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Goal: Investigates whether three-dimensional spatial mappings provide better support for route planning than two-dimensional representations. Investigate if the eye movement related metrics can be predictive of the difficulty of the selected route.

Motivation: Humans have numerous spatial representations at their disposal. Cognitive maps, physical two- and three-dimensional maps, as well as recently introduced digital two and three-dimensional representations are just a few examples. Many three-dimensional, often interactive, representations, e.g. Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth, have been developed to support spatial thinking. Although there is no conclusive research on this topic; many researchers, developers, and users believe that three-dimensional representations provide superior usefulness and usability. The research reported here attempts to determine whether three-dimensional spatial representations support better spatial thinking than two-dimensional mappings.

Project Status: Analyzing collected data and disseminating results.


Fuhrmann, S., Komogortsev, O., Tamir, D. Investigating Hologram-based Route Planning. Transactions of Geographical Information Science,  13 (1), pp. 177-196, 2009. [.pdf]

S. Fuhrmann, O. Komogortsev & D. Tamir, Assessing hologram-based route planning. ESRI Education User Conference, San Diego, July 11-14, 2009. [link]