An award for The Triangle of Sustainability project

The Triangle of Sustainability (in German “Dreieck der Nachhaltigkeit”) by  Thomas Bartoscheck and Tomi Kauppinen and their big team from the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster was  awarded 8000€ and a second place in Wissenschaft interaktiv 2012 organized during June 2–6, 2012, Lübeck, Germany.

The Triangle of Sustainability is an interactive show to explore observations about deforestation of rainforests and related phenomena such as road networks, political situation, and market prices of agricultural products on maps and timelines.  The Triangle thus connects three important aspects–ecological, economical and social–of sustainability. By doing this the Triangle serves as a show of what is achievable by  interconnecting different scientific assets via the Linked Science approach. The goal is to raise the awareness, and understanding of different factors of sustainability. The Triangle thus serves as an example of how the research field of Geoinformatics, and more generally Geographic Information Science can serve the society in these tasks.

The resulting information can be explored on three screens (see the figure above). The interaction is made extremely simple yet powerful, no additional tools are required for the participants. All the spatial and temporal information can be zoomed and panned simply by making gestures using hands.

The video below gives the idea of how the interaction works.

The technological basis is built on the power of Linked Data techniques for interconnecting these very heterogenous data about different environmental and social phenomena. The data used by the show is the Linked Brazilian Amazon Rainforest published at

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Geosensor Networks in IRTG Virtual Seminar Series on GIScience

As part of the IRTG Virtual Seminar Series on GIScience – Bridging Theory and Application there will be a talk on June 8th by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Monika Sester from the University of Hannover to give a talk about Geosensor networks. The talk will be published online as a podcast later in June.

Abstract of the talk:

Geosensor networks for the observation and monitoring of environmental phenomena are a recent trend in GIScience. What is new – as opposed to traditional geodetic networks – is the fact that different sensors act independently, have the capability to communicate and thus the network is able to operate beyond the individual sensors’ capabilities. In this way, the network as such is more than the sum of the individual sensors. Besides their own position, geosensors capture information about the environment, such as temperature or humidity. In the context of engineering geodesy, sensor networks are used for monitoring purposes, e.g. to observe and monitor georisks such as landslides. In the talk, different aspects of geosensor networks are presented using examples from research at the institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics (ikg).

During summer semester 2012 the IRTG Joint Virtual Seminars will focus on stimulating local and international  collaborative efforts in Geographic Information Science, Computing Technology and Engineering. 

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IRTG organizational activities – Summarizing GI Zeitgeist 2012

As part of their qualification criteria, doctoral candidates in the IRTG-SIGI are required to organize colloquia to showcase the latest research among their academic peers in geoinformatics and related fields. The 1st IRTG-SIGI cohort organized a doctoral colloquium in conjunction with GIScience 2010, Zurich. The 2nd cohort successfully followed up with the GI Zeitgeist conference for young researchers.

Spread across two days in Muenster on 16th and 17th of March 2012, the conference attracted young researchers across Europe to present their work. Keynote introductions were delivered  by Dr. Gerard Heuvelink, Wageningen University, Netherlands and Dr. Sven Bertel, Bauhaus-Universitaet Weimar, Germany. A total of 18 papers were presented, with a mix of topics related to Location based services, geosemantics, qualitative spatial reasoning, volunteered geographic information (VGI), geostatistics and human computer Interaction (HCI). One of our sponsors, PROGIS, also added to the mix with  a presentation. The entire list of papers accepted for publication can be found here. The conference proceedings have been made available as part of the IfGI prints series (No. 44, ISBN:978-3-89838-663-0) by the Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA GmbH, Heidelberg.

The dates coincided with Muenster’s very own “Send” carnival. Situated right next to the conference venue, the Schloss Muenster, it provided a retreat for the participants to get away and interact. Selected pictures from the conference can be viewed here.

A special thanks to the participants and our sponsors the University of Muenster, PROGIS Software GmbH, gis.SCIENCE and the IRTG-SIGI for their contribution.


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A new webpage of related projects

The external funded IRTG students created a new webpage providing an overview of how their own projects related with IRTG program, including research commonalities, cooperations as well as scientific outputs and activities funded by IRTG. For more details, please check IRTG related projects.

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Joint Virtual Seminar with Monika Sester

The next Joint Virtual Seminar will be on Friday, June 8. Monika Sester from the University of Hannover will give a talk about current research on Geosensor Networks at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics (ikg). For more information visit

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Science in Dialogue

Triangle of Sustainability show is a way to interact with large amounts of Linked Spatiotemporal Data to support understanding of the ecological, social and economical dimensions of sustainable development.

Science in Dialogue (in German: Wissenschaft im Dialog)—The initiative of German Science organizes the event Wissenschaft interaktiv 2012 during June 2–6, 2012 in Lübeck, Germany. The IRTG SIGI / project Triangle of Sustainability  (in German: Dreieck der Nachhaltigkeit) was selected among the three finalists, and is competing for the first prize in Wissenschaft interaktiv 2012.

We welcome all to visit the Triangle of Sustainability show in Lübeck in June. You may follow our twitter accounts @Nachhaltigkeit3 and @LinkedScience and read the blog to hear more about the event, reactions of the visitors, and see the social activity emerging around the show.


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STeDy 2012: Call for Papers

Workshop on Spatio-Temporal Dynamics (STeDy 2012)
at ECAI 2012, Montpellier, France.
Workshop duration: Two days

Workshop Theme
Commonsense, Space, and Change

Key dates in 2012
Abstracts: June 1
Full papers: June 15
Notifications: July 10
Workshop dates: Aug 27-28

Keynote speakers

– Patrick Doherty (Linköping University, Sweden)
On: Leveraging KR Techniques in Autonomous Unmanned Aircraft Systems

– Christian Freksa (University of Bremen, Germany)
On: Spatial Computing for Commonsense Reasoning

– Gérard Ligozat (Paris-Sud University, France)
On: Three decades of Qualitative Spatial and Temporal Reasoning

We are pleased to announce the newest edition of the International Workshop on Spatio-Temporal Dynamics (STeDy 2012) as a two-day event at the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2012), Montpellier, France. The workshop is co-chaired by Mehul Bhatt, Hans Guesgen, and Ernest Davis, and is driven by an international Program and Advisory Committee from diverse areas including Logic, Computer Science, Geography, Linguistics, Mathematics, and Philosophy.

STeDy-12 focusses on the theme: Commonsense, Space, and Change, and the contemporary scientific agenda of STeDy addresses several areas within Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR) in particular, and reaches out to all sub-disciplines within Artificial Intelligence, Spatial Cognition, and Cognitive Technologies in general.

Core areas being addressed include:
* Spatial Representation and Reasoning
* Commonsense Reasoning
* Qualitative Reasoning
* Reasoning about Actions and Change
* Logic-based Modelling of Dynamic Systems
* Language, Ontology, and Space
* Spatial Learning
* Cognitive Technologies and Spatial Cognition

Main topics of interest include:
* Representing and reasoning about dynamic spatial systems
* Non-monotonic reasoning in dynamic spatial systems
* Abduction for spatial knowledge discovery
* Spatio-Temporal Abduction, Causal explanation with spatio-temporal data
* Declarative spatial representation and reasoning, with:
– Logic Programming, Abductive Logic Programming
– Constraint Logic Programming
– Answer-Set Programming
* Qualitative Reasoning
* Spatial representation and reasoning
* Visual and diagrammatic reasoning
* Spatial and physical reasoning
* Concurrency in the spatial domain
* Integrated approaches for modelling and reasoning about space, actions and change
* Event-based Modelling
* Spatio-Temporal Narratives
* Spatio-Temporal Query Languages
* Commonsense ontologies of spatio-temporal dynamics
* Integrated spatial and ontological reasoning
* Ontologies for spatial scene descriptions (e.g., indoor environments, room-space)
* Grounding processes for perceptual environmental data with spatial ontologies
* Space, Motion, Natural Language
* Mapping of NL to spatial representation and reasoning
* Geometric Space, Mereology, Mereogeometry
* Commonsense and Qualitative models of visibility
* Learning of commonsensical, qualitative spatial representations
* Qualitative abstractions for Machine Learning
* Planning, explanation, simulation, and learning within dynamic spatial systems

Application Areas:
* Spatial Computing for Design (e.g., diagnosis, requirement consistency)
* Cognitive Robotics (e.g., high-level spatial planning & control)
* Geospatial Dynamics (e.g., reasoning with events and processes in GIS)
* Behaviour and Activity Interpretation
* Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments
* Computer-Aided Learning (CAL) (e.g., question-answering, NLU applications)
* Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
* Sketch Recognition and Understanding
* Location-based Services
* Real-time Systems (e.g., traffic, transportation)
* Assistive technologies dealing with spatio-temporal Information
* Commonsense notions of space & change in biology, physics, and chemistry
* Hybrid Intelligent Sytems with a Spatial, Temporal or Spatio-Temporal component

We seek to provide a forum to stimulate and facilitate an active exchange on interdisciplinary applications, ideas, and methods in the above stated areas. The format of the workshop will combine invited speakers, peer-reviewed full contributions, as well as short position papers and posters, and will allow ample time for open discussions amongst the participants.

Competitive Student Scholarships sponsored by the Spatial Cognition Research Center ( SFB/TR 8 ) will be awarded. Eligibility criteria and application procedure have been announced on the workshop website.

Key Dates
* Title, abstract, author registration: June 1
* Full Contributions Due: June 15
* Notications: July 10
* Revised Camera-Ready: July 18
* Final Confirmation of Acceptance: July 20

Programme Committee
* Alia Abdelmoty (Cardiff University, UK)
* Andrew Lovett (Northwestern University, USA)
* Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
* Christophe Claramunt (Naval Academy Research Institute, FR)
* Diedrich Wolter (University of Bremen, DE)
* Ernest Davis (New York University, USA)
* Esra Ardem (Sabanci University, TR)
* Frank Dylla (University of Bremen, Germany)
* Gerhard Lakemeyer (Aachen University of Technology, DE)
* Hans Guesgen (Massey University, NZ)
* Inderjeet Mani (Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia)
* Jean-Francois Condotta (University of Artois, FR)
* John Stell (University of Leeds, UK)
* Joohyung Lee (Arizona State University, USA)
* Kathleen-Stewart Hornsby (University of Iowa, USA)
* Matt Klenk (PARC, USA)
* Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, DE)
* Nico Van de Weghe (Ghent University, BE)
* Paulo E. Santos (Technical University FEI, BR)
* Philippe Muller (Université Paul Sabatier, FR)
* Reinhard Moratz (University of Maine, USA)
* Shyamanta Hazarika (Tezpur University, IN)
* Stefan Woelfl (University of Freiburg, DE)
* Vinay Chaudhri (SRI International, USA)

Organising Committee
* Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, DE)
* Hans Guesgen (Massey University, NZ)
* Ernest Davis (New York University, USA)

Details information can be accessed at:

Queries may be addressed to:

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KI 2012: Call for Papers

KI 2012 Workshop on Human Reasoning and Automated Deduction

KIK – KI & Kognition Workshop Series


List of important dates

Submission deadline: July 9, 2012
Notification: August 10, 2012
Camera-ready copy: August 24, 2012
Workshop: September 24, 2012


Description of workshop topic and goal

Automated deduction aims at formalizing diverse aspects of reasoning and has many application areas from software verification to mathematical theorem proving. It is originally based on algorithmic methods derived from mathematical logics. In contrast, human reasoning cannot be completely described by logical systems. Sources of explanations are incomplete knowledge, incorrect beliefs, or inconsistencies. Still, humans have an impressive ability to derive acceptable conclusions. From the very beginning of AI research, there has been a strong emphasis on incorporating mechanisms of human rationality and cognition into reasoning systems.

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers from AI, Automated Deduction, and Cognitive Science to foster a multi-disciplinary exchange and to discuss possibilities to overcome the historic separation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

– Non-monotonic, defeasible, and classical reasoning and possible explanations for human reasoning
– Limits and differences between automated and human reasoning
– Application fields of automated reasoning in the interaction with human reasoners (e.g., in spatial knowledge processing)
– Human-computer interaction and cognitive robotics (regarding the relevance for reasoning methods)

This workshop continues a series of successful workshops initiated by the Special Interest Group “Cognition” in the GI.


Submission Details

Papers should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines ( The length of each paper should be 4 to 8 pages. All papers must be written in English and submitted in pdf format. Submissions should be sent in electronic form to



Thomas Barkowsky, University of Bremen

Marco Ragni, University of Freiburg

Frieder Stolzenburg, Harz University of Applied Sciences


Program committee

Ulrich Furbach, U Koblenz
Steffen Hölldobler, TU Dresden
Manfred Kerber, U Birmingham
Ute Schmid, TU Bamberg
Christoph Wernhard, TU Dresden
Bernhard Nebel, U Freiburg
Stefan Wölfl, U Freiburg
Further requests have been sent out to potential program committee members.


Areas of AI

Automated Deduction and Cognitive Science
Knowledge Acquisition, Representation, Reasoning and Ontologies
Non-Monotonic Reasoning and Default Logics
Embodied AI: Robotics, Vision and Perception
Artificial General Intelligence
Cognitive Modeling, AI and Psychology

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Upcoming Events involving IRTG SIGI

The members of the International Research Training Group on Semantic Integration of Geospatial Information (IRTG SIGI) are actively engaged with a number of international events. Here is a list of the major upcoming events.
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Data Challenge as part of GIBDA2012

There will be a Data Challenge as a part of the Workshop on GIScience in the Big Data Age 2012 (GIBDA2012). The winner will be awarded a $250 price sponsored by 52North and will present at the workshop, in Columbus, Ohio, USA. September 18th.

Here is a description of the Data Challenge:

The website contains a growing collection of metadata for proceedings of conferences on topics related to geographic information science. So far, it contains most of the metadata for the GIScience, COSIT, ACM GIS, and AGILE conference series. Within the GIBDA Data Challenge, we are looking for

  • innovative analyses of the data
  • interactive visualizations
  • approaches for cleaning the data up
  • pattern and topic mining
  • enrichment and interlinking with other datasets (e.g., from the Linked Data cloud)
  • insights into GIScience as research field
  • adding social roles and aspects

The raw data can be queried via SPARQL using the SPARQL endpoint Submissions to the data challenge are to be submitted through EasyChair as a brief description of the entry, along with a link to the demo/analysis/dataset. Entries to the challenge will be evaluated by the program committee based on innovativeness and potential impact. The winner will be awarded a $250 price sponsored by 52North and will present at the workshop. Submissions due: 18. June 2012, see GIBDA2012 Workshop pages for more details.

Organizers of the Data Challenge


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