LBS 2021: A report

During 24-25 November 2021, the 16th Conference on Location Based Services (LBS 2021) has been successfully held online on Zoom. The conference was organized by the ICA Commission on Location Based Services, and hosted by Prof. Anahid Basiri and her team at the University of Glasgow.

This year LBS 2021 was again privileged to host more than 215 participants from all over the world, contributing to the conference with high-quality presentations and inspiring discussions.

The conference featured five keynotes:

  • Michael Batty, University College London, “More Than One Digital Twin”
  • Urška Demšar, University of St Andrews, “Studying migratory bird navigation with spatial data science”
  • Matt Duckham, RMIT University, “LBS and Indigenous Data Sovereignty”
  • Anita Graser, Austrian Institute of Technology, “Open LBS Research: Why (not)?”
  • Ross Purves, University of Zurich, “Location, place and language”


The conference also featured a “Best paper session” on the 2nd conference day.

  • The “Best paper award” went to Jerome Dreyer, Sven Heitmann, Felix Erdmann, Gernot Bauer and Christian Kray from Germany for their full paper on ” ‘Informed’ consent in popular location based services and digital sovereignty”.
  • The winner of the best short paper award at LBS2021 is “Would citizens contribute their personal location data to an open database? Preliminary results from a survey”, authored by Vilma Jokinen, Ville Mäkinen, Anna Brauer and Juha Oksanen from Finland.

We also hosted a series of interesting oral presentations covering different aspects of LBS Research, which were grouped into five oral sessions on “Wayfinding and Navigation Systems”, “Positioning”, “Location tracking and systems”, “Mobility and Activity Analytics”, and “Visualization, Perception and Analysis”.

You can check the hashtag #LBS2021 on Twitter to get some impressions of the conference.

LBS 2022 will be hosted by Augsburg University and TU Munich in Munich on 12-14 September 2022. More details will follow.