Report of the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services

 

The 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services, organized by the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services and the Res1_logoearch Group Cartography of Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), took place in Vienna, Austria from 14-16 November 2016. The conference was endorsed by the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), International Association of Geodesy (IAG), and the German Cartographic Society e.V. (DGfK).

More than 120 participants from 23 countries gathered in the historical Celebration Hall of TU Wien. The conference was opened by Rector Prof Sabine Seidler, Conference Director and ICA Past President Prof Georg Gartner, and AGILE Co-Chair Prof Martin Raubal. After the opening, Haosheng Huang presented the current development of an LBS research agenda, which is an initiative started by the LBS Commission to identify key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

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Opening session of the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services – LBS 2016 held in Vienna, Austria | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

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Oral session at LBS 2016 | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

A total of 48 oral presentations have been given in 12 single-stream sessions over three days. The conference also featured two interactive sessions, consisting of 4 showcases and 22 posters. These oral presentations, showcases and posters provide a general picture of recent research activities related to the domain of LBS. Such activities emerged in the last years, especially concerning issues of outdoor/indoor positioning, smart environment, spatial modeling, personalization, context-awarenesss, cartographic communication, novel user interfaces, crowdsourcing, social media, big data analysis, usability and privacy. As a first time, this conference also featured an industrial session, in which 4 invited LBS companies and start-ups presented their on-going research and development related to LBS.

A selection of peer-reviewed full papers has been published in the book “Progress in Location-Based Services” of the Springer Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Work in progress submissions are included in the conference proceedings (ISBN 978-1-907075-02-5), which are available online (http://lbsconference.org/). A special issue of the Journal of Location-Based Services is planned as well.

Besides the technical and scientific program, the conference provided several social networking opportunities, including an ice-breaker reception on the first day, a conference dinner in an old and traditional Viennese wine cellar on the 2nd day, and a farewell drinks event.

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Ice-breaker reception at LBS 2016 | Photograph courtesy of Research Group Cartography, TU Wien

Since its initiation by Georg Gartner from TU Wien (Austria) in 2002, the LBS conference series has become one of the most important scientific events decided to LBS. The conferences have been held in Vienna (2002, 2004, 2005), Hong Kong (2007), Salzburg (2008), Nottingham (2009), Guangzhou (2010), Vienna (2011), Munich (2012), Shanghai (2013), Vienna (2014), Augsburg (2015), and Vienna (2016). Starting from 2015, the LBS conferences have become the annual event of the newly established ICA Commission on Location-Based Services. The next LBS conference has been planned, and will be hosted by Prof. Martin Raubal at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) on January 2018. We look forward to meeting you at the next LBS conference.

For more information, please refer to the conference website http://lbsconference.org/.

Call for papers: ICC 2017, and Pre-Conference Symposium on Social Media and Tracking Data

The 28th International Cartographic Conference (ICC 2017) will be held in Washington DC, July 2-7, 2017. Location-based services will be one of the key topics in this conference. The deadline for submitting abstracts and full papers is due on October 26, 2016.

Immediately before ICC 2017, the LBS Commission and the Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modelling are organizing an international symposium on location-based social media and tracking data (LSMTD 2017). The deadline for extended abstract submissions is February 15, 2017. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers for consideration for publication in a special issue of International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS).

Please consider submitting your research work to the both events. Look forward to your submissions, and to meeting you in Washington DC.

LBS research agenda: A first list of “key problems” and the vision workshop at LBS 2016

The ICA Commission on Location-Based Services is currently working on a cross-cutting research agenda, identifying key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

In the first step of this process, we have received 31 one-paragraph proposals (thank you very much for those who contributed). Based on these proposals, we have compiled a first list of “key problems” (pdf).

In order to further refine this list and develop a comprehensive LBS research agenda, we invite everyone to comment and give feedback on this list. Any important things missing from your perspective? Please provide your feedback here by 4 November. Any comments and feedback are welcome!

In addition, we will organize a workshop, immediately before LBS 2016, on the afternoon (13:00-18:00) of November 13, 2016, to discuss these key problems in details. Anyone interested is invited to attend this workshop. The registration is free. If you plan to join, please register for the workshop by 30 October.

More details of the initiative can be found at: http://lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda/

Look forward to your comments and feedback, as well as your participation in the research agenda workshop.

LBS research agenda: call for one paragraph proposals of “big problems” in LBS

The ICA Commission on Location-Based Services is currently starting an initiative to develop a cross-cutting research agenda for the field of Location-Based Services (LBS), aiming to identify key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

The details of the initiative are available here at:http://lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda/

As a first step in this process, we invite all interested parties to write a one paragraph proposal to describe what they believe are the “big problems” that should be addressed to bring LBS research into a higher level. The commission chairs together with several invited experts will then examine, classify, and group these proposals, and provide a first list of “key problems”. The list will be circulated to the LBS research community for comments and feedback.

The deadline for one paragraph proposals of “big problems” in LBS has been extended to 5 August 2016. Please submit your proposal here.

LBS 2016: work in progress deadline reminder

Just a reminder for the LBS 2016 (http://lbs2016.org): The deadline for work in progress abstracts (up to 800 words) is 15 July 2016, in about one week.

Work in progress will be peer-reviewed by the organizing committee with several invited experts. If accepted, you will be invited to give an oral presentation at the conference and an extended abstract or full paper (your choice) will be published in the online proceedings of the conference (with an ISBN). Authors of selected work in progress will be also invited to submit extended versions of their work to a special issue of the Journal of LBS.

We are looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you in Vienna!

Share your ideas on future research directions in the field of LBS

mapbulb-300x300The ICA Commission on Location-Based Services is currently starting an initiative to develop a cross-cutting research agenda for the field of Location-Based Services (LBS), aiming to identify key research questions and challenges that are essential for the LBS development in the next 5 or 10 years.

The details of the initiative are available here at: http://lbs.icaci.org/research-agenda/

As a first step in this process, we invite all interested parties to write a one paragraph proposal to describe what they believe are the “big problems” that should be addressed to bring LBS research into a higher level. The commission chairs together with several invited experts will then examine, classify, and group these proposals, and provide a first list of “key problems”. The list will be circulated to the LBS research community, and we will then invite everyone to write a one-page position paper to further develop cross-cutting research directions and plans toward these “key problems”.

Important Dates:

  • 15 July 2016, deadline for one paragraph proposals of “big problems” in LBS. Please submit your proposal here.
  • 20 August 2016, publication of the selected “key problems” on the commission website
  • 1 October 2016, deadline for expression of interest in writing a one-page position paper
  • 1 November 2016, deadline for one-page position papers

We are exploring the possibility of having a workshop, preceding the LBS 2016 in Vienna,  to discuss these position papers and the cross-cutting research directions.

Please feel free to distribute the information to your network and contacts. Everyone is invited to join and contribute!

We are looking forward to your one-paragraph proposal by 15 July 2016!

Call for Papers: LBS 2016, Vienna, Austria

The ICA Commission on Location Based Services and the Vienna University of Technology are pleased to invite you to the 13th International Conference on Location-Based Services (LBS 2016), which will take place in Vienna on November 14-16,
2016.

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2016 aims to
offer a platform for scholars, researchers, and industry/market operators
from various disciplines and practice to meet, interact and exchange knowledge,
experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on
how it will influence both science and society.

The Call for Papers is currently open. Deadlines for submission are June 1 for
full papers, July 1 for work in progress, and September 18 for showcases.
High-quality submissions are intended to be published in the Journal of Location
Based Services and in a book of the Springer series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation
and Cartography. More information can be found at http://lbsconference.org/.

We are looking forwards to your contributions and to meeting you in Vienna!

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Call for Papers: Special session “LBS and Ubiquitous Cartography” at ISPRS Congress 2016

The LBS Commission is organizing a special session “LBS and Ubiquitous Cartography” (SpS6-ICA) at the ISPRS Congress 2016, which will take place from 12-19 July 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. The deadline for full paper submissions and abstract submissions is 13 December 2015.

Topics of interests include (but not limited to): Outdoor and indoor positioning, Smart environments and ambient spatial intelligence, Spatio-temporal data acquisition, processing, and analysis, LBS, crowdsourcing and volunteered geographic information (VGI), Neocartography, Geotagged big data, Personalization and context-aware adaptation, Visualization techniques for LBS, Novel user interfaces and interaction techniques, 3D and augmented reality, Innovative LBS systems and applications, Wayfinding and navigation, LBS and transportation applications, User studies and evaluations, Privacy and usability, Human factors in LBS, Smart cities, Legal and business aspects in LBS, Open source solutions and standards

Invitation to join the LBS commission and mailing list

On 28 August 2015, the 16th ICA General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro approved the new research commission on Location-Based Services (LBS) for the term of 2015-2019. The commission aims to provide a platform for anyone whose work is either focused on or relevant to LBS to interact and exchange knowledge, experience and ideas on how LBS can be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.

LBS is an interdisciplinary research field. Within the LBS commission, we are interested in any research topics related to LBS, including (without being limited to) outdoor and indoor positioning, context and user modelling, location tracking and processing, user interfaces, usability, privacy and social issues, smart cities, mobility and transportation applications, health applications, and so on.

You are cordially invited to become a member of the commission and participate in its activities. Please also advertise the opportunity to join the commission to any colleagues and students whom you think might be interested in the topics. Please sign-up here to become a member and receive news and updates through the commission’s moderated mailing list.