Cognitive Engineering for Spatial Information Processes: From User Interfaces to Model-Driven Design


This workshop investigates how current insights and models about human spatial cognitive processes can help in principled design of spatial information technology. The workshop in particular aims at closing the gap between empirical research conducted in the COSIT community and technology design strategies used in GIS development. It investigates how tools can support people in pursuing the following human information tasks: (1) thinking and learning about where something is; (2) referring to where something is; (3) communicating with others about where something is; (4) orienting and navigating to where something is; (5) planning and scheduling activities in space.

Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

• Cognitive theories and models for the design of spatial information technology

• Tools and process models for cognition-aware navigation and orientation support

• Strategies for countering cognitive biases in spatial information (e.g. visualisation, analysis)

• Methods that support data analysts in thinking and learning about spatial concepts

• Cognitive templates (image schemas, patterns, scripts) for information and tool design

• Design of place-based GIS

• Environmental psychology and information systems

• Spatial computing with place-based descriptions

• Spatial computing with cognitive spatial reference systems

  1. Empirical methods for analyzing and testing the performance of compound human-technical


• Social computing and spatial cognition

• Cognitive design of location-aware assistance systems

  1. Spatial interaction techniques that are aware of cognitive states, e.g., attention-based input

  devices, emotion-aware interfaces

• Tools and process models for cognition-aware software design

• Design languages for cognition-aware spatial information tools