» About COSIT

Established in 1993, COSIT (Conference On Spatial Information Theory) 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.

Papers may address aspects of spatial information from any disciplinary perspective including (but not limited to) the following:

Cognitive Science, Vision Science, Environmental and Behavioral Psychology
Geography and Geographic Information Science
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
Engineering, Human Factors and Cognitive Ergonomics
Cognitive Robotics and Cognitive Informatics
Mathematics, Logic, Philosophy and Ontology
Cognitive Anthropology, Psycholinguistics and Linguistics
Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Design


» Format

COSIT 2017, the thirteenth conference in the series, will be held in L’Aquila, Italy, on September 4th-8th 2017. September 4th will be dedicated to satellite workshops and tutorials and September 7th will host a doctoral forum. The main conference is a three-day event, taking place from September 5th to September 7th. Two types of scientific contributions are going to be invited: Full Papers and Posters.


»  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


» Full Papers

Starting from this edition, COSIT proceedings will be published in Open Access within the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs) Series (

Full papers will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three members of the international program committee. High-quality submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference and published in the conference proceedings.

Selection will be based on relevance to the conference, scientific significance, novelty, relation to previously published literature, clarity of presentation, and interdisciplinary context. Manuscripts must describe original work that has neither been published before, nor is currently under review elsewhere. Papers must be written in English according to LIPIcs formatting guidelines (available at the URL and should not exceed 13 pages (including title, figures, and references). Full papers must be submitted in PDF format through the COSIT 2017 EasyChair installation, available at the URL


» Posters

Posters are intended for presenting to the community those pieces of work that are not yet mature for a full publication. For example, on-going work, project reports, preliminary ideas, and small applications. Accepted poster submissions will be published in a separate volume in the Springer series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography (LNG&C), alongside the workshop proceedings. Poster content shall be summarized in a two-pages abstract, written in English, and prepared using either the Springer Word Document Template or the Springer Latex Document Template (contributed books), available here. Poster contributions must be submitted in PDF format via email at Poster submissions will be screened for acceptance by COSIT 2017’s Program Committee. Accepted submissions will be presented in parallel at the conference within a dedicated poster session.


» Doctoral Colloquium (DC)

COSIT 2017 Doctoral Colloquium will take place on the last day of the conference and provides PhD students the opportunity to present their relevant research to international and interdisciplinary researchers and fellow students to gain important feedback. Students are encouraged to apply who are at any stage of their PhD from the early stages all the way to nearing completion. Typically, presentation topics are related to a PhD student’s doctoral dissertation research, but any research topic appropriate for COSIT may be presented, as long as the student is the primary author of the work.

Students are required to submit a brief summary of their work (no more than 1500 words in PDF format), along with a brief biography (no more than 300 words in plain text format) to The summary should be prepared using the Springer LNG&C Template (contributed books), either for Word or Latex. We suggest the following approximate structure for the summary:


Abstract (optional, max 100 words)
Research Question
Expected/Actual Outcomes
Further work

The biography should outline the academic background and research interests of the doctoral student submitting the abstract, and should indicate the current stage of the student’s PhD. The biographies and summaries will be distributed at the conference.

Space permitting, all graduates who meet the deadline, format, and topic requirements will be invited to participate and give a brief oral presentation of their work. If the number of submissions exceeds the time available, the summaries will be screened by the COSIT Chairs for acceptance.  The selection process will be based on the usual criteria of originality, scientific importance and relevance to the COSIT themes.