Spatial Statistics 2019: Towards Spatial Data Science

Spatial Statistics 2019: Towards Spatial Data Science

10 – 13 July 2019 | Sitges (near Barcelona), Spain

Welcome to 5th Spatial Statistics conference, which will be held in Sitges (close to Barcelona), Spain, from the 10 – 13 July 2019 under the theme Towards Spatial Data Science.

The registration and abstract submission systems will open shortly.

[Workshop and Welcome Reception will be held on 10 July and the actual conference will start on 11 July. More on this later.]

We are at the start of a large and unprecedented expansion of our information provision and use. Both the volume and the complexity of available data will increase, creating a great potential and demand for scientific and technological innovations. In addition to “traditional” data, unverified spatial data are now available from volunteers, dynamic data from moving sources, streams of remote sensing images, and distributed data from various types of sensors including gadgets monitoring the function of human bodies, high-tech engine monitors, and low-cost, distributed environmental sensors. Of particular scientific interest and societal importance are spatially referenced data with temporal dependence, i.e. space-time data. The increasing volume, complexity, heterogeneity, uncertainty and interdependence of space-time data are rapidly outrunning current methods of analysis.

This big-data era is creating research challenges for many fields of science and engineering. Emerging questions have a different focus, depending on the scientific discipline in which they are born and reflecting a significant variability in the nature of big-data problems, in spite of the many common elements. Crucial developments in this context are new scalable methods, design algorithms, and implement software for big space-time data that will (i) capitalize on local models and sparse matrix structures, (ii) allow for fast simulation of space-time processes, and (iii) include new data types (including streams of spatial data, space-time point processes, point patterns on networks, and trajectories).

This all results in the domain of spatial data science. The challenge is to arrive at statistically sound decisions and judgments. How to do so is the aim of this conference.

Issues of statistical learning, but also common methods for spatial and spatio-temporal interpolation,  stochastic geometry, classifications, tessellation, networks, point processes, random sets, including Bayesian modelling will be presented in the new context. The conference offers an excellent opportunity for you to hear from leading scientists in the field and to network with colleagues in industry and academia to ensure that you keep abreast of recent developments in this exciting field of science.


  • Space-time statistics (e.g. geostatistics, point patterns, estimation methods, large dimensions)
  • New spatial data sources (e.g. social media, Google, citizen science, crowd source maps)
  • Stochastic geometry, tesselation, point processes, random sets
  • Causal statistical modeling
  • Trajectory/movement modeling
  • Predictive modelling
  • Spatial data quality and uncertainty

With these methods being applied in a range of relevant domains. For the theme of the conference, we particularly invite contributions in:


  • Image analyses (e.g. satellite images)
  • Traffic and transport
  • Global change
  • Ecology (e.g. dispersion, migration, colonisation and invasion of species)
  • Plant and animal epidemiology e.g. emerging epidemics)
  • Hazards, disasters and risks (e.g. outbreaks, risk mapping)
  • Crime
  • Health, (e.g. epidemiology, geohealth and medical)
  • Spatial econometrics

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