SpatialEpi@ACM SIGSPATIAL 2023

Monday November 13, 2023, TBA, Hamburg


The 4th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Spatial Computing for Epidemiology (SpatialEpi’23) focuses on all aspects of modeling, simulating, mining, and understanding the spatial processes and patterns of the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. This cross-disciplinary workshop is a forum to bring together researchers in the SIGSPATIAL community as well as researchers in epidemiology. Also, this workshop is of interest to everyone who works with infectious disease data and models (not necessarily COVID19). In addition to paper presentations, this workshop will feature invited speakers keynotes from experts across the SIGSPATIAL community and epidemiology.

Organization Committee

General Chair
Andreas Züfle (Emory University)
Program Chairs
Taylor Anderson (George Mason University) Joon-Seok Kim (Oak Ridge National Laboratories)
Amira Roess (George Mason University)
Program Committee
Song Gao (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Alexander Hohl (The University of Utah)
Yiqun Xie (University of Minnesota) Hamdi Kavak (George Mason University)
Di Yang (University of Wyoming) Zipei Fan (The University of Tokyo)
Ignacio Segovia-Dominguez (West Virginia University) Jia Yu (Washington State University)
Michael Desjardins (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Web Chair
Hossein Amiri (Emory University)


  • Max Lau, Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

    Max Lau, Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

    Keynote: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, BIOSTATISTICS, Rollins School of Public Health

    Dr. Max Lau is Assistant Professor at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health in the Biostatistics Department and is jointly appointed with the Epidemiology Department. He earned his MPhil in Public Health and statistical modeling of infectious diseases at the University of Hongkong (2011). He obtained his Ph.D. in statistical modeling of infectious diseases at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2015). He completed his post doc work at Princeton University (2018) and began his career at Emory University in 2019. He has developed new Bayesian methods and modelling techniques for disease data and data integration and designs and teaches graduate level machine learning and modeling classes.


Timezone: CET Title Paper
15:30-15:35 Opening Remarks

15:35-16:30 Keynote

Max Lau, , Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
16:30-16:50 Optimal Risk-aware POI Recommendations during Epidemics

Nina Yanin, Manos Papagelis
16:50-17:10 EPIPOL: An Epidemiological Patterns of Life Simulation (Demonstration Paper)

Will Kohn, Hossein Amiri, Andreas Züfle
17:10-17:15 Closing Remarks


TBA. Hamburg, Germany

Call For Papers (PDF version)

The workshop seeks high-quality full (8-10 pages) and short (4 pages) papers that have not been published in other academic outlets and are not concurrently under peer review. Once accepted, at least one author is required to register for the workshop and the ACM SIGSPATIAL conference, as well as attend the workshop to present the accepted work which will then appear in the ACM Digital Library. As SpatialEpi papers appear in the ACM SIGSPATIAL proceedings we follow the same submission process. Submission details can be found at Following the main-conference, we also allow full papers to have a two-page appendix beyond the ten pages limit.

Contact Tracing COVID-19 Tracking and Data Collection
COVID-19 Data Cleaning and Wrangling Disease Spread Simulation
COVID-19 Data Mining Managing Uncertainty in COVID-19 Data
COVID-19 Data Query Processing Mapping and Visual Analytics of COVID-19
COVID-19 Effects on Human Mobility Prescriptive Analytics for COVID-19
COVID-19 Hotspot Detection Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19
COVID-19 Simulation and Modeling Spatial Analysis of COVID-19
COVID-19 and Social Media Spatially Explicit COVID-19 Prediction Models

Important Dates

Submission deadline

September 18, 2023 (anywhere on earth)

Author notification

October 11, 2023 (anywhere on earth)

Camera-ready Due

Workshop date

Monday November 13, 2023

Student Travel Grant Applications:

October 11, 2023

Submission site