The main problems of the world are related to population's geographical distribution, activities and available resources. Problems such as climate change, social inequality or citizen security, have a strong spatial component apart from their own characteristics. For this reason, is evident the need to generate new knowledge through sientific research, that serves as a basis for iplementing evidence-based public policies. This new knowledge is generated through human capital formed in an interdisciplinary manner, capable of working in all aspects of geospatial information management; from its acquisition and storage, to its analysis and representation.
Mexico suffers in an acute manner from the problems mentioned above; its geographical situation and its social development, marked by inequality, have left vulnerable different sectors of its population. For this reason, from the Center for Research in Geospatial Information Sciences (CentroGeo), we firmly believe that it is necessary to promote in the country the development and formation of a scientific community committed to the problems of society and that is capable of taking them as the starting point of a research agenda
In response to this, different Higher Education Institutions and Public Research Centers have been responsible for developing specialized educational programs on related topics that include in their curricula components such as Space Analysis or Geographical Information Systems (GIS). This has generated a growing interest in research related to geospatial information analysis topics; however, until now in Mexico there is no academic forum that convene the scientific community and that favors, through the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences, academic growth and the formation of a critical mass of researchers, professionals and students who can work to face the great challenges that the country faces.
CentroGeo has a history of more than 15 years of scientific research, linking and forming high-level human resources, specialized in the management and social use of geospatial information. Since its inception as a Pubic Research Center, its mission has been to take social demands and priorities as the guiding axis of scientific research, achieving a successful balance between the production of knowledge and its direct use by different social actors through colaborative projects. These characteristics position CentroGeo as the ideal candidate to serve as an articulating element of a research community around the issues addressed by the Geospatial Information Sciences. For this reason, and with the aim of gathering national and international experts in the field of the GISc for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience, CentroGeo propose the development of an annual international congress, that contributes on the one hand, to generate links between the national research community and, on the other, to position Mexico in the international arena.
iGISc 2019 contributions are invited from a wide range of fields related to Geospatial Information Science, such as:
Big Data Geo-Analytics
Geosensors Networks and Sensor Web
Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Conservation
Statistical Models for Geographic data
Applications of Statistical Modeling
Mobility Data Analysis
Spatial Analysis of Crime
Geographic Information Retrieval
Earth Observation Systems
Urban Land Use Modeling
Land Administration Systems
Disaster Preparedness and Relief
GIS for agriculture
Logistics and Supply Chain GIS Solutions
GIS for environmental modeling
Spatial Data Infrastructures
We also welcome contributions from topics not covered here but that are novel and relevant to GISc.
iGISc aims to bring together national and international experts in the field of Geospatial Information Sciences (GISc) for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences for the development of the area in our country and to offer professionals and students the opportunity to complement their training through interaction with specialists in a high level academic forum.
All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome: Long papers and Showcase Papers. Long papers are intended for oral presentation in the main conference while Showcase Papers will be included either as an oral presentation or in the poster session (as decided by the scientific committee) at the International Week of Geospatial Information Sciences. Only Long Papers will be included in the conference proceedings, Showcase Papers will be published as an online resource. Understanding how the reviewers are expected to evaluate your paper might help you in writing the paper and presenting the results. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to read read the following guidelines:
The Geospatial Information Science Research Center (CentroGeo), is a public research center integrated to the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) system with presence in Mexico City, Aguascalientes and Yucatan. Its predominant objective is to carry out activities of scientific research, training of high-level human resources, technological development and innovation in the field of Geospatial Information Science.
The National GeoIntelligence Laboratory (GeoInt) is an initiative of CONACYT to bring together the capacities of several Public Research Centers (CIMAT, INFOTEC, CENTROGEO and IPICYT), to foster the application of geospatial knowledge in the public, private and social sector, through the development of products and services based on scientific research. One of the main strategic goals of GeoInt is to meet the emerging needs of real-time analysis of large volumes of geospatial information and translate it into actionable knowledge that takes into account the complexities of society and its institutions.
Merida (also known as the “The White City”) is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan and the largest city of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is the cultural and financial capital of the region. Located in the northwest part of the state, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the Gulf of Mexico, Merida is a modern, cosmopolitan city with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques. A major center of commerce, Merida is considered the crossroads of the region and one of the most important places to experience the Mayan heritage.
Merida is currently considered as the safest city in Mexico with the lowest crime rate across the country. In Merida, you can find a friendly environment that is mostly quiet and very relaxed. Merida was awarded City of Peace in 2011.
In the year 2000 the city was named American Capital of Culture by virtue of the impulse it has given to cultural activities, being the first city to receive such distinction that once again has been granted in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=81&v=7c8xJjcsGwc
Participants are kindly requested to make their own arrangements for accommodation in Merida. The following hotels are suggested for the iGISc 2019:
20A Street, 288, Merida, YUC, 97204
20A Street, 300A, Merida, YUC, 97204
5B Street, 290A, Merida, YUC, 97115
Paseo de Montejo, 451, Merida, YUC, 97000
60 Street, 344, Merida, YUC, 97000
58A Street, 495, Merida, YUC, 97000
57 Street, 513, Merida, YUC, 97000
You can also stay at the Parque Científico Tecnológico de Yucatán Students Residences http://pcty.com.mx/residencias-estudiantes/
The residences are at the PCTY, so you can get there in about 5 minutes walking. Spaces are very limited here, pleases contact Rafael Gonzalez <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
Mérida, the "white city", is known for having the most amazing tourist places to visit and live a great experience. Yucatan is full of natural landscapes, archaeological sites, museums and beaches. Here you can find a list of the most important tourist attractions
Chichen Itzá is a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic period. The archaeological site is located in the municipality of Tinum, in the Mexican state of Yucatan. During the spring (March 21, 2016) and fall equinoxes, the wonder of Mayan astronomical accuracy creates the illusion of a snake crawling down the northern staircase of the great pyramid of Kukulcán with the sun of the late afternoon.
Uxmal is an ancient Mayan city of the classical period. It is located in the municipality of Santa Elena in the state of Yucatán, Mexico. It is currently one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan culture, along with Chichen Itza and Tikal
Dzibilchaltún is a settlement that has a long occupational sequence from the Late Preclassic to the Late Postclassic, for this reason it became one of the largest settlements on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The distribution of the architectural spaces is concentric and reached an area of 16 km².
Progreso is a port city of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is a common cruise stop, those that dock at its iconic long dock. The Malecon is a walk on the ocean coast and is lined with beaches and restaurants with thatched roofs. The Puerto Progreso Lighthouse, built in 1893, is active. The city is an access road to the interior Mayan archeological sites, such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Dzibilchaltún.
Izamal is a beautiful colonial city founded in the mid-16th century on the vestiges of an ancient Mayan city. This place is known as "City of the Hills", recalling the covered pyramids that were there at the arrival of the Spaniards, as well as "The City of Three Cultures" because it combines the features of its pre-Hispanic past, of the colonial period and the current era.
Eco-tourist paradise of the state of Yucatán. Its exceptional landscape is part of the world heritage of the special biosphere reserve of the same name; with an area of 59,139 ha., and a length of 21 km., officially declared a wildlife refuge since 1979.
Among its natural attractions are, to the east the Baldiosera spring where you can swim and dive; there is also the Cambay spring that is an eye of fresh water, and finally there is Tambor, where the main attraction is the Pink or Caribbean Flamingo
Merida's Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (IATA airport code: MID) provides direct flights to several national and international destinations.
Merida's airport is located 7.5 km south of the city center. To get from the airport to your destination you may take a taxi cab or public transportation. We suggest you to use an authorized taxi cab since they are safe and not expensive. Tickets for authorized cabs may be bought in one of the booths at the exits of the airport.
If you choose to travel by public bus, you will have to walk out past the main parking lot in front of the airport building, along the access road out to the main road to catch a bus or a taxi. Almost all buses will head you to the city center where you can take another bus or a taxi to your accommodation.
To get to the venue (PCTY) there will be a bus that will depart from the back of the 21st Century Convention Center (Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI) every day at 8 in the morning, and return to the same place at 2 in the afternoon. Another option is to use the official transport that leaves the parking lot of the Chedrahui supermarket, which is next to the Fiesta Inn Mérida hotel. The sapces are very limited, pleases contact Rafael Gonzalez <email@example.com> for more information.
Please, check whether you need an entry visa to Mexico at: https://www.inm.gob.mx/gobmx/word/index.php/paises-requieren-visa-para-mexico/. It is the travelers responsibility to check and confirm current visa requirements to enter Mexico.
If you need a letter of invitation from iGISc 2019 you will be issued one after you have registered and paid for the conference. Invitation letters will be issued via email. To request an invitation letter, please contact the Conference Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the following information:
Your name as appears on your passport
Your Registration Confirmation Number
Paper/poster title only if you are an author of an accepted paper or poster.
The Organizing Committee of the iGISc is proud to announce the availability of limited financial support for students. Support will be granted to graduate students submitting either long or showcase papers. Submitted papers will be subject to regular double-blind review process and ranked according to the academic merit in order to grant the following support:
Special guest, including national travel to and lodging in Mérida (at PCyTY’s student residences) and conference registration fees.
Guest, including lodging in Mérida (at PCyTY’s student residences) and conference registration fees.
Conference registration fees.
To apply for this support you need to submit your paper through the standard EasyChair procedure and notify the Organizing Committee (iGISc@GeoInt.Mx) your submission number with valid proof of your current graduate student status.