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GISTAM is sponsored by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication


The International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management aims at creating a meeting point of researchers and practitioners that address new challenges in geo-spatial data sensing, observation, representation, processing, visualization, sharing and managing, in all aspects concerning both information communication and technologies (ICT) as well as management information systems and knowledge-based systems. The conference welcomes original papers of either practical or theoretical nature, presenting research or applications, of specialized or interdisciplinary nature, addressing any aspect of geographic information systems and technologies.


Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:



  • Photogrammetry
  • Natural Phenomena Data Acquisition
  • Spatio-temporal Data Acquisition
  • Geospatial Information and Technologies
  • Seismic Data Processing
  • Geodesy
  • Image Processing and Pattern Recognition
  • Geocomputation
  • Geospatial Architectures and Middleware
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Parallel and Distributed Computation
  • Real-Time Sensors


  • Spectroscopy and Spectroradiometry
  • Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Earth Observation and Satellite Data
  • RADAR and LiDAR
  • Infrared Remote Sensing
  • Sensor Networks
  • Urban Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing of Agriculture
  • Hydrological Remote Sensing
  • Ocean Topography
  • Remote Sensing in Climate Change Studies


  • Computational Geometry
  • Query Processing and Optimization
  • Cartography and Geodesy
  • 3D Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Graphics Applications
  • Computer Vision Applications
  • Human Computer Interaction and Visualization
  • Spatial Information and Society
  • Data Sharing, Privacy and Security
  • Topological Modeling and Analysis
  • Underground Geo-Reserves Modeling
  • Spatial Modeling and Reasoning
  • Standardization and Interoperability
  • Storage, Indexing and Searching


  • Decision Support Systems
  • Web Applications
  • Geographic Information Retrieval
  • Intelligent Data Fusion
  • Data Mining and OLAP
  • GPS and Location Detection
  • Location-based and Mobile Services
  • Spatio-Temporal Database Management
  • Spatial Data Quality and Uncertainty
  • Spatial Analysis and Integration
  • Image and Video Understanding
  • Big Data and GIS


  • Ecological and Environmental Management
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Crops and Soils Research
  • Water Information Systems
  • Energy Information Systems
  • Coastal Management
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Industrial Applications
  • Disaster Management
  • Climate Change
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oil Exploration


Uwe StillaTechnische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Kostas E. KatsampalosAristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Eugene FiumeUniversity of Toronto, Canada


Authors should submit a paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, addressing one or several of the conference areas or topics. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. To facilitate the double-blind paper evaluation method, authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors’ personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors’ identity.

Only original papers should be submitted. Authors are advised to read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism thoroughly before submitting and must make sure that their submissions do not substantially overlap work which has been published elsewhere or simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference with proceedings. Papers that contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

Authors can submit their work in the form of a Regular Paper, representing completed and validated research, or as a Position Paper, portraying a short report of work in progress or an arguable opinion about an issue discussing ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research focused on one of the conference topic areas. All papers must be submitted through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and should follow the instructions and templates that can be found under Guidelines and Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper on our digital library is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.
It is planned to publish a short list of revised and  extended versions of presented papers with Springer in a CCIS Series book (final approval pending).
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.


Conference Date: 17 - 19 March, 2018

Paper Submission: October 30, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification:
December 15, 2017 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration:
January 8, 2018 (expired)

Paper Submission: December 6, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification:
January 11, 2018 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration:
January 24, 2018 (expired)

Workshop Proposal: October 31, 2017 (expired)

Doctoral Consortium
Paper Submission: January 15, 2018 (expired)
Authors Notification: January 26, 2018 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: February 9, 2018 (expired)

Special Sessions
Special Session Proposal: October 31, 2017 (expired)

Tutorial Proposal: January 30, 2018 (expired)

Demo Proposal: January 30, 2018 (expired)

Panel Proposal: January 30, 2018 (expired)

Open Communications
Paper Submission: January 15, 2018 (expired)
Authors Notification: January 26, 2018 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: February 7, 2018 (expired)


GISTAM Secretariat
Address: Av. D. Manuel I, 27A, 2º esq.
             2910-595 Setubal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +351 265 520 186


The beautiful Funchal town is situated on the wonderful Madeira Island, and is the archipelago capital, nowadays the major touristic, cultural, artistic and politic center in the archipelago. Filled with history, cosmopolite, culture and a wonderful life, Funchal has much to see and admire, starting on the lovely historical nucleus of São Pedro, Santa Maria or Sé, that invite for pleasant walks.


Robert LauriniKnowledge Systems Institute, United States
Lemonia RagiaTechnical University of Crete, Greece


Cédric GrueauPolytechnic Institute of Setúbal/IPS, Portugal


Ana Paula Afonso, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
José Alberto Álvares Pereira Gonçalves, Oporto University, Portugal
José António Tenedório, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa / CICS.NOVA, Portugal
Pedro Arnau, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Jagannath Aryal, University of Tasmania at Hobart, Australia
Thierry Badard, Laval University, Canada
Juraj Bartolic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Jan Blachowski, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
Thomas Blaschke, University of Salzburg, Austria
Alexander Brenning, Friedrich Schiller University, Germany
Jocelyn Chanussot, Grenoble Institute of Technology Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France
Filiberto Chiabrando, Politecnico di Torino- DIATI, Italy
Keith Clarke, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
Ana Cláudia Moreira Teodoro, Oporto University, Portugal
Antony Cooper, CSIR, South Africa
Antonio Corral, University of Almeria, Spain
Joep Crompvoets, KU Leuven, Belgium
Harry D. Kambezidis, National Observatory of Athens, Greece
Paolo Dabove, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Luís de Sousa, EAWAG - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland
Anastasios Doulamis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Suzana Dragicevic, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Qingyun Du, Wuhan University, China
Arianna D'Ulizia, IRPPS - CNR, Italy
Yosio Edemir Shimabukuro, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Brazil
Ana Fonseca, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Portugal
Jinzhu Gao, University of the Pacific, United States
Lianru Gao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Georg Gartner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Fabio Giulio Tonolo, ITHACA - Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Luis Gomez-Chova, Universitat de València, Spain
Célia Gouveia, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Hans W. Guesgen, Massey University, New Zealand
Jorge Gustavo Rocha, University of Minho, Portugal
Bob Haining, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Stephen Hirtle, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Wen-Chen Hu, University of North Dakota, United States
Haosheng Huang, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Bo Huang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong,, Hong Kong
Bin Jiang, University of Gävle, Sweden
Simon Jirka, 52° North, Germany
Wolfgang Kainz, University of Vienna, Austria
Marinos Kavouras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Eric Kergosien, Univ. Lille 3, France
Andreas Koch, University of Salzburg, Austria
Jacek Kozak, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Artur Krawczyk, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Roberto Lattuada, myHealthbox, Italy
Songnian Li, Ryerson University, Canada
Christophe Lienert, Canton of Aargau, Dept. Construction, Traffic & Environment, Switzerland
Cidália Maria Parreira da Costa Fonte, Coimbra University, Portugal
Cristina Maria Sousa Catita, Lisbon University, Portugal
Paulo Marques, Instituto de Telecomunicações / ISEL, Portugal
Gavin McArdle, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dimos N. Pantazis, TEI of Athens, Greece
Fernando Nardi, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy
Anand Nayyar, KCL Institute of Management and Technology, India
Jose Pablo Suárez, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Volker Paelke, Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Simonetta Paloscia, IFAC, National Research Council, Italy
Ana Paula Falcão, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Massimiliano Pepe, Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope", Italy
Marco Piras, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Alenka Poplin, Iowa State University, United States
Dimitris Potoglou, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Guoyu Ren, National Climate Center, China
Gil Rito Gonçalves, Coimbra University, Portugal
Stephane Roche, Université Laval, Canada
Mathieu Roche, Cirad, France
Armanda Rodrigues, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Anne Ruas, IFSTTAR, France
Daniel Schertzer, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, France
Markus Schneider, University of Florida, United States
Sylvie Servigne, INSA Lyon, France
Francesco Soldovieri, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Jantien Stoter, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Nicholas Tate, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Miguel Torres-Ruiz, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico
Goce Trajcevski, Northwestern University, United States
Theodoros Tzouramanis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Vladimir V. Lukin, Kharkov Aviation Institute, Ukraine
Michael Vassilakopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece
Andrei Vorobev, Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Russian Federation
Lei Wang, Louisiana State University, United States
Ouri Wolfson, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
Chung-Huang Yang, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan
May Yuan, University of of Texas at Dallas, United States
Alexander Zipf, Heidelberg University, Germany
s.z. zlatanova, TU Delft, Netherlands