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Denise Peters

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Function Doctoral Student
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About me

I am a doctoral researcher working in the I2-[MapSpace] project at Cognitive Systems Group, University Bremen, Germany. I am interest in how we navigate through our environment and the way we represent (spatial) information in our mind and how people deal with this information. I am particularly interested in what we can infer from our mental processes for wayfinding assistance systems and how an adequate assistance should look like.


2007: DAAD Fachkursstipendium for Cognitive Science Summer School at NBU, Sofia
2009: COSIT Doctoral Colloquium: Best Paper Award
2009: ASPIRE Doctoral Colloquium: Best Paper Award


Spatial cognition
Wayfinding assistance in virtual environments
Schematization of virtual cities
Cognitive (neuro)psychology
Legibility of virtual environment

Ph.D. Project

In my PhD project I concentrate on the question whether schematization can be a valuable tool for making a virtual environment legible and for enhancing the navigation performance of a user. I am interested in the transfer of 2D schematization principles to a 3D virtual environment. For transferring schematization principles we need more information about how the principles work and what we can transfer. A first step was to systematise schematization principles. I am now I focussing on the transfer of one example, 3D wayfinding choremes, a schematization technique of angular information based on mental conceptualization, and empirical investigate if 3D wayfinding choremes enhance navigation performance.

Research Projects

DFG SFB/TR-8 Spatial Cognition: Project I2-[MapSpace] - Wayfinding with Schematic Maps

Previous & Current Work

My research interests centre on the tripartite interplay between human behaviour, the environment where the behaviour takes place and adequate assistance that helps human. What drives my research interest is the question “Which information do people need for a specific wayfinding task and why do they need this certain information”. How should a helpful visualisation of an environment, motivated by the cognitive needs of the person, should look like defined for a certain tasks.
I approach this question in the context of virtual environments. By designing this virtual environment I transfer schematization techniques for maps to virtual environments. Within the scope of my work the term schematization means to display the adequate information in the adequate form in wayfinding assistance systems like maps or, in my case, virtual environments.


current teaching: Cognitive Systems II

Teaching activities:
- WiSe 2010/11 Cognitive Systems II
- SoSe 2010 Cognitive Systems I
- SoSe 2009 Praktische Informatik II (Tutorial)
- WiSe 2008/09 Cognitive Systems II
- SoSe 2008 Praktische Informatik II (Tutorial)