Call for papers: GIScience 2020 International Conference

11th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2020)

Poznań, Poland, 15-18 September, 2020

The 11th International Conference on Geographic Information Science will be held in Poznań, Poland, 15-18 September 2020. Hosted by Adam Mickiewicz University, GIScience 2020 continues the long tradition of the series as a flagship conference for researchers in geographic information science and related disciplines that are interested in spatial and temporal information.

The biennial conference series typically attracts over 300 international participants from academia, industry, and government to advance the state-of-the-art in geographic information science. The first conference day (September 15, 2020) will be dedicated to workshops and tutorials, while the main conference will be taking place on September 16-18, 2020. The conference offers two separate paper tracks, one for full papers and the other for short papers, both of which will undergo full peer-review. Authors of accepted papers will be given the opportunity to present their work at the conference in an oral presentation or as a poster.

The GIScience conference series is deeply interdisciplinary with contributions frequently involving domains such as geography, earth science, cognitive science, information science, computer science, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, life sciences, and social science. It attracts contributions from experts in geo-visualization, geographic information retrieval, geostatistics, geo-semantics, geosimulation, spatial optimization, transportation, computational geometry, and data structures. Topics of interest are not restricted to the geo-spatial realm but involve spatial and temporal information more broadly.

Since 2018, GIScience proceedings are published in LIPIcs, the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics series ( LIPIcs volumes are peer-reviewed and published according to the principle of open access, i.e., they are available online and free of charge. Each article is published under a Creative Commons CC BY license (, where the authors retain their copyright. Also, each article is assigned a DOI and a URN. The digital archiving of each volume is done in cooperation with the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek/German National Library. A number of other high-standing international conferences have already made the move to LIPIcs.


Contributions are invited from a wide range of disciplines related to geographic information science, such as geography, earth science, cognitive science, information science, computer science, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, life sciences, and social science. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Agent-based modeling
  • Computational geometry
  • Events and processes
  • GeoAI
  • Geo-APIs
  • Geo-knowledge graphs
  • Geo-semantics
  • Geographic information observatories
  • Geographic information retrieval
  • Geosimulation and spatio-temporal modelling
  • Geovisualization and visual analytics
  • High-performance computing algorithms for spatial-temporal data
  • Human-Computer Interaction (with mobile devices)
  • Image classification methods
  • Internet of Things
  • Location privacy
  • Location-Based Services
  • Navigation
  • Replicability and reproducibility in GIScience
  • Scene recognition
  • Sensitivity analysis for spatial-temporal models
  • Spatial and spatio-temporal statistics
  • Spatial and temporal language
  • Spatial aspects of social computing
  • Spatial data infrastructures
  • Spatial data structures and algorithms
  • Spatially-explicit decision support
  • Spatially-explicit machine learning
  • Standardization and interoperability
  • Time series analysis
  • Trajectory and movement analysis
  • Uncertainty quantification and error propagation
  • Virtual reality


Full Paper Track

Full research papers will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three members of the international program committee. For this edition of the GIScience series, we will include an optional rebuttal phase during which authors can respond to the (initial) reviews. The rebuttal phase provides an opportunity to address misunderstandings, answer questions, or provide further details on issues that remained unclear to the reviewers. The reviewers will be able to react to these rebuttals by adjusting their review scores, if appropriate. Review criteria include novelty, significance of results as compared to previous work, the quality of the presented evaluations (if applicable), the clarity of the research statement, as well as the quality of writing and supporting illustrations. High-quality submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference and published in LIPIcs, the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics series. Manuscripts must describe original work that has neither been published before, nor is currently under review elsewhere. Papers must be written in English and should not exceed fifteen pages (including title, figures, and references) in the required layout (see below). 

Short Paper Track

Short papers can report on the latest breaking results, present visions for the future of the field, or describe early work and experiments, as well as novel application areas. Short papers will also be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Review criteria include novelty, expected impact of early results, evaluation or evaluation plans for the future, plausibility of presented visions, as well as the quality of writing and supporting illustrations. Accepted papers in this track will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. Short papers must be written in English and should not exceed six pages (including title, figures, and references) in the requested LIPIcs layout. In addition, each submission must include Short Paper as a subtitle. 

The submission Web page for both tracks of GIScience 2020 is:


    • Full paper submissions: March 16, 2020
    • Full paper rebuttal phase: April 24-30, 2020
    • Full paper notification: May 15, 2020
    • Camera-ready papers: June 1, 2020
    • Full paper author registration deadline: June 1, 2020
    • Short paper submission: May 25, 2020
    • Short paper notification: July 3, 2020
    • Camera-ready papers: July 15, 2020
    • Short paper author registration deadline: July 15, 2020

The layout of any PDF submission to GIScience, whether full paper or short paper, should follow the 2019 template provided by LIPIcs ( LIPIcs also provides a LaTeX class and template for papers. Authors unfamiliar with LaTeX, but keen to try, are highly encouraged to use Overleaf (, an online LaTeX editor that is easy to use and does not require any local installation. Overleaf comes with the LIPIcs class and template pre-loaded. Authors who want to use other word processors or text editors should stay close to the sample article’s layout for their paper submitted for review. Should their papers be accepted for publication, they will have to be converted to LaTeX using the LIPIcs LaTeX class and template. Authors are responsible for the conversion of their papers to LaTeX. There are also commercial conversion services such as providing a one-step solution in case you do not want to do the conversion yourself. 

Dynamic Estimation of Individual Exposure Levels to Air Pollution Using Mobile Phone Data

Mingxiao Li, Song Gao, Feng Lu, Huang Tong, Hengcai Zhang. (2019) Dynamic Estimation of Individual Exposure Levels to Air Pollution Using Trajectories Reconstructed from Mobile Phone Data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16(22), 4522. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16224522

Abstract: The spatiotemporal variability in air pollutant concentrations raises challenges in linking air pollution exposure to individual health outcomes. Thus, understanding the spatiotemporal patterns of human mobility plays an important role in air pollution epidemiology and health studies. With the advantages of massive users, wide spatial coverage and passive acquisition capability, mobile phone data have become an emerging data source for compiling exposure estimates. However, compared with air pollution monitoring data, the temporal granularity of mobile phone data is not high enough, which limits the performance of individual exposure estimation. To mitigate this problem, we present a novel method of estimating dynamic individual air pollution exposure levels using trajectories reconstructed from mobile phone data. Using the city of Shanghai as a case study, we compared three different types of exposure estimates using (1) reconstructed mobile phone trajectories, (2) recorded mobile phone trajectories, and (3) residential locations. The results demonstrate the necessity of trajectory reconstruction in exposure and health risk assessment. Additionally, we measure the potential health effects of air pollution from both individual and geographical perspectives. This helped reveal the temporal variations in individual exposures and the spatial distribution of residential areas with high exposure levels. The proposed method allows us to perform large-area and long-term exposure estimations for a large number of residents at a high spatiotemporal resolution, which helps support policy-driven environmental actions and reduce potential health risks.

GeoDS Lab at the Emerging Technology Leadership Summit 2019

Hyper Innovation is working with the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery to establish the Emerging Tech Hub@UW-Madison to highlight applications for emerging technologies (e.g., VR/AR), create inspiration for innovation, and provide collaboration opportunities for startups, universities, and corporations.

GeoDS Lab among other campus teams were invited to show the Augmented Reality Beacons demo at the Innovation and Emerging Technology Leadership Summit – November 14, 2019.

VR Playground
AR SandBox


During November 5 – 8, 2019, GeoDS lab members presented at the 27th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2019) held in Chicago. We had two presentations and got one “Best Poster Award” in the Workshop on Ride-hailing Algorithms, Applications, and Systems (RAAS 2019)

  1. Analyzing the Gap Between Ride-hailing Location and Pick-up Location with Geographical Contexts (Best Poster Award). Yunlei Liang, Song Gao, Mingxiao Li, Yuhao Kang, and Jinmeng Rao (2019). In Proceedings of 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Ride-hailing Algorithms, Applications, and Systems (RAAS’19) DOI: 10.1145/3357140.3365493 [PDF]
  2. A Data-Driven Approach to Understanding and Predicting the Spatiotemporal Availability of Street Parking (Short Paper). Mingxiao Li, Song Gao, Yunlei Liang, Joseph Marks, Yuhao Kang, and Moyin Li (2019). In Proceedings of 27th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems(SIGSPATIAL’19) DOI: 10.1145/3347146.3359366 [PDF]

As the General Chairs, Professor Song Gao co-organized the 3rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on AI for Geographic Knowledge Discovery (GeoAI 2019). There are two keynotes from both industry and academia and 17 oral presentations in the GeoAI workshop. The proceedings of the GeoAI’19 workshop is available at the ACM Digital Library (Table of Contents):