Submission Details

Spatial Cognition 2016
Philadelphia, USA, August 2-5, 2016

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Poster Format

Poster Presentations should conform to the following size: 48” x 36” (width x height).


A selection of revised contributions accepted to Spatial Cognition 2016 that are related to the topical focus of spatial cognition will be published as conference post-proceedings jointly with the conference KogWis 2016 to be held in Bremen, Germany. This will continue the Springer LNAI series of Spatial Cognition volumes with its 10th issue.

Call for Papers:

Spatial Cognition is concerned with the acquisition, organization, and utilization of knowledge about spatial objects and environments, be they real, virtual, or abstract, human or machine. Spatial Cognition comprises research in different scientific fields insofar as they are concerned with cognitive agents and space, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, computer science, geography, cartography, philosophy, neuroscience, and education. Research issues in the field range from the investigation of human spatial cognition to mobile robot navigation, including topics such as wayfinding, spatial planning, spatial learning, internal and external representations of space, and communication of spatial information. SC 2016 will bring together researchers working on spatial cognition from all of these perspectives. The conference is single-track, and the final program will be the result of a selective review process. The program will include oral and poster presentations of refereed papers, and keynote talks.

Contributions are invited from all areas of spatial cognition, including, but not limited to:

  •       Human, animal, and robot navigation
  •       Development of spatial cognition
  •       Space perception
  •       Diagrammatic reasoning and maps
  •       Human-machine interactions in spatial environments
  •       Neural basis of spatial cognition
  •       Education of spatial cognition
  •       Spatial learning and skills development
  •       Spatial language and communication
  •       Spatial problem solving and reasoning
  •       Spatial assistance systems
  •       Geospatial information systems
  •       Representation and processing of spatial information
  •       Biology-inspired agents in space
  •       Human-robot interaction
  •       Architecture and design cognition


Program Chairs
Nora S. Newcombe, Temple University
Daniel R. Montello, UC Santa Barbara
Christoph Hölscher, ETH Zurich
Mary Hegarty, UC Santa Barbara, USA

Submissions Chair:
Heather Burte, Tufts University

Local Planning Chair:
Steven M. Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania


Submissions for Spoken Presentations (short papers) presenting original and unpublished work are solicited in all areas of spatial cognition. Short papers should not exceed 1,200 words (including figures, tables, and references). Some short paper submissions may be accepted for poster presentation.

Submissions for Poster Presentations (abstracts) are solicited in all areas of spatial cognition. Poster abstracts should not exceed 500 words (including figures, tables, and references).

All submissions (short papers and abstracts) must be written in English, formatted according to Springer LNCS formatting guidelines (, and submitted by 1 Mar 2016 via the EasyChair submission webpage (

All submissions (short papers and abstracts) will be reviewed by members of the international Program Committee. Accepted submissions must be presented at the conference (at least one author of each submission must register by 1 July 2016 or the presentation/poster will be dropped from the program).

Accepted short papers and poster abstracts will be published online as a technical report. Some accepted papers will be invited for expansion and submission to an edited volume in the Springer LNCS series, continuing the Spatial Cognition volumes (for an overview see: On submission, authors will be asked whether they would like to contribute an expanded paper to this publication outlet.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 March 2016
Notification of paper acceptance: 1 May 2016
Camera-ready copies of papers: 1 June 2016
Early registration ends: 1 July 2016


Contact: Heather Burte, Tufts University. Email: