GeoS 2011

Call for Papers

Fourth International Conference on Geospatial Semantics

Purpose and Scope

GEOspatial Semantics (GEOS) is an emerging research area in the domain of geographic information systems and spatial databases. The fourth edition of GeoS aims at providing a forum for the exchange of state-of-the-art research results in the areas of modeling and processing of geospatial semantics. It has been largely recognized that geospatial semantics play an important role for the development of next-generation spatial databases and geographic information systems, as well as specialized geospatial web services.

The previous editions of the conference – GeoS 2005, GeoS 2007, and GeoS 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico have attracted all together about 120 submissions, from which 40 regular and 8 short articles have been published in Volumes 3799, 4853, and 5892 of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science respectively. People from 35 countries and 5 continents have attended previous GeoS conferences. The fourth edition GeoS 2011 is moving to Europe! It will be held 12-13 May 2011 in Brest, France the day after IF&GIS 2011 conference and under the umbrella of the Safer Seas III - 2011 conference.

GeoS traditionally brings together researchers whose expertise will address issues such as, but not limited to as far as they address geospatial semantics issues:

  • Cognitive aspects of geospatial semantics
  • Multicultural aspects of geospatial knowledge
  • Geospatial ontologies
  • Ontology-driven GIS
  • Geospatial semantic models
  • Models and languages for geo-ontologies
  • Alignment and integration of geo-ontologies
  • Formal representations of geospatial data
  • Geospatial data integration and fusion
  • Geospatial semantics-based approaches for query processing
  • Geospatial information retrieval
  • Geospatial semantics similarity
  • Geospatial semantic Web
  • Ontology-based visualization of geospatial data
  • Conceptual models of dynamic geospatial environments
  • Geospatial artificial intelligence
  • Computational geospatial approaches
  • Real-time geospatial systems
  • Techniques to reduce geospatial information overload
  • Context-based approaches for geospatial semantic information
  • Context-based adaptation in GIS
  • Personalization of geospatial semantic services

Papers Submission

Authors are invited to submit full papers of approx. 18 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 2011 proceedings will be published as a volume in Springer's LNCS series.


The city of Brest is located on the very edge of Europe in northwest France. As the second largest town in the region of Brittany, Brest is sheltered by a large natural harbor known as "La Rade de Brest".

Le Quartz, Brest's Conference Centre and National Theatre is located in the heart of the town of Brest, and has hosted a wide range of national and international events since it opened in 1988.

Important Dates

Papers submission: December 10, 2010
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2011
Submission of camera-ready papers: February 10, 2011
Registration: April 25, 2011 (early birds – February 25, 2011)
Conference: May 12 and 13, 2011

General Chairs

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

Christophe Claramunt,  Naval Academy Research Institute, Brest, France

Program Chairs

Christophe Claramunt, Naval Academy Research Institute, Brest, France

Michela Bertolotto, School of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin

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

Program Committee

Neeharika  Adabala, Microsoft Research, India
Ola Ahlqvist, Ohio State University, USA
Naveen Ashish, UC-Irvine, Irvine CA, USA
Ioan Marius Bilasco, FOX-MIIRE team at Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale de Lille, France
Roland Billen, University of Liege, Belgium
Tom Bittner, University at Buffalo, USA
Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Italy
Boyan Brodaric, Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
Jean Brodeur, Natural Resources Council, Canada
Gilberto Camara, INPE, Brazil
Elena Camossi, JRC ISPRA, Italy
Tao Cheng, University College London, UK
Isabel F. Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Clodoveu Davis Jr., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Christian Freksa, University of Bremen, Germany
Max Egenhofer, University of Maine, USA
Mauro Gaio, University of Pau, France
Anthony Galton, University of Exeter
Bin Jiang, University of Gavle, Sweden
Marinos Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Alexander Klippel, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Margarita Kokla, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Dave Kolas, BBN Technologies, USA
Robert Laurini, INSA Lyon, France
Miguel R. Luaces, University of La Coruna, Spain
Sergio di Martino, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy
Miguel Felix Mata Rivera, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico
Gavin McArdle, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
Vasily Popovich, Saint Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation, RAS, Russia
Cyril Ray, Naval Academy Research Institute, France
Andrea Rodriguez, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
Angela Schwering, University of Muenster, Germany
Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota, USA
Emmanuel Stefanakis, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece
John Stell, University of Leeds, UK
Kathleen Stewart Hornsby, University of Iowa, USA
Christelle Vangenot, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Nancy Wiegand, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Stephan Winter, University of Melbourne, Australia
Esteban Zimanyi, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Local Organizing Committee

Naval Academy Research Institute, Brest, France
Imad Afyouni
Marie Coz
Geraldine Del Mondo
Jean-Marie Le Yaouanc
Remy Thibaud

University of Western Brittany, Brest, France
David Brosset

Technopole Brest Iroise, Brest, France
Fabienne Vallée
Eric Vanderbroucke

Conference Organizing Committee

PIIG-Lab, Centro de Investigación en Computación, Mexico City, Mexico
Miguel Martinez
Felix Mata
Nahun Montoya
Iyeliz Reyes
Gerardo Sarabia
Linaloe Sarmiento
Roberto Zagal

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