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DeepSpatial 2021 : 2nd ACM KDD Workshop on Deep Learning for Spatio-Temporal Data, Applications and Systems


When Aug 14, 2021 - Aug 18, 2021
Where online
Submission Deadline May 20, 2021
Notification Due Jun 10, 2021
Final Version Due Jun 17, 2021
Categories    spatial data   temporal data   deep learning   machine learning

Call For Papers

The significant advancements in software and hardware technologies stimulated the prosperities of the domains in spatial computing and deep learning algorithms, respectively. Recent breakthroughs in the deep learning field have exhibited outstanding performance in handling data in space and time in specific domains such as image, audio, and video. Meanwhile, the development of sensing and data collection techniques in relevant domains have enabled and accumulated large scale of spatiotemporal data over the years, which in turn has led to unprecedented opportunities and prerequisites for the discovery of macro- and micro- spatiotemporal phenomena accurately and precisely. The complementary strengths and challenges between spatiotemporal data computing and deep learning in recent years suggest urgent needs to bring together the experts in these two domains in prestigious venues, which is still missing until now.

This workshop will provide a premium platform for both research and industry to exchange ideas on opportunities, challenges, and cutting-edge techniques of deep learning in spatiotemporal data, applications, and systems.

Topics of Interest:

We encourage submissions of papers that fall into (but not limited to) the following three broad categories:

* Novel Deep Learning Techniques for Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Data

- Spatial representation learning and deep neural networks for spatio-temporal data and geometric data
- Physics-guided and interpretable deep learning for spatial-temporal data
- Deep generative models for spatio-temporal data
- Deep reinforcement learning for spatio-temporal decision making problems

* Novel applications of Deep Learning techniques to Spatiotemporal Computing Problems.

- Remote sensing imagery and point cloud analysis in Earth sciences (e.g., hydrology, agriculture, ecology, coastal hazards, etc.)
- Deep learning for mobility and traffic data analytics
- Location-based social network data analytics, geosocial media data mining, spatial event prediction and forecasting, geographic knowledge graphs
- Learning for biological data with spatial structures (bio-molecule, brain networks, etc.)
- Challenges, Opportunities, and Early Progress in Deep Learning for COVID-19

* Novel Deep Learning Systems for Spatio-temporal Applications

- Real-time decision-making systems for traffic management, crime prediction, accident risk analysis, etc.
- GIS systems using deep learning (e.g., mapping, routing, or Smart city)
- Mobile computing systems using deep learning
- GeoAI Cyber-infrastructure for Earth science applications
- Interpretable deep learning systems for spatio-temporal temporal data

General Co-Chairs

Liang Zhao, George Mason University
Xun Zhou, University of Iowa
Zhe Jiang, University of Alabama
Robert Stewart, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota
Jieping Ye, University of Michigan & Beike

Paper submission instructions: The workshop welcomes the two types of submissions.

Full research papers – up to 9 pages (8 pages at most for the main body and the last page can only hold references)

Vision papers and short system papers - up to 5 pages (4 pages at most for the main body and the last page can only hold references)

All manuscripts should be submitted in a single PDF file including all content, figures, tables, and references, following the format of KDD conference papers. Paper submissions need to include author information (review not double blinded).

Papers should be submitted at:

Concurrent submissions to other journals and conferences are acceptable. Accepted papers will be presented as posters or short talks during the workshop and published on the workshop website. Besides, a small number of accepted papers may be selected to be presented as contributed talks. As a tradition, accepted workshop papers are NOT included in the ACM Digital Library. The authors maintain the copyright of their papers.

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: May 20, 2021

Notification of decision: June 10 2021.

Camera-ready due: June 17, 2021.


Liang Zhao (Emory University,

Xun Zhou (University of Iowa,

Zhe Jiang (University of Alabama,

Robert Stewart (Oak Ridge National Laboratory,

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