What is GeoMundus?

GeoMundus is a free international symposium organised by the students from the Erasmus Mundus Master's of Science in Geospatial Technologies. The conference aims to share cutting-edge scientific research, knowledge, and skills in the fields of Geospatial Technologies, Geoinformatics, and Geosciences, including but not limited to geographic information systems and sciences, spatial cognition, geography, and spatial data sciences. This year’s GeoMundus will also explore the use of Artificial Intelligence in these fields, highlighting the research that pushes the boundaries of geospatial analysis through machine learning, with specific keynote, workshop, and presentations. Please see Programme Section for the more detail information.

Why GeoMundus?

GeoMundus is an opportunity to learn about and share scientific research, knowledge and skills with other students and researchers of all things ‘Geo’. This year, one of the topic of focus, ‘Artificial Intelligence in Geoinformatics’ will give participants the chance to learn about technological advancements of AI, research activities on it and it’s applications on geospatial technologies in today’s world. GeoMundus is unique, featuring workshops where participants can experience first-hand the future of the field as well as a career session specially designed for students interested in a geospatial career.

Who should participate in GeoMundus 2018?

Everyone who is curious about geospatial technologies and their applications. We especially welcome students, researchers, industry leaders, and interested members of the public. It is not only a great opportunity to learn, but also to network with the brightest minds in this exciting field.

Registration is free, so sign up now!


We are excited to have four keynotes speakers sharing their expertise at our conference. Please visit their personal websites to find out more about them.

Michael Frank Goodchild

Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor.
He is also Distinguished Chair Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Research Professor at Arizona State University, and holds many other affiliate, adjunct, and honorary positions at universities around the world.
Until his retirement in June 2012 he was Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received five honorary doctorates.
He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud.
He was editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990 and editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the4 Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 2000 to 2006.
He serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series, and has published over 15 books and 500 articles. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and of the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.
We are delighted to have Dr. Goodchild to share his long experience on GIScience and tell us about the future directions of the field!

Monica Wachowicz

Monica Wachowicz is Full Professor in Data Science, and the Cisco Innovation Chair in Big Data and the NSERC/Cisco Industrial Research Chair in Mobility Analytics at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.
She is also the Director of the People in Motion Laboratory, a centre of expertise in the application of Internet of Things (IoT) to digital cities. Her research interests include fog/edge computing, machine learning on graphs, mobility analytics, and IoT applications.
She works at the intersection of
  1. Streaming Analytics for analyzing massive IoT data streams in search of understanding mobility behaviour in digital cities; and
  2. Cartography for designing maps for a world in which ‘intelligence’ will be embedded in virtually everything around us.
She is a founding member of the Technical Committee on Big Data (TCBD) of the IEEE Communications Society and the International Journal of Big Data Intelligence. Her pioneering work in multidisciplinary teams from government, industry and research organizations is fostering the next generation of data scientists for innovation.

Miguel de Castro Neto

Miguel de Castro Neto is Assistant Professor and the Associate Dean at NOVA Information Management School.
His research and teaching interests lie in the field of Business Intelligence and Smart Cities.
He won the ”Smart Cities Personality of the Year” award from Green Business Week in 2017.
He is the president of Pedagogical Council and Coordinator of the Post-Graduation in Smart Cities.
He is also the president of the Portuguese Engineers Professional Association Agronomy College and working as a coordinator of the Group Cities and Spatial Planning committee in the think tank Sustainable Growth Platform. He is founder and vice-president of the Data Science Portuguese Association.
He is also founding-partner of the company Agriciência, Consultores de Engenharia, Lda. We are excited to have him at our conference for his expertise in the burgeoning geographic field of smart cities.

Francisco Pinto Espinosa

Francisco Pinto Espinosa is an Associate Scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) global wheat program.
CIMMYT works to improve livelihoods and foster more productive, sustainable maize and wheat farming.
Pinto’s work focuses on remote sensing imagery and UAV for data acquisition.
He obtained a PhD in agriculture from the University of Bonn and the Jülich Research Center in 2015.
His research interests include the use of remote sensing for field phenotyping and understanding ecophysiological dynamics of crops at different spatio-temporal scales and the development of high-throughput phenotyping approaches for improving genetic gain and for quantifying physiological traits.
He is also interested in the use and validation of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence for crop canopies.
We are excited to have him to teach us about the application of remote sensing in the field of agriculture!

Bruno Martins

Bruno Martins is an assistant professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in the University of Lisbon and a researcher at the Information and Decision Support Systems Lab of INESC-ID, where he works on problems related to the general areas of information retrieval, text mining, and the geographical information sciences.
He has been involved in several research projects related to geospatial aspects in information access and retrieval. Especially he has accumulated a significant expertise in addressing challenges at the intersection of information retrieval and the geographical information sciences (i.e. an area that is often referred to as geographical information retrieval).
We are extremely glad to have him to get insight about AI and learn about the challenges with the unstructured data.

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Nova - Information Management School

NOVA Information Management School is the School of Statistics and Information Management of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. It was founded in 1989 in response to a large number of graduates who specialized in Information Management and the growing need for the use of new information technologies. Located in the beautiful Campolide campus, NOVA IMS has an infrastructure equipped with the most modern information and teaching support technologies. Today, NOVA IMS provides high level education to more than 1000 students, from over 60 countries. The offer includes two bachelor degrees, six master degrees, including an Erasmus Mundus Master Course and a double degree European Master Course, a doctorate and several postgraduate courses.

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  • Time Description
    19:00 + Introductory tour around the historical centre of Lisbon

    We cordially invite all the participants of GeoMundus 2018 to a tour around the astonishing Lisbon city center. Be ready to meet amazing people, share a drink and get into GeoMundus conference mood. The details are as follows:
    When: Thursday 6th December 2018, 19:00
    Where: Praça do Comércio

    (Note): This is an informal session. Cost of drinks or snacks should be self-payed.

  • Time Description
    8:00 Registration (with coffee)
    9:00 Opening Ceremony
    9:15 + Keynote Presentation 1: Dr. Michael F. Goodchild

    Title: Future directions in GIScience

    The technical environment for GIScience is changing rapidly, with growing interest in such topics as social media, autonomous vehicles, Big Data and data science, artificial intelligence and deep learning, and urban informatics and smart cities, all of which have significant geospatial dimensions. There is also growing tension between ease-of-use on the one hand, and rigorous science on the other. I sketch some key issues that will determine how GIScience can and should develop in this increasingly challenging environment.

    10:00 Best Short Paper 1 Presentation
    10:20 Coffee break
    10:50 Short Documentary About GeoMundus History
    11:10 + Keynote Presentation 2: Miguel de Castro Neto

    Title: Urban Intelligence Building Blocks

    Details coming soon.

    11:55 Short Paper Presentations 1
    13:15 Lunch
    15:00 + Keynote Presentation 3: Dr. Bruno Martins

    Title: Mining Geospatial Information from Unstructured Data

    Vast amounts of geographically-related multimedia data contents are nowadays available online and/or in digital formats, which has created new opportunities related to the application of spatial analysis methods within fields such as the computational social sciences and/or the digital humanities (e.g., using unstructured big data to understand how people observe their world). Examples include Wikipedia or news articles, travel diaries or blog entries, Twitter messages, or online photographs. These multimedia contents about places, crowdsourced from social sensors or available within large collections, are often of high value because they offer alternative views on places, more complete and/or up-to-date than other authoritative geospatial data sources. However, there are also several challenges in using this information, related to its unstructured and un-standardized nature (e.g., it is difficult to correctly match information in texts and/or photos to specific locations on the Earth). This talk will review the use of machine learning approaches for extracting geographical information from unstructured contents, discussing recent approaches based on deep neural networks for classifying and/or geo-referencing unstructured data, of interest to several application domains.

    15:45 Best Short Paper 2 Presentation
    16:05 Poster Session and Coffee break
    16:50 + Career Development Session

    It is an interactive forum providing a great opportunity for students interested professionally on the practices of geoinformation technologies.
    Students and attendees will have a face to face career-perspective discussion, finding answers to questions like:
    1. What are the possibilities and options for building your career in geoinfomatics?
    2. Should one pursue further studies (PhD), or go into the workforce after the master degree?
    3. Critical ideas for entrepreneurs.
    4. How can we influence society through GI knowledge? What are the challenges in such project?
    5. Tips for moving the career forward.

    Panellists include our keynote speakers and invited guests.

    17:50 Closing First Day
    20:00 + The Conference Dinner (Free)

    We hope that you will join us to celebrate and connect!
    Note: There is a participant limit, so if you would like to participate, please register well in advance.

  • Time Description
    9:00 Registration
    9:30 Opening Second Day
    9:35 + Keynote Presentation 4: Dr. Monica Wachowicz

    Title: What’s next? Analytics Everywhere Ecosystems

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming public infrastructure into digital things that can enhance the quality of life of citizens. But the unquestionable change for digital transformation in our cities may come from citizens themselves. The Internet of Things generate an unprecedented amount of data streams about citizen experience that is impossible to handle using traditional GIS. Mainly because the data streams usually exhibit high data rates with out-of-order arrival problems, communication loss, and they are usually noisy, incomplete, and unreliable. The research challenges are related to how we can analyze these data streams in a timely way considering computing power, storage capability, network communication, privacy, security, and energy limitations of IoT environments. In this presentation we will explore how analytics everywhere ecosystems are modernizing analytical workflows in order to allow data scientists to collect and analyze data streams as they are being transported through distributed resources such as edge, fog and cloud computing. These ecosystems will deliver new insights for improving a citizen’s ability to understand what is happening and take an action accordingly.

    10:20 Best Short Paper 3 Presentation
    10:40 Coffee Break
    11:10 Short Paper Presentation 2
    12:30 Lunch
    14:30 + Keynote Presentation 5: Francisco Pinto

    Title: Using remote sensing for improving crops and ensure food security: the experience of CIMMYT

    Details coming soon!

    15:15 + Concurrent Workshops

    This session includes 4 concurrent workshops. The aim is to provide participants with practical, hands-on exercises and activities.

    Workshop 1: Urban Ecosystem Services with GIS.
    The sustainable use of natural resources is of utmost importance for mankind. In this workshop we will introduce the concept of urban Ecosystem Services (ES). Then, we will explain how urban ES can be valued, both in biophysical and monetary terms. We will refer to some tools to work with ES biophysical and economic valuations focusing on InVEST tool from Natural Capital Project. We will use a case-study to demonstrate this approach. The objective is to show how we can use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and natural capital information for sustainable urban planning. At the end of this workshop, you should be able to:
    i. Understand and explain what urban ecosystem services are.
    ii. Understand how we can measure and value urban ecosystem services.
    iii. Use GIS and InVEST tools for quantifying ecosystem services.
    iv. Understand how to integrate natural capital information into urban planning.

    Workshop 2 will focus on the application of Artificial Intelligence in Geoinformatics.
    Details about this and two more workshops will be announced soon!

    17:45 Closing Ceremony for the Conference

Call for Short Papers and Posters

The submission period for short papers is now closed. The deadline for the poster submission has been extended to November 15th at midnight Western European Time.

Thank you for your interest in participating in GeoMundus 2018. All individuals interested in any aspect of geospatial technologies are invited to submit their research, and we will let you know if we have space for your poster at the conference. Please follow the poster guidelines when submitting.

Please note that GeoMundus does not provide invitations and does not support Visa Processes.

During the submission process, you will be asked to identify the most applicable topic for your poster. Potential topics along with applications of Geospatial Technologies and its Interaction include, but are not limited to:

  • Cadastre
  • Cartography
  • Environmental Management
  • Geodesy
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Geoinformatics
  • Geospatial Databases
  • Geospatial Data Mining
  • Geostatistics
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Location Based Services
  • Navigation
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Surveying
  • Others

We would also like to invite posters about Artificial Intelligence in Geoinformatics, the sub-theme of our conference.
These include:

  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Visualisation
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems/LIDAR
  • Satellite imageries
  • Cognitive Science
  • User Adaptivity
  • Others
A confirmation email of receipt will be sent to you after successfully completing the submission form. Please keep a copy of this confirmation for your records.

We will notify the authors of accepted short papers on September 24th, 2018.
We will notify the authors of accepted posters on November 18th, 2018.
We will publish the accepted short papers and posters on the GeoMundus website.

For any questions about templates, formatting and submission, please write an email to program@geomundus.org

Participant Registration

Simply click on the registration link below to register yourself for the 10th GeoMundus Conference. Registration is free.
Registration is from 1st of June to 30th of November
Please Note: Seats at the dinner are limited

Submissions of Short papers and Posters

Click the submission link below if you are interested in presenting a poster at the 10th GeoMundus Conference. Please make sure to follow the templates provided for the submission.

The submission period for short papers is now closed. The deadline for the poster submission has been extended to November 15th at midnight Western European Time.

2018 Team

GeoMundus is a symposium organised and facilitated by the students of the Erasmus Mundus Master's of Science in Geospatial Technologies.


Duarte Nunes Duarte Nunes

Fabián PerottiFabián Perotti

Kushal SharmaKushal Sharma


Manvel KhudinyanManvel Khudinyan

Jonas MeyerJonas Meyer

Mitzi Vidal Mitzi Vidal

Renan Barroso Renan Barroso

Roberto Luna Roberto Luna


Eliza ShresthaEliza Shrestha

Fana Gebremeskel Fana Gebremeskel

Laxmi Thapa Laxmi Thapa

Matheus S. Barros Matheus S. Barros

Nicholas AsangaNicholas Asanga

Tamene GelayeTamene Gelaye


Denny Palinggi Denny Palinggi

Manuel Mendoza Manuel Mendoza

Sadegh KarampanahSadegh Karampanah

Stefana CiobanStefana Cioban

Vanesa Perez SanchoVanesa Perez Sancho


Brhane BahrishumBrhane Bahrishum

Lorena AbadLorena Abad

Lucas BraunLucas Braun

Luuk van der MeerLuuk van der Meer

Nicodemus NyamariNicodemus Nyamari


Alaa Bakry AbdelfattahAlaa Bakry Abdelfattah

Ang Dawa SherpaAng Dawa Sherpa

Daniel Marsh-HunnDaniel Marsh-Hunn

William MartinezWilliam Martinez


If you have any questions, please contact us via email. Alternatively, please write to us at our mailing address listed below.

Mailing address

Nova Information Management School
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Campus de Campolide
1070-312 Lisboa | Portugal

Sponsors & Partners

We would like to thank our sponsors and partners for their generosity and help making this event a huge success.

Should you wish to sponsor the 2018 GeoMundus conference, please contact the budget team at budget@geomundus.org