Call for Papers

LBS 2021 will be a fully online conference.

Participants and Focus

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2021 is addressed to scholars and researchers, digital industry / market operators, and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or relevant to location based services (LBS). The conference will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practices where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.


We invite contributions in the following areas (but not limited to):

  • Location Data Analytics and Contact-Tracing Apps for Combating Covid-19
    • Contact-tracing: mobile applications, data analysis and simulation
    • Modelling human dynamics, social distancing, and mobility
    • Privacy-preserving and ethically-aware data processing and analysis
  • Ubiquitous Positioning and Navigation
    • Outdoor and indoor positioning
    • Multi-sensor system and sensor fusion
    • Seamless (indoor-outdoor) navigation
    • Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM)
  • Spatial Cognition and Place
    • Spatial cognition in the mobile era
    • Sense of place and place modelling
    • Cognitive navigation
    • Landmark-based localisation and navigation
  • New Forms of Location Data
    • Location-based social media and Geotagged big data
    • Crowdsourced and volunteered geographic information (VGI)
    • Mobile data and activity analysis
  • Contextual Information and Context-awareness
    • Smart environments and ambient intelligence
    • Indoor spatial data modelling and mapping
    • Semantic data models for LBS
    • Context modelling, personalisation and context-aware adaptation
  • Mobile User Interface and Interaction
    • Visualisation techniques for LBS
    • Mobile human-computer interaction
    • Augmented and virtual reality 
  • User Studies and Evaluation
    • Evaluation methodologies for LBS
    • User experiences of LBS
    • Mobile spatial cognition
  • Social and Behavioural Implications of LBS
    • Location privacy
    • Legal and ethical aspects in LBS
    • Biases in location data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Innovative LBS and Applications
    • Smart cities and transportation
    • Autonomous and connected vehicles
    • Artificial intelligence and LBS
    • Mobile healthcare
    • Location based social networks and games
    • Digital humanities
  • Ubiquitous Mapping in Early Warning and Crisis Management (co-organised by the ICA Commission on CEW & CM)
    • Emergency oriented indoor and outdoor integrated positioning
    • Emergency oriented ubiquitous and adaptive mapping
    • Dynamic and real-time cartographic visualisation and processing


The following submission categories are welcome:

  • Full papers – to present significant scientific results. Full papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. High-quality submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference and published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography Series, or  Journal of Location Based Services by Taylor & Francis or Journal of Navigation by Cambridge University Press. Manuscripts must describe original work that has neither been published before nor is currently under review elsewhere. Papers should be written in English according to the Word or LaTex template, and should not exceed 25 pages (including title, figures, and references). Full papers must be submitted in PDF format through the Easychair website by 05 September 2021 (extended).
  • Work in progress – to present ongoing work. An extended abstract, up to 1200 words, should include succinct and sufficient information about research objectives, significance, method, and preliminary or expected findings. If accepted, you are invited to give an oral presentation at the conference and an extended abstract or full paper (your choice) will be published in the online proceedings of the conference (with a DOI). Extended abstracts can include an up-to 400-word summary. The submissions should be in single-column, single-spaced with figures and tables within the text, and submitted in PDF format through the Easychair website by 22 September 2021 (extended).

Please note that when submitting your contribution through the Easychair website, you should indicate the category (Full paper or Work in progress) you want to submit.

We are also pleased to announce two awards at LBS 2021: one Best paper award, and one work in progress award. More details will follow.

Please make sure that full paper submissions are anonymized:
Do not include any information that could reveal your identity. The title section of your manuscript should not contain any author names, email addresses, or affiliation status. In the body of your submission, eliminate all direct references to your own previous work, i.e., you must discuss your own previous work as if it had been written by somebody else. Please do not disproportionately cite your own previous work. Thank you!