Social Sensing Workshop

27 September 2021, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the GIScience conference has been moved to September 2021. Thus, we also move the Social Sensing Workshop, which will be collocated with GIScience 2021. Please pay attention to the new deadlines.

International Workshop on Social Sensing

Due to the wide-spread use of disruptive digital technologies like social media, wearable sensing devices and digital communication tools, we are transitioning from data-scarce to data-rich research environments. A variety of large-scale datasets, sensing technologies, geo-participation initiatives, collaborative mapping tools, and data science approaches have emerged that have the potential to help us in gaining a better understanding of geospatial and spatio-temporal processes. As a result, the field of GIScience is being reshaped and challenged to develop innovative and adequate methods for data analysis, knowledge generation and information visualisation.

Workshop topics

  • Human-centred GIScience: data acquisition, analysis, and visualisation
  • New methods for analysing human-generated: social media analytics, social and participatory sensing
  • Mixed-methods approaches combining qualitative and quantitative data
  • Multi-modal analysis (e.g., spatial-temporal-semantic)
  • Machine learning approaches for information extraction from human-generated data
  • Multidisciplinary research (GIScience, computer and data science, sociology, urban science, computational linguistics, human geography, a.o.)
  • ELSI aspects (ethical, legal and sociological implications)

Submission Guidelines and Important Dates

Submissions of research or visionary papers (max. 1,500 words) should be directly uploaded to the workshop webpage (SoSen 2021) on EasyChair in PDF format. Please use this word template for paper submissions: GIScience SoSen Template 2021.

A research paper can present research work-in-progress. Visionary paper should outline pertaining and future challenges in the area of social sensing (s. "Workshop Topics"). Please indicate in the submission process whether your submission is a research paper or a visionary paper.

  • Deadline for submissions (max. 1,500 words): 15 May 2021
  • Decisions to authors: 03 July 2021
  • Submission of revised papers: 31 July 2021
  • Workshop: 27 September 2021

Workshop Format

This workshop will be divided into two phases: First, authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their research in short lightning talks - research and visionary talks are welcome. Thereafter, we will discuss will feature a panel session proposing future research directions, followed by a break-out session to reflect on some of the key ideas of the panel in more detail. The day will end with a plenary wrap-up session to compile a list of challenges and topics for the future research agenda.

Publication of Accepted Papers

All accepted papers will be made available for download on the workshop website in a free and open access model.

Registration Information

Details regarding conference and workshop registration can be found at Please note that early registration rates for GIScience end July 31, 2021. To register, please use this URL:

Organising Committee

Programme Committee (tbc)

  • Sarah Elwood, University of Washington, USA
  • Sara Fabrikant, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Georg Gartner, TU Wien, Austria
  • Michael Granitzer, University Passau, Germany
  • Muki Haklay, University College London, England
  • Clemens Havas, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Hartwig Hochmair, University of Florida, USA
  • Andreas Petutschnig, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • João Porto de Albuquerque, University of Warwick, England
  • Jessica Pykett, Birmingham Universit, England
  • Laxmi Ramasubramanian, San José State University, USA
  • Bernd Resch, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Ming-Hsiang Tsou, San Diego State University, USA
  • René Westerholt, TU Dortmund, Germany
  • Alexander Zipf, Heidelberg University, Germany