Mental Representation and Processing of Geographic Knowledge

A Computational Approach

  • Thomas Barkowsky

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2541)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 2541)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Pages 1-20
  3. Pages 21-64
  4. Pages 117-138
  5. Pages 139-156
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-174

About this book


In cognitive science, mental representations of spatial knowledge are metaphorically referred to as cognitive maps. However, investigations in cognitive psychology reveal that the cognitive map metaphor is inadequate and that more suitable conceptions of human spatial knowledge processing are needed.
This book addresses mental processing of knowledge about geographic space from an AI point of view by presenting an experimental computational modeling approach. Results about human memory and visual mental imagery from cognitive psychology are combined with AI techniques of spatial and diagrammatic knowledge processing. The author develops the diagrammatic reasoning architecture MIRAGE as a comprehensive conception of human geographic knowledge processing.


Cognition Cognitive Maps Cognitive psychology Cognitive science Diagrammatic Reasoning Geographic Cognition Geographic Information Geographic Knowledge Knowledge Processing Knowledge Representation Spatial Information artificial intelligence knowledge modeling

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Barkowsky
    • 1
  1. 1.FB 03, Cognitive SystemsUniversität BremenBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-00216-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-36194-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
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