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KI 2013: Workshop on Visual and Spatial Cognition

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KIK – KI & Kognition Workshop Series


Description of Workshop Topic and Goal

The ability to process spatial information is crucial for various tasks as diverse as navigation, planning, and managing abstract concepts. Research issues in spatial cognition range from the investigation of human spatial cognition to mobile robot navigation. Much of that research effort, however, has been experimental, putting little stress on precise models of the involved representations and processes. Obviously, spatial cognition is closely related to visual cognition of places and scenes in general. Different visualization techniques and reasoning formalisms serve to analyze spatial cognition processes. They can be used to achieve a more general cognitive model.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Robotics, Geographic Information Science, and related areas to foster a multi-disciplinary exchange between research in visual and spatial cognition. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Spatial and temporal reasoning and cognition
  • Psychological studies of human visual and spatial cognition
  • Cognitive architectures/computational cognitive models of spatial reasoning
  • Cognitive systems interacting with their environment and with humans
  • Perception-based representation of high-level cognitive concepts
  • Novel techniques in spatial cognition, e.g., eye tracking, fMRI, etc.
  • Object and scene recognition
  • Human-computer interaction and cognitive robotics

This workshop continues a series of successful workshops initiated by the Special Interest Group "Cognition" in the GI (German Informatics Society) and will be held in conjunction with KI 2013 ( in Koblenz.


List of Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: July 15th, 2013 (EXTENDED)
  • Notification: August 6th, 2013
  • Camera-ready copy: August 15th, 2013
  • Workshop: September 17th, 2013



Room: B.017

Opening and Introduction
Christian Freksa (Invited Talk)
Sven Eberhardt, Christoph Zetzsche (U Bremen):
Low-level global features for vision-based localization
Mustafa Ersen, Sanem Sariel-Talay, Hulya Yalcin (TU Istanbul):
Extracting Spatial Relations Among Objects for Failure Detection
Coffee Break (provided by KI 2013)
Falk Schmidsberger, Frieder Stolzenburg (HS Harz):
Semantic Object Recognition with Segment Faces
Corina Gurau, Andreas Nüchter (JU Bremen):
Challenges in Using Semantic Knowledge for 3D Object Classification
Michael Burch, Michael Raschke, Daniel Weiskopf (U Stuttgart):
Exploring Spatio-Temporal Data Modeled as Dynamic Weighted Relations
Tanja Blascheck, Thomas Ertl (U Stuttgart):
Techniques for Analyzing Empirical Visualization Experiments Through Visual Methods
Meeting of GI-Fachgruppe "Kognition"

Submission and Contribution Format:

The workshop will be held in English, in order to attract an international audience. Each presenter is required to submit a short paper (4-8 pages) on the presented topic formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines ( The agenda will leave enough room for discussions. So each talk will be followed by a discussion period of 10 minutes. Papers are subject to regular peer review and

Submissions should be sent as pdf file to



Marco Ragni
University of Freiburg

Michael Raschke
University of Stuttgart (VIS)

Frieder Stolzenburg (contact person)
Harz University of Applied Sciences


Program Committee / Reviewers

  • Thomas Barkowsky, U Bremen
  • Björn Browatzki, MPI für Kybernetik
  • Michael Burch, U Stuttgart
  • Lewis Chuang, MPI für Kybernetik
  • Christian Freksa, U Bremen
  • Reinhard Moratz, U Maine
  • Bernhard Nebel, U Freiburg
  • Thomas Röfer, DFKI Bremen
  • Ute Schmid, U Bamberg
  • Falk Schmidsberger, HS Harz
  • Stefan Wölfl, U Freiburg