm Coffee

From 7pm - late Welcome Reception and Brewery Tour at Spitalgarten Regensburg



Wednesday, September 11th 2019: Main Conference (click to expand)
8am Registration Desk Open

8:45am - 9am Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9am - 10:30am Keynote: Ruth Rosenholtz. Human Vision at a Glance

10:30am - 11am Coffee

11am - 12:20pm

Modeling and Interaction

Session Chair: Sara Fabrikant

  • David Amores, Maria Vasardani and Egemen Tanin. Smartphone Usability for Emergency Evacuation Applications (Short Paper)
  • Heinrich Löwen, Jakub Krukar and Angela Schwering. Functional Scales in Assisted Wayfinding (Short Paper)
  • Laura Pinson, Pierrick Tranouez and Géraldine Del Mondo. Representation of interdependencies between urban networks by a multi-layer graph (Short Paper)
  • Gabriele Filomena, Ed Manley and Judith A. Verstegen. Route Choice Through Regions by Pedestrian Agents (Short Paper)

12:20pm - 2pm Lunch

2pm - 3:30pm

Reasoning and Reproducibility

Session Chair: Ioannis Giannopoulos

  • José Moreira, José Duarte and Paulo Dias. Modeling and representing real-world spatio-temporal data in databases (Vision Paper)
  • Tosue Momo and Kazuko Takahashi. Towards a Qualitative Reasoning on Shape Change and Object Division (Full Paper) 
  • Christian Kray, Edzer Pebesma, Markus Konkol and Daniel Nüst. Reproducible Research in Geoinformatics: Concepts, Challenges and Benefits (Vision Paper)

3:30pm - 4pm Coffee

4pm - 5:20pm

Spatial Language

Session Chair: Maria Vasardani

  • Ekaterina Egorova, Niloofar Aflaki, Cristiane Fagundes and Kristin Stock. Cross-corpora Analysis of Spatial Language: The Case of Fictive Motion (Short Paper)
  • Sara Lafia and Jingyi Xiao. Talk of the Town: Discovering Government Data via Conversational Voice Assistants (Short Paper)
  • Mansi Radke, Prarthana Das, Christopher Jones and Kristin Stock. Detecting the geospatialness of prepositions from natural language text (Short Paper)
  • Ehsan Hamzei, Stephan Winter and Martin Tomko. Initial analysis of simple where-questions and human-generated answers (Short Paper)

From 5:30pm Poster Session

Spatial and temporal language:

  • Kai-Florian Richter. Strategies for resolving conflicts in interpreting referring expressions in human-robot interaction
  • Adam Richard-Bollans. Investigating the Dimensions of Spatial Language
  • Wiebke Schick. Incidental learning of survey knowledge and the impact of the route instruction for orientation 2 information
  • Kristin Stock. He Tātai Whenua: An Exploratory Analysis of Landscape Terms in the New Zealand Māori Language

Visualisation and virtual spaces:

  • Francis Harvey. Perceptual Map Matters
  • Charu Manivannnan. Categorization of generalization in sketch maps
  • Chris Kray. Map Palasticity
  • Simge Özdal. Geospatial Semantics and Deep Learning for Urban Growth Predictions

Spatial behavior:

  • Robert Jackermeier. Analysing Naturalistic Navigation Logs: User Behaviour in the Wild
  • Pavel Ugwitz. Object-Based Approach to Eye Tracking in VR: Method and Implementation
  • Vanessa Ligonnière. Cross-age benefits of landmarks: does cognitive or visual saliency benefit spatial representations?

Spatial concepts:

  • Simon Scheider. Semantic data type signatures for representing spatial core concepts in GIS operations on spatial layers
  • John Stell. Words in Space
  • Xuke Hu. Main Entrance Tagging Approach based on Intrinsic and Extrinsic Features Extracted from OpenStreetMap
  • Shahar Sagi. Political and Ethnic-National Spatial Entities, Tolerance and Geographical Judgment

From 7:00pm Poster Reception at conference site



Thursday, September 12th, 2019: Main Conference (click to expand)
8am Registration Desk Open

9am - 10:30am Keynote: André Borrmann. Spatial Information Theory and Construction Informatics - a fruitful symbiosis

10:30am - 11am Coffee

11am - 12:30pm

Ontological Modeling

Session Chair: Simon Scheider

  • Brandon Plewe. A Case for Geographic Masses (Full Paper)
  • Shirly Stephen and Torsten Hahmann. Formal qualitative spatial augmentation of the Simple Feature Access model (Full Paper)
  • Thomas Bittner.  Why classificatory information of geographic regions is quantum information (Vision Paper)

12:30pm - 2pm Lunch

2pm - 3:30pm

Diagrams and Visualization

Session Chair: Stephen Hirtle

  • Thora Tenbrink, Ruth Conroy Dalton and Anwen Jago Williams. The language of architectural diagrams (Full Paper)
  • Sara Lafia, Werner Kuhn and Christina Last. Enabling the Discovery of Thematically Related Research Objects with Systematic Spatializations (Full Paper)
  • Tyler Thrash, Sara Lanini-Maggi, Sara I. Fabrikant, Annina Bruegger, Sascha Crede, Kai-Florian Richter, Cao Tri Do, Haosheng Huang, Stefan Muenzer, Georg Gartner and Sven Bertel. The future of geographic information displays from GIScience, cartographic, and cognitive science perspectives (Vision Paper)

From 5:15pm


Busses will leave in front of Regensburg Central Station. Have a look at our social programme for more information

Evening Conference Dinner with Keynote by Daniel R. Montello



Friday, September 13th, 2019: Main Conference (click to expand)
8am Registration Desk Open

9am - 10:30am

Keynote: Sarah Creem-Regehr. Perception of Space in Augmented and Virtual Reality

10:30am - noon Bavarian Breakfast

Noon - 1:30pm

Cognitive Models of Wayfinding

Session Chair: Christoph Schlieder

  • Susan Epstein and Raj Korpan. Planning and Explanations with a Learned Spatial Model (Full Paper)
  • Christina Bauer and Bernd Ludwig. Schematic Maps and Indoor Wayfinding (Full Paper)
  • Crystal Bae and Daniel Montello. Dyadic Route Planning and Navigation in Collaborative Wayfinding (Full Paper)

1:30pm - 2pm Coffee

2pm - 3pm

Spatial Knowledge and Learning

Session Chair: John Stell

  • Beidi Li, Carl Schultz and Mehul Bhatt. Lambda-Prolog(QS): Functional spatial reasoning in higher order logic programming (Short Paper)
  • David Jonietz and Michael Kopp. Towards Modeling Geographical Processes with Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) (Short Paper)
  • Reinhard Moratz, Leif Sabellek and Thomas Schneider. Granular Spatial Calculi of Relative Directions or Movements with Parallelism: Consistent Account (Short Paper)

3pm - 3:15pm Farewell