What is Geomundus?

Geomundus is an international symposium on Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies, held by the students from the consortium of Erasmus Mundus (EM) International Master's program in Geospatial Technologies and the GEO-C Joint Doctorate in Geoinformatics: Enabling Open Cities, funded in the Marie Curie International Training Networks (ITN) program. It is a free conference organized by students, for students. This year (2016) the conference will be held in Castellón, Spain, from 4th to 5th of November.

Why Geomundus?

It stands as an opportunity to learn, to share scientific research and knowledge, and to meet other peers whose work and study in the immense world of “Geo”. It comprehends (but is not limited to) the Geographic Information Science, from Data Analysis and Management to the new emerging topics - Data Modelling, GeoApps, Augmented Reality, Big Data, Sensors, Open Data and Software, Machine Learning , and all the fields they can be applied to – Agriculture, Ecology, Climate Change, Disaster Management.

We aim to encourage the professional development of Erasmus Mundus, GEO-C as well as other students by providing an opportunity for them to share, present and discuss their own research but also learn from the work of other fellows and professionals. The symposium also creates a forum to meet students from all over the world, with a wide range of backgrounds.


Watch this space for all of our latest speaker announcements! Make sure to visit their blogs or websites, and also follow them on Twitter.

Alan Murray

Professor, Department of Geography at University of California, Santa Barbara
Associate editor for Socio-Economic Planning Sciences and Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Alan Murray is a Professor in the Department of Geography at University of California at Santa Barbara. He previously held academic appointments at Drexel University, Arizona State University and Ohio State University. He is editor of International Regional Science Review, associate editor for Socio-Economic Planning Sciences and Annals of the Association of American Geographers. His research and teaching interests include: geographic information science; spatial optimization; health informatics; urban growth and development; land use planning; urban, regional, and natural resource planning and development; and, infrastructure and transportation systems. He is the author of two books and over 220 research articles, book chapters and proceedings papers.

Anthony C. Robinson

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Pennsylvania
Director for Online Geospatial Education, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute
Assistant Director, GeoVISTA Center

Dr. Anthony Robinson is Assistant Professor, Director for Online Geospatial Education programs, and Assistant Director for the GeoVISTA research center in the Department of Geography at Penn State University. Dr. Robinson's research focuses on the science of interface and interaction design for geographic visualization software tools. He has developed interface design and usability assessment methods for integrating geographic visualization tools with work in epidemiology, crisis management, and homeland security. He currently serves as the Chair of the Commission on Visual Analytics for the International Cartographic Association. In support of geospatial education, Robinson directs Penn State’s Online Geospatial Education efforts, including its Master of GIS and Post-Baccalaureate GIS Certificate programs, which have served over 5000 students since 1999. Robinson also teaches Maps and the Geospatial Revolution on Coursera, a MOOC that has enrolled over 100,000 students around the world.

Richard Sliuzas

Associate Professor in Urban Planning, Department Urban an Regional Planning,
Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente

Richard graduated as a Town Planner from the University of South Australia (formerly SAIT) in 1979. He completed a Post-graduate Diploma and MSc degree in Urban Survey and Human Settlements Analysis at the ITC in 1980 and 1988 respectively. In 2004 he obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University, for his research entitled "Managing informal settlements: a study using geographic information technology in Dar es Salaam Tanzania". He joined ITC in December 1983 where he is currently Associate Professor in Urban Planning within the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management.

Castellón de la Plana
Universitat Jaume I

INIT - Institute of New Imaging Technologies

GeoMundus 2016 will be held in Castellón de la Plana, a pleasant, sunlit town that lies between the Desert de les Palmes hills and the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by orange groves. It is the capital of the province of Castellon, Spain and situated 65 km north of Valencia and 285 south of Barcelona. The venue is Universitat Jaume I, Avenida de Vicent Sos Baynat, s/n, 12071 Castellón, Spain.

Conference Venue

Universitat Jaume I - Espaitec 2,2n floor, conference room
Avenida de Vicent Sos Baynat, 12071 Castellón de la Plana
Friday and Saturday

Conference Dinner

Restaurant Gambrinus Borrull
Plaza del Juez Borrull, 15, 12003 Castellón de la Plana
Friday at 20:30

Informa Meeting

Parque Ribalta, Plaça La Farola,12003 Castellón de la Plana
Thursday at 19:00


Our programme is constantly evolving as we get closer to the event. You can keep up to date with all new announcements on our social networks.

  • Time Description
    19:00 Welcome to Castellón
    Meeting point: Parque Ribalta, La Farola.
    We will see the most important places of Castellón de la Plana, like Plaza Mayor, Plaza Santa Clara and eventually we will end up at Tascas
  • Time Description
    8:30 Registration
    9:15 Opening Ceremony
    9:30 Dr. Alan Murray "Why You Should Care About Advanced Spatial Analytics"
    This talk discusses a number of important urban, economic, social and environmental planning problem contexts, highlighting the need for advanced spatial analytics. The evolution of spatial analytics from simplified assumptions to more nuanced formalizations is reviewed. Computing, finer data and geographic information science are shown to be central in advancements. Empirical findings are presented, illustrating the significance and substantive importance of advanced spatial analytical capabilities.
    10:15 Paper Presentation
    Dr. Erdem, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University "Use of ALOS-PALSAR and LANDSAT Satellite Images Combined with Field Data for Structural Analysis: Examples from Western Anatolia (Turkey)"
    10:45 Coffee Break
    12:00 Paper Presentation
    Sangey Pasang, Masaryk University "Earthquake Induced Landslide Susceptibility Assessment in Bhutan"
    Albert Sanchez, Universitat Jaume I "Me, my place and my people"
    13:00 Lunch
    14:30 Dr. Richard Sliuzas "Slum mapping: maps as infrastructures or infrastructuring mapping?"
    Estimates of the number of slum dwellers in the world vary considerably and may be as high as 1 billion persons or more. The level of variability in these estimates depends upon many issues such as: questions of definition; the levels of political and societal importance given to slum related issues; and the technological approaches and practices that may be available to count or estimate slum dwellers or to map the extents and characteristics of slum areas. This presentation differentiates several different types of slum mapping requirements and reviews the main approaches for slum mapping including terrestrial, aerial and space based methods. It considers whether slum maps should be considered as products or rather as processes, and how the notion of infrastructuring, with its emphasis on relational settings in which natural, physical, cultural, political and scientific concerns interplay, may provide a more useful lens to improve the coverage and the quality of slum maps globally.
    15:15 Workshop 1: Geovisual Analytics: Problems, Datasets, and Tools
    Facilitator: Anthony C. Robinson
    This workshop will explore key problems, datasets, and tools in Geovisual Analytics, with a focus on practical advice to help participants define the scope of a project and craft a sensible solution. Participants will collaborate to develop and critique new project ideas, including the creation of sketch mockups to help clarify goals. In order to accomplish these tasks, participants should come with a laptop that is able to connect to the internet.
    16:45 Coffee Break
    17:15 Career Development Session
    18:00 Closing First Day
    20:30 Conference Dinner
  • Time Description
    9:30 Opening Day
    9:45 Dr. Anthony C. Robinson "Making Maps that Matter: New Challenges in Geovisual Analytics" The reach and impact of cartography is more impressive than ever. Big spatial data sources, new map interaction paradigms, and scalable computing are combining to place mapping at the center of solutions to major human and environmental problems. While our discipline benefits from a tremendously rich history of scientific advances in understanding how people can make, use, and interpret maps, new gaps in our knowledge are emerging. These new frontiers are forming as a result of the torrent of data we are receiving, higher expectations from broader audiences of users, and problem contexts that are dynamic and will never have simple solutions. It is in this context that members of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) have been collaborating to develop a new research agenda for cartography in the era of big data. In this talk I will show examples of the challenges we are facing, identifying broad challenges that will require long-term research engagement as well as shorter-term opportunities that can be tackled right away. Two key themes that cut across these challenges are the need to address both the artistic as well as scientific aspects of Cartography, and to ground our work in problem contexts that truly matter to the well-being of people and our planet. Put simply, we have the opportunity to center our research on the goal of making maps that matter - an aim that can concentrate our efforts to solve important problems with geographic information.
    10:30 Coffee Break
    11:15 Paper Presentation
    Fernando Benitez, Universitat Jaume I "A different way to display information to developers and analysts in cities' open data portals, CityData 3.0"
    Diego Pajarito, Universitat Jaume I " A gamified promotion of green commuting"
    Edward Pultar "Real-time dashboards for Industrial IoT"
    13:00 Lunch
    14:30 Paper Presentation
    Khoi Manh Ngo, Universitat Jaume I "Participatory sensing framework"
    Manuel Portela, Universitat Jaume I "Situational awareness as a service"
    Apurva Kochar, University of Münster "Using Map-Augmented Reality for Forced Migrants"
    15:30 Workshop 1: Building Geo-Ideas and Exploring Data to create a Smart Cities-Apps
    Facilitator: Fernando Benitez
    The workshop will be focused in building ideas for developing Geospatial application (that could be used in smart cities i.e. BikesApp, Spatial Literacy, Education Facilities, Health Facilities etc.). During this session the team should also explore, find, download, and research, all the available data that they think could be useful or relevant for the challenge that they choose. At the end of the session, the idea should be, with the information that they discovered, the barriers and suggestions they have, to create a short presentation to expose the issues.
    17:45 Closing Ceremony of the end of Conference

Registration and Submission

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Submission for either extended abstracts or posters is open starting from June 1st, 2016 till July 25th, 2016. Acceptance notification will be on August 10th. After acceptance,the extended abstracts will be published on Geomundus website.

Extended Abstract Submission

Title (10 words or fewer)
Author/Presenter name(s)
Institution / Company name
Complete address, phone, and email information
Brief presenter biography plus photo (optional)
Abstract (one paragraph)
2-4 pages long document
Format: PDF
Duration presentation: 10 mim

Template for Extended Abstract

Select paper to upload:

Alternatively you can send us the document via e-mail. If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. info@geomundus.org

2016 Team

GeoMundus is a symposium held by the students from the consortium of Erasmus Mundus (EM) International Master's program in Geospatial Technologies and the GEO-C Joint Doctorate in Geoinformatics.


Tami Palmer Tami Palmer

Adeoluwa Akande Adeoluwa Akande

Jana Lodi Martins

Edorta Iraegui


Apurva Anil Apurva Kochar

Jean CaldieronJean Martin Caldieron

Angela Afonso

Abhasha Joshi


Adrian Baba

Qadir Mamode Abdal Qadir Mamode


Gina MartinezGina Martinez

David Pardo David Pardo


Kiana Kazemi Kiana Kazemi

Julia Desiree Velastegui Julia Desiree Velastegui

Laura Giuffrida Laura Giuffrida


Sushil ThapaSushil Thapa

Birhane Guesh Birhane Guesh

GEO-C Team

Fernando Fernando Benítez

Fernando Khoi Manh Ngo

Fernando Diego Pajarito

Fernando Manuel Portela

FernandoAlbert Acedo


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