GeoAI 2018


Call for papers

We are excited to announce a second series of GeoAI workshops at SIGSPATIAL’18, in Seattle, WA. GeoAI is bringing together geoscientists, computer scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and decision makers from academia, industry, and government to discuss the latest trends, successes, challenges, and opportunities in the field of artificial intelligence for data mining toward enhancing geographic scientific discoveries. Whether it’s the latest techniques in computer vision for satellite image analysis, scalable workflows, limitations of traditional learning methods, new geo-computational and related geo-spatial research, we invite you to join us at GeoAI2018.

We are inviting paper submission for the following categories:

  • vision and position papers: 2 pages
  • on-going academic and industry papers: 4 pages
  • research papers and production ready papers: 8 -10 pages

The workshop will be interactive to engage in discussions, shape the research directions, and disseminate state-of-the-art solutions. Example topics include but not limited to:

  • GIScience with artificial intelligence for earth sciences and sustainability;
  • Artificial intelligence for public health and agricultural applications;    
  • Novel deep neural network architectures and algorithms for geographic information analysis;
  • Artificial intelligence methods for object extraction (such as roads and buildings) from remote sensing images;    
  • Deep learning for geographic information extraction from text (e.g. social media, web documents, and news);    
  • Urban growth prediction and planning with machine learning methods;    
  • Artificial intelligence methods for autonomous transportation and high-precision maps;
  • Unsupervised learning methods for large geographical scientific discoveries;    
  • Deep learning for disaster response and humanitarian applications;     
  • Human in the loop methods for enhancing deep learning  applications;
  • Distributed computing methods for large scale geocomputing;
  • Novel training methods for large scale machine learning with geographical data;
  • Fusion of geographic attributed datasets to improve model estimation

Paper Format And Submission Guidelines

Full research papers should present mature research on a specific problem or topic in the context of AI for geospatial problems. Short research articles or industry demonstrations of existing or developing scalable methods, toolkits, and best practices for AI applications in the geospatial domain are also invited. Vision or position papers noting future directions or an overview of grand challenges for AI technology in geospatial applications are also welcome. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed to ensure the quality, clarity and relevance of the solicited work.

Manuscripts should be formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at

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Accepted papers will be considered for “Best Paper Award.”

Important Dates

Paper submission: Extended to September 05, 2018

Acceptance decision: September 24, 2018

Camera ready version: October 05, 2018

Workshop date: November 06, 2018

Keynote Speakers

Rangan Sukumar
Senior Analytics Architect, Office of the CTO Cray Inc
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Bruno Martins
Assistant Professor, University of Lisbon.

Workshop Venue

The GeoAI'18 workshop will be co-located with the 26th ACM SIGSPATIAL Conference in Seattle, USA.  More details on the conference venue and registration process, please visit:


Yingjie Hu
Assistant Professor of the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Song Gao
Assistant Professor in GIScience, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Shawn Newsam
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and a Founding Faculty member at the University of California, Merced, USA

Dalton Lunga
A Geospatial image analyis and machine learning scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Budhendra Bhaduri
A corporate Research Fellow and leader of the Geographic Information Science and Technology group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Program Committee


Grant McKenzie, University of Maryland, College Park
Bandana Kar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jonathan Gerrand, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Huina Mao, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Gautum Thakur, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Xiaojiang Li, MIT Senseable City Laboratory
Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California-Santa Barbara
Wenwen Li, Arizona State University
Yao-Yi Chiang, University of Southern California
Raffay Hamid, DigitalGlobe
William Wang, University of California-Santa Barbara
Benjamin Adams, University of Canterbury
Bruno Martins, University of Lisbon
Hsiuhan (Lexie) Yang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dengfeng Chai, Zhejiang University, China
Kuldeep Kurte, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Isaac Johnson, Northwestern University
Orhun Aydin, Esri Inc.
Guido Cervone, Pennsylvania State University

For more information

Please contact Yingjie Hu.