Tutorial: Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence

Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence: Methods for In-The-Wild Behavioural Research in Visual Perception

The tutorial on “Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence” addresses the confluence of empirically based behavioural research in the cognitive and psychological sciences with computationally driven analytical methods rooted in artificial intelligence and machine learning. This confluence is addressed in the backdrop of human behavioural research concerned with “in-the-wild” naturalistic embodied multimodal interaction. The tutorial presents:

  1. an interdisciplinary perspective on conducting evidence-based (possibly large-scale) human behaviour research from the viewpoints of visual perception, environmental psychology, and spatial cognition.
  2. artificial intelligence methods for the semantic interpretation of embodied multimodal interaction (e.g., rooted in behavioural data), and the (empirically driven) synthesis of interactive embodied cognitive experiences in real-world settings relevant to both everyday life as well to professional creative-technical spatial thinking.
  3. the relevance and impact of research in cognitive human-factors (e.g., in spatial cognition) for the design and implementation of next-generation human-centred AI technologies

Keeping in mind an interdisciplinary audience, the focus of the tutorial is to provide a high-level demonstration of the potential of general AI-based computational methods and tools that can be used for multimodal human behavioral studies concerned with visuospatial, visuo-locomotive, and visuo-auditory cognition in everyday and specialized visuospatial problem solving. Presented methods are rooted in foundational research in artificial intelligence, spatial cognition and computation, spatial informatics, human- computer interaction, and design science. We highlight practical examples involving the analysis and synthesis of human cognitive experiences in the context of application areas such as (evidence-based) architecture and built environment design, narrative media design, product design, and visual sensemaking in autonomous cognitive systems (e.g., social robotics, autonomous vehicles).


Mehul Bhatt (Örebro University, Sweden)
Jakob Suchan (University of Bremen, Germany)
Vasiliki Kondyli (Örebro University, Sweden)
Vipul Nair (University of Skövde, Sweden)

The tutorial on Spatial Cognition and Artificial Intelligence is an initiative of:

CoDesign Lab EU / https://codesign-lab.org
Tutorial contact / info@codesign-lab.org

Call for Participation: Developing Geospatial Expertise Symposium

You are invited to submit short papers by June 15, 2021, discussing your perspectives and/or research on developing geospatial expertise as part of the Spatial Cognition 2020/21 Conference (http://sc2020.lu.lv). 

Ten to twelve papers will be selected by the organizers for 15-minute presentations plus Q&A at the symposium.  

Symposium overview, structure, key dates, paper submission via EasyChair, and list of topics can be found at: http://burtelab.sites.tamu.edu/developing-geospatial-expertise-symposium/

Call for Papers

Short Paper Submission

Registration is open now!

Registration fees

Early bird (until July 1, 2021)

Participants 60 EUR
Poster authors accepted 2020 40 EUR

Regular (from July 2 until July 25, 2021) 

Participants 80 EUR
Poster authors accepted 2020 50 EUR

The fee for Spatial Cognition 2020/1 include: entrance to the SC2020/1 Lectures, Workshops, and Satellite Conferences.

Registration form and payment information

Registration process for SC 2021 is provided by University of Latvia Faculty of Computing. You will be redeirected to University of Latvia Faculty of Computing website www.df.lu.lv

Submission deadline extended


Submission deadline (individual papers):  March 15, 2021 ,  April 1, 2021
Submission of symposia: March 15, 2021 April 1, 2021
Notification of paper acceptance: April 15, 2021 May 1 , 2021
Camera-ready copies of papers:  May 15, 2021 June 1, 2021
Early registration starts: May 1, 2021
Early registration ends: July 1, 2021
Conference and affiliated events:
Sunday, August 1, 2021: satellite events, workshops, and symposia
Monday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 4, 2021: main conference

SC 2020 postponed to 2021

Due to the unclear situation regarding COVID-19 and the reluctance of some colleagues to attend any events in August or September, and after discussing several options with the Steering Committee, we have decided to postpone the conference to 2021, likely to the first days of August 2021 (right after the Cognitive Science Society meeting in Vienna). We think that a physical co-presence conference would be better in terms of interaction, discussion, and networking.

We will announce additional / new Call for Papers, however:

  • All accepted posters will stay accepted in our postponed conference, and all 2020-paper and poster submitters will have a discounted participation fee at the 2021 event.
  • Workshops and Symposia are also postponed to 2021 (all accepted contributions will stay accepted in our postponed conference).
  • Nevertheless, we will publish (2020) the book of the accepted regular papers because we have finished the selection, and we are aware that some colleagues’ work as a part of funding project or Ph.D. project significantly depends on this publication. (We will have a publication fee that should be paid by at least one author of each contribution.) 

Please follow all updates on SC2020/21 and all co-affiliated satellite events on http://sc2020.lu.lv/

We hope to see you in 2021!

Very best,
Jurgis Skilters, Nora Newcombe, David Uttal
(Program Chairs)

University of Latvia – the venue of SC 2020

The University of Latvia has consistently been Latvia’s national, leading university of influential standing. In terms of the number of students, the University of Latvia is also the largest university in the country. It is the largest comprehensive university in Latvia, holding a solid place in development of the entire education system and overall economic growth of the country.

The University of Latvia was founded on September 28, 1919. Its study and research traditions span centuries. The mission of the University of Latvia is to promote the growth of Latvian society and the state by guaranteeing students the opportunity to obtain excellent higher education and professional skills, as well as to develop scientific and artistic creativity.

The University of Latvia is a modern centre of academic and professional studies, which, along with research in natural, social and technical sciences, humanities and medicine, provides higher education opportunities of various types and levels to residents of Latvia and other countries. The University of Latvia plays a decisive role in development of the academic traditions, national economy, education, environment and health protection, Latvian language and culture. The position and expertise of the University of Latvia is essential for decision making in the public administration process.

Research activities at the University of Latvia take place in 13 faculties, as well as 17 scientific institutes. Here, research is conducted in more than 50 research areas. Scientists from the University of Latvia have developed significant studies, contributing to the competitiveness of the national economy and improving the society’s quality of life. The UL evolves as a modern academic institution, providing the environment and infrastructure for outstanding achievements in research, studies and creativity.

The University of Latvia is taking major steps in advancing its research and academic goals. Within the next few years, one of the most progressive study and research centres in Northern Europe – the University of Latvia Academic Centre – will be established in Torņakalns. The House of Nature opened its doors in 2015, and at the end of 2018 the construction of the House of Science was completed. By 2022, the UL Academic Centre will be augmented by the House of Letters that will accommodate the faculties of humanities and social sciences, institutes and the Library. This development is to be followed by a Technology Centre, University hotels, academic square, modern sports infrastructure, parking for cars and bicycles.