Second International Conference on Geospatial Semantics
(GeoS 2007

Purpose and Scope

Geospatial semantics is an emerging research theme in the domain of geographic information systems and spatial databases. The first edition of the conference GeoS 2005, November 29-30, 2005, Mexico City, Mexico was highly successful. We have received about 50 submissions, from which 15 regular and 4 short articles have been published in Volume 3799 of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science. People from 14 countries and 5 continents have attended GeoS 2005.

The second edition GeoS 2007 aims at providing a timely forum for the exchange of state-of-the-art research results in the areas of modeling and processing of geospatial semantics. Geospatial semantics play an important role for next-generation spatial databases and geographic information systems, as well as specialized geospatial web services. This conference will bring together researchers whose expertise will address such issues as:

    Theories for geospatial semantic information
    Formal representations for geospatial data
    Models and languages for geoontologies
    Alignment and integration of geoontologies
    Integration of semantics into spatial query processing
    Similarity comparisons of spatial datasets
    Ontology-based spatial information retrieval
    Ontology-driven GIS
    Geospatial Semantic Web
    Multicultural aspects of spatial knowledge

Paper Submissions

Authors are invited to submit full papers of approx. 15 single-spaced pages, in English, formatted in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science style ( Papers, formatted in PDF, must be submitted through the conference web site ( At least three members of the Program Committee will evaluate each paper based on scientific significance, relevance to the conference, novelty, relation to previously published literature, and clarity of presentation. The GeoS 2007 proceedings will be published as a volume in Springer's LNCS series.


GeoS 2007 will be held at the Centro de Investigacion en Computacion (CIC) in Mexico City ( The conference site has a spectacular view of the Popocatepetl volcano, which will be snow-covered in late November. November is the best time of the year for traveling to Mexico City with typically clear weather, moderate temperatures, and a deep blue sky.

Important Dates

Papers submission                            June 30, 2007
Notification of acceptance                  August 15, 2007
Submission of camera-ready papers   August 30, 2007
Conference                                      November 29-30, 2007

General Chair

Sergei Levashkin, Centro de Investigación en Computación, Mexico City, Mexico

Program Co-Chairs

Frederico Fonseca, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
M. Andrea Rodriguez-Tatsets, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile

Local Organizing Committee, Centro de Investigación en Computación, Mexico City, Mexico

Marco Moreno-Ibarra (chair)
Miguel Torres
Rolando Quintero
Giovanni Guzman

Program Committee

Ioan Marius Bilasco, Laboratorie d'Informatique de Grenoble, France
Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
Boyan Brodaric, Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
Gilberto Camara, INPE, Brazil
Isabel F. Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Clodoveu Davis Jr., Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Denis Dean, Colorado State University, USA
Andrew U. Frank, Technical University Vienna, Austria
Christian Freksa, University of Bremen, Germany
Mark N. Gahegan, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Kathleen Hornsby, University of Maine, USA
Christopher B. Jones, Cardiff University, UK
Marinos Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Alex Klippel, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Craig Knoblock, University of Southern California, USA
Margarita Kokla, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Dave Kolas, BBN Technologies, USA
Werner Kuhn, University of Muenster, Germany
Michael Lutz, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Italy
Marco Painho, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Matthew Perry, University of Georgia, USA
Christoph Schlieder, University of Bamberg, Germany
Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota, USA
Stefano Spaccapietra, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne, Switzerland
Nancy Wiegand, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia
Michael F. Worboys, University of Maine, USA