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CFP: 14th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory COSIT 2019)

Regensburg, Germany, September 9-13, 2019

The chairs of COSIT 2019 are soliciting vision papers, full papers, short papers/posters and workshop/tutorial proposals for the next installment of the International Conference on Spatial Information theory.



Vision papers expression of interests……… Dec 15th, 2018

Workshop / Tutorial proposals……………… Jan 15th, 2019

Full and Vision papers due........................... Feb 1st, 2019

Short papers due.......................................... April 1st ,2019

DC abstracts due.......................................... June 1st, 2019

Early bird registration ends………………….. July 7th, 2019

Conference.................................................... Sept 9th – 13th, 2019



COSIT 2019, the fourteenth conference in the series, will be held in Regensburg, Germany, from September 9th-13th 2019. September 9th will be dedicated to the doctoral colloquium and September 10th will host satellite workshops and tutorials. The main conference is a three-day event, taking place from September 11th to September 13th. Special events are being planned to celebrate a quarter of a century of our lively, strong and interdisciplinary community.

Established in 1993, COSIT (Conference On Spatial Information Theory) is a biennial international conference series concerned with theoretical aspects of space and spatial information. The focus from the beginning has been on advancing the state-of-the-art and progressing towards geographic information science.



Spatial information theory is concerned with all aspects of space and spatial environments as experienced, represented and elaborated by humans, other animals and artificial agents. The scope of the conference includes both the conceptualization of frameworks for specific spatio-temporal domains, as well as the development of general theories of space, time, and process and theories of spatial and temporal information.

Papers may address aspects of (geo)spatial information from any disciplinary perspective including (but not limited to) the following:

·                Geography and Geographic Information Science

·                Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

·                Cognitive Science, Vision Science, Environmental and Behavioral Psychology

·                Engineering, Human Factors and Cognitive Ergonomics

·                Cognitive Robotics and Cognitive Informatics

·                Mathematics, Logic, Philosophy and Ontology

·                Cognitive Anthropology, Psycholinguistics and Linguistics

·                Neurosciences

·                Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Design



The following (non-exclusive) topics are indicative of the fields of interest:

·                activity-based models of spatial knowledge

·                cartography and geographic visualization

·                cognitive aspects of geographic information

·                events and processes in geographic space and time

·                knowledge representation for space and time

·                naive geography / behavioral geography

·                navigation and wayfinding, including robot navigation

·                ontology of space and time

·                quality and interoperability of geographic information

·                social and cultural organization of space

·                spatial and temporal language

·                spatial aspects of social networks, volunteered geographic information

·                spatial decision-support, impact of model design

·                spatial humanities

·                theory and practice of spatial and temporal reasoning

·                user interfaces, virtual spaces and collaborative spaces




As of 2019, COSIT will have a new type of submission called vision papers. We imagine vision papers to revisit those visions that were suggested in the past and examine if and how those vision came to pass. We also welcome rigorously researched and argued papers leading to a research agenda for the field, thus identifying emerging and/or hard problems for the community to address. Vision papers will undergo a separate but thorough reviewing process. Accepted papers of this type will be scheduled for a special presentation type, allowing for a thought provoking talk and a subsequent intensive discussion. If you like to know more or discuss a potential submission please contact the vision paper chair Maria Vasardani (



Full papers will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three members of the international program committee. High-quality submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference and published in the conference proceedings. Selection will be based on relevance to the conference, scientific significance, novelty, relation to previously published literature, clarity of presentation, and interdisciplinary context. Manuscripts must describe original work that has neither been published before, nor is currently under review elsewhere. If you would like to discuss potential submissions to this category please contact Sabine Timpf ( or Christoph Schlieder (



Short papers are intended for presenting to the community those pieces of work that are not yet mature for a full publication. For example, late-breaking news, on-going work, project reports, preliminary ideas, and small applications. Submissions will be screened for acceptance by COSIT 2019’s Program Committee. Accepted submissions will be presented at the conference either as short presentations or as posters.



From 2017 on, COSIT proceedings are published as Open Access within the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs) Series ( Papers must be written in English suitable for an interdisciplinary audience, conform to LIPIcs formatting guidelines (available at the URL and should not exceed 13 pages (full and vision papers), i.e., 7 pages (short papers) including title, figures, and references. For reviewing, all vision, full, and short papers must be submitted in PDF format through the COSIT 2019 EasyChair installation, available at the URL


Please see also separate calls for workshop/tutorial proposals and for the Doctoral Colloquium.



General Chairs:
Markus Kattenbeck, Bernd Ludwig (University of Regensburg), and Kathleen Stewart (University of Maryland)

Program Chairs:
Sabine Timpf (University of Augsburg) and Christoph Schlieder (University of Bamberg)

Workshop and Tutorial Chairs: Johannes Scholz (TU Graz) and Toru Ishikawa (University of Tokyo)

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs: Ioannis Giannopoulos (TU Vienna) and Hedda Schmidtke (University of Oregon)



All necessary information about the scientific program, deadlines, local organization and logistics will be provided on the COSIT 2019 website ( in a timely manner as we approach the conference date. You may feel free to email our organizing team at


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