TC IV Symposium on Geospatial Databases and Location Based Services, 14-16 May 2014, Suzhou, China

The themes of the Symposium will cover the topics of 10 TC IV working groups, including (1) Methods for the Update and Verification of Geospatial Databases; (2) Global Status of Mapping and Geospatial Database Updating; (3)Global DEM Interoperability; (4) Geospatial Data Infrastructure; (5) Web and Cloud Based Geospatial Services and Applications; (6) Sensor Web and Internet of Things; (7) 3D Indoor Modeling and Navigation; (8) Planetary Mapping and Spatial Databases; (9) Computing Optimization for Spatial Databases and Location based Services; (10) Global Land Cover Mapping and Services; (11) LBS and Ubiquitous Cartography ( ICA and ISPRS TC IV Joint Session).

The papers accepted by the Symposium will be published in the International Annals (by double-blind full paper review) or the International Archives (by abstract review) of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. Special Issues for ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and Journal of Location Based Services will be organized based on best papers from the Annals and Archives.

Suzhou is a major city located in Eastern China, adjacent to Shanghai. It is originally founded in 514 BCE, and now is one of the top tourist attractions with its canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens which have been added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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the 6th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science

November 5, 2013, Orlando, FL, USA

Held in conjunction with the

21st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013) November 5-8 2013 - Orlando, FL, USA.

Co-organized with ISPRS



The 6th International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science intends to bring together communities interested in the computation, knowledge discovery and technology policy aspects of surface transportation systems. The organizers of IWCTS welcomes papers from researchers in computer science, transportation science, urban and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, geoinformatics, computer vision and related disciplines to submit papers for consideration for presentation and discussion at the one-day workshop and for publication in the conference proceedings.


In the near future, vehicles, travellers, and the infrastructure will collectively have billions of sensors that can communicate with each other. Transportation systems, due to their distributed/mobile nature, can become the ultimate test-bed for a ubiquitous (i.e., embedded, highly-distributed, and sensor-laden) computing environment of unprecedented scale. This environment will enable numerous novel applications and order of magnitude improvement of the performance of existing applications. Information technology is the foundation for implementing new strategies, particularly if they are to be made available in real-time to wireless devices in vehicles or in the hands of people. Contributing are increasingly more sophisticated geospatial and spatio-temporal information management capabilities. Human factors, technology adoption and use, user feedback and incentives for collaborative behaviour are areas of technology policy central to the success of this ubiquitous computing environment.

The emerging discipline of Computational Transportation Science (the science behind Intelligent Transportation Systems) combines computer science and engineering with the modelling, planning, and economic aspects of transportation planning and engineering to leverage developments in the above domains. By taking advantage of ubiquitous computing, Computational Transportation Science applications can help create more efficient, equitable, liveable and sustainable transportation systems and communities.


The International Workshop on Computational Transportation Science invites submissions of original, previously unpublished papers contributing to Computational Transportation Science. Position papers that report novel research directions or identify challenging problems are also invited. Papers incorporating one or more of the following themes are especially encouraged:

  • Collaborative transport, including collaborative multi-modal transport
  • Computational and artificial intelligence aspects of assisted driving, collaborative transport or multi-modal transport
  • Crowd sourcing and participatory sensing in transport
  • Cameras as sensors for trajectory acquisition and event recognition
  • Context aware analysis of movement data
  • New processing frameworks for handling masses of transport data (e.g. Hadoop)
  • Uncertain information in collaborative transport and assisted travelling
  • Mechanism design for collaborative behaviour
  • Data mining and statistical learning for travel information
  • Human-computer interfaces in intelligent transportation applications
  • Privacy, security, and trust in transportation information
  • Novel applications targeted to health, mobility, liveability and sustainability


    Authors should prepare an Adobe Acrobat PDF version of their full paper. Papers must be in English and not exceed 6 pages double column in ACM SIG format (US Letter size, 8.5 x 11 inches, including text, figures and references. Position papers are limited 4 pages. Each submission should start with: the title, abstract, and names, contact information of authors, type of the submission (research paper or position paper). To submit a paper, please visit Accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital library. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the workshop.


  • Paper submissions due: September 10th, 2013
  • Notification to the authors: September 23, 2013
  • Camera ready papers due: October 10, 2013
  • IWCTS Workshop: November 5, 2013
  • ACM GIS 2013 Conference: November 5-8, 2013


    Registration for the IWCTS 2013 will be handled through the ACM GIS conference website. Please visit the conference site to register, and for additional information on nearby accommodation.

    Workshop Chairs

  • Monika Sester, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
  • John Krumm, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Clement Mallet, IGN Paris, France

    Publicity Chair

  • Steve Liang, University of Calgary, Canada

    Steering Committee

  • Ouri Wolfson, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Bhaduri Budhendra, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, USA

    Program Committee Members

  • Mathieu Bredif, IGN, France
  • Maike Buchin, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Thierry Delot, INRIA Lille & University of Valenciennes, France
  • Somayeh Dodge, The Ohio State University, USA
  • Glenn Geers, NICTA & University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Bart Kuijpers, Hasselt University, Belgium
  • Patrick Laube, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Harvey Miller, University of Utah, USA
  • Matthias Müller-Hannemann, Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Julien Perret, IGN, France
  • Anne Ruas, IFSTTAR, France
  • Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, University of Glasgow
  • Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University, USA
  • Yury Vizilter, GosNIIAS, Russia
  • Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Alper Yilmaz, The Ohio State University, USA
  • Michael Ying Yang, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Xiaoguang Zhou, School of Geosciences and Info-Physics, Hunan, China

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The ISPRS Symposium on "Geospatial databases and location based services"

The ISPRS Symposium on "Geospatial databases and location based services" will be held May 14-16, 2014 in Suzhou, China.

The Symposium is organized by ISPRS Technical Commission IV. It will provide an inter-disciplinary forum for scientists, researchers and practitioners in the field of “Geo-spatial databases and location based services”.  The participants of the Symposium will present the latest developments and applications, discuss cutting-edge technologies, exchange research ideas, and promote international collaboration.

The themes of the Symposium will include:

1.    Methods for the Update and Verification of Geospatial Databases (WG IV/1)

l  update and verification of topographic vector datasets, digital terrain models, orthoimages and thematic (landcover) datasets from remotely sensed data with an emphasis on mapping in a production environment.

l  links between high resolution images and mapping tools developed through research, and their implementation in mapping agencies and commercial organisations.

l  methods of creating and maintaining spatial databases (including 3D city models and BIMs) from terrestrial and mobile data acquisition systems.

l  synergy between various sensors, for topographic and thematic mapping.

l  optimum methodologies for the integration of mapping data with heterogeneous data sources.

l  semi-automated and automated algorithms for updating, change detection and quality control of spatial databases as well as facilitation of the integration of these algorithms into digital photogrammetric and GIS workstations, enterprise and web-based photogrammetric systems.

l  Evaluation of the information content and accuracy of new high-resolution sensors.

2.    Global Status of Mapping and Geospatial Database Updating (WG IV/2)

l  global status of mapping and its updating in databases.

l  potentials and possibilities for fast, efficient and accurate means to acquire global basic topographic map information at various scale levels and to maintain and update it

l  global geospatial database creation and their availability in the Internet

l  innovative hardware and software for real-time production of cartographic products

3.    Global DEM Interoperability (WG IV/3)

l  progress on global DEM data fusion methods and outcomes

l  progress on creation of bathymetry of the Earth's continental shelves and data fusion with coastal zone co-ordinate systems, topography and shorelines from spaceborne EO data

l  temporal aspects of DEMs including per gridpoint time-tagging, change assessment (e.g. ice-sheets, open-cast mining, landslides, etc..)

l  methods for bare earth retrieval from Earth Observation-derived Global DEMs  and subsequent assessment of global biomass (in association with the IC II/IV on Global land cover)

l  open source software and database for evaluation/validation of global DEMs

l  methods for interoperability through OGC-compliant protocols

4.    Geospatial Data Infrastructure (WG IV/4)

l  development and management of multi-level (national, regional and global) geospatial databases

l  highly efficient data acquisition and processing from multi-sources, including field surveying, remote sensing, real-time sensors and crowdsourcing;

l  synchronization of disparate geospatial resources to provide a useful, usable, and enabling framework that can be integrated with environmental and socio-economic data for research, discovery and web services characterized by broad access and ″end-to-end″ coordination

l  methods, strategies and techniques for sustained, dynamic and incremental updating  and versioning of the database and maintaining the consistence of multi-scale and multi-resolution datasets in the process of updating.

l  interoperability standards and specifications

5.    Web and Cloud Based Geospatial Services and Applications (WG IV/5)

l  web and cloud based architectures, services and applications for intelligent mapping, multiple geospatial web services, geoweb semantics and ontologies, geospatial analytics, spatiotemporal analysis and online GIS

l  mobile and ubiquitous geospatial services and applications with adaptive and context-aware processing and multidimensional visualisation

l  virtual and collaborative geospatial environments and services for crowdsourced spatiotemporal data

l  Integration of open source solutions and open standards/specifications

l  virtual globes for geospatial data integration, visualization and analysis

l  social and organizational issues related to web and cloud-based services and collaborative environments

l  novel online 3D/4D visualization and virtual reality technologies for representing and analysing dynamic phenomena to provide collaborative services in a web and cloud based environment。

6.    Sensor Web and Internet of Things (WG IV/6)

l  interoperable Sensor Web standards, algorithms, and system architecture

l  efficient ways to connect, access, and task resource-constrained Internet of Things devices and sensors

l  advance sensor data stream processing algorithms and architecture

l  innovative Sensor Web and Internet of Things applications

l  implementation interfaces for the abstract ISO standards

l  XML-definitions and software libraries

7.    3D Indoor Modeling and Navigation (WG IV/7)

l  3D reconstruction of indoor environments integrating different types of sensors;

l  3D data structures, algorithms and standards for integration of BIM, CAD and GIS models for seamless (indoor/outdoor) navigation and evacuation.

l  automated semantic description of indoor environments.

l  automated 3D modelling of dynamic indoor environments

l  benchmarking of indoor reconstruction of and semantic algorithms.

l  3D data models for management of geo-sensor data and their integration with other 3D information. 

l  data models allowing for efficient 3D visualization and assisted navigation of indoor models

l  Promote integrated processing of dynamic sensor data and simulation model data for quick emergency response.

l  3D disaster management and environmental modelling needs for production and updating of spatial information.

8.    Planetary Mapping and Spatial Databases (WG IV/8)

l  advanced techniques in data acquisition, processing, and analysis pertaining to the mapping of celestial bodies

l  definition or evaluation of reference systems, coordinate systems, map sheet definitions, etc. and their standardization

l  spatial information systems to support extra-terrestrial exploration and science

l  web based delivery of extra-terrestrial map products and GIS data

9.    Computing Optimization for Spatial Databases and Location based Services (ICWG IV/II)

l  reduction of the response time for spatial databases and location based services given specific computing infrastructure

l  optimization of distributed computing for enabling computability of geosciences and digital earth

l  mining and Utilizing spatiotemporal principles to improve cloud computing and other new computing paradigms for SDB and LBS

l  modern hardware and software accelerating Technologies for GIS

l  spatiotemporal Index for geosciences and other science domains

10.  Global Land Cover Mapping and Services (ICWG (IV/II/VIII)

l  scientific/technological/application challenges related to global land cover mapping and monitoring

l  new sensor data, SAR data, and longer and denser time-series data for global land cover mapping and monitoring

l  validation of global land cover datasets at various spatial resolutions

l  web services for GLC data sharing, updating, processing and validation

l  collaborate with GEO tasks related to GLC (e.g., SB-02)


Suzhou  is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake.  Originally founded in 514 BCE, Suzhou has over 2,500 years of rich history, and relics of the past are abundant to this day. The city's canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens have contributed to its status as one of the top tourist attractions in China. Since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), it has also been an important centre for China's silk industry. The classical gardens in Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000. Suzhou is often dubbed the "Venice of the East" or "Venice of China".  For traffic, Suzhou is conveniently located on the Jinghu Railway taking about 25 minutes to Shanghai Hongqiao airport station, and about 5 hours to Beijing.



For more detail information about the Symposium, please visit the symposium website at   

Welcome to TC IV Symposium 2014!

The Symposium, as one of the most important events of ISPRS Technical Commission IV, is to provide an inter-disciplinary forum for scientists, researchers and practitioners in the field of “Geo-spatial databases and location based services”.  The participants of the Symposium will present the latest developments and applications, discuss cutting-edge technologies, exchange research ideas, and promote international collaboration.

It should be mentioned that this ISPRS TC IV Symposium is just one week ahead of the TC VI Symposium that will be held also in China (Wuhan) during 23-25 May 2014.  For those interested in both symposiums can combine a visit to China for both events.


Important Dates for paper submitting (for Archives based on abstract review):

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts ( for Archives), 12 January 2014
  • Notification to authors of acceptance of abstract (for Archives), 15 February 2014 
  • Deadline for submission of camera ready manuscript of full papers (for Archives ), March 2014

Important Dates for paper submitting (for Annals based on double-blind peer-reviewed):

  • Deadline for submission of full paper (for Annals, and for best young author’s award), 12 January 2014
  • Notification to authors of acceptance of paper (for Annals) , 28 February 2014
  • Deadline for submission of camera ready manuscript of full papers (for Annals ), 31 March 2014

Early Bird Registration Jan 12, 2014


Organized by:

ISPRS Technical Commission IV

Hosted by:

National Geomatics Centerof China

Supported by

National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation

Chinese Society of Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography

GNSS & LBS Association of China 

China Association of GIS

Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation

Sponsored by

Tianditu Co. Ltd.

Beijing Geoway Information Technology Inc.

Geo-Compass Information Technology Co. Ltd.

Indoor 3D conference, Cape Town 11-13 December 2013

Indoor space differs from outdoor space in many aspects: spaces are smaller; there are many constraints as walls, doors, stairs, furniture. To be able to represent indoor spaces in a proper way many data acquisition concepts, data models, and standards should be redefined to meet the requirements of indoor spatial applications. The acquisition, modelling of and navigation in indoor and enclosed environments are research activities that have received great interest in recent years. These activities are by both 1) advancements of acquisition systems, photogrammetry and computer vision, modelling, mobile computing and augmented systems, an 2) demand by indoor application systems such as positioning and navigation or facility management to name a few.

The ISPRS WGIV/7 is organising a workshop to provide a platform for researchers to present and discuss their work in the various aspects of indoor mapping, modelling and analysis. Topics will include but are not limited to, the acquisition of indoor environments, the modelling and representation of indoor and enclosed (mines, tunnels, cavities) environments, the localisation, tracking and guidance within indoor environments, and the visualisation of indoor and enclosed spaces.

The topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:

1. Acquisition and Sensors

Fusion of imagery, point clouds and other data from indoor scenes
Data acquisition in dynamic or cluttered scenes
Simultaneous localisation and mapping
Sensor networks, localisation

2. Data Structures and Modelling

Automated model creation from imagery, point clouds and other data
Data Structures (topology and geometry)
Algorithms and standards for integration of BIM, CAD and GIS indoor models
Automated semantic description of indoor environments

3. Visualisation and Navigation of Indoor Models

PoI and Landmarks strategies
Assisted navigation of indoor models
Mobile and web visualisation

4. Applications

Indoor modelling for crisis response
Evacuation and navigation systems
Simulation tools for crisis situations
Mobile applications and augmented systems

5. User requirements and best practices

Security, privacy and legal considerations
Unification of indoor and outdoor models



Full paper submission
September 30, 2013
Short paper submission
October 26, 2013
Notification of acceptance
October 26, 2013
Final paper submission
November 17, 2013


Please check all the info here


ISPRS Conference on “Serving Society with Geoinformatics” - SSG-2013


Geoinformatics is the synergy of data and systems from various disciplines brought together to provide information on the state of the earth: Geographical Information System (GIS); computerized databases and applications; computer science; remote sensing; photogrammetry; graphical processing; cartography; statistics; etc. – it is describing the main interface between the real and the measured, or virtual, world. It combines geospatial analysis and modeling, the development of geospatial databases; information systems design; visualization (human-computer interaction), and communication (both wired and wireless networking technologies).

Today, many government and non government agencies have started to use spatial data for managing their daily activities. Often, those concerned are not experts in Geoinformatics so there is a need to condense expert information into something usable by the end-user. To achieve this end, it is important that advances in the technology and new developments in the applications of Geoinformatics become a part of the information management and decision making process.



Submissions are invited in, but not limited to, the following areas:

• Spatial analysis and spatial data mining

• Spatial reasoning and spatial decision support systems

• Spatial data and model quality

• Geometric analyses of IR, SAR, IFSAR and LIDAR

• Automated feature and attribute extraction techniques and methodologies from multi-sensor/resolution/spectral/temporal and hyperspectral imagery

• Object detection, recognition, identification and reconstruction

• Extraterrestrial spatial databases and spatial information systems

• Integration of spatial information systems and image analysis for GIS-driven change detection, data capture and updating

• Dynamic spatial information systems, spatial data revision and versioning

• Physical modeling and signatures in remote sensing

• Thematic data analysis (classification, change detection, etc.)

• Radar and lidar data processing and applications