Spatial Information Theory. Cognitive and Computational Foundations of Geographic Information Science: International Conference COSIT'99 Stade, Germany, August 25-29, 1999 Proceedings / Edition 1

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International Co nference on Spatial Information Theory, COSIT '99, held in Stade, Germ any, in August 1999. The 30 revised full papers presented were careful ly reviewed and selected from 70 submissions. The book is divided into topical sections on landmarks and navigation, route directions, abstr action and spatial hierarchies, spatial reasoning calculi, ontology of space, visual representation and reasoning, maps and routes, and gran ularity and qualitative abstraction.

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Landmarks and Navigation.- Large-Scale Navigation: The Insect Case.- Route Navigation Using Motion Analysis.- The Nature of Landmarks for Real and Electronic Spaces.- Route Directions.- Pictorial and Verbal Tools for Conveying Routes.- Elements of Good Route Directions in Familiar and Unfamiliar Environments.- The Production of Route Instructions in Underground and Urban Environments.- Abstraction and Spatial Hierarchies.- One Step up the Abstraction Ladder: Combining Algebras - From Functional Pieces to a Whole.- Formalizing Regions in the Spatial Semantic Hierarchy: an AH-Graphs implementation approach.- Abstraction, Levels of Detail, and Hierarchies in Map Series.- Topological Relations in Hierarchical Partitions.- Spatial Reasoning Calculi.- A Predication Calculus for Qualitative Spatial Representations.- Simple Models for Simple Calculi.- Terminological Default Reasoning about Spatial Information: A First Step.- Reasoning about Cardinal Directions Using Grids as Qualitative Geographic Coordinates.- Ontology of Space.- The Role of Identity Conditions in Ontology Design.- Atomicity vs. Infinite Divisibility of Space.- The Mereotopology of Discrete Space.- Agglomerations.- Ontology and Geographic Objects: An Empirical Study of Cognitive Categorization.- Modes of Connection.- Visual Representation and Reasoning.- Representation and Reasoning about Shapes: Cognitive and Computational Studies in Visual Reasoning in Design.- An Algebraic Interpretation of Semantic Networks.- Data Characterization Schema for Intelligent Support in Visual Data Analysis.- Maps and Routes.- Recognition—Triggered Response and the View—Graph Approach to Spatial Cognition.- A Formal Model of the Process of Wayfinding in Built Environments.- A Spatial Model Based on the Notions of Spatial Conceptual Map and of Object’s Influence Areas.- Granularity and Qualitative Abstraction.- Granulation for Graphs.- On Ontology and Epistemology of Rough Location.- Qualitative Spatial Representation for Situational Awareness and Spatial Decision Support.- Qualitative Motion Representation in Egocentric and Allocentric Frames of Reference.

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