[robotics-worldwide] Second CfP Conference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT'07

Benjamin Kuipers kuipers at cs.utexas.edu
Wed Nov 15 07:52:05 PST 2006

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Eighth International Conference on Spatial Information Theory
19-23 September 2007
Mt Eliza, Melbourne, Australia

General Chairs: Stephan Winter (U Melbourne), Benjamin Kuipers (U Texas)
Local Co-Chairs: Matt Duckham (U Melbourne) and Lars Kulik (U Melbourne)
Chair of Doctoral Colloquium: Alexander Klippel (U Melbourne)

Full papers due                                  2 March 2007
Notification on acceptance                      14 May 2007
Applications for Doctoral Colloquium due        20 May 2007
Proposals for posters due                       20 May 2007 (CHANGED)
Doctoral Colloquium notification                15 June 2007
Poster notification                             15 June 2007
Student scholarship notification                15 June 2007
Final camera-ready digital manuscripts due      22 June 2007
Author registration deadline                    22 June 2007
Early registration deadline                     22 June 2007
COSIT'07 Workshops (see below for details)      19 September 2007
COSIT'07 Technical Program                      20-22 September 2007
COSIT'07 Doctoral Colloquium                    23 September 2007

The Eighth International Conference on Spatial Information Theory,
COSIT'07, is concerned with theoretical aspects of space, time, and
spatial information. Of special interest are aspects of "large-scale"
space, i.e. spaces too large to be apprehended at once without
technological aid. These include spaces of geographic and environmental
scales in which humans make decisions and carry out actions. Spatial
information theory also deals with the formal and natural description of
processes and events in spatial environments, thus providing a
foundation for the design and construction of geographic information
systems (GIS) and for spatial information systems (SIS) in general.
Empirical investigations, formal models, and the use of spatial
information technologies reveal a large number of interesting research
questions which require an interdisciplinary approach for their
solution. The COSIT conference series brings together researchers from
many disciplines and topics, in particular:

* Cognitive, Perceptual, and Environmental Psychology
* Geography and Geoinformation Science
* Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Science
* Engineering and Human Factors
* Cognitive Anthropology, Psycholinguistics and Linguistics
* Ontology of the Geospatial Domain
* Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Design

An idea of the conference's orientation can be gained from the previous
COSIT proceedings published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in
Computer Science series. The following (non-exclusive) topics (listed
alphabetically) are indicative of the field of interest:

* activity-based models of spatial knowledge
* cognitive structure of spatial knowledge
* cooperative work with spatial information
* events and processes in geographic space
* incomplete or imprecise spatial knowledge
* languages of spatial relations
* naive geography/behavioral geography
* navigation by organisms and robots
* ontology of space
* presentation/communication of spatial information
* quality issues in geographic information
* social and cultural organization of space
* spatial and temporal reasoning
* spatial data integration/interoperability
* spatial decision-support systems
* structure of geographic information
* time in geographic information
* user-interface design/spatialization of interfaces

At the conference, results from recent research are presented and
discussions about advanced work in progress take place. The conference
program is established by an international and multidisciplinary program
committee. Papers are selected through a rigorous review of full paper
contributions by internationally renowned reviewers, based on relevance
to the conference, intellectual quality, scientific significance,
novelty, relation to previously published literature, and clarity of
presentation. The proceedings are published by Springer-Verlag in the
Lecture Notes in Computer Science series before the conference. Before
the conference, workshops and tutorials on topics relevant to the
conference are offered. Topical meetings ("birds-of-a-feather sessions")
can be organized. A Doctoral Colloquium, facilitated by a small panel of
experienced researchers, will conclude the conference. It is intended as
a forum where PhD students can meet, present their research, and hold
discussions with others at a similar stage in their careers.

Prospective authors must submit full papers in pdf format by the
deadline above. Papers must be in English, and formatted using the
Springer "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" style. For formatting
instructions, please refer to the information for authors of the Lecture
Notes in Computer Science
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) by Springer. The total
length of the paper must not exceed 18 pages, including figures and
bibliography; this is approximately 6000 words.

Thanks to the generosity of Google, our doctoral colloquium sponsor, and
PSMA Australia Ltd, one of our conference sponsors, there will be
different student scholarships available. Details on the COSIT'07 webpage.

* Mandyam Srinivasan, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian
National University, Australian Federation Fellow, elected to the
Australian Academy of Science in 1995 and to the Royal Society of London
in 2001. "Srini cracked the code of vision in the world of bees,
demonstrating that the motion of the passing landscape provides the bee
with a third dimension to vision. This is how bees regulate their flight
and ensure a safe landing" (from a laudation on the occasion of the 2006
Prime Minister's Prize for Sciene).

* Kim Marriott, Information Technology, Monash University, Australia.
Kim is interested in the formalization of understanding and reasoning
with diagrammatic notations such as finite state diagrams or house
plans, in particular, grammatical and logical approaches to the
specification and recognition of such visual languages.

* tbd.

Workshops in conjunction with COSIT:

Workshop on Semantic Similarity Measurement and Geospatial Applications
Chairs: Krzysztof Janowicz (Muenster, D), Angela Schwering (Osnabrueck,
D), Martin Raubal (UCSB, USA), Werner Kuhn (Muenster, D)

Workshop on Ethnophysiography
Chairs: David Mark (SUNY Buffalo, USA), Andrew Turk (Murdoch U, AU)

1st International Workshop on Sensing, Ubiquity, and Mobility (SUM 2007)
Chairs: Lars Kulik and Egemen Tanin (AU)

1st International Workshop on Social Space and Geographic Space (SGS 2007)
Chairs: Stephan Winter and Garry Robins (AU)

Pragya Agarwal, UK
Thomas Barkowsky, Germany
John Bateman, Germany
Brandon Bennett, UK
Michela Bertolotto, Ireland
Thomas Bittner, Germany
Mark Blades, UK
Gilberto Camara, Brazil
Roberto Casati, France
Christophe Claramunt, France
Eliseo Clementini, Italy
Anthony G. Cohn, UK
Helen Couclelis, USA
Matteo Cristani, Italy
Leila de Floriani, Italy
Michel Denis, France
Maureen Donnelly, USA
Geoffrey Edwards, Canada
Max Egenhofer, USA
Carola Eschenbach, Germany
Sara Fabrikant, USA
Andrew Frank, Austria
Christian Freksa, Germany
Mark Gahegan, USA
Antony Galton, UK
Christopher Gold, UK
Reg Golledge, USA
Mary Hegarty, USA
Stephen Hirtle, USA
Hartwig H. Hochmair, USA
Kathleen Hornsby, USA
Christopher B. Jones, UK
Marinos Kavouras, Greece
Alexander Klippel, USA
Barry J. Kronenfeld, USA
Markus Knauff, Germany
Werner Kuhn, Germany
Michael Lutz, Germany
David M. Mark, USA
Harvey Miller, USA
Daniel Montello, USA
Bernard Moulin, Canada
Reinhard Moratz, Germany
Bernhard Nebel, Germany
Dimitris Papadias, Hong Kong, China
Juval Portugali, Israel
Jonathan Raper, UK
Martin Raubal, Germany
Jochen Renz, Australia
Thomas Roefer, Germany
Andrea Rodriguez, Chile
Christoph Schlieder, Germany
Michel Scholl, France
Barry Smith, USA
John Stell, UK
Holly Taylor, USA
Sabine Timpf, Switzerland
Andrew Turk, Australia
Barbara Tversky, USA
David Uttal, USA
Laure Vieu, France
Robert Weibel, Switzerland
Michael Worboys, USA
Wai-Kiang Yeap, New Zealand
May Yuan, USA

The conference will be held at the Melbourne Business School in Mt
Eliza, Melbourne, Australia. The conference venue is located above the
cliffs of Port Phillip Bay, with wonderful views, an English park
landscape, and a private beach. Mount Eliza is about one hour's drive
from Melbourne's international airport Tullamarine (MEL). A shuttle
service will operate from the airport to the conference site at Mt
Eliza. Melbourne is well-connected, with direct flights from major
cities around the world. September is low season for traveling to
Australia and several airlines offer budget tickets. The latest travel
and conference information will appear on the COSIT'07 web site
http://www.cosit.info as it becomes available.

Please address all correspondence about the conference to:

Stephan Winter
Department of Geomatics
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010

phone +61 3 8344 7875
fax   +61 3 9347 2916
email winter at unimelb.edu.au
url   http://www.geom.unimelb.edu.au
url   http://www.geom.unimelb.edu.au/winter

* ESRI, USA (primary sponsor)
* Google, USA (doctoral colloquium sponsor)
* Ordnance Survey, UK (key sponsor)
* PSMA, Australia (scholarship sponsor)
* Spatial Sciences Institute, Australia (keynote sponsor)
* Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering, The University of
* Dept. of Geomatics, The University of Melbourne

Sponsor packages are still available!


!! Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT) !!
!! Melbourne, Australia                             !!
!! 19-23 September 2007                             !!
!! http://www.cosit.info                            !!


Benjamin Kuipers, Professor         email:  kuipers at cs.utexas.edu
Computer Sciences Department        tel:    1-512-471-9561
University of Texas at Austin       fax:    1-512-471-8885
Austin, Texas 78712 USA             http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~kuipers

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