GISRUK 2020 online • 21-23 July

GISRUK 2020 free and open online conference at University College London / Birkbeck

After some hard work with my UCL colleague James Haworth, the programme for this edition of GISRUK is out:

GISRUK is the largest academic conference in Geographic Information Science in the UK. Since 1993, GISRUK has attracted international researchers and practitioners in GIS and cognate fields, including geography, computer science, data science, and urban planning to share the latest advances in spatial computing and analytics.

This year, GISRUK will take place as a fully online event over three days from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd of July 2020. The whole conference will be fully open and free (£0) and is co-organised by University College London and Birkbeck, University of London.

The conference will host more than 50 research presentations by international scientists and researchers, with the following keynote speakers:

  • Mark Birkin (Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy in the School of Geography, University of Leeds)
  • Tao Cheng (Professor of Geoinformatics, Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London)
  • Krzysztof Janowicz (Professor of Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics, Dept. of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño (Principal Scientist at Microsoft “AI for Earth”)

A social event will feature live interviews with:

  • Licia Capra (Dept. of Computer Science, University College London) 
  • Denise McKenzie (Director of the Benchmark Initiative at Geovation, UK)
  • Monica Stephens (Dept. of Geography at the University at Buffalo, USA, and Durham University, UK)

We are particularly keen to see how this interview-based event will go, being rather unusual at this kind of scientific conference.

The conference theme this year is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Urban Analytics. In recent years, AI has re-emerged as a hot topic in science and technology and is beginning to see applications across the geospatial sciences, notably in urban analytics. In addressing this theme, GISRUK 2020 aims to bring together the best research in AI in the geospatial community and provide a forum for discussing how AI could and should be used in the future.

The conference presentations will include:

  • AI in GIS and Urban Analytics
  • Machine Learning and deep learning for the geospatial domain
  • Urban Analytics and Smart Cities
  • Geospatial Big Data
  • Geosimulation, including agent based models and cellular automata
  • Spatial and Spatio-temporal modelling
  • Cartography and Geovisualisation
  • Volunteered Geographic Information
  • Web and Open-source GIS
  • Applications in transport, economics, health, environmental science, and digital humanities

All participants are invited to register for free at this link: (select GISRUK).

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We look forward to having you at GISRUK 2020!