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Gaming for research

On Open Day at the University of Melbourne, 20 August 2017, spatial information researchers had set up a location-based game for all visitors. This game, a sort of scavenger hunt, asks people to find a marked location on campus, and provide a place description good enough to be found by their friends or family members. The collected place descriptions help the researchers create navigation systems that communicate like people do. While the participants on Open Day were awarded with attractive prizes, the game continues to be available at, so feel free to participate in a volunteering spirit! It is currently set up to be played on the Parkville campus.

New Project

The Australian Research Council funds a new Discovery Project (DP170100109): Making human place knowledge digestible by computers. This project will run 2017-2019. The chief investigators are Stephan Winter, Tim Baldwin, Jochen Renz (ANU), Martin Tomko, Maria Vasardani, and Werner Kuhn (UCSB). We will report about progresses on this website.


Tell Us Where You Are


Tell Us Where is the home of place-related research at the University of Melbourne, with partners world-wide. We study human place descriptions in order to enrich the human interaction with spatial technologies.

Place descriptions are a common way for people to describe a location, but no current software tools are smart enough to understand them. This way, emergency call centres are risking lives, postal services are wasting billions of dollars per year by addressing problems, and users of navigation or web services are frustrated about restrictive interfaces or prolonged search.

This research will develop novel, interdisciplinary approaches to automatically interpret human place descriptions. It will develop methods to capture placenames with their meaning — their true location — for smarter databases and automatic interpretation procedures. The acquired knowledge will be an important step forward for data custodians and for service users.