ISPRS Scientific Initiative – Open Data Challenge
Smart cards have been widely used in mass transit fare payment systems. They produce large quantities of AFC (Auto Fare Collection) data such as smart card ID, onboard time, and fares. Smart card data together with bus GPS trajectory data can be very useful not only to detect individual travel behavior, but for public transit planning, and many other applications.
The ISPRS open data challenge 2015 aims at promoting research and excellent work on open data, and encourages creative ideas. Over one million AFC data collected by transit smart cards in a metropolis area will be provided, together with some bus GPS trajectories. Participants will be required to identify bus stops, passenger alighting stations, and then finish a project using the data with open software. It is expected that a series benchmark algorithms will be opened to the research community, and foster new ideas and works.
The contest contains a qualification round and a final round. Since most bus companies adopt the flat fare system, only boarding information was recorded in AFC. In the qualification round, participants need to finish algorithms to identify bus stops and passenger alighting stations from over one million anonymous AFC data and associated bus trajectories in a metropolis area. Top-10 teams will be invited to attend the final round competition. The winner teams could obtain a free copy of the above dataset and will be authorized to use the data for non-commercial usage. In the final round, each team will be required to design a creative project using the above data and any other open data with open software. The first place team will receive CNY5,000, the second places will receive CNY3,000, and the third places will receive CNY1,000. In addition to the prizes, the winner teams will be invited to submit a special issue paper to a workshop about spatiotemporal data mining and visualization which is planned to be held in Shenzhen at the end of this year. Some travel grants will be provided to the winner teams.
Important Dates:
Registration: By June 30
Qualification Round (QR): By July 25
Announcement of the QR Results: By July 31
Final Round (FR): August 1 to September 30
Announcement of the FR Results and Rewards: Around October 15
Workshop and Awarding Ceremony: Middle of December
Organizer: ISPRS WGII/7: Intelligent Spatial Decision Support
Chair: Prof. Qingquan Li (Shenzhen University)
Local Chair: Dr. Yang Yue
System Officers: Dr. Xiaomeng Chang, Mr. Jinyun Xie, Mr. Chenglin Ma
Data Officers: Dr. Wei Tu, Mr. Rui Cao
Program Committees:
Contact email:

Call For Papers: ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015

* 23rd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on *
*   Advances in Geographic Information Systems    *
*              (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015)              *
*  Tuesday, November 3-6, 2015 ó Seattle, WA, USA *

Call for Research, Industrial, and Systems Papers,
Demos, PhD Showcases, and Workshops

Abstract Submission: June 16, 2015 (midnight PT)

Paper Submission: June 23, 2015 (midnight PT)

Acceptance Notification: August 25, 2015

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2015 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2015) is the twenty third event in a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data ranging from applications, user interfaces, and visualization to data storage and query processing and indexing. The conference is the premier annual event of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers,
students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to ACM

Deadline 30th May: Special Issue on Multidimensional Modelling, Analysis and Visualization

We are co-editing a special issue on Multidimensional Modelling, Analysis and Visualization — more details at the URL below. Submit full papers for consideration by May 30th.

One week to deadline: Papers and Abstracts for our workshop on Rendering and Cognition with Images and Hybrid Visualizations

This is a kind reminder that we have now one week left the deadline for abstracts and papers for the Geovis workshop we are organizing in France on Rendering and Cognition of Images and Hybrid Visualizations.

Everything you need to know is here:

Eye movements as someone searches for an object in a satellite image. Arzu Coltekin and Floris Heim, 2014.

Please contribute and circulate to those who may be interested!

2nd call for papers GeoVIS 2015: Rendering and Cognition with Images and Hybrid Visualizations

We are co-chairing GeoVIS 2015: Rendering and Cognition with Images and Hybrid Visualizations. Now the submission system is open, submit a 1-page abstract or a full paper (6-8 pages) by 15th of April.

All details here:

Open PostDoc Position at the Institute for Photogrammetry, University of Stuttgart

Attached is an advert of an open PostDoc Position for 12 month at the Institute for Photogrammetry, University of Stuttgart. This position supports the EU Project “Four-dimensional Cultural Heritage World (4D Ch World)”, and serves also for the exchange of knowledge between academia and SMEs.

Click here for more information

IEEE Vis 2015 – Call for papers
25 – 30 October, 2015
Chicago, Illinois, USA

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What you will find in this email:
1. Call for papers
2. Co-located symposia and workshops
3. Tutorials
4. Panels (!!! NEW !!!)
5. VAST and SciVis contest
6. Doctoral Colloquium
7. Art Program  (!!! NEW !!!)
8. Location
9. Chairs

Please note that some deadlines are much earlier than previous years.


IEEE VIS 2015 is the premier forum for advances in visualization. The event-packed week brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to explore their shared interests in tools, techniques, and technology. We invite you to participate in IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), IEEE Information Visualization (InfoVis), and IEEE Scientific Visualization (SciVis) by sharing your research, insights, experience, and enthusiasm.

We solicit high quality papers in all areas related to all areas of visualization including information visualization, scientific visualization, and visual analytics in three tracks. This year, the scientific visualization conference (SciVis), as well as The Visualization Analytics Science & Technology COnference will include both TVCG track and conference-only track. For more information, visit

26th IEEE Scientific Visualization Conference (SciVis) CFP:
21st IEEE Information Visualization Conference (InfoVis) CFP:
10th IEEE Visual Analytics Science & Technology Conference (VAST) CFP:

Paper abstracts submission (mandatory): March 21, 2015
Paper submission: March 31, 2015

The 6th IEEE Sympoisum on Large-scale Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV):
Data Science Symposium: TBD
Visualization for Cyber Security Workshop (VizSec):
VAST Challenge Workshop: (Contact:

We solicit workshops related to all areas of visualization including information visualization, scientific visualization, and visual analytics. The workshops venue at IEEE VIS 2015 provides an informal setting for participants to discuss advanced technical topics in visualization, involve experts in the field, disseminate work in progress, and promote new ideas. Workshops should emphasize emerging ideas, concepts, or technologies that are currently too nascent or too interdisciplinary for a full symposium, or bring together experts on a subject to create a report, white-paper, or proposal requiring interactive work sessions that is of potential interest to a substantial segment of the visualization community.  A distinction that separates workshops from tutorials is that the information flow for a workshop should not be directed solely from the presenters to the audience. Rather, workshops should engage the participation of all attendees. Workshops at IEEE VIS are open to all registered attendees and ‘invitation only’ workshops will not be approved.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2015

The VAST Challenge provides realistic problems and datasets to showcase the effectiveness of tools and methods in the domain of visual analytics. The contest collects several entries of varying complexity, aimed at allowing students, researchers, practitioners, and industry to benchmark their tools in a replicated way.

Submission deadline: TBD

Tutorials are intended to cover a wide selection of topics related to IEEE VIS 2015 and provide background on new tools and application domains necessary for research in data and information visualization and visual analytics. Tutorial attendees come from diverse backgrounds, including volume visualization and rendering, information visualization, geographic visualization, visual analytics, high performance computing, and scientific application communities.  We are soliciting half-day tutorial proposals in the areas of visualization systems, mathematical foundations, methods, and application areas. We welcome course proposals that introduce emerging technologies to the visualization community, as well as proposals on more traditional visualization topics. Topics can include–but are not limited to–any of those listed in the calls for papers for VAST, InfoVis, and SciVis. Tutorials with an application focus are also encouraged.  For more information, visit

Submission deadline: April 30, 2015 (Please note the new date)

Panels address important and/or controversial applications and issues in scientific and information visualization and visual analytics today. In particular, we invite topics in connection with interesting application fields. Panels bringing together potential users of visualization technology (e.g. practitioners and industry professionals) and leading researchers, or panels consisting of experts in fields that might teach us important concepts (e.g. perceptual psychology, visual design, color theory, user-interface design) are welcome. For more information, please visit

Submission deadline: June 15, 2015

The 2015 IEEE Scientific Visualization Contest will be an official part of IEEE VIS 2015. Each year, the contest presents researchers from the visualization community an opportunity to transfer the latest developments in visualizing a challenging application scenario.  For more information, visit

Submission deadline: TBD

The doctoral colloquium (DC) is a single-day invitation-only event taking place the day before IEEE VIS where Ph.D. students in any visualization field—preferably those at the proposal defense stage or equivalent—present their proposed dissertation work and receive feedback from leading senior visualization researchers. We invite contributions from the scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics student communities. For more information, visit

Submission deadline: May 10, 2015

The theme for VISAP’15 is data Improvisations. Artists and visualization researchers share common goals: to make things visible which are normally difficult to see; and to enable reasoning about information that we might otherwise remain ignorant of. For more information, visit

Submission deadline: June 15, 2015

The conference venue, the Palmer House Hilton, is a historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the third largest city in the United States and home to world-class architecture, museums, parks, and restaurants.

Michael E. Papka, Argonne National Laboratory and Northern Illinois University
Maxine Brown, University of Illinois at Chicago

Gautam Chaudhary, Alcon LenSx Inc.
Terry Yoo, National Institutes of Health

Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research (InfoVis)
Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California, Davis (InfoVis)
Melanie Tory, University of Victoria (InfoVis)
James Ahrens, Los Alamos National Laboratory (SciVis)
Huamin Qu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (SciVis)
Jos Roerdink, University of Groningen (SciVis)
Gennady Adrienko, Fraunhofer IAIS and City University London (VAST)
Min Chen, Oxford University (VAST)