Abstract of FKI-193-94
Title: HCI Aspects of a Framework for the Qualitative
Representation of Space
Authors: Daniel Hernandez
Category: Technical Report (Forschungsberichte Künstliche Intelligenz)
Abstract: Good user interfaces cannot be built on top of
representations that ignore cognitive issues. This is
particularly true for the representation of spatial
knowledge, since space plays a preponderant role in
human cognition. In this paper, we lay down the
theoretical framework for a qualitative representation
of space that takes cognitive aspects into
consideration. A Knowledge Representation Model,
characterized by making the role of the observer
explicit, allows us to distinguish various modalities
of representation (declarative vs. procedural,
propositional vs. analogical, qualitative vs.
quantitative), which are often at the heart of system
(including GIS) design. We relate this approach to
insights from linguistic metaphors, information
theory, and semiotics.
Keywords: spatial reasoning, knowledge representation,
qualitative representations, human-computer
interaction, system design
Citation: Daniel Hernandez. HCI Aspects of a Framework for the
Qualitative Representation of Space.
Forschungsberichte Künstliche Intelligenz FKI-193-94,
Institut für Informatik, Technische Universität
München, June 1994. To appear in: Nyerges, T.L.,
editor. Cognitive Aspects of Human-Computer
Interaction for Geographic Information Systems. NATO
Advanced Research Workshop. Kluwer, Dordrecht.
Size: 17 pages
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