Speaking of Location: Future Directions in Geospatial Natural Language Research


A workshop to be held as part of the Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT), 4th September 2017, L’Aquila, Italy

Call for Papers

Research into the description of location using human (natural) language has been approached from linguistics, geospatial, and computer science perspectives.  This multidisciplinary workshop will explore current developments in the area with a particular view to considering directions and priorities for future research.  It will include both peer-reviewed presentations and group discussions. 

The scope

We invite papers that describe current research or are position papers proposing future research directions and ideas, between 4 and 8 pages in length including references (although please note that papers shorter than 6 pages in length may not be published in the proceedings).  Submitted papers will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee.

The proceedings of the COSIT workshops will be published in a Springer Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography volume.


Workshop Programme

9am - 10:30am: Session One - Multilingual Perspectives on Frames of Reference

Session Chair: Kristin Stock

  1. Workshop Introduction, Kristin Stock
  2. Bill Palmer, Alice Gaby, Jonathon Lum and Jonathan Schlossberg. Socioculturally mediated responses to environment shaping universals and diversity in spatial language
  3. Pandu Supriyono and Simon Scheider. Translating verbally communicated local geographic knowledge using semantic technologies: A Balinese example
  4. Topic based Discussion

10:30-11am: Morning Tea

11am - 1pm: Session Two - Mental Models and Perception in Geospatial Natural Language

Session Chair: Chris Jones

  1. Chiara Meneghetti and Veronica Muffato. When environmental information is conveyed using descriptions: the role of perspectives and strategies
  2. Clare Davies and Thora Tenbrink. Place as Location Categories: Learning from Language
  3. Ekaterina Egorova and Ross Purves. Frame-Relative Constructions in the Description of Motion
  4. Topic based Discussion

1pm - 2:30pm: Lunch

2:30pm - 4pm: Session Three - Context and Spatial Relations in Geospatial Natural Language

Session Chair: Maria Vasardani

  1. Kristin Stock and Mark Hall. The Role of Context in the Interpretation of Natural Language Location Descriptions
  2. Stacy Doore, Kate Beard and Nicholas Giudice. Natural-language descriptions of indoor scenes
  3. Topic based Discussion

4pm - 4:30pm: Afternoon Tea

4:30pm - 6:30pm: Session Four - Future Directions in Geospatial Natural Language Research

Facilitated discussion for all participants to discuss future research priorities.



Instructions for Authors

Papers should be between 4 and 8 pages in length (including tables, figures, and references).  All papers must be prepared using either the Springer Word Document Template or the Springer Latex Document Template (contributed books):
More general information for your camera-ready manuscript preparation can be found in the Manuscript Guidelines and Key Style Points and on the website of Springer.

Authors should use the referencing style shown in references 21 to 25 in this sample document.

Please submit your papers through EasyChair by 12 May 2017, using this link.

Please submit camera ready manuscripts by email by 28 June 2017.


Paper submission: 12 May 2017 Deadline extended to 19 May 2017
Notification of Acceptance: 16 June 2017

Camera-ready manuscripts: 28 June 2017


Conference Organisers

Dr Kristin Stock, Massey University

Professor Chris Jones, Cardiff University

Dr Maria Vasardani, University of Melbourne