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Thematic Network in Spatial Cognition:

Partners in the United States In Addition to SILC Universities

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In this section, we briefly describe the resources available at our 7 partner universities in the United States, outside the SILC universities, which include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of California- Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carleton College, James Madison University and the University of Delaware.

UC-Santa Barbara
There are many ties between SILC and UC-Santa Barbara. Some examples include: Michael Goodchild serves on the SILC Advisory Board, Nora Newcombe (PI) serves on the Advisory Board for the TeachSpatial grant at UCSB and served on an Advisory Board for Hegarty’s grant on spatial thinking in chemistry (Hegarty Spatial Thinking Lab), and David Uttal and Susan Goldin-Meadow (Co-PI) are currently on the advisory board for the chemistry grant, Mary Hegarty is on the advisory board for Kim Kastens and Tim Shipley’s FIRE grant and has an ongoing collaboration with Tim Shipley. Dan Montello of UCSB is Co-Editor of Spatial Cognition and Computation. In addition, SILC and UCSB are jointly planning a specialist meeting, Spatial Thinking Across the College Curriculum, on establishing an undergraduate spatial science curriculum (link to the website will be posted when available. Past specialist meetings: http://ncgia.ucsb.edu/meetings.php). There are also strong ties between UCSB and Bremen, including a DAAD-funded exchange program on environmental cognition, Montello’s active research collaborations with Christoph Hölscher and Markus Knauff in Germany, mutual supervision of doctoral students, and joint publications and proposals.
University of Maine
The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the University of Maine includes researchers with interests in spatial and temporal models for computation, spatial and spatio-temporal reasoning, models of indoor spaces, indoor navigation and indoor-outdoor navigation integration, automated generation of spatial scene descriptions from imagery, non-visual human computer interactions for spatial wayfinding, and visualization of spatio-temporal phenomena. NCGIA-Maine has several previous successful experiences with international collaborations and exchange of ideas and training experiences for PhD students, and has a current NSF- funded collaboration with Temple University and University of Pennsylvania on spatial scene descriptions with funding available for a workshop with national and international collaborators that could be leveraged toward further interaction within the larger network setting. In addition, Bremen-trained Reinhard Moratz is at Maine.
University at Buffalo (UB)

Together with UCSB and University of Maine, the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis-UB has been one of the leading sites for research and education in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) in the United States. The NCGIA at UB under the leadership of SILC Spatial Network member David Mark coordinates GIScience research, learning and outreach activities for an interdisciplinary campus community of about 60 professors in 20 academic departments across 5 schools. The excellence of UB in GIScience doctoral education was re-affirmed when the NSF awarded one of the first cohort of Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grants to UB in 1998. In 2003, UB was one of five IGERTs to be awarded a second five-year funding period. UB has a very active Center for Cognitive Science and has a partnership with Stanford University to form NCOR, the National Center for Ontological Research.  UB has a German Research Foundation/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)-funded International Research Training Group (IRTG) in Semantic Integration of Geographic Information with the Universities of Bremen and Münster. As a result there has been a very active exchange of PhD students over the past years that resulted in active research collaborations and an IRTG-IGERT Virtual Seminar Series on GIScience “Bridging Theory and Application”.

♦ Pennsylvania State University
Ties between SILC and PSU include scholarly exchanges conducted in February and May 2012 between the Temple Psychology Department and the PSU Geography Department (focused on Alexander Klippel’s large research group), a decades-long collaboration and cooperation between Nora Newcombe and Lynn Liben of the PSU Psychology Department, and the involvement of Roger Downs in various efforts, e.g., as a plenary speaker at SC10. PSU has very strong ties to Bremen, including numerous joint publications and proposals, and a history of exchanges and research visits, e.g. Jan Oliver Wallgruen is currently a postdoc at the GeoVista Center.
♦ University of Notre Dame
Collaborative efforts between SILC and SFB/TR8 researchers and Dr. Laura Carlson at the University of Notre Dame have resulted in papers co-authored by Carlson and Terry Regier (SILC, Berkeley), a "Current Directions in Psychological Science" paper by Carlson with Tim Shipley (SILC, Temple), Christoph Hölscher (SFB/TR8, Freiburg) and Ruth Conroy-Dalton (Northumbria, part of the British TNSC network), serving as co-editors with Nora Newcombe (SILC, Temple) and James Hoffman (Delaware) for a special issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition entitled “Spatial Reference Frames: Integrating Cognitive Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Approaches”, serving as co-program chairs with Shipley and Hölscher of Cognitive Science Society 2011 with the spatial theme "Expanding the space of cognitive science" and joint publications and proposals. There have been mutual extended research interchanges between Notre Dame and Germany, e.g., with Holger Schultheis.
♦ Tufts University
With its joint Cognitive Science PhD program, Tufts provides an interdisciplinary setting and resources for spatial cognition research, including the labs of Holly A. Taylor, Tad Brunyé (both Psychology) and Matthias Scheutz (Computer Science), using VR environments, eye-tracking, neurophysiology, and robotics. Holly Taylor has collaborative relationships with current and former SFB researchers, in particular with Thora Tenbrink (Bremen, but soon Bangor, Wales) and Elena Andonova (New Bulgarian University), as well as Laura Carlson (Notre Dame) and David Uttal (Northwestern).
♦ University of Pittsburgh
Stephen Hirtle, the founding co-editor of Spatial Cognition and Computation and director of the Spatial Information Research Group (SIRG), will be the lead contact at Pitt. SIRG has recently funded a visiting Post-Doctoral position for Kai-Florian Richter from Bremen, now at Melbourne, as well as facilitated interactions with researchers at Penn State, Bremen and UCSB.  On campus, Pitt provides expertise in indoor positioning (Krishnamurthy), disaster management (Comfort/Znati), location based services (Karimi), and spatial cognition (Hirtle).  Continued interaction with researchers at Bremen, Muenster, and AUT Auckland is expected as well as active participation in Spatial Cognition meetings and the Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT), which is held in alternating years with the SC series.