The 7th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on AI for Geographic Knowledge Discovery


Advances in artificial intelligence, hardware accelerators, and data processing architectures continue to reach the geospatial information sciences, with a transformative impact on many societal challenges. Recent breakthroughs in deep learning have brought forward an automated capability to learn representational features from massive and complex data, including text, images, and videos. In tandem, rapid innovations in sensing technologies are supporting the collection of geospatial data in even higher resolution and throughput, supporting the observation, mapping, and analysis of different events/phenomena over the Earth’s surface with unprecedented detail. Combined, these developments are offering the potential for breakthroughs in geographic knowledge discovery, impacting decision-making in areas such as humanitarian mapping, intelligent transport systems, urban expansion analysis, health data analysis and epidemiology, the study of climate change, handling natural disasters, the general monitoring of the Earth’s surface, and achieving sustainability.

With a continued combination of artificial intelligence, spatiotemporal data computing, and geographic research, we invite you to join us at GeoAI 24′, which will be held alongside SIGSPATIAL 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.


Example topics include but are not limited to:

  • Geospatial domain-guided machine learning algorithms (GeoAI)
  • Explainable geospatial artificial intelligence (XGeoAI)
  • Novel deep learning architectures and algorithms for geospatial information
  • Earth and Climate Science foundation models and downstream tasks
  • GeoAI assistants and applications
  • Spatially-aware AI methods
  • GeoAI methods for networks and geographic knowledge graphs
  • GeoAI for flow generation and spatiotemporal prediction
  • Self-supervised and unsupervised methods in GeoAI
  • Human in the loop enhanced GeoAI methods
  • Uncertainty quantification methods for GeoAI
  • Natural language interfaces for geospatial information
  • Data integrity, privacy and ethics in GeoAI
  • Multimodal learning for geospatial applications
  • Geospatial recommendation methods
  • Applications:
    • Earth observation and sustainability
    • Health and epidemiology
    • Precision agriculture
    • Location intelligence
    • Urban growth prediction and planning
    • Disaster response and humanitarian applications
    • Mobility and traffic data analytics
    • Earth system science and weather forecasting
    • Cartography
    • Archaeology and anthropology

Workshop Chairs

shawn newsam

Shawn Newsam

University of California, Merced
Lexie Yang

Lexie Yang

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Gengchen Mai

The University of Texas at Austin

Bruno Martins

University of Lisbon
Dalton Lunga

Dalton Lunga

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Song Gao

Song Gao

University of Wisconsin Madison

Di Zhu

University of Minnesota

Samantha Arundel

United States Geological Survey

Submission Details

Paper submission: 23rd August, 2024

Decisions to authors: 20th September, 2024

Camera-ready versions : 4th October, 2024

Workshop day: 29th October, 2024


This is a one-day workshop, which includes two keynotes (one for the morning and one for the afternoon respectively) and individual presentations. A paper competition will also be organized for the presented papers. Three submission types will be included in this workshop:

  • Full research paper: 8-10 pages with 2-page appendix
  • Short research paper or industry demo paper: 4 pages
  • Vision or statement paper: 2 pages

Full research papers should present mature research on a specific problem or topic in the context of geospatial AI. We also welcome short research articles or industry demonstrations of existing or developing methods, toolkits, and best practices for AI applications in the geospatial domain. A vision for future directions or an overview statement on gaps and challenges for the development of AI technology and their applications in the geospatial domain are also welcome. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed to ensure the quality and the clarity of the presented research work.

Manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at All submitted papers will be peer reviewed to ensure the quality and the clarity of the presented research work. Submissions will be single-blind — i.e., the names affiliations of the authors should be listed in the submitted version.

Program Committee (TBD)