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SIGSPATIAL Workshops 2016 : ACM SIGSPATIAL 2016 Call for Workshop Proposals


When Oct 31, 2016 - Nov 3, 2016
Where San Francisco, CA, USA
Submission Deadline May 2, 2016
Notification Due Jun 1, 2016

Call For Papers

* 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 ( and Mohamed
Sarwat (, by May 2, 2016.

The expected duration of a workshop is one day, and all the accepted
workshops will take place on Monday 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 workshop.

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 papers.

Each workshop proposal must contain information deemed pertinent by the
proposers/organizer which, at the minimum, should include the following:
- 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
- Suggested important dates (paper submission deadline, notification deadline,
etc. These may need to be adjusted with respect to the proceedings publication
- 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.


Send the proposal (PDF, no more than 3 pages) to Workshop Co-Chairs via email:
Egemen Tanin ( and Mohamed Sarwat (

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 2, 2016
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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