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Special Session: Spatial Perspectives on Sustainable Mobility

The transport sector accounts for a substantial portion of greenhouse gas emissions and fine particulates. Besides the environmental implications, the current transport system heavily relies on motorized individual transport, which leads to negative economic, social and health effects. Consequently, legislators on all levels are aiming for transforming today’s mobility. Numerous strategies and roadmaps towards decarbonization, sufficiency and efficiency, and sustainability reflect this political goal.
Since mobility is spatial by its very nature, GIScience and geoinformatics play a central role in this transformation process. The spatial perspective is capable to integrate multiple domains based on a common spatial reference, and thus allows for integrated approaches. Key concepts from geography, such as location, accessibility, distance and proximity or spatial correlation, are crucial for understanding, transforming and monitoring mobility and are at the core of spatial models and analysis routines in mobility research. Moreover, data-heavy approaches largely rely on spatial data. These data need to be adequately acquired, structured and managed. Real-time data, data streams and big data sets add to the complexity. While data availability has become a subordinate issue, research on how to derive relevant information from extensive data collections is still high on the research agenda.

The 2019 GI-Forum special session will be the fifth in a series that deals with relevant research topics at the intersection of GIS and mobility. We invite researchers from any domain to submit original research on sustainable mobility, which has spatial information at its core. Relevant topics are (but not limited to):

  • Spatial data acquisition for mobility research
  • Data models and spatial information infrastructures
  • Handling of heterogeneous spatial data for mobility research
  • Geo-components of ITS
  • Simulation and transport models
  • Spatial models for multi-dimensional impact analysis
  • System-dynamic models
  • Spatial assessment models (walkability, bikeability, public transport quality)
  • Case studies on sustainable mobility from all disciplines (geography, sociology environmental psychology, transport science, planning etc.) that build on spatial information

Information: Call for Papers (as pdf-file)


Contributions can either be submitted as full paper, short paper or poster. Any contribution needs to be submitted via the conference submission website and will be object to the double-blind, peer-review process. Authors of accepted full and short papers are going to be invited to present and discuss their paper (15’+5’) in the special session, and will be published in the GI_Forum Journal (Open Access). Authors of selected posters are going to be invited for an elevator pitch (5’).

Call for Papers is open from October 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019

Call for Poster submission is open from October 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019

Contribution Submission


The special session is organized by the GI Mobility Lab at Z_GIS. Any inquiries can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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