Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2017

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Campus-Only Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Spatial Information Science and Engineering


Reinhard Moratz

Second Committee Member

Kate Beard-Tisdale

Third Committee Member

Nicholas Giudice

Additional Committee Members

Torsten Hahmann

Sean M.C. Smith


My dissertation work investigates the use of qualitative spatial representations (QSR) about relative direction and distance for shape representation. This new approach -- which in contrast to previous approaches employs both direction and distance -- uniquely enables the generation of prototypical shapes from abstract representations. Using the conceptual neighborhood which is an established concept in QSR one can directly establish a conceptual neighborhood between shapes that translates into a similarity metric for shapes. Applying this similarity measure to a challenging computer vision problem yields promising first results.