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YAH2 2010 : You Are Here 2: 2nd Workshop on Spatial Awareness and Geographic Knowledge Acquisition with Small Mobile Devices


When Aug 15, 2010 - Aug 15, 2010
Where Mt. Hood, Portland, Oregon
Submission Deadline May 15, 2010
Notification Due Jun 15, 2010
Final Version Due Jul 15, 2010
Categories    HCI   navigation   mobile computing   visualization

Call For Papers


You Are Here 2:
2nd Workshop on Spatial Awareness and
Geographic Knowledge Acquisition with
Small Mobile Devices

In conjunction with the International Conference on Spatial Cognition 2010,
Mt. Hood / Portland, Oregon, August 15, 2010

You Are Here 2 in a Nutshell
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Deadline: Up to 12 pages until May 15th, 2010
Workshop Date: August 15th, 2010
Topics: Mobile Maps, Interaction with Maps, Spatial Awareness, Geographic Knowledge Acquisition

JLBS ( will host a special issue of YAH2. The best papers will be invited to contribute with a revised and extended version of the workshop paper.

We are proud to announce that we have two student travel scholarships, each worth 250€. Please state your interest when you submit your paper. Write us a few lines about you and your research. The best two papers (selected by the committee) will receive the support.

Geographic information is nowadays ubiquitously available: Internet, car navigation systems, and various mobile devices have access to geographic data. The visualization of and the interaction with this data effects the cognitive processing of the information. It has been shown that turn-by-turn instructions turn off the brains of users, prevent them from learning the environment, and can be the cause of bizarre accidents. Straightforward map visualizations and awkward interaction, on the other hand, may not help and often lead to corrupted knowledge acquisition and misinterpretation of the surrounding environment.

It is plausible to assume that when everyday access to and usage of spatial information (e.g. wayfinding, searching, locating) finally migrates to mobile devices, people will eventually never access survey representations of their environment on large scale displays such as maps or large screens.

However, it is representations, which communicate configurational and contextual information of an environment, that most easily allow for the establishment of correct and coherent mental representations beyond sequences of turns or entities of vista spaces. Due to the inherent richness, large-scale geographic information is not suitable for being displayed on the small screens of mobile devices.

If we want to avoid life-long dependency on navigation devices and foster adequate knowledge acquisition, we will have to develop new and task specific visualizations and corresponding interaction primitives. They will allow the efficient communication and manipulation of complex spatial knowledge on multiple levels of granularity.

The development of visualizations of and interaction with geographic information, especially with respect to communicating complex configurations and to foster spatial knowledge acquisition is still rather unexplored. Coupled with task specific interaction, that efficiently shortcuts the inherent queries, we can expect the development of adequate representations and interaction primitives: adequate for small displays, adequate to understand spatial information, and adequate in retrieving answers for spatial queries.

Topics focus on but are not limited to:
• Novel information visualization algorithms for geographic information
• Novel task specific interaction primitives or query summaries
• Ingredients to create spatial awareness
• Small display cartography
• Large maps versus small multiples
• How is map information integrated across different levels of granularity/scales
• Map gestures and other summary graphics
• Ontology guided map schematization
• YAH maps in the light of new information technology
• Social aspects of spatial awareness
• The influence of visual clutter; why presenting more information does not mean a better understanding of places
• Advising schematization algorithms for small scale displays
• Individual differences and familiarity
• Measures and empirical results for spatial awareness and interaction usability

Workshop Keynote Speakers
Colin Ellard,
Dan Montello,

Important Dates
• Submission until May 15th, 2010
• Notification of acceptance from Jun 15th, 2010
• Workshop on August 15th, 2010

Submission Details
Please submit up to 12 pages (in Springer LNCS format as PDF) via the EasyChair conference system:
Submissions can be position statements, work in progress, or completed work. All submissions will be reviewed by the committee. Accepted papers will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion at the workshop.

Stephen C. Hirtle, University of Pittsburgh
Alexander Klippel, Penn State University
Falko Schmid, University of Bremen

Pragya Agarwal
Suchith Anand
Julie Dillemuth
Juergen Doellner
Georg Gartner
Christoph Hoelscher
Christian Kray
Antonio Krueger
Lynn Liben
Dan Montello
Avi Parush
Martin Raubal
Kai-Florian Richter
Christoph Stahl
Stephan Winter
Xiaolong Zhang

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