Call for Papers

I-GUIDE Forum 2023

October 4-6, 2023
Columbia University
New York City

As part of its data-driven mission, I-GUIDE (the Institute for Geospatial Understanding through an Integrative Discovery Environment, tackles fundamental scientific and societal challenges focused on sustainability, from climate change and biodiversity loss to food and water insecurity.  

Our I-GUIDE Forum is a new conference series designed to bring together domain science researchers, data scientists, cyberinfrastructure experts, and educators from across academia, government, and industry. The Forum provides a cross-disciplinary venue for sharing and promoting artificial intelligence (AI), cyberinfrastructure, and data-intensive approaches to a variety of pressing sustainability and resilience challenges the world is facing. 

The I-GUIDE Forum 2023 will feature presentations and discussions about cutting-edge geospatial AI and data science advances for enabling sustainable development solutions through pushing convergence science frontiers. The themes for I-GUIDE Forum 2023 focus on (1) Frontiers in Synergizing Convergence and Sustainability Sciences; (2) Geospatial AI and Data Science for Sustainability; (3) Innovation of CyberGIS and Cyberinfrastructure; and (4) Inclusive Education, Training, and Workforce Development. 

1. Frontiers in Synergizing Convergence and Sustainability Sciences: Papers in this track focus on scientific advances that combine distinct knowledge domains synergistically with geospatial AI and data science approaches to address complex sustainability and community resilience challenges across various spatial and temporal scales. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

    • Aging infrastructure
    • Climate risk 
    • Food, energy, and water nexus
    • Global to local analysis of sustainability 
    • Hydroclimate extremes  
    • Telecoupling

2. Geospatial AI and Data Science: Papers in this track focus on new algorithms, methods, models, and theories for harnessing heterogeneous geospatial data to enable novel applications for solving sustainability problems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

    • Data-intensive geospatial analytics
    • Explainable AI in convergence and sustainability sciences
    • Geoethics
    • Geospatial data fusion 
    • Geospatial foundation models
    • Intelligent geospatial decision support
    • Uncertainty quantification in geospatial AI

3. Innovation of CyberGIS and Cyberinfrastructure: Papers in this track focus on innovative cyberGIS and cyberinfrastructure software, systems, and tools developed to enable scalable solutions to sustainability problems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Geospatial cloud and edge computing
    • Geospatial decision support systems
    • Geospatial middleware
    • Geospatial problem solving environments
    • High-performance geospatial computing
    • New frontiers in cyberGIS
    • Reproducibility and replicability of data-intensive geospatial analysis

4. Inclusive Education, Training, and Workforce Development: Papers in this track explore how to incorporate the recent advances in convergence science, cyberinfrastructure, geospatial AI and data science into new learning modalities and resources. Innovative ideas for supporting the development of a proficient workforce to help realize the potential of people across the diverse demographic groups are especially sought. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Approaches to engaging underrepresented groups in data-intensive fields
    • Convergence science curriculum focused on AI for sustainability
    • Education advances in geospatial data-intensive sciences
    • Challenges and opportunities in developing countries and underserved communities for data-intensive learning
    • Geospatial AI and data science curriculum 
    • Open educational resources

Submission Requirements for I-GUIDE Forum 2023

I-GUIDE Forum 2023 invites short papers addressing one or more of the aforementioned themes. Each paper should not exceed six pages in the single-column publication format, including references. Short papers will be published in the proceedings of the Forum. Additionally, a set of papers will be invited for submission to special issues of multiple journals such as the Environmental Research Letters (ERL), Geography and Sustainability, International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS), and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Short Papers must be submitted through the following link: by July 17th, 2023. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by August 4th, 2023.


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Organizing Committee

General Chairs

  • Thomas Hertel, Purdue University 
  • Jack Liu, Michigan State University 
  • Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Local Chair 

  • Upmanu Lall, Columbia University  

Program Committee Chairs 

  • Bo Li, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Carol Song, Purdue University
  • David Tarboton, Utah State University 

Sponsorship Chairs

  • Jordan Read,Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)
  • Ingo Simonis, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) 

Publicity Chairs

  • Deanna Hence, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 
  • Diana Sinton, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) 

Workshop Chairs 

  • Anand Padmanabhan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Eric Shook, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Program Committee

  • Nadine Alameh, the Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Luc Anselin, University of Chicago
  • Peter Atkinson, Lancaster University
  • Furqan Baig, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Michael Batty, University College London
  • Budhendra L. Bhaduri, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Ling Bian, University at Buffalo
  • Christopher Brunsdon, Maynooth University
  • Barbara P. Buttenfield, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Guofeng Cao, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Suzana Camargo, Columbia University
  • Neil Carter, University of Michigan
  • Vipin Chaudhary, Case Western Reserve University
  • Peter Craigmile, the Ohio State University
  • Coline Dony, American Association of Geographers
  • Chen-Chieh Feng, National University of Singapore
  • Courtney Flint, Utah State University
  • A. Stewart Fotheringham, Arizona State University
  • Jing Gao, University of Delaware
  • Song Gao, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Michael Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Trevor Harris, Texas A&M University
  • Joseph Holler, Middlebury College
  • Yingjie Hu, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo
  • Myeonghun Jeong, Chosun University
  • Jeon-Young Kang, Kyung Hee University
  • Peter Kedron, Arizona State University
  • Nina Lam, Louisiana State University
  • Rob Lemmens, University of Twente
  • Wenwen Li, Arizona State University
  • Zhenlong Li, University of South Carolina
  • Steven Manson, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Raubal Martin, ETH Zurich
  • Harvey Miller, The Ohio State University
  • Shawn Newsam, University of California, Merced
  • Jinwoo Park, University of North Dakota
  • Ed Parsons, Google
  • Serge Rey, San Diego State University
  • Lyndsay Shand, Sandia National Lab
  • Shih-Lung Shaw, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Wen-zhong Shi, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Xun Shi, Dartmouth College
  • Shashi Shekhar, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Renee Sieber, McGill University
  • Ryan Sriver, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Lawrence Stanislawski, United States Geological Survey
  • Kathleen Stewart, University of Maryland
  • Daniel Sui, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Wenwu Tang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Derek Van Berkel, University of Michigan
  • Monica Wachowicz, the University of New Brunswick
  • Jida Wang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • John Wilson, University of Southern California
  • Dawn J. Wright, Esri
  • Ningchuan Xiao, the Ohio State University
  • Yiqun Xie, University of Maryland
  • Zhenci Xu, University of Hong Kong
  • Chaowei (Phil) Yang, George Mason University
  • Xinyue Ye, Texas A&M University
  • May Yuan, National Science Foundation
  • Ryan Yue, City University of New York
  • Sooin Yun, City University of New York
  • Chuanrong Zhang, University of Connecticut
  • Zhe Zhang, Texas A&M University
  • Tian Zheng, Columbia University
  • Di Zhu, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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