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Special Session: Spatial Simulation

Context: advances in geocomputation

The dynamic evolution of spatial simulation is driven by the quest for a deeper understanding of complex systems. Recent scientific contributions promote process-oriented simulation models as a complementary asset to the field of analytical data science. Advances in process-oriented geocomputational methods as well as their applications are the main focus of this special session.

Scope of the Session:

We invite contributions that advance the state-of-art in spatial simulation modelling, including but not limited to:

  • approaches based on cellular automata, agent-based models, individual-based models, microsimulation, or spatial system dynamics,
  • applications of spatial simulation models in various domains, including ecology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, population dynamics, social network models, urban geography, pedestrian modelling, or transport modelling,
  • hybrid models that integrate multiple modelling methods,
  • participatory spatio-temporal modelling,
  • dynamic geo-visualisation of simulation results,
  • explorative model analysis and validation.

Information: Call for Papers (as pdf-file)


Contributions can either be submitted as full paper, short paper (deadline: February 1, 2018) or poster (deadline: May 1, 2018). Authors of accepted full papers and short papers are invited to present and discuss their papers (15’+5’) in the special session. Authors of accepted posters are invited for a lightning talk (5’). Full papers and short papers will be published in the GI-Forum Journal (Open Access).

Conference Registration


The special session is organised by the Spatial Simulation research group at the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, University of Salzburg. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any inquiries.

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