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Special Sessions

Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.


GOV4GAD 2020Special Session on Governance of Geospatial Authoritative Data
Chair(s): Joep Crompvoets

UAS4GIS 2020Special Session on Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems Serving Geospatial Applications
Chair(s): Panagiotis Partsinevelos

HGIS 2020Special Session on GIS in Healthcare
Chair(s): Roberto Lattuada

Special Session on Governance of Geospatial Authoritative Data - GOV4GAD 2020

Paper Submission: March 3, 2020
Authors Notification: March 17, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2020


Joep Crompvoets
KU Leuven / EuroSDR

Societies are increasingly digitalizing more and more aspects of daily life. The basic building block for digitalisation is data. High quality data is a necessary basis to ensure the quality of digital services and to drive innovation. The recognition and organization of data as authoritative data should be vital not only for ensuring the quality of data, but also to foster trust between organizations, between different sectors and across borders. Especially in the context of geospatial data, the exchange and integration of authoritative data has advanced significantly, but important governance challenges still need to be addressed. The goal of this initiative is to enhance the understanding of the governance of authoritative data, its rationale, added value, dimensions, and organisation.

- Governance rationale, concepts, frameworks, dimensions, added values
- Data Governance, Digital services governance
- Characteristics of authoritative data / base registers
- Governance of authoritative data / base registers
- Examples of governing geospatial authoritative data around the world
- Relevant governance instruments
- Added value of authoritative data
- Relationship between authoritative data and data quality
- Link between authoritative data and trust
- Uniqueness of geospatial authoritative data
- Identification of associated key challenges

Special Session on Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems Serving Geospatial Applications - UAS4GIS 2020

Paper Submission: March 3, 2020
Authors Notification: March 17, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2020


Panagiotis Partsinevelos
Technical University of Crete

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or "drones") have become increasingly popular in a variety of geospatial applications. The global market is overwhelmed with various UAS products, yet there are many unresolved research issues to fully unleash their potential. The research community should take action in establishing “smart” solutions to serve GIS and Remote Sensing through autonomous systems. Towards this end, this special session is devoted in UASs in terms of real time data integration in GIS and automated georeferencing, decision making through AI and deep learning, real time image processing, pattern recognition, added value in remote sensing applications, fleet management, 3D reconstruction optimization, autonomous navigation, horizontal and domain specific custom systems.


- Automatic aerial mapping and visualization;
- Autonomous decision systems;
- Communication and security;
- Hardware optimization;
- On-board, real time image processing and pattern recognition;
- Optimization on flight and navigation attitude, Remote sensing applications with added-value;
- Sensor systems;
- 3D reconstruction optimization;

Special Session on GIS in Healthcare - HGIS 2020

Paper Submission: March 3, 2020
Authors Notification: March 17, 2020
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2020


Roberto Lattuada

The need to provide better, personal health information and care at lower costs is opening the way to a number of digital solutions and applications designed and developed specifically for the healthcare. Various open-data initiatives are also making available an enourmous amount of diverse data that needs to be processed and, above all, understood. Under the Digital Health umbrella we find smartphone-based personal health applications, big data reduction and analysis tools, AI-based systems and health information support tools for professional and the industry. The aim of these applications is to help manage cronic conditions or improve ones lifestyle; provide doctors, hospitals and health-services with better, more efficient tools; improve policy makers decision making through the support of data analytics tools. GIS has always provided tools to better understand and contextualize data, this Special session on GIS and Healthcare will show how GIS techniques can be applied to the most common healthcare problems but also explore new areas where GIS can foster healthcare innovation.


The main topics include but are not limited to:

- GIS for disease control and forecast

- GIS for health resources optimization

- GIS for heralth emergency support systems

- Spatial analysis and data mining for healthcare data

- Big data analytics in healthcare

- Digital mapping and epidemiology