The 2012 AutoCarto International Symposium on Automated Cartography

AutoCarto 2010

Since 1974, AutoCarto has been the premier conference that focuses on cartographic and geospatial research. The AutoCarto 2012 conference, the 17th in the series, was held in Columbus, OH, September 16-18, 2012.  It was attended by about 120 researchers, experts, developers, teachers, and students who represent major elements of the international geospatial research community from academia, government, and the private sector. The emphasis of the conference was on exchanging and discussing innovative ideas, methods, and concepts via presentations, poster sessions, and informal discussion.

With 2 excellent plenary speakers, over 60 papers in 18 sessions, posters, and a joint panel session with the GIScience conference it was a great, productive symposium! Check out the Program below.


ICA Workshops and Working Groups

Workshop on Internet and Geospatial Technologies

Jointly sponsored by the ICA Commission on Maps and the Internet and the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies.

A summary of the workshop is available here.

Workshop on Designing and Conducting User Studies

Jointly sponsored by the ICA Commission on Cognitive Visualization and the ICA Commission on Use and User Issues.

A summary of the workshop is available here.

Working Group on the International Map Year

A summary of the workshop is available here, and minutes are here.

Working Group web site:


Plenary Speakers

Monday opening session / plenary

Mark DeMulder – Director of the United States Geological Survey’s National Geospatial Program

Maps for America”

Tuesday opening session / plenary

Sara Fabrikant – University of Zurich, Department of Geography, Head of Geographic Information Visualization & Analysis Unit

“How we know that maps work”


Paper Presentations

Session 1 – Map use, design, and analysis

Cartographic styles between traditional and original (towards a cartographic style model)

Sidonie Christophe
Institut Geographique National (IGN-France)

Maintaining detail and color definition when integrating color and grayscale rasters


Rajinder Nagi

Thinking inside the box: mapping the microstructure of urban environments (and why it matters)


Seth E. Spielman
University of Colorado

Beyond Biased: Exploring the relationship between map design style and map reader persuasion


Ian Muehlenhaus
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse


Session 2 – Volunteered geographic information

WikiGIS : Collaborative production of spatial knowledge and data
  Stéphane Roche and Robert D. Feick
University of Laval
Neogeography map users and uses
  Corne P.J.M. van Elzakker, Mosa Moseme
University of Twente
Using volunteers to update the National Map of the USGS
  Barbara Poore, Eric Wolf, and Greg Matthews


Session 3 – Analytical cartography

Representation of Terrain Data Using Mathematical “Drill” Operator
  Christopher Stuetzle, W. Randolph Franklin
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Voronoi methods for spatial selection
  Alan Saalfeld
Ohio State University
Cartograms for non-political redistricting
  Alan Saalfeld
Ohio State University
The scope of analytical cartography and its relationship to GIScience
  Harold Moellering
Ohio State University


Session 4 – Map use, design, and analysis


What do we know about the space time cube from a cartographic and usability perspective?
  Irma Kveladze, Menno-Jan Kraak
University of Twente
Conflicts in neogeography maps
  Tanmoy Das, Corne P.J.M. van Elzakker, Menno-Jan Kraak
University of Twente
Landcover Data to Derive Related Ancillary Variables for Dasymetric Modeling
  Stefan Leyk, Barbara Buttenfield, Nicholas Nagle, Alexander K. Stum
University of Colorado
Aggregating data quality metrics for item level metadata
  Eric Wolf
University of Colorado

Session 5 – Applications

Measuring and monitoring long term disaster recovery using remote sensing: A case study of post Katrina New Orleans
  Reginald S. Archer, Keith C. Clarke
University of California, Santa Barbara
Mapping Social Activities and Concepts with Social Media (Twitter) and Web Search Engines (Yahoo and Bing): A Case Study in U.S. Presidential Election.
  Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Juei-An Yang, Daniel Lusher, Dipak Gupta, Jean Gawron, Brian Spitzberg, An Li
San Diego State University
3D Modeling of an Inca Site with Fine-scale Terrestrial LiDAR
  Boleslo E. Romero
University of California, Santa Barbara
Challenges in collecting, using, and representing geospatial data for emergency response
  Sarah Battersby, Michael E. Hodgson, Bruce A. Davis, Shufan Liu, Leanne Sulewski
University of South Carolina


Session 6 – Generalization

Multiscale design for The National Map of the United States: Roads, Populated places, boundaries, and landcover
  Cynthia Brewer, Lawrence Stanislawski, Barbara Buttenfield, Paulo Raposo, Kevin Sparks, and Michael Howard
Pennsylvania State University
Automated metric assessment of line simplification in humid landscapes
  Lawrence Stanislawski, Paulo Raposo, Michael Howard, Barbara Buttenfield
Effects of generalization on DEM resolution
  Andrew Stauffer, Barbara Buttenfield, Larry Stanislawski
University of Colorado
Towards task-oriented on-the-fly generalization of point data using spatial indexes
  Pia Bereuter, Robert Weibel
University of Zurich


Session 7 – Geospatial modeling

Determining the size of Wyoming: The integration of different types of databases, coordinate errors, and geometric position
  William J. Gribb, Lawrence M. Ostresh
University of Wyoming
Geospatial Modeling of Urban Landscape Changes through an Agent-based Approach
  Ting Liu, Xiaojun Yang
Florida State University
Support vector machines for landscape mapping for remote sensor imagery
  Dee Shi, Xiaojun Yang
Florida State University
Challenges in supporting extraction of knowledge about environmental objects and events from geosensor data
  Susanne Bleisch, Matt Duckham, Allison Kealy, Kai-Florian Richter, Stephan Winter, Stuart Kininmonth, Alex Kippel, Patrick Laube, Jarod Lyon, David Medyckyj-Scott, Tim Wark
University of Melbourne


Session 8 – Map projections
Sponsored by the ICA Commission on Map Projections

The space oblique conic projection
  Liucheng Ren, Keith C. Clarke, and Chenghu Zhou
Chinese Academy of Sciences
The web Mercator projection: The wall map distortion
  E. Lynn Usery
Blending world map projections
  Bernhard Jenny and Tom Patterson
Oregon State University
A performance profiling strategy for high-performance map re-projection of coarse-scale spatial raster data
  Babak Behzad, Yan Liu, Eric Schook, Michael Finn, David Mattli, and Shaowen Wang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Session 9 – Space – time

An alternative framework for managing and mapping space-time data
  Aileen Buckley
Cartographic visualization of temporal aspects of spatial data
  Otakar Čerba, Klára Brašnová
University of West Bohemia
Multiple view geovisualization of tourist activities in space and time at different scales
  Jinfeng Zhao, Pip Forer, Qian Sun and David Simmons
University of Auckland
Mapping social relationships across space and time
  Caglar Koylu
University of South Carolina


Session 10 - Geospatial data models

Data Mining of Collaboratively Collected Geographic Crime Information Using an Unsupervised Neural Network Approach
  Julian Hagenauer, Marco Helbich, Michael Leitner, Jerry Ratcliffe, and Spencer Chainey
Louisiana State University
The impact of aggregation effects and spatial non-stationarity on migration models and mapping outcomes
  Galen Maclaurin, Stefan Leyk, Lori M. Hunter
University of Colorado
A hybrid geospatial simulation model for moving objects
  George Technitis, Robert Weibel
University of Zurich
Analysis of web-usage statistics to evaluate the effectiveness of online maps for community outreach
  Howard Veregin, AJ Wortley
Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office


Session 11 –Map use, design, and analysis

Recycling cartographic masterworks: Challenges in adapting example-based texture synthesis for panoramic map creation
  Helen Jenny and Bernhard Jenny
Oregon State University
An agent-based approach to point-feature label placement
  Hyeyoung Kim and Ningchuan Xiao
Ohio State University
A raster-based neighborhood model for evaluating complexity in dynamic maps
  Michael DuBois
University of South Carolina
Characterizing the quality of a navigator’s route
  Michael Hendricks
United States Military Academy


Session 12 – Applications

Land Gain in Northern Sri Lanka
  Jayanthi Wijesekera, Atula Senaratne, Jagath Gunatilake
University of Peradeniya
Reconstructing historic glacier states based on terrestrial oblique photographs
  Samuel Wisemann, Ladina Steiner, Claudio Bozzini, Lorenz Hurni
ETH Zurich
Landscape analyses of selected archaeological sites in western Mongolia
  Daniel G. Cole, Catherine (Ke) Chen
Smithsonian Institute


Session 13 – Education; Using and understanding geographic information

Cartographic education in geomatics curriculum
  Otakar Čerba, Václav Čada, Martina Vichrová, Karel Jedlička, Karel Janečka, Jakub Šilhavý, Jan Ježek
University of West Bohemia
Evaluation of use of 3D maps to virtual navigation
  Marcio Augusto Reolon Schmidt, Luciene Stamato Delazari, Andre Luiz de Alencar Mendonca
Do stereoscopic displays improve learning in introductory physical geography classes?
  Dave McDermott, Terry Slocum, Alan Halfen, Travis White, Dan Hirmas, Stephen Egbert, Paul Atchley, William Johnson, Aaron Gilbreath
Haskell Indian Nations University


Session 14 – Visual analytics / geovisualization

Evaluating implicit visualization of geographic uncertainty for public policy decision support
  Stephanie Deitrick
Arizona State University
Accommodating data reliability in determining map classes: A heuristic approach
  Min Sun, David W. Wong, Barry Kronenfeld
George Mason University
Methods for cartographic visualization of linguistic data in support of area formation dialectology
  Pius Sibler, Robert Weibel, Elvira Glaser, Gabriela Bart
University of Zurich
Automation and Visualization in Geographic Immersive Virtual Environments
  Thomas J. Pingel, Keith C. Clarke
University of California, Santa Barbara


Session 15 – Mobile and web mapping

Orthoimage or map visualization in use of geoportals
  Charlotte Hoarau
On the new generation of digital mini-atlases
  Alexander Wolodtschenko
TU Dresden
ExoMars Rover localization and topographic mapping: Pre-launch pancam modeling and accuracy assessment
  Rongxing Li, Ding Li, Xuelian Meng, Andrew Coates, Jan-Peter Muller, Andrew Griffiths, Gerhard Paar, and Jurgen Oberst
Ohio State University
Are indoor positioning systems mature for cartographic tasks: Evaluating the performance of a commercial indoor positioning system
  Terje MidtbØ, Alexander S. Nossum, Robert Nordan
Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Session 16 – Ontology and semantics

Using Ontology Based Knowledge Discovery in Location Based Services
  Ali Mousavi
University of Calgary
Mapping from geospatial semantics
  E. Lynn Usery
Topographic triple data predicate semantics
  Dalia Varanka


Session 17 – Data integration

Improving river network completion under absence of height samples using geometry-based induced terrain approaches
  Tsz-Yam Lau, W. Randolph Franklin
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research and Development Agenda Supporting the Census Bureau's Geographic Support System Initiative
  Timothy Trainor
US Census


Session 18 – Cartography

International map year
  Bengt Rystedt, Ferjan Ormeling
International Cartographic Association
Does cartography still exist?
  László Zentai
Eotvos University


Poster presentations

Hybrid approach for georeferencing  RadarSat2 images
  A. Haddoud, M. Belhadj Aissa, F. Hocine, M. Fekir, A. BelhadjAissa
University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene
Internet image search engines in designing pictographic map symbols
  Jari Korpi
Aalto University
Experiments on sea bottom relief modeling and cartographic representation: White Sea case study
  S. M. Koshel, S. L. Nikiforov, A. S. Koshel
Lomonosov Moscow State University
A framework enabling art maps on mobile devices for walking tours
  Min Lu, Masatoshi Arikawa
The University of Tokyo
How to integrate a map with a story telling in common operation picture
  Pekka Luokkala
Aalto University School of Engineering
Aspects that affect performance on GIS: An interface analysis
  André Luiz de Alencar Mendonça, Marcio Augusto Reolon Schmidt,  Luciene Stamato Delazari
Universidade Federal do Paraná
Simultaneous cartographic generalization of electronic navigational charts
  Dandan Miao
University of New Hampshire
Mapping potential Metro Rail ridership in Los Angeles County
  Bin (Owen) Mo
California State University, Los Angeles
Embedding photographs in a time-geographic representation
  Antoni Moore
University of Otago
Morphometric mapping of topography by slope and aspect flowline hachures
  Timofey Samsonov
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Template based modular design for personalized maps
  Chen Yufen,Ye Haiyun
Zhengzhou Institute of Surveying and Mapping