Geoinformatics for Environmental Surveillance

StatGIS 09 "GeoInformatics for Environmental Surveillance"

Conference announcement (Last Call):

Location: Milos Island, Greece. George Eliopoulos Milos Conference Centre

Conference Dates: June 17-19, 2009

Conference Web Site:

Contact: statgis2009(at)

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for this event:
  • Noel Cressie, Ohio State University: Spatio-Temporal Random Effects Filtering
  • Hans Wackernagel, Ecole des Mines de Paris: Data assimilation for epidemiological surveillance
  • Stefano Nativi, CNR-IMAA, University of Florence: Multidisciplinary interoperability architectures, some GEOSS and GMES experiences

Conference Overview

StatGIS is addressed to researchers in academia and research institutes, as well as practitioners and industry professionals who want to learn about recent developments in spatial statistics and their applications, and to share their experiences in these areas. Application fields of interest for this conference will include, but not be limited, to: spatial environmental modelling, early warning monitoring systems for the environment, geostatistics in natural hazards prediction, optimum spatial design, space-time analysis and renewable energy resources, remote sensing applications in land reclamation after mining exploitation, spatial metrics for biodiversity assessment and monitoring, etc.

The conference will provide an opportunity for researchers and industry to meet and exchange the latest in spatial statistics and geoinformatics with an emphasis on the main steps involved in environmental monitoring and surveillance. We will start with the collection of data from environmental sensors and monitoring networks and further discuss their use by the web services and systems involved in the processing of the information. The automated analysis of the data and the detection of anomalies and changes will also be covered before finally addressing the visualization and communication of the generated information for efficient decision making.

The international character of the conference will be an opportunity to focus on GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) and GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) related issues, in particular on the need for cost-effective sustainable services. StatGIS 2009 will therefore focus on generic solutions, re-usable software solutions, in particular Open Source technology, and interoperability of systems. Cross-border issues that affect the homogeneity of geographic information (INSPIRE) and of global environmental monitoring networks as well as the interoperability of the systems will also be covered.

Those used to the tradition of StatGIS being an important meeting to learn about the latest developments in geostatistics and spatial statistics will not be disappointed by the challenges that will be discussed in Milos. Statistical issues that will be covered range from the analysis of data provided by heterogeneous networks, the automatic detection of anomalies for early warning, to the real-time interpolation of data collected by mobile devices or the fast processing of environmental data for reducing computing times. The monitoring of environmental risks using spatial statistics and geoinformatics covers a large number of applications. These cover issues as different as environmental radioactivity, global change, biodiversity, pests, floods, droughts, fires or earthquakes but also health risks associated with the spreading of viruses or any health threats.

Key papers will be published in a special issue of Computers & Geosciences.

Conference Topics

Topic A. Monitoring networks and Sensor Webs
Topic B. Service Oriented Architectures for Environmental Monitoring
Topic C. Statistics and spatial metrics for Environmental Monitoring
Topic D. Open Source tools for Environmental Web Services
Topic E. Applications and Case Studies
Topic F. Visualisation and Decision-Making
Topic G. Socio-economical benefits of Service Oriented Architectures for Environmental Monitoring

Workshop: "Lessons learned from INTAMAP, an interoperable framework for real-time automatic mapping of critical environmental variables"

Important dates and deadlines

  • Friday 13 February 2009 - Abstract submission
  • Friday 27 February 2009 - Notification of abstract acceptance
  • Friday 2 April 2009 - Submission of full papers
  • Friday 24 April 2009 - End of reviewing
  • Friday 8 May 2009 - Submission of camera ready copies of corrected papers
  • 17-19 June 2009: Conference in Milos, Greece

Conference Fees

  • Early registration until April 25th
    • Students: 150$
    • Regular: 300$
  • Late registration
    • Students: 200$
    • Regular: 350$

Organizing Committee

  • Cornford, Dan (Aston University, UK)
  • Dubois, Gregoire (JRC, European Commission)
  • Hristopulos, Dionisis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)
  • Pebesma, Edzer (University of Münster, Germany)
  • Pilz, Jürgen (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)

Scientific Committee

  • Allard, Denis (INRA, France)
  • Atkinson, Peter (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Bogaert, Patrick (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Brenning, Alexander (University of Waterloo, Canada)
  • Brus, Dick (Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands)
  • Christakos, George (San Diego State University, USA)
  • Cornford, Dan (Aston University, UK)
  • Diggle, Peter (Lancaster University and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, UK and US)
  • Dubois, Gregoire (JRC, European Commission)
  • Fortin, Marie-Jos?e (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Ghosh, Sujit K. (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Goodchild, Michael F. (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Goovaerts Pierre (BioMedware, USA)
  • Griffith, Daniel A. (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
  • Havlik, Denis (Austrian Research Centres GmbH - ARC, Austria)
  • Heuvelink, Gerard (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • Hristopulos, Dionisis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)
  • Kyriakidis, Phaedon (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Lark, Murray (Rothamsted Research, UK)
  • Myers, Wayne (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Nativi, Stefano (CNR-IMAA, University of Firenze, Italy)
  • Neteler, Markus (Fondazione Mach - Centre for Alpine Ecology, Italy)
  • Papritz, Andreas (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Patil, Ganapati P. (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Pebesma, Edzer (University of Münster, Germany)
  • Pilz, Jürgen (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Saura, Santiago (Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain)
  • Schaepman, Michael (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • Schouppe, Michel (DG INFSO, European Commission)
  • Stein, Alfred (ITC, The Netherlands)
  • St?hlker, Ulrich (BFS, Germany)
  • Switzer, Paul (Stanford University, USA)
  • van den Boogaart, Gerald (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany)
  • Wackernagel, Hans (Ecole des Mines de Paris, France)

Friday 16 January 2009 - Abstract submission. Information will follow.
Topic revision: r3 - 13 Aug 2010 15:20:54, theresiafreska
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