WEDNESDAY – Workshops, Symposium, Tutorial

Morning Sessions: Start at 8 am, finish at 12.30 pm. Coffee break: 10.30-11 am

  1. Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence (Workshop)
  2. Spatial Navigation Interfaces for Immersive Environments (Tutorial)
  3. Connecting Spatial Visualization Skills and STEM (Symposium)

Afternoon Sessions:

Start at 2 pm, finish at 6.30 pm. Coffee break: 3.30-4 pm

  1. Models and Representations in Spatial Cognition (Workshop)
  2. Virtual environments as geo/spatial labs (Workshop)

Dinner: Bird’s of a Feather (watch out for announcements)


THURSDAY – Main Confernce

9-9:10 Welcome Remarks

9:10-10:30 Keynote Address

Prof. Nira Liberman, Tel Aviv University

Title: Psychological distance: Similar effects between probability, temporal, spatial and social distance

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-12:40 Navigating in Space I

11.00 – 11.20 Spatial Features of Terrain Reflected in Pigeon Flights
Margarita Zaleshina and Alexander Zaleshin

11.20 – 11.40 Humans Construct Survey Estimates on the Fly from a Compartmentalized Representation of the Navigated Environment
Tobias Meilinger, Agnes Henson, Jonathan Rebane, Heinrich H. Bülthoff and Hanspeter A. Mallot

11.40-12.00 Spatial Survey Estimation is Incremental and Relies on Directed Memory Structures
Tobias Meilinger, Marianne Strickrodt and Heinrich H. Bülthoff

12.00 – 12.20 Pointing Errors in Non-metric Virtual Environments
Alexander Muryy and Andrew Glennerster

12.20 – 12.40 The Effect of Locomotion Modes on Spatial Memory and Learning in Large Immersive Virtual Environments: A Comparison of Walking with Gain to Continuous Motion Control
Xianshi Xie, Richard Paris, Timothy McNamara and Bobby Bodenheimer


12:45-2 Lunch (on your own. See map for recommendations)


2:00 -4:00 Poster Session I


4:00-5:40 Talking about Space

04.00 – 04.20 A Graph Representation for Verbal Indoor Route Descriptions
Stephan Winter, Ehsan Hamzei, Nico Van De Weghe and Kristien Ooms

04.20 – 04.40 Object Orientation in Dialogue: A Case Study of Spatial Inference Processes
Gesa Schole, Thora Tenbrink, Elena Andonova and Kenny R. Coventry

04.40 – 05.00 Spatial Distribution of Local Landmarks in Route-based Sketch Maps
Vanessa Joy Anacta, Rui Li, Heinrich Löwen, Marcelo Galvao and Angela Schwering

05.00 – 05.20 The Influence of Animacy and Spatial Relation Complexity on the Choice of Frame of Reference in German
Katarzyna Stoltmann, Susanne Fuchs and Manfred Krifka

05.20 – 05.40 Spatial Discourse Production: Applying Denis’s Framework in a Non-urban Context
Ekaterina Egorova


Demo at Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (see venue page)

  • 6.00pm buses leaving to the Max Planck Institute
  • 6.30pm Snacks and “Welcome” at the Max Planck Institute (Max-Planck-Ring 14)
  • 7.30pm demo station 1
  • 8.00pm demo station 2
  • 8.30pm demo station 3
  • 9.15pm buses leaving to the main venue



09:00 – 10:10 Keynote Address

Prof. Luc Van Gool, ETH Zurich


10:10-10:40 Coffee Break


10:40-12:00 Agents, Actions, and Space

10.40 – 11.00 Differences and Commonalities in Self-localization Accuracy of Humans and Robots in a Complex Building
Rul von Stülpnagel, Vincent Langenfeld and Christoph Hölscher

11.00 – 11.20 A Comparison of Mental and Physical Rotation using Gaze-based Measures
Stefanie Wetzel and Sven Bertel

11.20 – 11.40 Deictic Adaptation in a Virtual Environment
Nikhil Krishnaswamy and James Pustejovsky

11.40 – 12.00 Analyzing Strong Spatial Cognition: A Modeling Approach
Jasper van de Ven, Munehiro Fukuda, Holger Schultheis, Christian Freska and Thomas Barkowsky

12:10-1:10 Individuals in Space

12.10 – 12.30 Do Spatial Abilities Have an Impact on Route Learning in Hypertexts?
Markus Kattenbeck, Thomas Jänich and Ludwig Kreuzpointner

12.30 – 12.50 A Dissociation Between Two Classes of Spatial Abilities in Elementary School Children
Cathleen Heil

12.50 – 01.10 State Anxiety Influences Sex Differences in Spatial Learning
Ian Ruginski, Jeanine Stefanucci and Sarah Creem-Regehr


1:10-2:10 Lunch (on site?)


2:15-4:15 Poster Session II


4:15 Excursion

07:00 pm Conference Dinner



09 -10:15 Keynote Address

Prof. William H. Warren, Brown University

Title: From cognitive maps to cognitive graphs


10:15-10:40 Coffee


10:40-12:20 Navigating in Space II

10.40 – 11.00 Electrocortical Evidence for Long-term Incidental Spatial Learning through Modified Navigation Instructions
Anna Wunderlich and Klaus Gramann

11.00 – 11.20 Distinguishing Sketch-map Types
Jakub Krukar, Stefan Münzer, Lucas Lörch, Vanessa Joy Anacta, Stefan Fuest and Angela Schwering

11.20 – 11.40 The Invisible Maze Task (IMT): Interactive Exploration of Sparse Virtual Environments to Investigate Action-driven Formation of Spatial Representations
Lukas Gehrke, John Rehner Iversen, Scott Makeig and Klaus Gramann

11.40 – 12.00 Memory for Salient Landmarks: Empirical Findings and a Cognitive Model
Rebecca Albrecht and Rul von Stülpnagel

12.00 – 12.20 A System of Automatic Generation of Landmark-based Pedestrian Navigation Instructions and its Effectiveness for Wayfinding
Jue Wang and Toru Ishikawa


12:20-2 Lunch (on your own. See map for recommendations)


Doctoral Colloquium

02:00 Importing the social environment into the architectural understanding of city life: Wayfinding and emotional appraisal
Kristina Jazuk

02:12 User aspects of navigation in virtual environments
Dajana Snopkova

02:24 Effects of viewpoint transition and body-based cues on spatial learning in large-scale mediated environments
Jiayan Zhao

02:36 Route planning and situated navigation in a collaborative wayfinding task                  Crystal Bae

 02:48 Evaluating maps’ usability in the context of medium interactivity                  Katarzyna Slomska

 03:00 Evidence of hierarchical route planning in London taxi drivers
Eva-Maria Griesbau

 03:12 A physical effort based model for pedestrian movement in topographic urban environment
Eliyahu (Eli) Greenberg

03:24 Using landmarks in a pedestrian movement simulation
Gabriele Filomena

Small Break

03:36 Crosslinguistic study on the choice of spatial reference frame depending on complexity of perceived relation
Katarzyna (Kasia) Stoltmann

 03:48 Positioning young students’ visualization of rotations as tools to define mathematical objects
Megan Wongkamalasai

04:00 Spatial cognition in surgical practice: Exploring the influence, and development, of spatial cognitive processess in laparoscopic surgery
Tina Vajsbaher

04:12 Design of a geospatial literacy assessment tool for senior secondary school students
Genine Meredith

04:24 Age-related preference for geometric cues during real-world navigation: Behavioral and neuroimaging correlates
Marcia Bécu

04:36 Bidirectional interactions between place-cell and grid-cells in the vision- and self-motion driven spatial representation model
Tianyi Li

04:48 Interactive exploration of sparse virtual environments: Brain dynamics in directional change vs. no-change situations
Lukas Gehrke

All’s well that ends well