Cognitive Processing

, Volume 7, Supplement 1, pp 52–54 | Cite as

Geographic event conceptualization

  • Alexander KlippelEmail author
  • Mike Worboys
  • Matt Duckham
Oral Paper


Dynamic aspects of geographic-scale phenomena form a growing topic in spatial sciences. As the technology advances, for example, in monitoring such phenomena using sensor networks (Worboys and Duckham 2006), the need for a basic understanding of the conceptualization of dynamic processes by cognitive agents becomes pertinent. The formal characterization of these conceptualizations is necessary to automate the identification and characterization of conceptual structures that discretize continuous dynamic processes into conceptual units. This research addresses the issue of transducing data, such as recorded by sensor networks into conceptual knowledge.

While research on the characterization of cognitive events has a long history within several sciences (for an overview see, Casati and Varzi 1996; Zacks and Tversky 2001), we still lack a good understanding of the conceptualization of geographic events. Our research, therefore, aims at the core of conceptual structures of...


Geographic event conceptualization Dynamic processes Multimodality 



Alexander Klippel is funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, whose activities are funded by the Australian Commonwealth Cooperative Research Centres Programme. Mike Worboys’ work is supported by the US National Science Foundation under grant numbers IIS-0429644, IIS-0534429, DGE-0504494, and BCS-0327615. Matt Duckham’s work is supported by ARC Discovery Project grant no DP0662906 and by a University of Melbourne International Collaborative Research Grant. Mike and Matt are grateful for the support of the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geomatics Department, CRC SIThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Spatial Information Science and EngineeringUniversity of MaineOronoUSA
  3. 3.Geomatics DepartmentThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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