Functional Scales in Assisted Wayfinding (Short Paper)

Authors Heinrich Löwen , Jakub Krukar , Angela Schwering

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Heinrich Löwen
  • Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Germany
Jakub Krukar
  • Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Germany
Angela Schwering
  • Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Germany

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Heinrich Löwen, Jakub Krukar, and Angela Schwering. Functional Scales in Assisted Wayfinding (Short Paper). In 14th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 142, pp. 3:1-3:7, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


GPS-based navigation systems are widely used to get wayfinding assistance. Current navigation systems incorporate different map scales for presenting wayfinding instructions, however, the selection of scale is not supported by psychological findings. Different tasks of the users such as the identification of the next decision point or the orientation within the environment might be supported best at particular scales. We propose a new conceptual distinction of functional scales with respect to their role in supporting wayfinding and orientation. We suggest that these functional scales can have a benefit for supporting wayfinding and orientation if used for providing wayfinding instructions. This we aim to empirically evaluate in future work.

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  • Human-centered computing → Visualization theory, concepts and paradigms
  • navigation
  • wayfinding support
  • orientation information
  • scale


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