Abstractions, Scales, and Perception

International Cartographic Association Pre-Conference Joint Commission Workshop (Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, and Commission on Map Generalisation and Multiple Representation) Location: Tokyo, Japan (same venue as ICC’2019). Date: Monday 15th July 2019 (one-day workshop)

Paper deadline: 22nd February 2019


The ICA Commissions on Cognitive Visualization, and on Generalisation and Multiple Representations, are pleased to organize a joint one-day workshop dedicated to advances, works in progress, and position statements about the perception of geospatial abstractions or the perception of scales in maps and geovisualisations.

Abstraction is the main process for moving from a geographic space or phenomenon to its representation as spatial information. Abstractions may be conceptual, geometric, semantic, graphic, visual, or cognitive. Examples include techniques to highlight, enhance, or simplify salient characteristics or properties, in order to support visual communication, recognition, understanding of spatial features and inferring knowledge about spaces. If different aspects of abstraction are not managed well, across different scales, mostly when navigating through scales in geoportals for instance, it can lead to perceptual difficulties in reading the map. Generalisation is the process of deliberately transforming existing geospatial data or their symbolisation into more abstract representations, and multiple representations involves creating a series of such generalisations, often distributed through map scale.

The workshop will feature research presentations and open-ended brainstorming sessions, and will focus on identifying open research gaps and the elaboration of a shared research agenda. We encourage submissions from any practitioner of abstraction or generalisation: those in academia, industry, government, among other sectors, are welcome.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • multi-scale, multi-source and multi-view graphic representation
  • massive data (“Big Data”) generalization
  • continuous visualization (across scales) and fluid interaction with graphic representation
  • (semi) automatic approaches for map design and geovisualization
  • generalisation, schematization, and stylization techniques
  • visual perception measures and experimental approaches to assess visual perception
  • thematic applications: statistical and socio-economic data, spatio-temporal data and phenomena, urban and environmental dynamics, etc.
  • technical applications, adaptation to visualization devices, (i.e. smartphones, tablets, VR/AR) and use contexts (e.g., emergency and crisis management, individual mobility, industrial purposes, etc.).


You are invited to submit a 2-page paper, on advances, work in progress, or a position statement, following the general guidelines of the ICA conference abstracts.

Submissions are due to EasyChair by the 22nd February 2019.

All submissions will be double-blind reviewed. Accepted papers will be published on both commissions’ websites. If they wish, the authors of accepted papers will be allowed to extend them to 8-page papers following the ICA proceedings guidelines.

Important Dates

Notification of acceptance : 13th March 2019 ICC Early registration ends: 3rd April 2019 Workshop date: Monday 15th July 2019

Scientific workshop organisers:

ICA Commissions on Cognitive Visualization & Generalisation and Multiple Representation: Pia Bereuter, Sidonie Christophe, Amy Griffin, Paulo Raposo, Guillaume Touya

Program committee:

(To be announced)