International Symposium on
Geospatial Approaches to Combating Covid-19

13-14 DECEMBER 2021, Florence, ITALY

Co-organized by

ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling
ICA Commission on Location-based Services

Background and scope

It is a pre-conference symposium associated with ICC 2021. The symposium will be held in a hybrid mode to be consistent with ICC 2021.

There is an inherent spatial dimension in the spread of infectious diseases. The spatial aspect of Covid-19 pandemic has attracted enormous research attention. Advancing our understanding of the epidemic dynamics and their relations with human activities helps the world to combat the pandemic more effectively. A large body of studies and practices have evidenced the importance of spatial thinking and the effectiveness of geospatial technologies in understanding Covid-19. It is critical to share research findings quickly so as to maximize the use of them in the world’s collective efforts. This symposium calls for submissions of Covid-19 research from the geospatial perspective. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following.

Human dynamics and Covid-19
  • Modeling the relationship between human mobility and spread of Covid-19
  • Impact of human mobility control policies
  • Cross-culture comparison of social policies of Covid-19 on human mobility
  • Modeling human behavior in a hybrid of physical and virtual spaces during Covid-19
  • Modeling human dynamics and urban planning in post-pandemic time

  • Contact Tracing
  • Innovative approaches to contact tracing
  • Contact tracing using location-aware mobile devices
  • Contact tracing with social networking data
  • Analysis of contact tracing data
  • Geosimulation of contact tracing

  • Spatiotemporal analysis and modeling of Covid-19
  • modeling of the spread
  • Analyzing spatial and temporal patterns
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Modeling epidemic dynamics

  • Geovisualization and information dissemination
  • Maps and mapping for Covid-19
  • Geovisualization of spatiotemporal patterns
  • Interactive and real-time web-mapping
  • Multi-source data fusion and visualization
  • Animation

  • Social, legal and ethical issue
  • Privacy
  • Privacy-preserving and ethically-aware data collection and analysis
  • Cross-culture studies and comparison
  • Health disparity

  • Program

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    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.

    Post-event Publication

    Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers for consideration of post-event publication in a special issue of Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science: Urban Analytical Approaches to Combatting Covid-19. Final decisions on full paper submissions will be made following the standard double-blind peer review process.

    Important Dates
    Extended abstracts Due June 15, 2021 Sept. 15, 2021
    Acceptance notification Aug.15, 2021 for submissions before Jun.16. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis for submissions after Jun. 16.
    Symposium Dec. 13-14, 2021

    Everyone is welcome to participate in the symposium. The registration website is now open at As the symposium is a hybrid event, the registration fee varies slightly depending on the form of participation.

    Early-registration (before Oct.1, 2021) Regular registration
    ICC2021 registered attendees FREE FREE
    In-person attendees $20 $25
    Online $10 $15
    Best Paper Awards

    The organizing committee is pleased to announce two awards. Selections are based on the presentation and the submitted document.

               ● Best Student Paper – Two student papers won the competition. The student winner receives a cash award of $250.

                1. Impact of COVID-19 policies on pedestrian traffic and walking patterns
                Authors: Avital Angel, Achituv Cohen, Sagi Dalyot, Pnina Plaut

               2. Spatial variations of the third and fourth COVID-19 waves in Hong Kong: a comparative study with built environments and socio-demographics
                 Authors: Zidong Yu, Xintao Liu

               ● Best Paper Award – This award will be made to recognize excellence in scholarship of a presented work in the symposium with a cash award of $250. All presented submissions are eligible.

               1. Revealing geographical disparities of global Covid-19 awareness and its health effects through social media
               Authors: Lei Zou, Binbin Lin, Mingzheng Yang, Bing Zhou, Heng Cai

    Organizing Committee

    Xiaobai Angela Yao, University of Georgia, USA. Email:
    Xintao Liu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China. Email:
    Haosheng Huang, Ghent University, Belgium. Email:
    Jukka Krisp, Augsburg University, Germany. Email:
    Bin Jiang, University of Gävle, Sweden. Email:

    Program Committee

    Gennady Andrienko, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany
    Clio Andris, Georgia Institue of Technology, USA
    Michael Batty, University College London, UK
    Christophe Claramunt, Naval Academy Research Institute, France
    Arzu Coltekin, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern, Switzerland
    Eric Delmelle , University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
    Cheng Fu, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    Song Gao, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
    Georg Gartner, TU Vienna, Austria
    Bisong Hu, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang, China
    Bo Huang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
    Wolfgang Kainz, University of Vienna, Austria
    Caglar Koylu, University of Iowa, USA
    Meipo Kwan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
    Ying Long, Tsinghua University, China
    Marguerite Madden, University of Georgia, USA
    Liqiu Meng, TU Munich, Germany
    Lan Mu, University of Georgia, USA
    Ross Purves, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    Martin Raubal, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Guenther Retscher, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria
    Anthony Robinson, Pennsylvania State Univeristy, USA
    Shih-Lung Shaw, University of Tennessee, USA
    Daniel Sui, Virginia Tech, 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
    Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Frank Witlox, University of Ghent, Belgium
    May Yuan, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
    László Zentai, Eotvos University, Hungary
    Qingming Zhan, Wuhan University, China
    Alexander Zipf, Heidelberg University, Germany
    Lei Zou, Texas A&M University, USA

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