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Conference on Spatial Information Theory 2003

Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland
September 24-28, 2003

General Chair:
Sabine Timpf (University of Zurich)

Program Chairs:
Werner Kuhn (University of Muenster)
Mike Worboys (University of Maine)

The sixth international Conference On Spatial Information Theory, COSIT '03, is concerned with theoretical aspects of space and spatial information. Of special interest are aspects of "large-scale" space, i.e. spaces too large to be apprehended at once without technological aid. These include spaces of geographic and environmental scales in which humans make decisions and carry out actions. Spatial information theory also deals with the formal and natural description of processes and events in spatial environments, thus providing a foundation for the design and construction of geographic information systems (GIS) and for spatial information systems (SIS) in general. Empirical investigations, formal models, and the use of spatial information technologies reveal a large number of interesting research questions which require an interdisciplinary approach for their solution. The COSIT conference series brings together researchers from many disciplines, in particular:

An idea of the conference's orientation can be gained from the previous COSIT proceedings published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. The following (non-exclusive) topics are indicative of the field of interest:

At the conference, results from recent research are presented and discussions about advanced work in progress take place. The conference program is established by an international and multidisciplinary program committee. Papers are selected through a rigorous review of full paper contributions by internationally renowned reviewers, based on relevance to the conference, intellectual quality, scientific significance, novelty, relation to previously published literature, and clarity of presentation. The proceedings are published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series before the conference. Before the conference, half-day Tutorials on topics relevant to the conference are offered. Topical meetings ("birds-of-a-feather sessions") can be organized, and proposals from conveners are welcome at any time before or during the conference. A "Doctoral Colloquium", facilitated by a small panel of experienced researchers, will conclude the conference. It is intended as a forum where Ph.D. students can meet, present their research, and hold discussions with others at a similar stage in their careers.

Authors are requested to submit full papers in pdf format, not abstracts, in English using the submission portal at cosit.eveni.com. The title page of the paper should only contain the title of the paper and an abstract. Please make sure that the headers or footers do not show your name to allow for a double-blind review. The total length of a paper should be less than 18 pages double spaced (less than 6000 words), including figures and bibliography. For formatting please refer to the information for authors of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) by Springer. 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 February 28, 2003
Information on acceptance sent out May 19, 2003
Revised papers (camera-ready) due July 7, 2003
Conference September 24-28, 2003

The conference will be held at Kartause Ittingen, near Frauenfeld (www.kartause.ch), about one hour east of Zurich, Switzerland. There will also be an excursion planned to Lake Constance and the Rhine during the conference.

Please address all correspondence about the conference to:

Dr. Sabine Timpf
GIScience Center
Department of Geography
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zurich.
Fax: +41-1-635-6848
Phone: +41-1-635-5152

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