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February 28th, 2020 4:00 PM   to   5:00 PM

EEO-AGI(S): GeoSciences Professional Seminar Series 2019-20

This week's extra talk is given by Dr. Angela Schwering, of the University of Muenster, Germany on pedestrian wayfinding.


Prof. Dr Angela Schwering Dominant approaches in computer-assisted wayfinding support adhere to the deeply problematic principles of turn-by-turn navigation. In this talk, I will introduce a new approach called “Wayfinding Through Orientation,” which supports the acquisition of spatial knowledge and cognitive mapping for advancing the user’s spatial orientation. Being oriented on one’s way is a prerequisite to enabling people to verify instructions and to incorporate new spatial information into their existing knowledge structure. I will present a series of studies where we investigated spatial learning of survey and route knowledge for different types of wayfinding instructions and give an overview of our algorithms to create orientation information and schematic orientation maps.

About the Speaker:

Since April 2009, Prof. Dr Angela Schwering has been a professor at the Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster, Germany. Her research deals with intelligent representation and reasoning on spatial information. Specifically she has investigated human strategies for organising and processing spatial knowledge about environments. Her work seeks to enhance the usability of spatial information with cognitively inspired computational models. The research is carried out in the Spatial Intelligence Lab at the University of Muenster in Germany.

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