Call for papers on geospatial big data and transport


Special Issue “Geospatial Big Data and Transport”

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2016

Special Issue Information

The emerging geospatial big data, such as massive GPS traces, smart cards, cell phones, and social media users’ locations and trajectories, constitute a fundamental new instrument for transport and mobility research, likely to replace conventional transport data collection for many applications in the near future. The data are usually accurately measured, individual based, and often available in real-time, differing significantly from conventional transport data that are often estimated, aggregated, and delayed in time. These data characteristics make geospatial big data extremely powerful and instrumental in transport and mobility research. Not only being large in size, but also complex in structure, such as social connections, makes such big data unique. How to develop new insights into the big data for better understanding transport systems, and human travel behaviors accordingly is a major challenge for researchers in the fields of geographic information science and transport. We believe that data-intensive computational methods, such as big data analytics, complex networks, visual analytics, and agent-based simulations are among the powerful tools for uncovering the underlying structure and dynamics of transport system and human travel behaviors. After an era of initial exploration, one can argue that today we have the tools, the data and the maturity to embark into a second generation of exploiting rich geospatial data, in a way that will transform how we measure, model, and improve transport and human mobility applications. We therefore call for papers (both review and research) that exploit emerging big data for developing new insights into transport systems and human travel behaviors. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviews on the state of the art in geospatial big data and transport
  • Human mobility patterns derived from social media data
  • GPS traces for understanding human mobility
  • Smart cards for uncovering human travel behavior
  • Transport structure and dynamics based on topological and scaling analyses
  • Agent-based simulations of human travel behaviors

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Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 900 CHF (Swiss Francs).



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