Spatial Information Science
Research Interest Group

Advances in Spatial Information Science
iConference Workshop
March 2014

With the widespread growth of GPS-enabled devices and tools spatial information in the form of location-based services, spatial queries, geographical information systems, navigation systems and other spatially aware tools have become commonplace in the past decade. The rapid growth of interest in spatial information across the iSchools is being recognized through this workshop which reviews cutting edge research in the area of spatial information science, including navigation and wayfinding, the use of shared spatial information, location-based privacy, big (spatial) data, volunteered geographic information, empirical studies on spatial cognition, and other recent developments in the field.

The workshop will be of interest to those who wish to bring location-aware services into their own research or develop new tools that will include various aspects of spatial computing, broadly defined. Participants will also be exposed to the benefits and limits, including privacy concerns, of using geographic information. In addition, theoretical advances in how spatial thinking is distinct from other forms of reasoning will be discussed. The workshop will delineate ways in which spatial information can support the information needs and information use of individuals in the research community. Presenters will be encouraged to present hands-on examples or demonstrations, where appropriate.

Participants at the workshop will include both presenters and general attendees. The format of the workshop allows for ample discussion, both during the session and through follow-up reports after the conference.


  • Keynote Address: Prof. Dr. Christian Freksa, Universität Bremen
    • Prof. Freksa is a professor for informatics at Universität Bremen and head of the cognitive systems group (CoSy). His research interests focus on knowledge representation, specifically on the representation of spatial and temporal knowledge and on reasoning with qualitative, approximate, incomplete, imprecise, fuzzy, uncertain, and conflicting knowledge. In the CoSy research group he employs formal and computational approaches to knowledge representation, design computer models of spatial environments for simulation studies, and carry out autonomous robotic experiments in the spatial environment laboratory using diverse intelligent technologies. Prof. Freksa closely cooperate with researchers from other disciplines interested in the investigation of spatial structures, especially cognitive psychology, linguistics, geography, and design.

  • List of speakers/agenda

Meeting location

  • Berlin, Germany

For more information

  • Contact Prof. Stephen Hirtle by email at hirtle -at- pitt dot edu

Workshop Organizers

  • Prof. Stephen C. Hirtle, U of Pittsburgh [link]
  • Dr. Kai-Florian Richter, U of Zurich [link]
  • Prof. Paul Munro, U of Pittsburgh [link]
  • with the assistance of
    • Cristiana Robles
    • Patrick Dudas





Last Update: February 13, 2014