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Sara Fabrikant at Vespucci workshop brain & space, Lisboa, 31.8. - 6.9.2014Sara Fabrikant at Vespucci workshop brain & space, Lisboa, 31.8. - 6.9.2014

Sara Fabrikant and Edzer Pebesma discussing the future of GIScience at ifgi's think tank on geoinformaticsSara Fabrikant and Edzer Pebesma discussing the future of GIScience at ifgi's think tank on geoinformatics

André Bruggmann at  AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science in Castellón, SpainAndré Bruggmann at AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science in Castellón, Spain

Sara Fabrikant at CartoCon 2014 in OlomoucSara Fabrikant at CartoCon 2014 in Olomouc

Sara Maggi at CartoCon 2014 in OlomoucSara Maggi at CartoCon 2014 in Olomouc

André Bruggmann at ICC 2013 in DresdenAndré Bruggmann at ICC 2013 in Dresden

26th International Cartographic Conference in Dresden, Germany26th International Cartographic Conference in Dresden, Germany

Stefano De Sabbata and John Snow's water pump in LondonStefano De Sabbata and John Snow's water pump in London

Stefano De Sabbata's PhD Defense 18.03.2013Stefano De Sabbata's PhD Defense 18.03.2013

Sara Maggi at GeoViz, Hamburg 2013Sara Maggi at GeoViz, Hamburg 2013

Prof. Michael Hengartner (Dean), Dr. Marco Salvini, Prof. Sara Fabrikant, Prof. Ulrike Müller-Böker (Dean of Studies) at the Graduation Ceremony 14.12.2012Prof. Michael Hengartner (Dean), Dr. Marco Salvini, Prof. Sara Fabrikant, Prof. Ulrike Müller-Böker (Dean of Studies) at the Graduation Ceremony 14.12.2012

Marco Salvini's PhD Defense 1.11.2012Marco Salvini's PhD Defense 1.11.2012

GIScience/AutoCarto Joint Panel, Moderator: Sara Irina FabrikantGIScience/AutoCarto Joint Panel, Moderator: Sara Irina Fabrikant

GI_Forum 2012 Salzburg: GIScience & Technology and LearningGI_Forum 2012 Salzburg: GIScience & Technology and Learning

 

 

 

 

Jan Wilkening's PhD Defense 5.3.2012Jan Wilkening's PhD Defense 5.3.2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenan Bektas at Marmara University, Faculty of Engineering, IstanbulKenan Bektas at Marmara University, Faculty of Engineering, Istanbul

ICA Chairs Meeting in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 24-26, 2011ICA Chairs Meeting in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 24-26, 2011

 

 

 

 

The farewell of Tumasch ReichenbacherThe farewell of Tumasch Reichenbacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left: Jan Wilkening, Arzu Coltekin, Frank Dickmann, Paul Crease, Tumasch Reichenbacher and Marco Salvini at the International Cartographic  Conference Paris 2011 From left: Jan Wilkening, Arzu Coltekin, Frank Dickmann, Paul Crease, Tumasch Reichenbacher and Marco Salvini at the International Cartographic  Conference Paris 2011 

PhD defense by Anna-Katharina Lautenschütz (24.06.2011)PhD defense by Anna-Katharina Lautenschütz (24.06.2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Fabrikant amongst the participants of MAGIS spring schoolSara Fabrikant amongst the participants of MAGIS spring school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIScience 2010: Sixth International conference on Geographic Information Science, September 14-17 2010, Zurich, SwitzerlandGIScience 2010: Sixth International conference on Geographic Information Science, September 14-17 2010, Zurich, Switzerland

Silvan Kaspar is a winner of the CSG Master's Thesis Research Grant  Summer 2010Silvan Kaspar is a winner of the CSG Master's Thesis Research Grant Summer 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara I. Fabrikant, Benedikt Korf and Bernhard Schmid with PhD Students at the PhD Seminar in Stels 2010Sara I. Fabrikant, Benedikt Korf and Bernhard Schmid with PhD Students at the PhD Seminar in Stels 2010

Sara Fabrikant receiving a spatially aware T'shirt from  Morton O' Kelly, the chair of the geography department of The Ohio State University after delivering a colloquium in the department.Sara Fabrikant receiving a spatially aware T'shirt from Morton O' Kelly, the chair of the geography department of The Ohio State University after delivering a colloquium in the department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th International Conference of Spatial Information Theory (COSIT) 2009 in Aber Wrac'h, France

Sara I. Fabrikant and colleaguesSara I. Fabrikant and colleagues

Simone at COSIT'09Simone at COSIT'09

Ramya, Jan, Anna-Katharina and Sara at COSIT'09Ramya, Jan, Anna-Katharina and Sara at COSIT'09

News of the GIVA unit

2014

Aug. 31 - Sep. 6

Sara Fabrikant attended the cross-disciplinary Vespucci workshop on brain and space  featuring the latest advances on how animals and humans navigate in (virtual) lab and real-world space.

July 9

Strong showing of GIVA members at the GIScience 2014 conference (web link: http://www.giscience.org/): All 5 submissions (two full papers and three extended abstracts) were accepted for oral presentation at the main conference in Vienna, Sep. 23-26, 2014.
Pre-conference workshop contributions are also all accepted, with further involvements by GIVA members as workshop co-organizer, program committee members, and keynote speaker.

June 11 - 17

Sara Fabrikant delivers a keynote at the 20th anniversary event of the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Münster.
http://www.uni-muenster.de/Geoinformatics/en/anniversary/index.html

June 4

André Bruggmann presented 'How to visualize the geography of Swiss history' at the 17th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science in Castellón, Spain. The talk introduced an approach which combines text data mining methods, currently employed in GIScience and geovisual analytics, to extract, re-organize and visualize spatial information contained in an online dictionary about Swiss history.

May 20

Landmarks structure environments. For us humans they form cognitive anchors, markers, or reference points for orientation, wayfinding, and communication. And they pose major challenges for computational systems.
A new book “Landmarks - GIScience for Intelligent Services” written by Kai-Florian Richter (GIVA) and Stephan Winter (University of Melbourne) summarizes more than a decade of research aiming at integrating landmarks into geospatial services. The book covers cognitive, conceptual, computational, and communication aspects of landmarks and argues why producing and understanding landmarks is a necessity for truly intelligent geospatial systems. The book has just appeared with Springer.

March 10

Paul Crease successfully defended his thesis titled "Representation of Geographic Relevance in Mobile Applications".

February 26

Sara Maggi presented 'Assessing Animated Air Traffic Control Displays' at the CARTOCON conference in Olomouc on February 26th, 2014. She showed preliminary results of her first user study with air traffic control animations. More information about CARTOCON: cartocon2014.org.

February 26

Jointly with Stephen Hirtle and Paul Munro (School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh) Kai-Florian Richter will run a workshop on 'Advances in GIScience' at this year's iConference (ischools.org/iconference-2014/) in Berlin. The workshop will take place on March, 4th, 2014.

2013

August 28

André Bruggmann presented 'Cartograms of self-organizing maps to explore user-generated content' at the 26th International Cartographic Conference in Dresden, Germany. The talk introduced a perceptually salient and cognitively adequate mapping solution to structure, visualize, and visually explore user-generated data (e.g., Wikipedia).

August 26

Sara Fabrikant gave an overview of activities with the ICA Cognitive Visualization Commission during the first plenary event of the 26th International Cartographic Conference in Dresden, Germany. (web link : www.icc2013.org)

August 1

Promotion of Sara Fabrikant to full professor.

May 1

Stefano De Sabbata starts at Oxford University. His work at the Oxford Internet Institute focuses on Internet and information geographies, as well as on geographic and mobile information retrieval. First task on the job: ground truth a milestone in the history of geographic information visualization and analysis: John Snow's water pump in London.

April 8

Dr-Ing Kai-Florian Richter starts as a new Lecturer (Oberassistent). Kai-Florian joins the group coming from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia, where he has spent the last three years. Kai-Florian is interested in questions of (task-specific) relevance, spatial communication, and cognitive aspects of human-computer interaction.

March 18

Stefano De Sabbata successfully defended his thesis on the 1st of November. His thesis is titled "Assessing Geographic Relevance for Mobile Information Services".

March 6

Sara Maggi presented 'Animated displays of moving objects and spatiotemporal coordinated events' at the GeoViz conference in Hamburg on March 6th, 2013. In a 10 minute oral presentation, she introduced her on-going PhD project, in particular her first experimental study with animated displays, which will be conduct in June 2013. More information about GeoViz: www.geomatik-hamburg.de/geoviz/.

March

The abstract submission of A. Bruggmann, M. Salvini, and S. Fabrikant was accepted for oral presentation at ICC 2013 in Dresden, this August. www.icc2013.org

2012

Dec. 14

At the promotion ceremony Marco Salvini also received a distinction by the Science Faculty (MNF) in recognition of his PhD thesis. He investigated the potential of massively crowdsourced, user-generated databases (e.g., Wikipedia) for the systematic analysis of the global city network and the space of flows within these systems in his dissertation titled Spatialization von nutzergenerierten Inhalten für die explorative Analyse des globalen Städtenetzes giuz.createsend1.com/t/j-l-jjiliky-l-a/.

Nov. 28

Marco Salvini presented “Die Stadt im Netz” in the series of lectures “Netzwerke in der Schweiz - Netzwerke in der Welt” of the “Geographisch-Ethnographische Gesellschaft Zürich” at the University of Zürich. The talk pointed out the potential of crowdsourced user-generated data and visual analytics for the empirical investigation of the world city network.

Nov. 1

Marco Salvini successfully defended his thesis on the 1st of November. His thesis is titled "Spatialization von nutzergenerierten Inhalten für die explorative Analyse des globalen Städtenetzes".

Oct. 15

Marco Salvini presented “Die Stadt im Netz” in the series of lectures “Netzwerke für eine vernetzte Welt” of the “Ostschweizerische geographische Gesellschaft” at the University of St. Gallen. The talk pointed out the potential of crowdsourced user-generated data for the empirical investigation of the world city network.

Sept. 18-21

GIVA involvement at AutoCarto/GIScience in Columbus, Ohio (USA):
Keynote at AutoCarto by Sara Irina Fabrikant: How we know that maps work.
GIScience/AutoCarto Joint Panel on research challenges in GIScience | Cartography with Stephen Hirtle, Menno-Jan Kraak, Alan MacEachren, Anne Ruas, and Terry Slocum, moderated by Sara Irina Fabrikant.
Papers presented at GIScience: Scale-dependent validation framework for spatialization by Marco M. Salvini and Sara Irina Fabrikant, and "Emotional response to map design aesthetics", by Sara Irina Fabrikant, Sidonie Christophe, Georgios Papastefanou and Sara Maggi.

July 3-7

The keynote “Creating geovisual analytics displays that work” by Sara Irina Fabrikant at the GI_Forum 2012 in Salzburg offered insight on how cognitive science and visualization research can help GIScientists in general and cartographers and geovisual analytics developers in particular to systematically assess their increasingly dynamic and interactive display designs.

June

Marco Salvini and Sara Fabrikant's extended abstract submissions were both accepted for oral presentation at GIScience 2012 in Columbus Ohio, this September. www.giscience.org

March 5

Jan Wilkening successfully defended his Thesis on the 5th of March. His Thesis is titled 'The effect of time pressure on map-based decision making' and focuses on the empirical evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of different visual spatio-temporal displays for time pressured decision makers.

January 26

Stefano DeSabbata presented 'Classical vs. Crowdsourcing Surveys for Eliciting Geographic Relevance Criteria' at the 3rd Italian Information Retrieval Workshop in Bari, Italy on January 26th, 2012. Copies can be found at www.geo.uzh.ch/~sdesabba/. He will also present 'Criteria of Geographic Relevance: An experimental study' as an invited speaker at Lugano (CH), Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano (USI) on April 20th 2012. www.informaworld.com/smpp/title%7Edb=all%7Econtent=g929822340

2011

Dec. 23

In December 2011, Kenan Bektas gave a well-received talk to students and academics of the Marmara University, Faculty of Engineering, Istanbul. The talk encompassed his current PhD work and was titled 'Geo-virtual Environments, Level of Detail Management and Geofoveation'.

Nov. 24-26

The International Cartographic Association's Cognitive Visualization Commission Chair Sara Fabrikant, together with Co-Chair Amy Griffin (UNSW ADFA), busy working at the ICA Chairs Meeting in Vienna, Austria.

Nov. 23

Stefano De Sabbata and Tumasch Reichenbacher have had a paper titled "Criteria of geographic relevance: an experimental study" accepted for publication in the International Journal of Geographic Information Science.

Nov. 1

A full paper titled "The Relevance of Scale in Soil Maps" by Madlene Nussbaum, Linda Ettlin, Arzu Çöltekin, Brigitte Suter, Markus Egli has been published in the BGS Bulletin (November issue).

Oct. 4

Arzu Coltekin was invited to deliver a public talk on interdisciplinary research at TEDxZurich on October 4th 2011 which took place in Swiss Television Studios www.tedxzurich.com/speakers-2011/. The talk was viewed by approximately 500 participants and 3000 viewers online real time, and the video is published here: www.tedxzurich.com/speakers-2011/

Sept. 15

Arzu Coltekin was in the organizing committee of Tokyo, STGIS2011 (http://curricula.csis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/stgis2011/oc.html). She also presented a session keynote and a paper. Kenan Bektas also presented a paper. Proceedings of the conference can be found here: www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18770428

Jul. 1

Arzu Coltekin and other GIVA members played a key role in the organisation of the workshop "Persistent problems in geographic visualization". This event was held by the ISPRS Commission on Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality and ICA Commission on GeoVisualization in Paris on July 1st 2011. Contributions to the workshop and the program can be found here: geoanalytics.net/ica/icc2011workshop.htm

June 24

Anna-Katharin Lautenschütz defended her thesis "Assessing the Relevance of Context for Visualizations of Movement Trajectorie" successfully.

May 8

Jan Wilkening and Sara Fabrikant's publication "How do time pressure and realism affect map-based decision making?" was accepted as a full paper for the 10th International Conference on Spatial Theory (COSIT 2011) in Belfast, Maine, USA (Sep 12-16, 2011).

May 7

The "GIRunners" team with Kenan Bektas, Jan Wilkening, Silvan Kaspar, Paul Crease, Sara Fabrikant, Marco Salvini and other runners from GIS and RSL successfully participated in the SOLA 2011.

May 2-6

Sara Fabrikant delivered a three hour lecture section on state-of-the-art and recent developments in geovisualization research at the spring school 2011 of the "Groupement de Recherce Méthodes et Applications pour la Géomatique et l`Information Spatiale" (GDR MAGIS) (http://ecole-magis.imag.fr/). The GDR MAGIS is a research network within the CNRS in France, focusing on recent developments in geomatics research. The spring school was held this year at the CNRS center Paul Langevin in the Savoy Alps, France, May 2-6.

March

Sara Fabrikant (PI) has been awarded a 3-year research grant titled "AniMOVE: animated visual analytics of movement" by the Swiss National Science Fund, supporting one PhD student to develop and empirically evaluate methods for the effective and efficient dynamic depiction and analysis of moving phenomena. This interdisciplinarly research project is in collaboration with Prof. Alexander Klippel (GeoVISTA Center, Penn State, USA) and Prof. Tim Shipley (Psychology Dept. at Temple University, USA).

February 2

From the 3rd to the 8th of July the GIVA Department will be (almost) empty, but not because we all plan to take summer holidays at the same time!! All but two members of the department submitted papers and extended abstracts to the ICC 2011 Conference in Paris and all submissions were accepted for presentation. The titles and authors of the papers to be presented are as follows:
Fabrikant S.I., Salvini M.M.: Charting the ICA World of Cartography 1999–2009
Kaspar S., Fabrikant S.I., Freckmann P.: Empirical Study of Cartograms
Gnos A.U., Salvini M.M., Fabrikant S.I.: Cognitively Plausible Visualization of Network Data
Kuhn M., Pfister S., Vontobel I., Willi C., De Sabbata S., Çöltekin A.: TIMELINE: A Tool for the Video Analysis and Visualisation of Geographic Phenomena over Time
Wilkening J., Fabrikant S.I.: The Effect of Gender and Spatial Abilities on Map Use Preferences and Performance in Road Selection Tasks
Crease P., Reichenbacher T.: Adapting Cartographic Representations to Improve the Information Seeking of LBS Users
www.icc2011.fr

January 8

The paper “Formalizing semantic spaces for information access” co-authored by Sara Fabrikant and Barbara Buttenfield (2001) received the 3rd highest citation count (based on the ISI Citation Database) amongst the most cited “Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Systems” (MMGIS) papers that appeared in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers during the period 2001-2009.

For more information on the intellectual contributions of American academic geography over the past 100 years have a look at the Centennial Forum of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, published in its December 2010 issue.
www.informaworld.com

2010  

September

14 -17

Zurich, Switzerland was the host city of the sixth GIScience, continuing a highly successful series of conferences that commenced in 2000, and which regularly attracts over 200 international researchers. GIScience 2010 aims to bring together scientists from academia, industry, and government to discuss the state-of-the-art in geographic information science, and explore emerging research directions.

The conference focused on basic research findings across all sectors of the field, and pure application papers were discouraged. The conference had two refereed submission tracks: full papers and extended abstracts. www.giscience2010.org

September 7   

Silvan Kaspar received a grant for his Master Thesis "Empirical Study Of Cartograms" advised by Sara Fabrikant from the AAG Cartography Specialty Group (CSG).

About the awards:
Enrolled Master's students are invited to apply for the CSG Master's Thesis Research Grants. These grants are intended to promote scholarly research in cartography by students enrolled in Geography or a related degree program. The grants are awarded three times per year; the next application deadline is 1 November 2010.

August 27

Sara Fabrikant gave an invited talk titled "Spatialization – A Live Raft for the Data Tsunami?" at the working group "Digital vs. reale Worlds - The Limits of Computer Models?" of the interdisciplinary „Alpbacher Technology Talks” at the European Forum Alpbach. The Alpbach Forum has an international and interdisciplinary reach, and its “Technology Talks” are aimed at discussing current issues and future trends that may be relevant for research policy and technology development in Austria.

In this context Sara Fabrikant was interviewed by Radio Austria (ORF 1) about her research. The  content of the interview (in German) is available here.

June 14

Jan Wilkening, Stefano DeSabbata, Arzu Çöltekin, Kenan Bektas and Anna Katharina Lautenschütz all had extended abstracts accepted for presentation at the GIScience 2010 conference held on 14-17th September in Zürich. Titles for these presentations can be found on the following GIScience 2010 web page .

June 4/5

The PhD Seminar II took place in Stels, Switzerland.

May 11-14

Arzu Çöltekin gave a talk at the GeoVA(t) workshop and chaired a session at the AGILE 2010 conference in Guimarães, Portugal.

April 27

Tumasch Reichenbacher gave a well received presentation at the University of Heidelberg. The presentation was titled "Das Relevanzprinzip in der mobilen Geovisualisierung”.

April 20 & 22

While the volcano kept erupting on iceland, Sara Fabrikant was invited to deliver the department colloquia at the geography departments of Michigan State University in East Lansing, and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

April 16

We would like to motivate our people to submit their work and participate at the Innovation Award of E-GEO.ch involving geodata. The award honors participants who contribute to NSDI with their innovative ideas and projects, and promotes education and research in the realms of geo-information in Switzerland.

April 15

Sara Fabrikant co-organized once again popular sessions on cognitive issues at the world's largest gathering of geographers the Association of American Geographers Meeting, in Washington, D.C.

April 1

Kenan Bektas and Arzu Çöltekin have had their paper accepted at the LNGC True 3D workshop. The paper is titled “Survey of True 3D and Raster Level of Detail Support in GIS Software”.

March 16

Arzu Çöltekin had a paper accepted for presentation at the GIScience 2010 conference. The presentation will take place on the 14-17th September, 2010 in Zürich.

March 1

Sara Fabrikant and Anna-Katharina Lautenschütz had a paper accepted that will be presented at a workshop during the 20-Year Revival Meeting on Cognitive and Linguistic Aspects of Geographic Space Conference on July 5th. 2010 at Las Navas del Marques, Avila, Spain. The paper is titled “Creating perceptually salient animated displays for spatially coordinated events”.

February 18

Stefano DeSabbata successfully presented his accepted paper at the 6th Geographic Information Retrieval Workshop. Zurich, Switzerland, 2010.  The paper is titled “A Probabilistic Model of Geographic Relevance” and can be found in the Proceedings of the 6th Geographic Information Retrieval Workshop.

February 1

Sara Fabrikant had a paper accepted titled “The Natural Landscape Metaphor in Information Visualization: The Role of Commonsense Geomorphology”. This paper can be found in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Vol. 61, No. 2: 253-270.

January 27-28

Stefano DeSabbata attended the First Italian Information Retrieval Workshop 2010 in Padua.

January 1

Sara Fabrikant was elected to serve on the Editorial Board of the highly ISI-rated Annals of the Association of American Gegoraphers.

Sara Fabrikant co-authored a paper titled “Thinking about the Weather: How Display Salience and Knowledge Affect Performance in a Graphic Inference Task”. The paper was accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol., 36, No. 1: 37-53.

Sara Fabrikant had a paper accepted titled “Cognitively inspired and perceptually salient graphic displays for efficient spatial inference making.” This paper can be found in Annals of the Association of American Geographers,Vol. 100, No. 1: 1-17.

 

2009

Nov. 15-21

GIVA MSc students were well represented at the International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2009) organized by the International Association of Cartography (ICA) in Santiago de Chile. Benedikt Heil (paper co-authored with Tumasch Reichenbacher) and Silvio Zanola (paper co-authored with Sara Fabrikant and Arzu Çöltekin) presented their Master's/Diplom theses research to a packed auditorium.

Sept. 19-26

Benedikt Heil (advisor: Tumasch Reichenbacher) presented his MSc thesis at the German-speaking Geographers' meeting in Vienna.

Sept. 21-25

Jan Wilkening and Anna-Katharina Lautenschütz presented their dissertation projects at the international doctoral colloquium of the 9th International Conference of Spatial Information Theory (COSIT) 2009 in Aber Wrac'h, France.
Simone Garlandini (advisor: Sara Fabrikant) presented the results of his Master's thesis at the COSIT 2009 main conference and the corresponding paper appeared in Springer's internationally peer-reviewed Lecture Notes in Computer Science (co-author: Sara Fabrikant).

Sept. 2-4

The GeoRel group delivered a paper to the International Symposium on LBS & TeleCartography in Nottingham, where Paul Crease presented an overview of the GeoRel project.

Aug. 24-28

Kenan Bektas of the GeoF group presented his first conference paper (co-authored with Arzu Çöltekin) at the True3D conference in Dresden and was later invited to submit it to Springer's Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography.

June - July 

Anna-Katharina Lautenschütz spent one month with Prof. Mary Hegarty (PhD committee member) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Psychology Department, developing human-subject testing procedures for her dissertation research. Anna-Katharina Lautenschütz also delivered a colloquium on her PhD project to the interdisciplinary spatial cognition research group at UCSB.

May 6-8

Arzu Çöltekin was invited as a speaker and panelist to a special session on visual attention and efficient image coding at the IEEE Picture Coding Symposium 2009 in Chicago.

April 4

Tumasch Reichenbacher contributed work on the role of location in geographic relevance to an interdisciplinary workshop on Location and the Web associated with CHI 2009 in Boston.

April 1

The website of the Zurich Graduate School in Geography was launched. The Zurich Graduate School in Geography offers the possibility to study for a Doctoral degree across the breadth of Geography, in the research fields of Physical Geography, Human Geography and Methodological Geography.

March 14-18

Sara Fabrikant continued to co-organize sessions at the world's largest gathering of geographers, the Association of American Geographers' (AAG) annual meeting, which brought together over 7'000 people in Las Vegas this year. Her four respective sessions on cognitive issues in geographic information visualization featured 15 papers and averaged about 70 attendees per session. Together with Prof. Amy Lobben (Oregon State University) S. Fabrikant co-edited a special issue of 'Cartographica' featuring cognitive geovisualization papers from the previous AAG meeting in Boston in 2008.

Cedric Gabathuler (advisor: Sara Fabrikant) secured his own funding to spend several months at San Diego State University to work with his co-advisor Prof. André Skupin on his Master's thesis, developing an online self-organizing mapping system for Swiss census data. Cedric presented his Master's thesis work at the AAG 2009 in Las Vegas and discussed with Dr. Waldo Tobler Prof. em. from the University of California Santa Barbara and honorary professor of the University of Zurich the ramifications of the notion that 'everything is related to everything else, but closer things are more related than distant things'...

Cedric's first co-authored paper with computer scientist Marc Kramis (Uni Konstanz) appeared in a special issue of the ISI-rated Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS) journal.

Jan. 9

Frank Ostermann successfully defended his PhD thesis titled Modeling, analyzing and visualizing human space appropriation (advisor: Sabine Timpf) and took up postdoc positions with GIVA (GeoRap project) and GIS (Tripod project) in the Department.