[OSGeo-Announce] SIGSPATIAL 2016 - Call for Workshops

Jorge Sanz jsanz at osgeo.org
Mon Mar 28 00:16:51 PDT 2016

* 24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on *
* Advances in Geographic Information Systems *
* October 31-November 3, 2016 San Francisco, CA, USA *
Call for Workshop Proposals:

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic
Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL) traditionally holds one-day
co-located workshops on the day immediately preceding the first day of
the conference. The workshops have proven to be very vibrant events,
providing focused environment for exchanging ideas and experiences.
ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 aims to continue this practice and invites
submissions of proposals for workshops. The proposals should be
submitted as pdf-format attachment to an email sent to the Workshop
Co-Chairs, Egemen Tanin (etanin at unimelb.edu.au) and Mohamed Sarwat
(msarwat at asu.edu), by May 2, 2016.

The expected duration of a workshop is one day, and all the accepted
workshops will take place on Oct 31st, 2016 at the main conference

The proceedings of the workshops are to be published jointly with the
conference proceedings and will appear in the ACM Digital Library.
Workshops will benefit from the registration process of ACM SIGSPATIAL
2016. All workshops will have a common continental breakfast and
common morning and afternoon coffee breaks. The workshops focus on
particular aspects of the field and are intended to enhance the
conference experience for those attending the ACM SIGSPATIAL
Conference. The conference sets the registration fees for the
workshops which are the same for each workshop and are set at a
minimum level to recover costs of room rental, refreshments, and AV.
No complimentary registration is provided to workshop organizers or
keynote speakers or any other persons affiliated with the workshops.
If workshop organizers wish to have invited speakers, any additional
financial support must come from funds that are raised by the workshop
organizers. All workshop organizers are also expected to attend and
actively contribute their workshop organization. SIGSPATIAL reserves
the right to cancel a workshop if such steps are not taken for a given

When composing the actual call for papers, workshop organizers are
advised to explicitly mention that one author per accepted workshop
contribution (paper, poster, demo) is required to register for the
workshop and the conference, as well as attend the workshop to present
the accepted work. Otherwise, the accepted submission will not appear
in the ACM Digital Library version of the workshop proceedings. In
short, SIGSPATIAL expects that each workshop is an active forum for
lively discussions led by the organizers and authors of the associated

Each workshop proposal must contain information deemed pertinent by
the proposers/organizer which, at the minimum, should include the
- Workshop title
- Short description of the topic and the format of the workshop
- Brief explanation of why the proposed workshop is a good match with
- Names and contact information of the workshop organizer(s)
- Names of the members of the program committee (at least 50% must be
already known to be able to contribute to the workshop development at
the time of the proposal)
- Suggested important dates (paper submission deadline, notification
deadline, etc. These may need to be adjusted with respect to the
proceedings publication requirements.)
- Expected number of participants
- A written statement representing for all organizers that they will
register and attend the workshop, upon acceptance of the workshop to
the program
- In case of previous instances of the workshop in any other
conference, the historical numbers of participants
- In case of previous instances of the workshop, the historical
submission and acceptance counts

The decision about acceptance/rejection of workshop proposals will be
made by the Workshop Chairs in consultation with the SIGSPATIAL
Executive Committee and the General Chairs, taking into account the
venue capacity as well as viability. Alterations to the proposal may
be requested during the course of the organization for the event.
Evaluation criteria include overall quality and the fit with respect
to the expected ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 program. Note that proposals are
especially encouraged on emerging topics that are relevant to spatial
information systems and algorithms. Notification regarding acceptance
of particular workshop proposals is expected to be sent out by June 1,
2016. Applicants are encouraged to look at workshops in 2015.

The organizers of successful workshops will be responsible for their
own review process. Publicity will be handled by the workshop
organizers for the creation of a workshop website. Organizers are
encouraged to activity promote their workshops, i.e. more than merely
posting a call on a generic mailing list. The local arrangements
chairs may require that all workshops adhere to a specific general
timetable. Workshop organizers must inform the Workshop Chairs of the
numbers of submissions and acceptances as soon as these numbers become
available. Major decisions regarding a workshop should be made in
consultation with SIGSPATIAL Workshops Chairs after the workshop
acceptance. Workshops with fewer than 20 expected registrants or low
number of submissions may be cancelled or reduced to a half-day
format, at the discretion of the conference organization. All
proposers and organizers of accepted workshops will be asked to
register well before other registrations to SIGSPATIAL 2016 occurs and
the workshop will be cancelled if such registration is not confirmed.
In summary, SIGSPATIAL pursues lively debates and interesting ideas to
appear at its workshops and may alter the format of workshops that do
not promise or are not on track to achieving this level of quality
during the timeline towards the commencement of the conference.


- Proposal Submission Deadline: May 2, 2016

- Send the proposal (PDF, no more than 3 pages) to Workshop Co-Chairs:
Egemen Tanin (etanin at unimelb.edu.au)
Mohamed Sarwat (msarwat at asu.edu)

Notification of Acceptance: June 1, 2016


*** Note that Oct 31st 2016 is a Monday. Many SIGSPATIAL workshops,
including the most recent event in 2015, were held on Tuesdays. This
year, the conference will commence one day earlier in the week and
applicants experienced with SIGSPATIAL events should take a note of
this new schedule for 2016.

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