LINGUIST List 8.1746

Fri Dec 5 1997

Confs: Spatial Cognition

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  1. Mary Hegarty, Spatial Cognition Conference, Dublin, August 1997

Message 1: Spatial Cognition Conference, Dublin, August 1997

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 97 11:30:03 PST
From: Mary Hegarty <>
Subject: Spatial Cognition Conference, Dublin, August 1997


 Mind III: 
The Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society of Ireland
 Theme: Spatial Cognition

 University College Dublin, Ireland
 August 17 -19, 1998

 Cognitive scientists study many different phenomena within the
general topic of spatial cognition. Those concerned with
environmental spatial perception and cognition study how
intelligent agents build internal representations of physical
space from perceptual experience and inference, the nature of these
representations, and how these representations guide action. Other
cognitive scientists are concerned with how spatial information is
communicated linguistically and through graphic devices, such as
maps and diagrams. Some others study the power of spatial
metaphors, both in language and graphics, for communicating and
reasoning about non-spatial information. 

 In addition to these theoretical concerns, recent
technological advances have given rise to an array of applications
that depend heavily on assumptions as to the nature of spatial
cognition, in particular interfaces to geographical information
systems, the integration of vision and natural language processing,
route guidance systems, multimedia visualization systems,
multimodal interfaces and virtual reality. These advances have
highlighted the need to better understand human spatial cognition,
so that we can design computer and information systems that
interface with the human information processing system. 

 The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers
from different Cognitive Science disciplines (Psychology, Computer
Science, Linguistics and Cognitive Geography) who are studying
these different aspects of spatial cognition. The conference will
provide a forum for researchers to share insights about different
aspects of spatial cognition and from the perspective of different
disciplines. This conference aims to encourage both basic research
on spatial cognition and applied research on the application and
evaluation of models of spatial cognition. 

 Aspects of spatial cognition covered by this conference
include but are not limited to:

 - Environmental spatial perception and cognition (navigation,
 locomotion and wayfinding)
 - Representation of spatial information in memory
 - Development of spatial cognition
 - Comprehension and use of spatial representations (diagrams,
 maps, graphs) in thinking
 - Spatial language
 - Integration of spatial and linguistic representations
 - Computational models of spatial cognition
 - Application of research on spatial cognition to the design
 of computer and information systems
 - Application of research on spatial cognition to 
 environmental design

Program Committee:

 Ruth Byrne, Trinity College Dublin
 Jerome Feldman, University of California, Berkeley
 Mary Hegarty, University of California, Santa Barbara (Program
 Christopher Habel, University of Hamburg
 George Lakoff, University of California, Berkeley
 Robert H. Logie, University of Aberdeen
 Jack Loomis, University of California, Santa Barbara
 Paul Mc Kevitt, Aalborg University and University of Sheffield
 Daniel R. Montello, University of California, Santa Barbara
 N. Hari Naryanan, Auburn University and Georgia Institute of
 Patrick Olivier, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
 Sean O Nuallain, Dublin City University (Co-Chair)
 Terry Regier, University of Chicago
 Keith Stenning, Edinburgh University
 Michael Spivey Knowlton, Cornell University
 Arnold Smith, National Research Council, Canada
 Barbara Tversky, Stanford University

Local Organizing Committee:

 Sean O Nuallain, Dublin City University
 Tony Veale, Dublin City University
 Ronan Reilly, University College Dublin

Submission Details:

 Papers of 3000 to 5000 words in length should be submitted to
the address below, to arrive by March 1, 1998. Please send 3
hardcopy versions of your paper, as electronic equivalents do not
always give perfect reproductions across different platforms.

 Mary Hegarty
 Department of Psychology
 University of California, Santa Barbara
 Santa Barbara, CA 93106

 Phone: (805) 893-3750
 Fax: (805) 893-4303

 All accepted papers will be printed in the conference
proceedings and selected papers will be published in a special
issue of the new journal Spatial Cognition and Computation (Kluwer
Academic Publishers, Journal Editors: Patrick Olivier and Stephen

 Important Dates:

 Full paper submission: March 1, 1998
 Notification: April 15, 1998
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