Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization

Mental Maps

4608.2 - Psychogeography in the age of the quantified self — Mental map modelling with georeferenced personal activity data

Tuesday, July 4
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Maryland C

Personal and subjective perceptions of urban space have been a focus of various research projects in the area of cartography, geography, and related fields such as urban planning. This paper illustrates how personal georeferenced activity data can be used in algorithmic modelling of certain aspects of mental maps and customised spatial visualisations. The technical implementation of the algorithm is accompanied by a preliminary study which evaluates the performance of the algorithm. As a linking element between personal perception, interpretation, and depiction of space and the field of cartography and geography, we include perspectives from artistic practice and cultural theory. By developing novel visualisation concepts based on personal data, the paper in part mitigates the challenges presented by user modelling that is, amongst others, used in LBS applications.

Sebastian Meier

Visualization & HCI Researcher
Interaction Design Lab, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany

Sebastian is currently working on his PhD on the topic of “Location based visual analytics”, which is a collaborative project with the University Potsdam (Geoinformatics Department). His research focuses on spatial data- and information visualization with a specific focus on the cognitive framing conditions that influence the perception and understanding of visualizations.

He received a diploma in communication design at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf in 2009 and a master’s degree in interface design at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Since 2002 he has been working for different clients as a consultant, designer and developer.

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Katrin Glinka

Research Associate
Urban Complexity Lab, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany

Katrin is currently pursuing her PhD while working on the project “VIKUS” that focuses on the visualisation of cultural collections. She studied Kulturwissenschaften (Cultural Sciences) with an interest in art, visual culture, sociology and philosophy and holds a
M. A. degree from Leuphana University Lüneburg. In her M. A. thesis she analysed mechanisms of in- and exclusion in the art field and strategies of intervention.

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Amy L. Griffin

Senior Lecturer
UNSW Canberra

Dr. Amy Griffin is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at UNSW Canberra. She is currently a co-chair of the ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization (CogVIS). Her research interests include investigating cognitive and perceptual processes involved in using maps, information visualizations and other forms of geospatial information.

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