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Second Announcement and Call for Papers

C O S I T ' 9 7
Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania, USA
October 15-18, 1997



Andrew U. Frank (Technical University Vienna)
Stephen C. Hirtle (University of Pittsburgh)
Werner Kuhn (University of Muenster)
David M. Mark (NCGIA, State University New York, Buffalo)


The third international conference on spatial information theory, COSIT'97,
will concentrate on theoretical aspects of space and spatial information.
It will deal with all aspects of "large scale" or "geographic" spaces and
the description of objects, processes or events in them. 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
   * Anthropology

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'95, published by Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in
Computer Science 988 (see
/cosit/cpage.html). 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
   * Simulation of processes in geographic space
   * User interface design
   * Spatialization of user interfaces
   * Design of generic elements for GIS interfaces
   * Metaphors for GIS
   * Naive geography
   * 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 advanced work in progress will take place. The conference
program will be selected by an international, interdisciplinary program
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 a half a day. Topical Meetings ("birds of a feather sessions") can
be organized and proposals from convenors are welcome at any time before or
during the conference.  A 'Doctoral Consortium' will follow the conference.
It is intended as a forum where Ph.D. students can meet and discuss with
others at a similar stage in their careers. The consortium will be
facilitated by a small panel of experienced researchers.


Authors are requested to submit 5 copies of full papers, not abstracts, in
English to the address below. (Alternatively, you may submit either
Postscript or Word 6.0 file via email.  Email submissions should be sent to
[log in to unmask])  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.


Deadline for receiving full papers:  March 31, 1997
Program committee meeting:           May 19, 1997
Information on acceptance sent out:  May 23, 1997
Revised papers (camera-ready):       July 7, 1997
Conference:                          October 15-18, 1997


The conference will be held at Hidden Valley Resort and Conference Center
in the Laurel Highlands, one hour east of Pittsburgh, near Somerset,
Pennsylvania.  Housing will be available in 2-3 room suites at a rate of
$89/single or $59/double per person.  There is ample opportunity in the
area for outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and
whitewater rafting.  There will also be an excursion planned to the Frank
Lloyd Wright house, "Fallingwater," during the conference.


Further information (e.g., about travel and accommodation) will be
available on the conference web page
(http://  Please send all submissions and
address all other correspondence about the conference to:

   Stephen Hirtle
   School of Information Sciences
   135 N. Bellefield Ave.
   University of Pittsburgh
   Pittsburgh, PA 15260
   Phone +1 412 624-9434
   Fax  +1 412 624-2788

   Conference Information: [log in to unmask]
   Electronic submissions: [log in to unmask]

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