ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2009: Call for Research Papers, Demos, and PhD Showcases

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November 4-6, 2009
Seattle, WA, USA

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2009 (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS2009) is the seventeenth event of a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners carrying out research and development in novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of GIS ranging from applications, user interface considerations, and visualization down to storage management and indexing issues. This year’s conference builds on last year’s conference great success and on being the premier annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers, students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to this year’s ACM GIS.
Topics of Interest

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Cartography and Geodesy
  • Computational Geometry
  • Computer Vision Applications in GIS
  • Distributed, Parallel, and GPU algorithms for GIS
  • Earth Observation
  • Geographic Information Retrieval
  • Human Computer Interaction and Visualization
  • Image and Video Understanding
  • Location-based Services
  • Location Privacy, Data Sharing and Security
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Photogrammetry
  • Similarity Searching
  • Spatial Analysis and Integration
  • Spatial and Spatio-temporal Information Acquisition
  • Spatial Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • Spatial Data Quality and Uncertainty
  • Spatial Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Spatial Data Warehousing, OLAP, and Decision Support
  • Spatial Information and Society
  • Spatial Modeling and Reasoning
  • Spatial Query Processing and Optimization
  • Spatio-temporal Data Handling
  • Spatio-temporal Sensor Networks
  • Spatio-temporal Stream Processing
  • Spatio-textual Searching
  • Standardization and Interoperability for GIS
  • Storage and Indexing
  • Systems, Architectures and Middleware for GIS
  • Traffic Telematics
  • Transportation
  • Urban and Environmental Planning
  • Visual Languages and Querying
  • Wireless, Web, and Real-time Applications


An award will be given to the best paper submitted to the conference. Also, another award will be given to the best accepted poster. A separate award will be given to the best student paper. Papers eligible for this award must have a student listed as the first author, and the majority of the authors must be students. Such submissions must be marked as student papers at the time of submission.

Paper Format

Authors are invited to submit full, original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered for publication in any other forum. Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at:

Papers cannot exceed 10 pages in length. In addition to the regular full-length papers, the Program Committee may accept some as poster papers which may be requested to be shortened. All submitted papers will be refereed for quality, originality, and relevance by the Program Committee. The acceptance/rejection of papers will be based on review results. All questions should be addressed to the Program Committee Chairs. Some accepted submissions may receive a best paper/poster award.

Ph.D. Dissertation Showcase Paper Format

Ph.D. students are encouraged to submit their Ph.D. research contributions and work-in-progress. Submissions cannot exceed 6 pages — Add (Ph.D. Showcase) to the title. Student authors of the accepted papers will be given an opportunity to present a summary of their research at the conference. Successful Ph.D. showcase papers will appear in the ACM SIGSPATIAL Newsletter.

Industrial Paper Format

Authors are invited to submit industrial experience papers that describe their original industrial experiences, challenges, and applications to be presented during the conference. Industrial paper submissions cannot exceed 10 pages — Add (Industrial Paper) to the title. The accepted industrial experience papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings.

Demonstration Paper Format

Authors are invited to submit demo papers that describe their original demonstrations to be presented during the conference. Demo paper submissions cannot exceed 2 pages — Add (Demo Paper) to the title. The demo papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings.


Submissions will be made electronically and online only at:

One author per accepted paper, poster, PhD. Dissertation showcase, industrial paper, or demo is required to register and attend the conference and to present the accepted submission . Otherwise, the accepted submission will not appear in the published conference proceedings or in the ACM Digital Library version of the conference proceedings. All questions should be addressed to the Program Committee Chairs.

Important Dates (Research, Ph.D, and Demo papers)

Abstract Submission: June 25, 2009, 11:59 PM EST [Extended]
Full Paper Submission: July 2, 2009, 11:59 PM ES [Extended]
Notification of Acceptance: Aug. 31, 2009
Camera Ready Copy: Sept. 13, 2009
Conference Date: Nov. 4-6, 2009

Transportation Research Board Invites Participation in GIS-T Research Road Map

trbABJ60 is developing a strategic vision for the next 20 years of GIS-T research. Members, friends and anyone with an interest are invited to participate.

We live in an increasingly crowded and connected world.  Transportation systems are facing unprecedented challenges in the 21st century with respect to infrastructure renewal, congestion, safety, security, equity, energy use and the environment.   These challenges cannot be met using traditional planning, design and investment methods.   Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies can allow for monitoring, analysis and simulation of transportation systems at levels of detail and scope that were unimaginable even a short time ago.   However, we need to determine the way forward, particularly as geospatial technologies become much more powerful ad pervasive over the next 20 years.

The Transportation Research Board Committee on Geographic Information Science and Applications (ABJ60) is involved in a multiyear effort to identify the research needed over a 10–20 year time frame for developing new geospatial science and technologies to meet the grand challenges facing transportation systems in the 21st century.

The foundations of this activity have been laid over the past 2-3 years, in a series of focused workshops. We received input from experts in GIS, transportation and computer science. We identified a need for sustained and directed research in GIS-T, and—borrowing from other successful initiatives in transportation—conceptualized a “Road Map” as the way forward.

The next task is to build the Road Map. We invite your input in this important process to conceptualize the future of GIS-T.  Think big, think small, think about the problems you want to solve today, 3-5 years from now, and 10-20 years from now.   Also think about all aspects of transportation: all modes and all business functions.

Enter a Research Vision Statement

View and Comment on Existing Vision Statements

Call for Papers: GIScience Applied to Hazard and Climate Change Research, Salzburg, Austria 6-9 July 2010

Spatial assessment and analysis of vulnerability

GIScience applied in the interdisciplinary domain of hazard and climate change research

Workshop within the framework of GI_Forum 2010
July 6-7, 2010

This theme is expected to highlight different developed and currently investigated methodologies to spatially assess vulnerability. It will specifically address the issue of vulnerability assessment, independent from conceptual discussions. The focus will be on the review and discussion of different methods of GIScience employed to assess, quantify and represent vulnerability as integrated spatial phenomena. Within a workshop session, current achievements and future research challenges will be identified and formulated.

  • Assessments in the domain of disaster risk reduction, climate change, natural
    hazards and human security domain
  • Methods on indicator selection and index construction
  • Scale issues in vulnerability assessments
  • Validation and accuracy of vulnerability assessments
  • Spatio-temporal visualisation of complex indicators
  • The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 7, 2010 and will be followed by the annual GI_Forum. Next to presentations ranging from different scholarly schools of vulnerability the workshop will focus on output oriented discussion sessions.

The papers will be peer-reviewed and published in a book.


  • Deadline for submission of full papers for oral presentation and publication in the
    conference proceedings 1 February 2010
  • Notification about accepted contributions 17 March 2010

Author Information and Guidelines

Scientific committee

  • Susan L. Cutter, University of South Carolina (Keynote Speaker)
  • Mark Pelling, King’s College London
  • Thomas Loster, Munich Re Foundation
  • Fabrice Renaud, United Nations University (EHS)
  • Klaus Steinnocher, Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Melanie Gall, Louisiana State University
  • Peter Zeil, Centre for Geoinformatics – University of Salzburg
  • Stefan Kienberger, Centre for Geoinformatics – University of Salzburg

Contact: Stefan Kienberger