International Symposium on Location-Based Big Data and GeoAI 2023 (LocBigDataAI 2023)

August 12, 2023, Cape Town, South Africa, in conjunction with ICC 2023
Co-organized by The ICA Commission on Location-Based Services, The ICA Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modelling, and the ICA Working Group on Digital Transformation of National Mapping Agencies 

This symposium will be held in hybrid mode.


  • Symposium venue: The Capetonian Hotel (Google Maps)
  • The abstract submission deadline has been extended to May 5, 2023.
  • Special issue on “GeoAI and Location Big Data for Smart Cities” in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS); Special issue CFP in PDF. The CEUS special issue is also open to authors who do not plan to participate in the symposium (in that case, please still submit your abstract via the EasyChair link below).

Call for papers as a PDF (download)


The increasing use of location-based services, as well as the growing ubiquity of location/activity sensing technologies have led to a huge amount of location-based big data (LocBigData), such as tracking or sensing data (e.g., massive GPS trajectories of people and vehicles, and georeferenced mobile phone data), social media data (e.g., twitter), and crowdsourced geographic information. The growing availability of such data has created unprecedented opportunities for researchers from various disciplines. One of the emerging research fields that are significantly benefiting from LocBigData is GeoAI, which aims to seamlessly integrate geographic knowledge or concepts into AI to address geographical problems or beyond. The unprecedented research opportunities brought by LocBigData and GeoAI also come with new theoretical, technical, ethical, and social questions. This symposium will offer a common ground for researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and research findings, and to discuss the open challenges and future research direction on location-based big data and GeoAI. 

This is a pre-conference symposium associated with ICC 2023, and a follow-up of the successful previous conferences of ICLSM 2015, LSMTD 2017, and LocBigData 2019.


We invite contributions in the following areas (but not limited to):

Acquisition, management, and analytics of location-based big data

  • Crowdsourcing and Internet of Things
  • Data management, cleaning, and integration
  • Geovisual analytics
  • Computational mobility and activity analysis
  • Descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics

Geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI)

  • Big data analytics and machine/deep learning
  • Spatially explicit AI techniques
  • Geography/GIScience-guided AI
  • Explainable GeoAI
  • Integration of data- and theory-driven approaches

Applications of location-based big data and GeoAI

  • Human spatial behavior, activity, and mobility
  • Place modelling and understanding
  • Transportation and traffic
  • Social network analysis
  • Public health
  • Smart and sustainable cities

Social and ethical issues of location-based big data and GeoAI

  • Data quality and representativeness
  • Bias of LocBigData and GeoAI
  • (Geo)privacy and ethical issues
  • Social inequality across cyber and physical space
  • Governance of LocBigData and GeoAI


You are invited to submit work-in-progress or position papers with a length of 400-1200 words in PDF format at EasyChair. All submissions should be prepared in English, single column, singled-spaced with figures and tables within the text. A submission should contain author affiliations and email addresses, a short abstract (up to 150 words), and keywords, in addition to the main text. The submission should include succinct and sufficient information about research objectives, significance, method, and preliminary or expected findings.

All submissions will be reviewed. If accepted, at least one of the authors must attend (online or in-person) the symposium to present the work.  Authors of selected submissions will be invited to submit full papers for consideration for publication in the special issue on “GeoAI and Location Big Data for Smart Cities” in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (CEUS).


  • Short papers Due (extended): April 15, 2023 May 5, 2023
  • Acceptance notification: May 15, 2023 May 25, 2023
  • Symposium: August 12, 2023


Haosheng Huang, Ghent University, Belgium,
Jukka Krisp, Augsburg University, Germany,
Xiaobai Angela Yao, University of Georgia, USA,
Xintao Liu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China,
Bin Jiang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), China,
Juha Oksanen, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Finland,


More to come…
Tinghua Ai, Wuhan University, China
Gennady Andrienko, Fraunhofer, Institute
Itzhak Benenson, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Zhenhua Chen, Ohio State University, USA
Tao Cheng, UCL, UK
Christophe Claramunt, Naval Academy Research Institute, France
Mahmoud Reza Delavar, University of Tehran, Iran
Zhixiang Fang, Wuhan Universiy, China
Cheng Fu, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Song Gao, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Georg Gartner, TU Wien, Austria
Zhaoya Gong, Peking University, China
Tony Grubesic, University of California at Riverside, USA
Hartwig Hochmair, University of Florida, USA
Yingjie Hu, University at Buffalo, USA
Wenwen Li, Arizona State University, USA
Ying Long, Tsinghua University, China
Liqiu Meng, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Martin Raubal, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Shih-Lung Shaw, University of Tennessee, USA
Jie Shen, Nanjing Normal University, China
Zhenjiang Shen, Kanazawa university, Japan
Jean-Claude Thill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University, USA
Mingshu Wang, University of Glasgow, UK
Nico Van de Weghe, Ghent University, Belgium
Robert Weibel, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Stephan Winter, The University of Melbourne, Australia
May Yuan, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Qunshan Zhao, University of Glasgow, UK
Rui Zhu, University of Bristol, UK
Lei Zou, Texas A&M University, USA