Pyry Kettunen

Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) February to August 2018 Pyry Kettunen was a visitor at the Center for Spatial Studies as a Fulbright Junior Scholar conducting a research project on collaborative geospatial thinking. He is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) that is part of the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS-FI). He received his M.Sc. (Tech.) in Geoinformatics from Helsinki University of Technology in 2008 and D.Sc. (Tech.) in Geoinformatics from Aalto University School of Engineering in 2014. His studies included an exchange year at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, and four months as a visiting grant researcher at the LMC lab of the Université Paris Descartes. Kettunen’s research has concentrated on human spatial cognition of landmarks and wayfinding as well as on development and usability of varied kinds of cartographic applications. His current research interests include interpersonal spatial cognition, cartographic animation, and web maps. His personal interests are in endurance sports in nature, choir or group singing when possible, and arts in...

ThinkSpatial: Pyry Kettunen

Feb 10, 2018 • Categories: Event | ThinkSpatial | Visitors

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents How to Strengthen Technological Support for Wayfinding and Spatial Communication with Context-Dependent Landmarks and Geo-Pictures Pyry Kettunen Senior Research Scientist Department of GeoInformatics and Cartography Finnish Geospatial Research Institute 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 3512 Phelps Hall (map) Flyer Abstract: Wayfinding is the core intellectual component of everyday human navigation, which we often find challenging and in which we often make mistakes largely due to inaccurate spatial communication—particularly in unfamiliar environments. Wayfinding typically depends heavily on landmarks, that is, prominent features of the physical environment utilized as points of reference in geospatial thinking. In real use, utilized landmark sets can vary importantly between conditions and the individuals navigating, thus making interpersonal exchange about navigation arduous and even misleading. Still, such exchange plays a central role for the success of collaborative wayfinding efforts in everyday situations, such as a spontaneous gathering in a city, or even in lifesaving group tasks, such as search for a missing person. In this ThinkSpatial talk, I will present a short general history of spatial cognition research with regards to wayfinding, as well as present results from our empirical in situ landmark studies in nature that show the dependence of utilized landmark sets on summer/winter, and day/night conditions. I will discuss the acquisition of landmark, route, and configuration types of spatial knowledge from geospatial pictures that commonly serve as our initial exposures and wayfinding aids in unfamiliar environments. I will conclude with my suggestions for future work to enhance personal navigation technology with context‐dependent landmark‐based wayfinding guidance in collaborative settings, and my project at the spatial@ucsb. Bio: Pyry Kettunen is visiting the Center for Spatial Studies as a Fulbright Junior Scholar Feb-Jul 2018 for a research project on collaborative geospatial thinking. He is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) that is part of the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS‐FI). He received his M.Sc. (Tech.) in Geoinformatics from Helsinki University of Technology in 2008 and D.Sc. (Tech.) in Geoinformatics from Aalto University School of Engineering in 2014. His studies included an exchange year at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, and four months as a visiting grant researcher at the LMC lab of the Université Paris Descartes. Kettunen’s research has concentrated on human spatial cognition of landmarks and wayfinding as well as on development and usability of varied kinds of cartographic applications. His current research interests include interpersonal spatial cognition, cartographic animation, and web maps. His personal interests are in endurance sports in nature, choir or group singing when possible, and arts in general. — The objectives of the ThinkSpatial...

spatial@ucsb welcomes Pyry Kettunen

Feb 9, 2018 • Categories: Highlight | News | Visitors

Pyry Kettunen is visiting the Center for Spatial Studies as a Fulbright Junior Scholar Feb–Jul 2018 for a research project on collaborative geospatial thinking. He is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) that is part of the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS-FI). He received his M.Sc. (Tech.) in Geoinformatics from Helsinki University of Technology in 2008 and D.Sc. (Tech.) in Geoinformatics from Aalto University School of Engineering in 2014. His studies included an exchange year at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, and four months as a visiting grant researcher at the LMC lab of the Université Paris Descartes. Kettunen’s research has concentrated on human spatial cognition of landmarks and wayfinding as well as on development and usability of varied kinds of cartographic applications. His current research interests include interpersonal spatial cognition, cartographic animation, and web maps. His personal interests are in endurance sports in nature, choir or group singing when possible, and arts in...

Marc Tim Thiemann

January 16–June 15, 2017 Marc Tim Thiemann is a digital media undergraduate student from the University of Bremen​, Germany​,​ who is visiting ​the Center for Spatial Studies from mid-January until mid-June​,​ 2017 ​to write his Bachelor thesis. ​His thesis is about “Usability Engineering of an Interactive Campus Map” and includes desktop and mobile usability tests as well as front​-​end development work to improve the usability of the new...

Emmanuel Papadakis

Department of Geoinformatics GIScience Doctoral College at the University of Salzburg March 15–August 15, 2017 Emmanuel Papadakisis received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Computer Science, from University of Crete. He was a researcher at the Information Systems Laboratory of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) for two years and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geoinformatics at the GIScience Doctoral College at the University of Salzburg, under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Blaschke. His research involves the representation and modeling of the notion of place, as well as, the integration of such a formalization in the rigid world of a GIS platform. His primary objective is an approach of a place-based GIS design-implementation that will infuse the common raster-vector representation of space with a human-oriented spatial conceptualization.​ He is currently visiting the Center for Spatial Studies to collaborate with his co-supervisor Prof. Helen Couclelis on evaluating the function-based model of place, proposed as part of his thesis, and utilizing it in real-case scenarios. During his visit he plans to focus on building an algebra of functions to describe place’s functionality and consequently developing a composition method that will aid on the spatial projection of places. Further, he is developing a system that will specialize on supporting function-based search of space, e.g., “Locate all places that can support the functions of a shopping center,” even if they do not fall in that category. Papadakis research interests include knowledge representation and reasoning, data visualization, Semantic Web, modeling languages, reality modeling, ontology engineering, interfaces and Human-computer interaction. His Master’s thesis focused on topics relevant to spatiotemporal knowledge representation, such as the objective and subjective perception of space and time, temporal imprecision and incompleteness, the four-dimensional nature of events, as well as the impact of semantic association on spatial and temporal knowledge. Parts of his work have been published in the eChallenges 2014 and TPDL 2015 conferences. In addition, Papadakis’ research on temporal primitives at FORTH is currently under consideration for inclusion to CIDOC CRM, an ISO certified standard for representing cultural heritage...

André Bruggmann

André Bruggmann is a Ph.D. candidate at the GIScience Center of the Geography Department at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, visiting the Center for Spatial Studies from November 14, 2016–January 31, 2017. He received his BSc and MSc in Geography from the University of Zurich. Bruggmann focuses on geographic information visualization and analysis and is particularly interested in geovisual analytics, spatialization, geographic information retrieval, and the digital humanities. His research is situated at the nexus of geography and the humanities, and he investigates methods to automatically retrieve, transform, and interactively visualize spatio-temporal and thematic data in large digital text archives. While at UCSB, Bruggmann will be developing his research on spatialization and geovisual analytics, applying his specialized skills in automated text analysis, information analysis, and information visualization methods and collaborating with Werner Kuhn. He holds office space at 3512 Phelps Hall and will present his work at an upcoming ThinkSpatial presentation, How does GIScience Support Spatio-Temporal and Thematic Information Exploration in the Humanities?...