» Welcome

The Thirteenth International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2017) will be held in L’Aquila, Italy, on September 4-8 2017.


» About

Established in 1993, COSIT is a biennial international conference series concerned with theoretical aspects of space and spatial information. COSIT was started to establish a counterpoint to several concurrent applied GIS conferences at which reports on applications and development in GIS technology were made but often without a contribution to scientific theory and literature. The focus at COSIT from the beginning has been on theories of space and time relevant to the establishment and the advancement of (geo)spatial information science.

Spatial information theory is concerned with all aspects of space and spatial environments as experienced, represented and elaborated by humans, other animals and artificial agents. The scope of the conference includes both the conceptualization of frameworks for specific spatio-temporal domains, as well as the development of general theories of space and time and theories of spatial and temporal information.


» Format

The aim of COSIT is to bring together researchers from different disciplines for an intensive scientific exchange. This aim is facilitated by the presentation and discussion of a restricted number of papers and posters.

The main conference is preceded by a day (September 4) of parallel satellite workshops and tutorials on specialized topics of interest. If you are interested at organizing a satellite workshop or tutorial, please refer the Call for Workshop and Tutorial Proposals for details on the submission process.

The main conference is designed as a three-day event (September 5-7) and offers two distinct submission streams: full papers and posters. For details on the both submission types, please refer the Call for Papers.

Finally, a Doctoral Colloquium will be held on the day after the end of the main conference (September 8), which provides a forum where young researchers can present their work to the community and receive expert feedbacks, comments, and advices. A separate call for doctoral colloquium papers will be released at a later stage.


»  Topics

The following (non­exclusive) topics are indicative of the fields of interest:

Activity-­based models of spatial knowledge
Cartography and geographic visualization
Cognitive structure of spatial knowledge
Cognitive aspects of geographic information
Cooperative work with spatial information
Events and processes in geographic space and time
Human sensors in space and time
Incomplete or imprecise spatial knowledge
Knowledge representation for space and time
Languages of spatial relations
Naive geography/behavioral geography
Navigation and wayfinding, including robot navigation
Ontology of space and time
Presentation and communication of spatial information
Qualitative and commonsense spatial representation
Quality issues in geographic information
Semantics of geographic information
Social and cultural organization of space
Spatial and temporal language
Spatial aspects of social networks
Spatial data integration/interoperability
Spatial decision­-support
Structure of geographic information
Theory and practice of spatial and temporal reasoning
Time in geographic information
User-­interface design/spatialization of interfaces
Virtual spaces
Volunteered geographic information


» Series

COSIT grew out of a series of workshops, NATO Advanced Study Institutes and NSF specialist meetings, all concerned with cognitive and applied aspects of representing large scale space, particularly geographic space. In these meetings, the need for a well-founded theory on spatial information processing was identified, and COSIT was formed in order to provide the platform for the intensive interdisciplinary scientific exchange on this theory.

In 1992, Andrew Frank organized a successful international conference on “GIS—From Space to Territory: Theories and Methods for Spatio-Temporal Reasoning”, in hindsight referred to as COSIT Zero. The first two COSIT conferences, 1993 and 1995, were held in Europe with strong north-American participation (COSIT ‘93: Italy; COSIT ‘95: Austria). Afterwards the conference became a truly international enterprise, held every second year in principle between locations Europe and America (COSIT ’07 was held in Australia).

COSIT “0” (1992): Pisa, Italy
Andrew U. Frank, Irene Campari, Ubaldo Formentini (LNCS 639) (no archived web site)
COSIT 1993: Elba, Italy
Andrew U. Frank, Irene Campari, Ubaldo Formentini (LNCS 639)
(no archived web site)
COSIT 1995: Semmering, Austria
Andrew U. Frank, Werner Kuhn (LNCS 988)
COSIT 1997: Laurel Highlands, PA, USA
Stephen C. Hirtle, Andrew U. Frank (LNCS 1329)
COSIT 1999: Stade, Germany
Christian Freksa, David M. Mark (LNCS 1661)
COSIT 2001: Morro Bay, CA, USA
Daniel Montello (LNCS 2205)
COSIT 2003: Ittingen, Switzerland
Werner Kuhn, Michael F. Worboys, Sabine Timpf (LNCS 2825)
COSIT 2005: Ellicottville, NY, USA
Anthony G. Cohn, David M. Mark (LNCS 3693)
COSIT 2007: Melbourne, Australia
Stephan Winter, Matt Duckham, Lars Kulik, Ben Kuipers (LNCS 4736)
COSIT 2009: Aber Wrac’h, France
Kathleen Stewart Hornsby, Christophe Claramunt, Michel Denis, Gerard Ligozat (LNCS 5756)
COSIT 2011: Belfast, ME, USA
Max J. Egenhofer, Nicholas Giudice, Reinhard Moratz, Michael Worboys (LNCS 6899)
COSIT 2013: Scarborough, UK
Thora Tenbrink, John Stell, Anthony Galton, Zena Wood (LNCS 8116)
COSIT 2015: Santa Fe, NM, USA
Sara Irina Fabrikant, Martin Raubal, Michela Bertolotto, Clare Davies, Scott Freundschuh, Scott Bell (LNCS 9368)