[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Spatial Cognition 2014: Second Call for Papers (Reminder)

Dr. Thomas Barkowsky barkowsky at sfbtr8.uni-bremen.de
Thu Feb 27 03:03:12 PST 2014

Spatial Cognition 2014 (SC 2014)

Bremen, Germany, 15-19 September 2014


Second Call for Papers

Spatial Cognition is concerned with the acquisition, organization, and utilization of knowledge about spatial objects and environments, be it real, virtual, or abstract, human or machine. Spatial Cognition comprises research in different scientific fields insofar as they are concerned with cognitive agents and space, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, and education. Research issues in the field range from the investigation of human spatial cognition to mobile robot navigation, including aspects such as wayfinding, spatial planning, spatial learning, internal and external representations of space, and communication of spatial information. SC 2014 will bring together researchers working on spatial cognition from all of these perspectives. The conference is single-track, and the final program will be the result of a selective review process. The program will include invited talks as well as oral and poster presentations of refereed papers.

The main conference will be preceded by one day of workshops and tutorials and one day that is dedicated to the final colloquium and presentation of the Spatial Cognition Research Center SFB/TR 8.

Contributions are invited from all areas of spatial cognition, including, but not limited to:

·       Human and animal navigation
·       Development of spatial cognition
·       Space perception
·       Diagrammatic reasoning and maps
·       Human-machine interactions in spatial environments
·       Neural basis of spatial cognition
·       Education of spatial cognition
·       Spatial learning and skills development
·       Spatial language and communication
·       Spatial problem solving and reasoning
·       Spatial assistance systems
·       Geospatial information systems
·       Representation and processing of spatial information
·       Biology-inspired agents in space
·       Robot navigation and exploration
·       Wayfinding and path planning
·       Human-robot interaction
·       Architecture and design cognition

Every effort is being made to keep conference expenses affordable, particularly for student attendees. We will offer a number of student grants to support attendance of international students at SC 2014. However, we encourage students to apply for other funding early on.

+++ Organization:

Program Chairs:
Christian Freksa, U Bremen, Germany 
Bernhard Nebel, U Freiburg, Germany 
Mary Hegarty, UC Santa Barbara, USA 
Thomas Barkowsky, U Bremen, Germany

Workshop Chair:
Maria Vasardani, U Melbourne, Australia

Tutorial Chair:
Victor Schinazi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

European Sponsoring Chair: 
Tomi Kauppinen, Aalto U, Finland

Publication Chair:
Kai-Florian Richter, U Zurich, Switzerland

+++ Full Paper Submissions:

Full papers containing original and unpublished work are solicited in all areas of spatial cognition. Papers must be written in English according to Springer LNCS formatting guidelines (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0) and should not exceed 16 pages (including title, figures, and references).

Full papers must be submitted in PDF format via the EasyChair submission webpage (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sc2014) by 28 Feb 2014. All full papers will be thoroughly reviewed by three members of the international program committee. Accepted papers must be presented at the conference and will be published by Springer. At least one author must register for the conference by 31 May 2014.

+++ Poster Submissions:

Poster abstract submissions are solicited in all areas of spatial cognition. Poster abstracts must be written in English and should not exceed 1000 words.

Poster abstracts must be submitted in PDF format via the EasyChair submission webpage (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sc2014) by 15 Mar 2014. Accepted posters must be presented at the conference and will be published online as a technical report.

+++ Workshops and Tutorials

Workshop and tutorial proposals are solicited in all areas of spatial cognition. Proposals must be written in English and must not exceed 2000 words.

The workshop or tutorial description should contain:
- the title of the workshop or tutorial
- the description of the topic(s) and scope
- names and affiliations of the organizer(s) and their qualifications
- the intended format and duration (half or full day)
- the intended audience and expected number of participants
- the intended program committee (if applicable)
- a draft call for contributions (if applicable)
- details of previous related events (if applicable)

Tutorial and workshop proposals must be submitted in PDF form via email by 15 Mar 2014. Submit tutorial proposals to Victor Schinazi (victor.schinazi at gess.ethz.ch) and workshop proposals to Maria Vasardani (mvasardani at unimelb.edu.au).

Workshop organizers are encouraged to think of a different format for this year's workshops, i.e., one that facilitates more active participation from and could lead to potential collaborations among participants. Organizers are encouraged to try to excite participants toward that goal, maybe through suggesting a challenge or friendly competition among participants. They could, for example, make some data available (or suggest sources of publicly available data according to their respective workshop focus areas) and accept papers that suggest solutions/models/frameworks to tackle more specific questions. 

During the workshops, organizers are encouraged to keep presentations to just an essential minimum (e.g. 5 minutes) to have just the key points of the accepted papers made known to the crowd, allowing plenty of time for discussions, comparisons between the different submissions, and even focused groups among participants. The organizers are also encouraged to suggest a group-based outcome for their workshop -- examples may be a joint model/solution that results from the unification of the best parts of submitted approaches, draft project proposal(s), a publishable report, or follow-up activities. 

The organizers are also encouraged to use resources that can facilitate brain storming and collaborative work, such as white boards, big-size pieces of paper/software for bubble-diagrams, other visualization software, post-it notes for writing keywords for focused discussions, which can then be attached to visible surfaces, etc. In other words, organizers are encouraged to try and schedule a (half)day which does not resemble a mini-conference but rather a more focused, collaboration- and outcome-oriented group activity.

+++ Important Dates:

Paper submission: 28 Feb 2014
Poster abstract submission: 15 Mar 2014
Workshop and Tutorial proposal submission: 15 Mar 2014
Notification of poster acceptance: 15 Apr 2014
Notification of workshop and tutorial acceptance: 30 Apr 2014
Notification of paper acceptance: 30 Apr 2014
Camera ready copies of papers: 31 May 2014
Early registration ends: 31 May 2014
Conference: 15-19 Sep 2014

+++ Contact: 

Thomas Barkowsky (barkowsky at sfbtr8.uni-bremen.de)

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