Cognitive & Computational Models of Spatial Representation
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Technological advances in multimedia, graphics, vision and speech technology are driving research into new interfaces and retrieval mechanisms based on spatial dialogues and queries. Recent years have also seen an increase in interest in newer fields that depend heavily on spatial representation, in particular, analogical/diagrammatic reasoning, and multimodal interface design. Concurrently, cognitive linguistics has concentrated much effort on semantic accounts of spatial language, and the revival of the imagery debate has sharpened the focus of research into human spatial cognition.
Despite its increasing importance, spatial representation has been tackled as a subproblem of many different domains, which in turn has led to a fragmentation of the overall research effort. This symposium intended to meet the growing desire to integrate research into spatial representation and reasoning by the artificial intelligence, cognitive science and cognitive psychology communities. The goals of the symposium were:
- initiate an interdisciplinary dialogue to facilitate exchange of ideas and cross-fertilization among researchers;
- review the current influence that research into spatial cognition has on approaches to spatial representation in AI;
- develop a better appreciation of research into spatial representation by identifying issues that span domain and discipline boundaries;
- stimulate the discussion of issues in the computational realization of cognitive models of spatial representation.