final call cosit

Irene Orchard (
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 14:11:29 -0500

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* Final Call for Papers *
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* COSIT 95 *
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* Conference on Spatial Information Theory *
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* September 21-23, 1995 *
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* Semmering near Vienna (Austria) *
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Chairs: Andrew U. Frank (Technical University Vienna)
Werner Kuhn (Technical University Vienna)
David M. Mark (NCGIA, Suny Buffalo)


The second international Conference On Spatial Information Theory,
COSIT 95, will concentrate on theoretical aspects of space and spatial
information. It will deal with all aspects of "large scale" or "geographic"
space and the description of objects, processes or events in it. Spatial
information theory is the basis for the construction of Geographic
Information Systems (GIS), but also necessary for other uses of geographic
information and useful for information system design in general. The use of
GIS technology reveals a large number of interesting research questions
which require an interdisciplinary approach for their solution. COSIT will
bring together researchers from different disciplines, e.g.
- Geography
- Engineering
- Geodesy
- Computer Science
- Cognitive Sciences
- Environmental Psychology
- Artificial Intelligence
- Administration
- History
- Sociology

The conference organizers welcome all contributions on Spatial Information
Theory. An idea of the conference's orientation can be gained from the
proceedings of COSIT 93, published by Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in
Computer Science 716.

The following topics are indicative for the field of interest and do not
exclude other research areas:
- Cognitive structure of space
- Social and cultural organization of space
- Languages of spatial relations
- Structure of geographic information
- Time in geographic information
- Spatial and temporal reasoning
- Quality aspects of geographic information
- Treating incomplete or imprecise spatial data
- Spatial data integration
- Presentation of spatial information
- Cartographic generalization
- Computational geography
- Spatial analysis and modeling
- Simulation of processes in geographic space
- User interface design
- Design of generic elements for GIS interfaces
- Metaphors for GIS
- Virtual Reality
- Cooperative work with spatial information
- Administrative and legal processes in space


At the conference, results from recent research will be presented and
discussions about work in progress will take place. The conference
program will be determined by an international, interdisciplinary
scientific committee. Papers will be selected through a rigorous review of
full paper contributions and the proceedings will be printed by a major
publisher before the conference. Panels will discuss the relevance of
research questions and compare possible approaches. Before the conference,
Tutorials or Workshops introducing the topics of the conference will be
organized, lasting from half a day to two days. Topical Meetings ("birds of
a feather sessions") can be organized and proposals from convenors are
welcome at any time before or during the conference.


The small town of Semmering is a nice mountain resort, only an hour by
train from Vienna on the main railway line to the south. It offers a calm
and productive conference environment with great views, fresh air, and
ample opportunities for outdoor activities. The conference will be held at
a beautiful, recently remodeled classical hotel, offering accommodation for
approximately $80 in a single and $55 in a double room (including a
breakfast buffet).

Hotel Panhans
Hochstrasse 32
A-2680 Semmering
Tel. +43-2664-8181
fax +43-2664-8184-513

=46or reservations at the conference hotel, please contact Hotel Panhans
directly. For information and booking of alternative accommodation in the
immediate neighborhood, please contact the local tourist office, Tel.
+43-2664-2539 or Fax +43-2664-2335. We recommend early booking as the area
is quite popular at that time of the year.


Authors are requested to submit full papers, not abstracts, in English to
the program chairs in Vienna. The title page of the paper should contain
the title, author(s), affiliation(s), the submitting author's mailing
address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address, as well as an
abstract. The total length of a paper should be less than 18 pages double
spaced (less than 6000 words), including figures and bibliography. The
Program Committee will evaluate the papers based on scientific
significance, relevance to the conference, novelty, relation to previously
published literature, and clarity of presentation.

Proposals for poster presentations should include a title and an extended
abstract of up to 1000 words.

Tutorials and Workshops:
If you are interested in holding a tutorial or workshop, please submit a
brief proposal describing the topic, objective, and intended format as soon
as possible. So far we have received tentative proposals for tutorials on
- Voronoi applications (Chris Gold, Universit=E9 Laval)
- Experientialism (David Mark, Suny Buffalo and Andrew Frank, Technical
University Vienna)
- Spatial Cognition (Stephen Hirtle, University of Pittsburgh)


* Deadline for receiving full papers: March 13, 1995
* Program committee meeting: April 28, 1995
* Information on acceptance sent out: May 2, 1995
* Poster proposals: May 31, 1995
* Papers due in camera-ready form: June 12, 1995


=46or registration please use the attached form and return it to us (email
preferred). The following registration fees cover full participation at the
conference, a copy of the proceedings volume, and social events:

Payment before June 12, 1995 AS 2640.- (US $ 240)
Payment after June 12, 1995 AS 2970.- (US $ 270)
Student registration AS 1100.- (US $ 100)

Payment is possible by bank transfer to the Austrian bank DIE ERSTE
(20111), Account No. 025-63592, or by a personal cheque in U.S. Dollars,
drawn on a U.S. bank, made out to Andrew U. Frank. Credit cards can not be


If you intend to participate, present a paper or poster, propose a tutorial
or workshop, or suggest a panel, please send us a preliminary title for
your contribution together with your name, affiliation, email address, and
fax number. Please address all correspondence to:

Department of Geoinformation
Technical University Vienna
Gusshausstrasse 27-29/127
A - 1040 Vienna, Austria
Attn.: Irene Orchard
Phone: +43 1 58801 3787
fax: +43 1 504 3535

The conference will be organized primarily by using email. We would greatly
appreciate further distribution of this announcement and are particularly
grateful for inclusion in newsletters and other outlets.

=46or conference up-dates, more information and wayfinding instructions,
please access our World-Wide Web server:


Marc Armstrong (USA), Antonio Arnaud (Portugal)
Norbert Bartelme (Austria), Patrick Bergougnoux (France)
Ralf Bill (Germany), Peter Burrough (The Netherlands)
Barbara Buttenfield (USA), Irene Campari (Italy)
Kai-Uwe Carstensen (Germany), Shi-Kuo Chang (USA)
Jean Paul Cheylan (France), Nick Chrisman (USA)
Helen Couclelis (USA), David Cowen (USA)
Max Craglia (UK), Costancio Castro (Spain)
Leila De Floriani (Italy), Pierre Dumolard (France)
Jan Willem van Eck (The Netherlands), Max Egenhofer (USA)
Greg Elmes (USA), Carola Eschenbach (Germany)
Giacomo Ferrari (Italy), Manfred Fischer (Austria)
Ubaldo Formentini (Italy), Wolfgang F=F6rstner (Germany)
Georg Franck (Austria), Wm. Randolph Franklin (USA)
Christian Freksa (Germany), Chris Gold (Canada)
Reg Golledge (USA), Mike Goodchild (USA)
Oliver G=FCnther (Germany), Ralph Hartmut G=FCting (Germany)
Thanasis Hadzilacos (Greece), Daniel Hernandez (Germany)
John Herring (USA), Klaus Hinrichs (Germany)
Stephen Hirtle (USA), Erland Jungert (Sweden)
Marinos Kavouras (Greece), Fritz Kelnhofer (Austria)
Milan Konecny (Czech Republic), Cliff Kottman (USA)
Karl Kraus (Austria), Benjamin Kuipers (USA)
Robert Laurini (France), Mirjanka Lechthaler (Austria)
Duane Marble (USA), Matt McGranaghan (USA)
Robert McMaster (USA), Martien Molenaar (The Netherlands)
Mark Monmonier (USA), Dan Montello (USA)
Jean-Claude Mueller (Germany), John O'Callaghan (Australia)
Harlan Onsrud (USA), Peter van Oosterom (The Netherlands)
Dimitris Papadias (USA), Giuseppe Pozzana (Italy)
Enrico Puppo (Italy), Jan van Roessel (USA)
Tapani Sarjakoski (Finland), Matth=E4us Schilcher (Germany)
Hansgeorg Schlichtmann (Canada) , Michel Scholl (France)
Roberto Scopigno (Italy), Timos Sellis (Greece)
Richard Snodgrass (USA), Heinz Stanek (Austria)
Joseph Strobl (Austria), Eric Stubkjaer (Denmark)
A Min Tjoa (Austria), Andrew Turk (Australia)
Barbara Tversky (USA), Michael Wegener (Germany)
Robert Weibel (Switzerland), Michael Worboys (UK)



COSIT 95 (Conference on Spatial Information Theory)
September 21 - 23, 1995
Semmering near Vienna (Austria)




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Department of Geoinformation
Technical University Vienna
Gusshausstrasse 27-29/127
A - 1040 Vienna, Austria
Attn.: Irene Orchard
Phone: +43 1 58801 3787
fax: +43 1 504 3535