Designing Spatio-Temporal PIM Tools for Prospective Memory Support

  • Amin AbdallaEmail author
  • Andrew U. Frank
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


An important aspect of personal information management (PIM) is the support of our prospective memory, that is, the memory of things to do in future. In particular, calendar-tools or todo-lists help us to keep track of plans and intended actions. Their pro-active capabilities to remind users in appropriate contexts remain limited. To achieve context-dependent and dynamic reminders, this work presents a (1) unifying semantic of various types of activities that allows for aggregation; and (2) a prospective memory formalization. Finally, we introduce the theoretical concept of alert-surfaces to enable context dependent reminders.


Personal information Task management Reminders Alerts Prospective memory Calendar 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Geoinformation and GeodesyVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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