The GeoMundus Conference is a free international conference organized by students of the joint MSc program in Geospatial Technologies.
Since 2009, the GeoMundus has been hosted annually alternating between the program’s organizing universities, NOVA IMS (Lisbon, Portugal),
WWU (Münster, Germany) and UJI (Castellón de la Plana, Spain).
The conference brings together students, researchers, and professionals from the broader geospatial community for a unique collaborative experience.
The aim is to share state of the art scientific research, knowledge, and skills in the fields of Geospatial Technologies, Geoinformatics,
This year’s twist
Previous editions have not had a particular thematic focus. However, this year
we want to spice up discussions with a guiding theme. As students and members of the geospatial community, we want to engage participants in critical reflection
about the goals and motivations of geospatial innovation.
Is geospatial innovation driven by a desire for technological advancement (for the sake of technological advancement),
or is it driven by a pressing societal need for geospatial solutions?
Provocatively we ask the open-ended question: “Geospatial Technologies: Fancy Toys or Tangible Outcomes?”.
Recent decades have seen an explosion of creativity in geospatial technologies, applications and methodologies.
With these rapid developments we believe that it is important to stop and reconsider the tangible utility of these new innovations, and find out how we can ensure that
our professional efforts fit some of the most pressing societal needs. Thus, this year’s conference will focus on and provoke participants to engage in constructive discussion
and to ask themselves what the value of their work is in the world.
Anyone who is curious about geospatial technologies and their applications should participate in this conference. We welcome students, researchers, industry leaders and members from the general public to join us for this year’s edition. It is not only a great opportunity to learn about this exciting field, but also to network with the brightest minds.
The registration for the hybrid GeoMundus Conference 2021 is now open. You can register using the form below:
Prof. Dr. Martin Raubal, Prof. Gilberto Câmara and Brendan O’Neill have confirmed their
participation as Keynote Speakers. Follow us in our social media to
and know more about the speakers and workshop leaders of GeoMundus 2021.
KEYNOTE: Spatial decision-making for sustainability
Our planet is in dire straits. Several of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals address problems resulting from climate change and rising greenhouse gas emissions. The constant growth of urban mobility and transport has led to a dramatic increase in these emissions. In order to ensure livable environments for future generations, it will be necessary to reduce our CO2 footprint. Spatial decision-making fueled by spatial data science contributes to this effort in major ways, supported by recent progress regarding the availability of spatial big data, computational methods and geospatial technologies. This presentation will demonstrate why spatial decision-making is essential for sustainability and how spatial data science provides methods to perform large-scale spatio-temporal analyses of mobility patterns as well as geospatial technologies for changing people's mobility behavior. Examples will cover movement data analysis within the context of multi-modal and energy-efficient mobility, smart charging of electric vehicles, and mobile decision-making support.
KEYNOTE: Satellite Image Time Series Analysis for Big Earth Observation Data
This presentation describes sits, an open-source R package for satellite image time series analysis using machine learning. It supports the complete cycle of data analysis for land classification. Its API provides a simple but powerful set of functions. The software works in different cloud computing environments. Satellite image time series are input to machine learning classifiers, and the results are post-processed using spatial smoothing. Since machine learning methods need accurate training data, \sits includes methods for quality assessment of training samples. The software also provides methods for validation and accuracy measurement. The package thus comprises a production environment for big EO data analysis.
WORKSHOP: Environmental Citizen Science with senesBox and openSenseMap
In this workshop participants will learn about environmental citizen science using the modular sensor platform senseBox and the open citizen science data infrastructure openSenseMap. The senseBox is a DIY Citizen Science toolkit for local and mobile measurement of environmental data such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, illuminance, UV light or air quality. It can be connected to the internet via WiFi, Ethernet or LoRa to enable Internet of Things capabilities in a sensor network.
Local workshop participants will build and code measurement devices on several environmental phenomena and collect data around the campus. Remote participants will learn to access and analyze data from the openSenseMap through its APIs and other external tools. At the end environmental geodata from the local experiment will be analyzed by the whole group.
We will round up with a discussion on the potential of the senseBox and openSenseMap in research projects and for educational purposes in secondary and higher education, while focusing on the data and computational, scientific and spatial literacy.
GeoMundus is seeking partners from both the public and private sector including but not limited to the spatial, technological, scientific, governmental, academic fields. We will be thrilled to have your support and participation in this international event.
Please feel free to contact us at organization[at]geomundus.org for more information on how to be a part of this unique conference! We will be glad to discuss your ideas to sponsor the GeoMundus Conference 2021 and future years.
If you have any questions, please contact us via email. Alternatively, please write to us at our mailing address listed below.
NOVA IMS Information Management School Campus de Campolide, 1070-312 Lisboa, Portugal