Thematic Focus 2020: Spatial Simulation

Participatory simulations enable a deeper interaction and are more engaging than conventional simulation models. The modeling community increasingly takes this as a method to integrate human behavior in real-time into simulations of human and human-environmental interactions. Other participatory approaches in simulation modeling pertain to the model development process, education and expert training, the assessment of systems thinking capabilities or human computation.

Aside from innovative ideas related to participatory simulation modeling, we invite contributions that advance the state-of-art in spatial simulation modelling, including, but not limited to:

  • approaches based on cellular automata, agent-based models, individual-based models, microsimulation, or spatial system dynamics;
  • applications of spatial simulation models in various domains, including social sciences, archaeology, economy, operational research, ecology, population dynamics, social networks, epidemiology, transportation etc.;
  • hybrid models that integrate multiple modelling methods;
  • dynamic geo-visualisation of simulation results;
  • explorative model analysis and validation.

Information: Call for Papers (as pdf-file)


Contributions can be submitted as full paper or short paper until February 1, 2020 or as poster until May 1, 2020. Any contribution needs to be submitted via the conference submission website and will be subject to double-blind peer review. Authors of accepted full and short papers are invited to present and discuss their papers at the GI_Forum. For guidelines on submission, please visit

Accepted full and short papers will be published in the Open Access GI_Forum Journal. Publication will be online (see The publication is included in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index.


Submitting authors will be informed about their presentation slot by mid-March 2020. Pre-condition of a presentation is the registration of at least one (co-) author by May 25, 2020.


For questions, please contact Christian Neuwirth, University of Salzburg – Z_GIS.