Preliminary Program (Draft)


WEDNESDAY – Workshops, Symposium, Tutorial

Morning Sessions:

  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:

  1. Models and Representations in Spatial Cognition (Workshop)
  2. Virtual environments as geo/spatial labs (Workshop)
  3. Teaching Spatial Thinking using Online and Blended Learning (Workshop)


THURSDAY – Main Confernce

9-9:15 Welcome Remarks


9:15-10:30 Keynote Address

Prof. Nira Liberman, Tel Aviv University


10:30-11:00 Coffee


11:00-12:40 Navigating in Space I

Spatial Features of Terrain Reflected in Pigeon Flights

Margarita Zaleshina and Alexander Zaleshin

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

Spatial Survey Estimation is Incremental and Relies on Directed Memory Structures

Tobias Meilinger, Marianne Strickrodt and Heinrich H. Bülthoff

Pointing Errors in Non-metric Virtual Environments

Alexander Muryy and Andrew Glennerster

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


2-4 Posters


4:00-5:40 Talking about Space

A Graph Representation for Verbal Indoor Route Descriptions

Stephan Winter, Ehsan Hamzei, Nico Van De Weghe and Kristien Ooms

Object Orientation in Dialogue: A Case Study of Spatial Inference Processes

Gesa Schole, Thora Tenbrink, Elena Andonova and Kenny R. Coventry

Spatial Distribution of Local Landmarks in Route-based Sketch Maps

Vanessa Joy Anacta, Rui Li, Heinrich Löwen, Marcelo Galvao and Angela Schwering

The Influence of Animacy and Spatial Relation Complexity on the Choice of Frame of Reference in German

Katarzyna Stoltmann, Susanne Fuchs and Manfred Krifka

Spatial Discourse Production: Applying Denis’s Framework in a Non-urban Context

Ekaterina Egorova



9-10:15 Keynote Address

Prof. Luc Van Gool, ETH Zurich


10:15-10:35 Coffee


10:40-12 Agents, Actions, and Space

Differences and Commonalities in Self-localization Accuracy of Humans and Robots in a Complex Building

Rul von Stülpnagel, Vincent Langenfeld and Christoph Hölscher

A Comparison of Mental and Physical Rotation using Gaze-based Measures

Stefanie Wetzel and Sven Bertel

Deictic Adaptation in a Virtual Environment

Nikhil Krishnaswamy and James Pustejovsky

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


Do Spatial Abilities Have an Impact on Route Learning in Hypertexts?

Markus Kattenbeck, Thomas Jänich and Ludwig Kreuzpointner

A Dissociation Between Two Classes of Spatial Abilities in Elementary School Children

Cathleen Heil

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 Posters


4:15 Excursion



9-10:15 Keynote Address

Prof. William H. Warren, Brown University


10:15-10:35 Coffee


10:40-12:20 Navigating in Space II

Electrocortical Evidence for Long-term Incidental Spatial Learning through Modified Navigation Instructions

Anna Wunderlich and Klaus Gramann

Distinguishing Sketch-map Types

Jakub Krukar, Stefan Münzer, Lucas Lörch, Vanessa Joy Anacta, Stefan Fuest and Angela Schwering

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

Memory for Salient Landmarks: Empirical Findings and a Cognitive Model

Rebecca Albrecht and Rul von Stülpnagel

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


2-5 Doctoral Colloquium