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Academic Visitors Presentations – Wed. 27 February

After a successful seminar with our three academic visitors, on Wed. 27 February, you can find the abstracts and the presentations of their talks here.

Prof Christian Freksa, Cognitive Systems, University of Bremen, Germany

The power of space and time – spatial and temporal structures can replace computational effort

Abstract: Spatial structures determine the ways we perceive our environment and the ways we act in it in important ways. Spatial structures also determine the ways we think about our environment and how we solve spatial problems abstractly. When we use graphics to visualize certain aspects of spatial and non-spatial entities, we exploit the power of spatial structures to better understand important relationships. We also are able to imagine spatial structures and to apply mental operations to them. Similarly, the structure of time determines the course of events in cognitive processing. In my talk I will present knowledge representation research in spatial cognition. I will demonstrate the power of spatial structures in comparison to formal descriptions that are conventionally used for spatial problem solving in computer science. I suggest that spatial and temporal structures can be exploited for the design of powerful ‘spatial computers’. I will show that spatial computers can be particularly suitable and efficient for spatio-temporal problem solving but may also be used for abstract problem solving in non-spatial domains.

Presentation here.


Prof Antonio Krüger, German Center for Artificial Intelligence and Saarland University, Germany

Intelligent User Interfaces for Instrumented (Retail) Environments

Abstract: In the Innovative Retail Laboratory (IRL) we develop and conduct tests in a large number of different fields all connected to intelligent shopping consultants. The IRL is an application-oriented research laboratory of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), which was installed in the head office of the German chain store GLOBUS SB-Warenhaus Holding in St. Wendel. One part of this research is the development of intelligent user interfaces in such an instrumented retail environment. In this talk I would like to highlight a few examples for various types of User Interfaces ranging from mobile AR applications to instrument shopping trolleys. More: The talk concludes with some further examples from recent HCI Research conducted at DFKI.

Presentation here.


Prof Sabine Timpf, Geoinformatics, University of Augsburg, Germany

Modeling spatial behavior for agent-based simulations

Abstract: Humans constantly interact with geo-space. Understanding how this interaction with and in geo-space works is crucial for the development of subtle assistive technology. In my talk I will report on our efforts to model human-environment interaction using affordances, activity theory and agent-based simulation.

Presentation here.

Seminar with three academic visitors – 27 March 2013

We are pleased to have three academic visitors, namely Christian Freksa from the University of Bremen, Germany, Sabine Timpf from the University of Augsburg, Germany, and Antonio Krüger from DFKI, Germany visiting us for a few weeks and collaborating on various projects, including the “Talking about Place”. They are invited to present their relevant research on a special seminar that our project’s academic group is organising on Wednesday, 27 March, 10:00 – 12:00 at Brown Theatre (University of Melbourne, Building 193, (EEE) Ground floor). You are all welcome to attend!

ACMSIGSPATIAL Newsletter covers P-KAR Workshop

The P-KAR Workshop report was included in the ACMSIGSPATIAL Special latest newsletter. It will also appear on the ACM digital library once ACM converts the newsletter.

Annual Progress Workshop (2012) Report

Our Annual Progress Workshop 2012 was held on Friday 26, October 2012, at the University of Melbourne. It was a very interesting and productive meeting, where academic partners had the opportunity to present their work on the project so far, and industry partners showcased their relevant activities, and expressed their ideas and needs for the upcoming year. You can find a compilation of the academic presentations here. The workshop ended with a break-out session, during which three groups with mixed participants were formed and discussed on specific issues, brainstorming on ideas and questions to be answered through the project. You can find the compiled report of the break-out sessions here.

Annual Progress Workshop (2012)

Our Annual “Talking about Place” Workshop will take place this Friday 26, at the University of Melbourne. This is an opportunity for academic and industry team members alike to interact, discuss and brainstorm on issues related to our project. Please find the event details below. We are looking forward to productive workshop!

Event details
Date: Friday 26, October
Time:  9:30am – 12:30 pm with lunch to follow (12:45pm – 2:00pm).
Location: Jim Potter Room, in the Old Physics building, University of Melbourne.
Draft Program
09:30 – 10:00 : Welcome with some coffee/tea
10:00 – 10:15 : Setting the Scene (Stephan Winter)
10:15 – 11:00 : Progress presentations (academics: Tim Baldwin, Kai-Florian Richter, Maria Vasardani, Harry Gaitanis, Marie Truelove, Keith Chan, Nilofer Tambuwala)
11:00 – 11:45 : Industry partners’ presentations (PSMA, ESTA, DSE)
11:45 – 12:15 : Break out session – Identifying future research questions
12:15 – 12:30 : Plenum
12:45 – 14:00: Lunch at the University House, University of Melbourne.

P-KAR Workshop Proceedings and Report

The report from the Place-related Knowledge Acquisition Research (P-KAR 2012) workshop that was held on August 31, in conjunction with Spatial Cognition 2012, can be downloaded here.

The proceedings of the workshop are available online here.

Place-related Knowledge Acquisition Research Workshop (P-KAR 2012)

Our academic project team, in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh, UK and the University of California, Santa Barbara, US, is organizing the workshop in conjunction with the Spatial Cognition Conference 2012, in Germany. For more information about the “Place-related Knowledge Acquisition Research” (P-KAR) workshop, please visit our page, P-KAR.

UNSDI Gazetteer Project Science and Technical Advisory Group

Stephan Winter joined the UNSDI Gazetteer Project Science and Technical Advisory Group. The project will develop a common gazetteer framework for Indonesia, and address the challenges of multiple gazetteers in use for geocoding.

PhD students recruiting

The project is recruiting PhD students in Geographic Information Science, Computational Linguistics, and Linguistics. Read more.


Tell Us Where mobile application


Tell Us Where is home of a research project to study place descriptions.

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 project will develop a novel, interdisciplinary approach 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.

This website will report about progresses of this initiative.