With increasing population and rapid urbanisation the management of populations and the environment has become complex. One aspect of this management has been the prediction, monitoring, prevention, and governing of man-made hazards and natural disasters. One tool that has indispensable in this respect has been GIS.

Across the world, the ability to bring together diverse sources of spatial data, and analyze and report on situations as they develop in the field has been critical in organising evacuations, guiding on the scene responders and allocating resources to victims. Unquestionably GIS is now an established tool in disaster management.

Urbanisation has also led to the emergence of evermore complex cities with high population densities. Much of the human activity in these cities happens indoors. For this reason in recent years there has a great interest in mapping indoor and enclosed environments in cities. One of the motivations of this mapping is the management of safety and security scenarios, such as fires, gas leaks, terrorism, and so forth. Safety and security scenarios are not limited to buildings in cities, but also include factories, underground tube stations, mines to name a few.

As part of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015, GiD4M is organising a workshop on the application of GIS in disaster management in urban areas.

Conference Topics and Themes

Workshop domains include (but are not limited to):

  • User needs and requirements
  • Technology developments
  • Data collection and management
  • Data integration and knowledge discovery
  • End-user environments for interaction, visualisation and updating
  • Positioning and location-based communication
  • Assisted navigation and evacuation
  • Automated mapping

Paper Submission and Publication

High-quality papers covering one or more of the above topics should be submitted electronically using the conference tool on the conference web site. Authors are invited to submit full papers for a double blind peer review process. The papers should be prepared according to the ISPRS guidelines for preparing manuscripts ( and should not exceed 8 pages in length. Accepted papers will appear as a Volume of the Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and the Spatial Information Sciences. The deadline for the submission of full papers or abstracts is April 15, 2015. Notification of acceptance will occur by June 1, 2015. Provided acceptance by the referees, the camera-ready papers have to be submitted in PDF format by July 1, 2015. Authors have to be registered by June 15, 2015 to warrant publication of their paper in the proceedings.

Important dates

  • Deadline for the submission of full papers: April 15, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2015
  • Early bird registration deadline: June 15, 2015
  • Camera-ready papers in PDF format: July 1, 2015


There is a joint registration system for all events of the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2015. Participants can choose between three different packages (packages A, B, and C) and, depending on which package they choose, will have access to different events in the course of the ISPRS Geospatial Week. Details about registration packages and fees are available on the WWW site of the ISPRS Geospatial Week:

Further Information

For further information see the WWW site of the conference:

Organised by:
- Gi4DM and ISPRS WG IV/7

Sisi Zlatanova, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
George Sithole, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Masafumi Nakagava, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
Qing Zhu, Wuhan University, China