Team of the ERC WayTo Project:

Principle Investigator

Prof. Dr. Angela Schwering

Institut für Geoinformatik

Angela Schwering is a professor at the Univeristy of Muenster heading the Spatial Intelligence Lab research group. She has a background in geoinformatics, artificial intelligence and cognitive science.  She is the principal investigator of this project who will focus on the geoinformatics aspect.

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Researchers:

Dr. Jakub Krukar

Institut für Geoinformatik

krukar@uni-muenster.de

Jakub Krukar is a cognitive psychologist who completed his PhD at the Department of Architecture at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. He is interested in linking formal descriptions of space with human behaviour and cognition. He works as a Postdoc at the Spatial Intelligence Lab.

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Dr. Wiebke Schick

Institut für Geoinformatik

schickw@uni-muenster.de

Wiebke Schick is a cognitive neuroscientist who completed her PhD at the Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience/ International Max Planck Research School, University Tübingen (Cognitive Neuroscience), Germany. She is interested in the effect of regional description in wayfinding. Wiebke works as a Postdoc at the Spatial Intelligence Lab.

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Heinrich Löwen

Institut für Geoinformatik

loewen.heinrich@uni-muenster.de

Heinrich Löwen is a PhD student who is on the one hand interested in human cognition and the other hand in computational means to generate and convey orientation information.

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Marcelo de Lima Galvao

Institut für Geoinformatik

galvao.marcelo@uni-muenster.de

Marcelo de Lima Galvao is a PhD candidate and a research associate in the Way-TO project. With a BSc in Computer Science and a MSC in Geospatial Technology as background, he is interested in algorithms for the automatic transformation of geographic information into schematic or sketched visualizations.

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BSc / MSc Students:

Charu Manivannan

Charu is supporting the experiments with our driving simulator, testing and setting-up the technical equipment.

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Raphael Witt

Raphael is supporting the reseach on the automatic generation of orientation information from open databases such as Open Street Map. 

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Shenaha Sivakumar

Shenaha is supporting the experiments with our driving simulator, helping with the setup and testing subjects.

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Zhedon Yuan

Zhedon is supporting the development of schematized orientation maps.

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Former WayTo Researchers (in the DFG Project):

Prof. Dr. Stefan Münzer

Lehrstuhl für Bildungspsychologie 

stefan.muenzer@uni-mannheim.de

Stefan Münzer is a professor at the University of Mannheim and chair of the Psychology of Education. Some of his research focus includes empirical learning and instruction research, knowledge acquisition, and computer-mediated communication. He is the principal investigator who will focus on the psychological aspect.

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Vanessa Joy Anacta

Institut für Geoinformatik

v_anac02@uni-muenster.de

Joy is a PhD student in the WayTo project at the University of Muenster. She is working on the empirical investigation of orientation information in human wayfinding description, visually and verbally.

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Dr. Julia Frankenstein

Lehrstuhl für Bildungspsychologie 

frankenstein@uni-mannheim.de

Julia Frankenstein is a psychologist who was working at Mannheim University. Her research focusses on human spatial representations, spatial navigation and orientation strategies. Furthermore, with her background as an occupational therapist, she is interested in human motor learning, art and music.

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Lucas Lörsch

Lehrstuhl für Bildungspsychologie 

lloersch@mail.uni-mannheim.de

Lucas Lörch received a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Mannheim. His research interests are visual information processing, working memory and spatial thinking. As a PhD student he now explores the effects of different types of orientation information on the development of cognitive maps and on wayfinding performance.

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Stefan Fuest

Institut für Geoinformatik

stefan.fuest@uni-muenster.de

Stefan Fuest is a Masters student who has already worked on his bachelors thesis related to orientation wayfinding. He will continue with this topic and assist on experiments related to the WayTo project.

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Lukas Seiling

Lehrstuhl für Bildungspsychologie 

lukas@seiling.de

Lukas Seiling is a Bachelors student studying psychology at Mannheim University, supporting the research project. His tasks involve basic coding and modelling of virtual environments in Unity.

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Associated Researchers:

Dr. Rui Li

Department of Geography & Planning

Rui Li is an assistant professor at the University of Albany. His research interests include spatial cognition, wayfinding and navigation. He was a post-doctoral researcher during the WayTO project development and he maintains his collaboration with the team.

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