Advanced Geospatial Applications for Smart Cities and Regions

Our Mission

Addressing the challenges of dealing with urban and regional transformation in order to achieve sustainability and better liveability is a very important topic that needs to be understood and further investigated from a multi-disciplinary point of view. In particular, knowledge about how city or regional systems operate, how they interact with each other, and what impact changes can have on them, plays a major role towards integrated urban and regional planning.

In this context, the WG is focusing particularlyle as, but not exclusively, on semantic city models (especially 3D) and their ro integrated information hub for different applications. Exploiting the added value of an integrated spatial and non-spatial information hub, containing harmonised and detailed information about 3D geometries, semantics, representation of land rights, restrictions and responsibilities (e.g. typically needed in cadastres), plays a crucial role to address questions and solve problems at urban and regional scale, with – as far as possible and reasonable – a bottom-up approach. As a matter of fact, topics dealing with environmental challenges, energy planning, mobility, or emergency responses in case of infrastructure failure – just to name some – can greatly benefit from such integrated city models due to the information granularity they can offer.

The different topics and application fields listed in the following are therefore to be understood as components of the desired integrated approach, in which the heterogeneity of aspects, scales and issues within a city or a region converge.

Finally, the WG is aiming at bridging the gap between scientific research and practitioners, showing on one hand real examples of implementation of best practices in real contexts, and on the other acting as a platform to foster ideas for new multi-domain approaches and applications.

Working Group Officers


Giorgio Agugiaro, ChairGiorgio Agugiaro
3D Geoinformation
Delft University of Technology



Mila N. Koeva, Co-ChairMila N. Koeva
University of Twente
ITC Faculty - Department of Urban and Regional Planning
and Geo-information Management Department



Wei Tu, Co-ChairWei Tu
Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Spatial-temporal Smart Sensing and Services
College of Civil Engineering
Shenzhen University



Filip Biljecki, SecretaryFilip Biljecki
Urban Analytics Lab
School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore


Terms of Reference

  • Review optimum methodologies for the integration of spatial data with heterogeneous data sources in order to achieve harmonized, possibly standard-based data repositories to be used as integrated data source.
  • Advance knowledge about how to help urban models profit from Building Information Models (BIM), in that the gap between GIS and BIM is reduced.
  • Develop innovative geospatial applications for digital cities and regions, based on integrated semantic regional or city models (possibly 3D).
  • Promote testing, adoption and further development of standardized data models in order to overcome single-domain lock-ins and facilitate implementation of inter-domain applications.
  • Foster communication among scientists and practitioners from heterogeneous applications domains, in order to facilitate understanding of common problems and reduce the gap – whenever possible – between homologous, sometimes incompatible, solutions.
  • Disseminate new technical and methodological advances, innovations and research outcomes in the field of both academic audiences (e.g. publications, seminars, workshops) and public (e.g. blog posts, exhibitions, public talks).
  • Establish strong links between relevant international and regional organizations in order to achieve fruitful collaboration.

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The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is a non-governmental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. The Society operates without any discrimination on grounds of race, religion, nationality, or political philosophy.

Our Contact

Leibniz University Hannover
Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation
Nienburger Str. 1
D-30167 Hannover