CFP for the Special Issue in Journal of Visual Languages and Computing

Adaptation in Spatial Communication 2009

Organised by Martin Tomko (University of Zurich) and Kai-Florian Richter (University of Bremen)

Spatial communication is a type of pragmatic communication, taking a variety of forms - from verbal or pictorial descriptions and depictions to instructions for agents about actions required to interact with their environment. People adapt their communication in form and content to the situation and communication partner dynamically during communication by reacting to changing situations. Today's spatial assistance systems lack this flexibility - a message is communicated without adaptation to the user's needs. Consequently, such systems are experienced as awkward, cognitively inadequate or patronizing.

This workshop contributes to informed design of spatial assistance systems through the exchange of state-of-the-art research results. It aims at issues and open questions in adaptation in human spatial communication and consequences and emerging principles for human-machine spatial communication. The main objective is to draw parallels between human-to-human communication and human-machine interaction in order to inform further research, design and development towards adaptive spatial assistance systems. The key interest is in exploring the avenues to improve automatic processes that implement adaptive behavior in assistance systems and services.

The workshop will provide a platform for a synergic exchange of ideas between spatial scientists, especially those with interests in spatial cognition and communication and researchers in the field of artificial intelligence, location based services and human-computer interaction. The workshop is targeted to researchers of all levels of experience and will strive to encourage the interaction of experts from the diverse fields of targeted research.