Jia Wang

Institute for Geoinformatics
University of Muenster
Weseler Str. 253
D-48151 Muenster, Germany.
Tel: +49 251 83-33057
Fax: +49 251 83-3976
Email: jia.wang at uni-muenster.de

Project: SketchMapia (March 2011 – February 2014)

Research Title:  Qualitative Alignment of Sketch Maps
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering

Research Interests: Knowledge Representation, Spatial Cognition, Sketch Map, Qualitative Spatial Reasoning

Research Description: As externalized representations of mental maps, sketch maps appear to have certain characteristics that already are well proved with ample evidence, i.e.,schematization structures and distortions on direction and distance (spatial), and size and shape (non-spatial). Take the inaccuracy into account during sketch map analysis, we attempt to explore relevant sketching aspects to be aligned with corresponding real-world configurations represented on planar metric maps. Qualitative sketching aspects indicating orientation, distance, topology, serial or cyclic order and etc are extracted and analyzed for their reliability and relevance for alignment. From obtaining such a list of sketching aspects, sketch maps can be used to identify cognized elements of the environment and further aligned and integrated with existing metric maps.