Symposium 2017

Jul. 1-2, 2017, Washington DC, USA

Co-organized by

ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling

ICA Commission on Location-based Services

Conference Snapshots

Background and scope

It is a pre-conference symposium associated with ICC 2017.

The growing availability and use of location-based social media data and tracking data (e.g., GPS tracking) have created unprecedented opportunities for researchers from various disciplines. At the same time, it also challenges people with new theoretical, technical, ethical, and social questions.  This symposium attempts to bring together researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and findings of their research related to location-based social media data or location tracking and sensing data. The symposium hopes to provide a forum for participants to exchange ideas and research findings, and to discuss what can be pursued in the future. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following. All submissions related to location-based social media data and tracking data are welcomed.

Theories and Data Models for Social Media Data and Tracking Data

  • GIS representation and data structure for social media data and tracking data
  • Theoretical models of social media data and tracking data in geographic, temporal, and social dimensions
  • Open GIS in the big data era
  • Scalability issues with social media data and tracking data
  • Data quality and representativeness of social media data and tracking data
  • Privacy and ethical issues in social media data and tracking data

Analysis and Applications

  • Applications of analyzing social media data and tracking data
  • Mining social media data and tracking data
  • Social or complex network analysis
  • Fractal or scaling analysis of big data
  • Big data analytics
  • Place modelling and understanding
  • Human mobility and spatial interaction

 Geovisualization and Visual Analytics for Social Media Data and tracking data

  • Geovisualization of social media data and tracking data in space, time, and social dimensions
  • Visual analytics tools for social media data and tracking data
  • Exploratory and visual data mining of social media data and tracking data
  • Agent-based simulations of human mobility and interaction patterns


You are invited to submit an extended abstract (1200-1500 words) at All submissions should be prepared in English, single column, singled-spaced with figures and tables within the text. A submission should contain author affiliations and email addresses, a short abstract (up to 250 words), and keywords, in addition to the main text. The extended abstract should include succinct and sufficient information about research objectives, significance, method, and preliminary or expected findings.

The PDF format is required for abstract submissions.

Important Dates

  • Abstracts Due : Feb. 15th, 2017 Mar. 1, 2017
  • Decisions on abstracts: March 15th, 2017 Mar. 30, 2017
  • Symposium: Jul. 1-2, 2017
  • Full Papers for Consideration for the IJGIS Special Issue Due by Jul. 15, 2017 Aug. 15, 2017

Post-Conference Publication

Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers for consideration for publication in a special issue of International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS). Final decisions on full paper submissions will be made following the standard double-blind peer review process.

Organizing Committee

Xiaobai Angela Yao, University of Georgia, USA.  Email:
Haosheng Huang, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Email:
Bin Jiang, University of Gävle, Sweden.  Email:
Jukka Krisp, Augsburg University, Germany.

Program Committee

Gennady Andrienko,  Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
Clio Andris, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Constantinos Antoniou, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Michael Batty, University College London, UK
Cristina Capineri, Siena University, Italy
Christophe Claramunt, Naval Academy Research Institute, France
Arie Croitoru, George Mason University, USA
Andrew Crooks, George Mason University, USA
Anrong Dang, Tsinghua University, China
Georg Gartner, TU Vienna, Austria
Qingfeng Guan, China University of Geosciences , China
Jamal Jokar, Arsanjani Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark
Wolfgang Kainz, Univeristy of Vienna, Austria
Xingjian Liu, University of Hong Kong, China
Yaolin Liu, Wuhan University, China
Chun Liu, Tongji University, China
Ying Long, Tsinghua University, China
Marguerite Madden, University of Georgia, USA
Harvey Miller, Ohio State University, USA
Lan Mu, University of Georgia, USA
Frank Ostermann, ITC, The Netherlands
Ross Purves, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Karl Rehrl, Salzburg Research, Austria
Dimitris Sacharidis, TU Vienna, Austria
Shih-Lung Shaw, University of Tennessee, USA
Daniel Sui, National Science Foundation, USA
Jean-Claude Thill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University, USA
Nico Van de Weghe, University of Ghent, Belgium
Robert Weibel, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia
Xinyue Ye, Kent State University, USA
Alexander Zipf, Heidelberg University, Germany