Conference on Spatial information Theory (COSIT) 2022 in Kobe, Japan

After a COVID induced break, COSIT will be back in 2022. See web site here.


Kobe, Japan, September 5-9, 2022

With Kobe, Japan, as the host city, the 15th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2022) will be located for the first time in Asia, continuing a highly successful series of conferences that commenced in 1993. COSIT 2022 aims to bring together scientists with various disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the interdisciplinary state-of-the-art in theoretical aspects of space and spatial information, aimed at advancing geographic information science and its emerging research frontiers.

The conference offers three (refereed) submission tracks (reviews will be done double-blind): vision papers, full papers, and short papers. Proceedings will appear in the Dagstuhl proceedings series, open access and free to the world.

The conference will run over five full days: We aim to rekindle the COSIT spirit after the long, pandemic-caused hibernation—a spirit based on the serendipity of a single-track meeting—by focusing on on-site discussions of innovative and significant recent contributions, and by gathering new collaborations of interdisciplinary research among on-site participants. COSIT particularly shines in the engaged and stimulating discussions among participants with varying disciplinary backgrounds between talks. Embedded in the conference will be a mentoring program for the doctoral students on site.

Accordingly, COSIT will run as an on-site event. Online participation will be offered for paper presentations only.

Kobe is located in the western part of Japan, and known as a cosmopolitan port city with the heritage of Western cultures from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The central area of Kobe has a variety of sightseeing spots within walking distance, and, importantly for COSIT, it boasts excellent cuisine: Japanese, European, and Chinese. The conference site is located only 5 minutes from downtown Kobe and its main train station. Kobe has excellent international and domestic flight and train connections. Kobe can be reached from Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) by airport limousine bus in seventy minutes or in two hours by train to Sannomiya Station. Alternatively, you may want to arrive at Narita airport and travel from Tokyo to Shin-Kobe by Shinkansen, a trip of approx. five hours total to downtown Kobe.

The Second Circular, including the call for papers and more details on the conference structure, accommodation, and registration will be sent out soon. Note also the conference website for further information, which will go online in the next few days and be updated on a regular basis:


Vision Papers, Expression of Interest: December 15th, 2021

Submission of Full & Vision Papers: February 4th, 2022

Final Decisions Full and Vision Papers: March 21st, 2022

Final Version Full and Vision Papers due: April 8th, 2022

Submission of Short Papers: April 8th, 2022

Final Decision Short Papers: May 9th, 2022

Final Version Short Papers due: May 15th, 2022

Registration deadlines for one author per paper: May 15th, 2022

Looking forward to meeting you in Kobe:

Toru Ishikawa (INIAD Toyo University) – General Chair

Sara Irina Fabrikant (University of Zurich), Stephan Winter (University of Melbourne) – Program Chairs

Crystal Bae (University of Chicago) – Themed Sessions Chair

Markus Kattenbeck (TU Wien, formerly known as Vienna University of Tevhnology) – Doctoral Mentoring Chair

Toru Ishikawa (INIAD Toyo University), Kei-ichi Okunuki (Gunma University), Masashi Sugimoto (Kwansei Gakuin University), Kazuko Takahashi (Kwansei Gakuin University) – Local Organizing Committee

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