The Urban Data Management Society has organised international symposia at various locations throughout Europe since 1971, and UDMS 2015 will visit Ghent, Belgium, for the first time. From its outset, UDMS has highlighted changes and trends in urban data and urban data management. However, it is possible that the rate of emergence of new data and new technologies has never been as rapid as it is now. Trends including smart cities, smart phones, social media, 3D modelling, volunteered geographic information, building information modelling, augmented reality and augmented virtuality, social media and the Internet of Things all generate information about the urban environment and the people who live there. Additionally the volume of data generated in part through such techniques has in turn resulted in research into 'big data' – how best to handle the data, analyse it, visualise it in different contexts. Thus the challenges and opportunities facing those working with these New types of Urban Data are manifold. Given this, the general theme for UDMS 2015 is:

New (urban) data and new tools for City Management
The organising committee invites you to submit a paper for presentation and to take part in this important event. Five types of submissions will be considered:
Scientific papers up to 6000 words, for full paper peer review by three reviewers. These papers will be included in the UDMS Annual, to be published by Taylor and Francis
Technical papers up to 4000 words presenting new solutions, review of potential new technologies and project results, for peer review. These papers will be included in the ISPRS Annals.
Technical papers, especially from local authorities and professionals, presenting the description of experiences, solutions or problems requiring solutions, for abstract review, with a length of up to 4000 words. These papers will be included in the ISPRS Archives.
Abstracts for the UDMS-website, 1500 words
Short presentations, using no prepared written text, but only slides (20 slides, each slide 20 seconds, in total a 6.40' storytelling, providing a reflection about your own city project. This option may be especially relevant for for officials working in cities, and asks you to use the Pecha Kucha concept ( The short presentation can be given on the conference location in Ghent or by Skype.

All accepted papers will be presented orally at the conference. In addition, accepted papers will either be published in the ISPRS International Archives or Annals or included in the UDMS Annual 2015, which will be published by Taylor & Francis as a hardbound book.
Additionally, the UDMS National Representatives will select a number of papers, with attention to papers presented by young researchers or young professionals, for the UDMS 'Young Contributors' award. This will include those at the early stages of their research career – e.g. PhD students – or early stage professionals, having less than 6 years' experience.
We will also select the most original presentation using the "Pecha Kucha" story.

The International Programme Committee would like to receive proposals addressing, academic, technical and practitioner issues related to the symposium areas and topics of capturing, managing, analysing and visualising New Urban Data, in particular in relation to:

3D City Modelling:
3D-scanning (lidar, mobile, terrestrial)
Big data
Building Information Modelling (B.I.M.)
Data in many more dimensions
Urban data : quality
Urban data : master data
Modelling the movement of people and things (e.g. traffic, goods)
Actualisation of urban 3D-models

3D City Visualisation:
3D-scanning (lidar, mobile, terrestrial)
(3D-) Web viewers
(3D-) Apps
Augmented Reality
Augmented Virtuality
Interfaces for 3D-data (i.e. 3D-C.A.V.E. Computer Aided Virtual Environment), virtual projections, tracking motion)
3D-game engines using urban 3D-data
3D-printing of city data

Smart Cities:
Analyses with 2D- en 3D-geodata
Impacts and implications of social networks within the urban environment
Sensors and systems for monitoring urban and regional environments
Citizens as sensors
New digital instruments for urban planning
Data about urban pollution and energy consumption
(Micro-) Climate studies and urban data
Open data
Citizens and Cities
Movements of people : indoor and outdoor navigation
Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI), crowdsourcing
VGI - crowdsourcing
Managing and sharing big data
Decision making urban planning tools

City Data Education:
Urban data Education and Careers

Note also that the above list is not exhaustive – papers relating to other topics are also welcome, provided that the relationship with the overall theme is clearly demonstrated.

Full scientific paper submission deadline: December 1st, 2014
Abstract technical paper submission deadline December 15th, 2014
Notification of acceptance: January 15th, 2015
Final papers delivered by: February1st, 2015
UDMS 2015 in Ghent, April 22th– 24th2015

Paper submission instructions can be found on the UDMS website. Participants will be expected to provide full papers and abstracts by the above referenced dates. Following review the notification of acceptance will be accompanied by suggestions for revisio ns for the final paper. The website submission portal will be available by the end of October 2014
? Submitting a paper will be considered as pre-registration.
? Authors will be required to register and commit to participation in the symposium upon acceptance of their paper.
? Papers should be written and presented in English.

Updated information concerning UDMS 2015 in Ghent will be available at the UDMS web site
For further information, please contact:


Alain De Wulf
Alenka Krek
Alexander Lazarov
Alias Abdul-Rahman
Claire Ellul
Gilberto Corso Pereira
Dimos N. Pantazis
Derya Maktav
Henning Sten Hansen
Jan Bares
Mahmud Reza Delavar
Mario Matthys
Massimo Rumor
Nico Van de Weghe
Peter van Oosterom
Pepijn Viaene
Philippe De Maeyer
Robert Laurini
Roland Billen
Sisi Zlatanova
Volker Coors

Conference fee 400 Euro
Reduced fee for students and retired persons 250 Euro

65 euro

Parallel sessions : The city museum (
Plenary sessions (same location): (
Conference diner : Castle of the Counts

9-10h Registration
10-12.30h Opening session (plenary)
12.30-14h Lunch
14-15.30h Parallel sessions 1
15.30-16h Break
16h-17.30h Parallel sessions 2
19h-20h Reception in City Hall

9-10.30h Parallel sessions 3 (one parallel session in Dutch in collaboration with locals)
10.30-11h Break
11-12.30h Parallel sessions 4
12.30-14h Lunch
14-15.30h Parallel sessions 5• (one parallel session in Dutch in collaboration with locals)
15.30-16h Break
16h-17.30h Plenary session (in English, in collaboration with locals)
19h-21.30h Congress diner in the castle of the graves (city centre)

9-10.30h Parallel session 7
10.30u-11h Break
11h-12.30h Closing session