GeoPrivacy Workshop at ACM SIGSPATIAL

I will be jointly organizing a workshop on GeoPrivacy at ACM SIGSPATIAL in Dallas this fall, together with Grant McKenzie (UC Santa Barbara) and Lars Kulik (University of Melbourne).


GeoPrivacy: 1st Workshop on Privacy in Geographic Information Collection and Analysis

In conjunction with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014

November 4, 2014, Dallas, Texas, USA


Workshop scope

Developments in mobile and surveying technologies over the past decade have enabled the collection of Individual-level geographic information at unprecedented scale. While this large pool of information is extremely valuable to answer scientific questions about human behavior and interaction, privacy intrusion is an imminent risk when detailed individual travel patterns are used for commercial purposes such as customer profiling, or even for political persecution. The GeoPrivacy workshop will hence focus on discussing methods to protect individual’s privacy in geographic information collection and analysis.

Topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Awareness
  • Perception of privacy
  • Obfuscation
  • Methods of privacy­preserving anonymization
  • Geo­credibility, trust and expertise
  • The role of geoprivacy in policy decisions
  • Location Based Services
  • Online Geosocial Networks
  • Geofencing
  • Privacy implications of Big Data
  • Sample, training and test datasets
  • Privacy in near­field communication
  • Abstraction of geo data for privacy preservation
  • Analysis of anonymized datasets
  • Privacy implications of public displays and signage
  • Gamification and geogames

Workshop format

The workshop will be kicked off with an invited keynote (to be announced), followed by presentations of full papers (30 minutes) and extended abstracts (20 minutes). Each session will include plenty of time for questions and discussions to enable an interactive workshop. The afternoon will be dedicated to small breakout groups to work on focused topics that emerge from the presentations in the morning sessions. Such a highly interactive workshop format has great potential to spark a significant number of new ideas for research and future collaborations in the realm of GeoPrivacy.


We call for full papers (up to 8 pages) and short papers presenting work in progress and raising discussion points for the workshop (up to 4 pages). Submissions must be original and must not be under review elsewhere. Papers must be formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at All papers must be submitted in PDF format via the online system (the submission link will be added to the website soon).

Acceptance will be based on relevance to the workshop, technical quality, originality, and potential impact, as well as clarity of presentation. All submitted papers will be reviewed by at least 3 referees.

The proceedings of the workshop will appear in the ACM Digital Library. One author per accepted paper is required to register for the workshop and the conference, as well as present the accepted submission to ensure inclusion in the workshop proceedings.

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: August 29, 2014
  • Author notification: September 19, 2014
  • Camera­ready papers due: October 10, 2014
  • Workshop date: November 4, 2014


Program committee

  • Benjamin Adams, Center for eResearch, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sen Xu Alex, Twitter, San Francisco, USA
  • Matt Duckham, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Carson Farmer, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Gabriel Ghinita, University of Massachusetts at Boston, USA
  • Tanzima Hashem, BUET University, Bangladesh
  • Peter Kiefer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Marc­ Olivier Killijian, LAAS, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
  • Edzer Pebesma, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Germany
  • Albert Remke, 52°North, Germany
  • Colin Robertson, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada
  • Erik Wilde, UC Berkeley, USA
  • John Wilson, University of Southern California, USA

2 thoughts on “GeoPrivacy Workshop at ACM SIGSPATIAL

  1. FYI: offers an award for the best paper concerned with privacy and surveillance issues. The committee accepts unpublished or previously published! papers in English or German. The deadline is September 15th. Word count for submissions: 5000-8000. Papers may be submitted via email:

    Unfortunately, the Web site is in German only but all important information is given above ;-)

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