Call for Papers

GI Zeitgeist 2012 – Young researchers forum on Geographic Information Science to be held in Muenster, on the 16th and 17th of March 2012, will be a conference for young researchers worldwide to get together and present their work in the field of Geographic Information Science. It will be a forum for researchers from diverse disciplines such as computer science, geography, cognitive science, mathematics, environmental science and artificial intelligence working on related topics to interact and find possibilities for collaboration. The event is organized by the students of the International Research Training Group on Semantic Integration of Geospatial Information. We particularly invite master students, PhD students and post-docs, to present their research on innovative concepts, methods and tools for geospatial information modeling and integration. GI Zeitgeist will provide the participants a platform for discussion and exchange related to their latest research activities and give them the opportunity to get feedback on their work in an interdisciplinary and international atmosphere.

Authors are invited to submit original research, not being considered for publication elsewhere. Short  papers (max 1500 words) can be submitted to present visionary ideas, work in progress and preliminary research results, whereas full papers  (max 5000 words, and not more than 10 pages) should present substantial results. All papers will be  reviewed by at least two members of the program committee and all accepted papers will be presented at the conference. Papers must  be written and presented in English and follow the IOS press formatting guidelines To submit your paper, please register at and visit this link:

At least one author of every accepted paper has to register for the forum. Full papers will be published in the IfGI Prints series (with ISBN) by the Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA GmbH, Heidelberg. We will ask the authors of the best full papers to submit extended versions for a special issue in a geographic information science journal.

The topics addressed by GI Zeitgeist – Young researchers forum on Geographic information science include but are not limited to:
  • Analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal data
  • Uncertainty and error propagation in geospatial information
  • Development of open standards and services
  • Aggregation and generalization of sensor data
  • Service orchestration and geoprocessing workflows
  • Wayfinding and navigation
  • Location-based services and ubiquitous computing
  • Human-computer interaction for geospatial information
  • Spatial data infrastructures
  • Semantic integration of geospatial information
  • Linked geodata
  • Representation of geospatial information
  • Visualization of geospatial information
  • Volunteered geographic information
  • Spatial cognition
  • Spatial reasoning techniques
  • Applications of qualitative spatial reasoning in GIS
Important Dates
Deadline for full paper submission: 17.10.2011/24.10.2011
Notification of acceptance full papers: 20.11.2011
Camera-ready version full papers: 05.01.2012
Deadline for short paper submission: 05.12.2011 *11.12.2011*
Notification of short paper acceptance: 15.01.2012 *18.01.2012*
Camera-ready version short papers: 31.01.2012

Forum date: 16.-17.03.2012.

Organizing committee:
Juliane Brink, University of Muenster
Klaus Broelemann, University of Muenster
Malumbo Chipofya, University of Muenster
Auriol Degbelo, University of Muenster
Manfred Eppe, University of Bremen
Torben Gerkensmeyer, University of Bremen
Mohammed Imaduddin Humayun, University of Muenster
Jae Hee Lee, University of Bremen
Christoph Stasch, University of Muenster
Dong Wang, University of Muenster

Jia Wang, University of Muenster

Scientific Committee:
Thomas Bittner, University at Buffalo
Theodor Foerster, University of Muenster
Christian Freksa, University of Bremen
Michael Goodchild, University of California Santa Barbara
Gerard Heuvelink, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Stephen Hirtle, University of Pittsburg
Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California Santa Barbara
Xiaoyi Jiang, University of Muenster
Gerrit Kahl, German Research Center for AI
Tomi Kauppinen, University of Muenster
Carsten Keßler, University of Muenster
Mareike Kritzler, University of Muenster
Antonio Krüger, German Research Center for AI
Werner Kuhn, University of Muenster
Christian Lucas, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Edzer Pebesma, University of Muenster
Florian Probst, SAP Research
Chris Renschler, University at Buffalo
Sven Schade, Joint Research Center, European Commission
Simon Scheider, University of Muenster
Kerstin Schill, University of Bremen
Falko Schmid, University of Bremen
Stéphane Roche, University Laval, Canada
Jan Oliver Wallgruen, University of Maine

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