LoPaS 2018: Location Privacy and Security Workshop at GIScience 2018

I’ll co-organize a workshop on Location Privacy and Security at GIScience 2018 in Melbourne this coming August. Details below – feel free to share widely and submit a paper, of course!

More Information: https://ptal-io.github.io/lopas2018/

Description Location privacy has been a topic of research for many years but has recently seen a resurgence in interest. This renewed interest is driven by recent advances in location-enabled devices, sensors and context-aware technology, and the broader Internet of Things (IoT). The data generated via these devices are being collected, analyzed, and synthesized at an unprecedented rate. While much of these data are used in the advancement of products or services, many individuals are unaware of the information that is being collected, or how it is being used. The resulting information extracted from these personal data have contributed to significant advances in domain such as location recommendations or fitness/health services, but these advances often come at the cost of location privacy. This workshop is aimed at facilitating a discussion surrounding current methods and techniques related to location privacy as well as the social, political, etc. implications of sharing or preserving location privacy. Further, this workshop invites contributions and discussions related to methods and techniques for securing location information and preserving the privacy of geospatial data.

We invite two types of submissions for this workshop:

  • Novel research contributions (6-8 pages)
  • Vision / work-in-progress papers (3-6 pages)

Also note that all registered workshop participants will be invited to give a 5 minute, ignite style, lightning presentation on a subject related to the workshop topic.

Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Context-aware mobile applications
  • Obfuscation techniques
  • Educational approaches to location privacy
  • Policy implications of personal location information
  • Role of location in personal relationship development
  • Geosocial media implications
  • Credibility, trust, and expertise related to location information
  • Tools and systems for preserving or securing private information
  • Techniques for sharing private location information
  • Methods for securing location information
  • Place-based data privacy
  • Individual vs. group privacy preservation
  • Gamification techniques
  • Next-generation location-based services
  • Geofencing
  • Marketplaces for location data

Important Dates:

  • Submissions Due: 4 June, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: 2 July, 2018
  • Camera-ready Copies Due: 16 July, 2018
  • Workshop: 28 August, 2018


  • Grant McKenzie, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
  • Carsten Keßler, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Clio Andris, Penn State University, State College, USA

Program Committee
See https://ptal-io.github.io/lopas2018/

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