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AISB event Bulletin Item

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: Spatial Cognition 2014, 15-19 September 2014, Bremen, GERMANY

(SC 2014)

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 

 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 
( and should not exceed 16 pages 
(including title, figures, and references).

 Full papers must be submitted in PDF format via the EasyChair submission webpage 
( 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 
( 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 ( and workshop proposals to 
Maria Vasardani (

 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 (