8th ACM SIGSPATIAL Student Research Competition

Monday, November 13
13:00 PM - 13:50 Session 1 - Graduate Finalists (1 to 5)
13:50 PM - 14:10 Break
14:10 PM - 15:00 Session 2 - Graduate Finalists (6 to 10)
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:10 Session 3 - Undergraduate Finalists
16:10 - 18:00 Poster Session

Session 1: Graduate Finalists (1 to 5)

  • TrajGDM: A New Trajectory Foundation Model for Simulating Human Mobility
    Chen Chu* (State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
    Hengcai Zhang (Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
    Feng Lu (State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

  • Semantic-aware building and summarization of multiple aspect trajectories
    Chiara Pugliese* (ISTI Institute of National Research Council)

  • Towards Robust Contrail Detection by Mitigating Label Bias via a Probabilistic Deep Learning Model: A Preliminary Study
    Yejun Lee (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST))
    Eun-Kyeong Kim* (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER))
    Jaejun Yoo (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST))

  • Towards GeoAI as a Containerized Microservice
    Jiapan Wang* (Professorship of Big Geospatial Data Management, Technical University of Munich)

  • Towards Disability-Aware Sidewalk Routing
    Chan Young Koh* (University of Rhode Island)
    Abdeltawab Hendawi (University of Rhode Island)

Session 2: Graduate Finalists (6 to 10)

  • Deep Learning for HABs Prediction with Multimodal Fusion
    Fei Zhao* (The University of Alabama at Birmingham)
    Chengcui Zhang (The University of Alabama at Birmingham)

  • Efficient and Accurate Object Extraction from Scanned Maps by Leveraging External Data and Learning Representative Context
    Weiwei Duan* (University of Southern California)

  • Towards Learning of Spatial Triad from Online Text
    Jina Kim* (University of Minnesota)
    Yao-Yi Chiang (University of Minnesota)

  • Uncovering Causal Relationships in Co-location Patterns: Approximating Direct Causes through Granger Causality Mining
    Hong Su* (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
    Raymond Chi-Wing Wong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  • SpatialFlip: A Postprocessing Method to Improve Spatial Fairness
    Víctor D. Arroyo* (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Session 3: Undergraduate Finalists

  • Back to the Past: Predicting Expected Ride Demand from Previous Dropoffs and Beyond
    Emily Hou* (Wellesley College)
    Kimberly Hsueh (Wellesley College)
    Christine Bassem (Wellesley College)

  • An Automatic Approach to Finding Geographic Name Changes on Historical Maps
    Rhett M Olson* (University of Minnesota)
    Jina Kim (University of Minnesota)
    Yao-Yi Chiang (University of Minnesota)

  • Towards Inherently Interpretable Deep Learning for Accelerating Scientific Discoveries in Climate Science
    Anh N Nhu* (University of Maryland)
    Yiqun Xie (The University of Maryland)

  • Virtual Graph Neural Networks: A Novel Approach for Building-Agnostic Indoor Positioning System
    Mohammed Elkholy* (The American University in Cairo)
    Hamada Dr. Rizk (Osaka University)
    Moustafa Youssef (Alexandria University and Google)

* designates corresponding author

Call for Papers

Following the successful events in SIGSPATIAL 2016 - 2022, the ACM SIGSPATIAL 2023 will continue to host SIGSPATIAL ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) this year. SRC allows undergraduate and graduate students to share their research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees; understand the practical applications of their research; perfect their communication skills; receive prizes and gain recognition from ACM and the greater computing community.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: August 14 August 28 August 30, 2023 (11:59PM (PDT))
  • Notification of Finalists: September 28 October 12, 2023
  • Event: November 13, 2023


The Student Research Competition is open to graduate students (only one student author), and undergraduate students (up to two student authors per contribution), and the lead student author is required to be an ACM student member. Non-student authors can be added to the camera-ready versions of the finalist submissions. SRC submissions should describe recent research conducted primarily by students or a recent development that involves a substantial amount of work achieved primarily by students. To be considered, complete a submission of an extended abstract of a topic of interest to the ACM SIGSPATIAL conference (please check the main conference CFP for relevant topics) and indicate the level of the participation (undergraduate or graduate). Valid ACM student membership and student status enrolment as of the submission deadline are required for the lead student.

Selection Process

Submissions will be judged based on novelty, impact, approach, results, and contributions to the field of spatial systems and algorithms. Competitors whose submissions are accepted must attend the SRC session and prepare a poster to demonstrate their work during the conference. If selected for further competition at the next level, they should be prepared to give a short talk of 10 minutes about their research projects in front of the judging committee and conference attendees. Winners of the SIGSPATIAL 2023 SRC will be announced at the conference.


Competitors whose submissions are accepted for participation at the SRC session @ SIGSPATIAL 2023 will receive up to $500 USD for their conference travel, depending on need. Winners from each category will advance to the SRC Grand Finals, where winners from various ACM SIGs are evaluated to nominate the ACM-wide SRC winners. Students and early career (0-3 years) conference participants may apply for a conference travel grant when announced.

Submission Instructions

Each submission should include the author(s)' name(s), affiliations, email addresses, research advisors' names, ACM student member number, SRC category (undergraduate or graduate), and an extended abstract of no more than two pages in the conference template. The SRC submission should not have been published before or be under concurrent submission to another venue/SIGSPATIAL track. Please submit your papers through the submission website at: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/srcacmsigspatial2023. In the submission, check the appropriate subject area, either undergraduate or graduate, to indicate your SRC submission category.



For more information please contact the SRC Chairs Amr Magdy at amr@cs.ucr.edu, Claire Hardgrove at claire.hardgrove@sydney.edu.au and Yannick Wölker at ywoe@informatik.uni-kiel.de.