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Monday, May 21st
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 10:00 Opening
10:00 – 11:30 Keynote
Relational is the new Big Data – GIS systems at Geoblink
Miguel Angel Fajardo, Vicente Lacuesta.
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Session 1: Spatial and Spatio-temporal Big Data

  • (Full paper) A Web Interface for Exploiting Spatio-temporal Heterogeneous Data. Ba-Huy Tran, Christine Plumejeaud-Perreau, and Alain Bouju
  • (Work in progress) Storing and Clustering Large Spatial Datasets Using Big Data Technologies. Alejandro Cortiñas, Miguel R. Luaces and Tirso Varela-Rodeiro
  • (Work in progress) From What & when happen, to why happen in Air Pollution using Open Big Data. Roberto Zagal-Flores and Miguel Felix-Mata
  • (Showcase) Increasing Maritime Situation Awareness via Trajectory Detection, Enrichment and Recognition of Events. G. A. Vouros, A. Viachou, G. Santipantakis, G. Doulkeridis, N. Pelekis, H. Georgiou, Y. Theodoridis, K. Patroumpas, E. Alevizos, A. Artikis, G. Fuchs, M. Mock, G. Andrienko, N Andrienko, C. Claramunt, C. Ray, E. Camossi and A.-L. Jousselme
13:30 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 – 17:00 Session 2: Routing and trajectory analysis

  • (Full paper) Region-Aware Route Planning. Sabine Storandt
  • (Full paper) Extraction of Usage Patterns for Land-use Types by Pedestrian Trajectory Analysis. Mehdi Jalili, Farshad Hakimpour and Stefan Van der Spek
  • (Work in progress) GeoSPRINGS: Towards a Location-Aware Mobile Agent Platform. Sergio Ilarri, Pedro Roig and Raquel Trillo-Lado
17:30 – 20:30 Social event
Guided tour through the old city of A Coruña
20:30 – 23:30 Banquet
Pazo de Vilaboa


Tuesday, May 22nd
10:00 – 11:30 Session 3: Sensor Networks

  • (Full paper) An in-depth analysis of CUSUM algorithm for change detection in time series. Rayane El Sibai, Yousra Chabchoub, Raja Chiky, Jacques Demerjian and Kablan Barbar
  • (Work in progress) Improving Sensing Coverage of Probe Vehicles with Probabilistic Routing. Dario Asprone, Sergio Di Martino and Paola Festa  
  • (Showcase) New in-depth taxonomy of routing protocols in Wireless Sensor Networks. Amine Kardi, Rachid Zagrouba and Mohammed Alqahtani
  • (Showcase) Using the Internet of Things to Monitor Human and Animal Uses of Industrial Linear Features. Kan Luo, Sara Saeedi, James Badger and Steve Liang
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Session 4: Visualization

  • (Full paper) A Web of data platform for Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis (MICA). Danielle Ziebelin, Philippe Genoud, Marie-Jeanne Natete, Daniel Cassard and Francois Tertre
  • (Work in progress) Application of the KDD process for the visualization of integrated geo-referenced textual data from the pre-processing phase. Flavio Gomez, Ana Maria Cuadros and Diego Iquira
  • (Work in progress) Multigranular Spatio-Temporal Exploration: an Application to On-Street Parking Data. Camilla Robino, Laura Di Rocco, Sergio Di Martino, Giovanna Guerrini and Michela Bertolotto
  • (Showcase) Generation of web-based GIS applications through the reuse of software artefacts. Alejandro Cortiñas, Miguel R. Luaces, Oscar Pedreira and Ángeles S. Places
13:30 Closing
13:30 – 15:30 Lunch


Relational is the new Big Data – GIS systems at Geoblink

Relational databases were the persistence system of choice for decades, until the Web 2.0 in the 2000s required to process volumes of data so big it needed distributed systems running in parallel. A new type of databases (NoSQL) was adopted to solve this problem in different ways. We are now seeing the pendulum swing back, with some relational databases evolving into systems that can easily be made distributed, keeping their versatility, simplicity in structure and easy infrastructure maintenance. We will showcase how PostgreSQL can deal with JSONB and partitioned tables.

Miguel Angel Fajardo (Geoblink)

CTO of Geoblink, a Spanish startup that is changing how businesses harness the power of data through Location Analysis. He has extensive experience leading teams and pushing for innovation in both sides of the Atlantic in different industries like telecom, media, e-commerce and videogames.

Miguel Ángel holds a Computer Science Master by the Madrid-UAM and Paris VI universities. Before Geoblink, he worked at Electronic Arts in Silicon Valley for the last instalment of The Sims saga and at Gilt and Shutterstock in New York as Engineering Manager.

Vicente Lacuesta (Geoblink)

Senior Data Scientist in the Data team of the Spanish startup Geoblink, transforming scattered information into powerful data to push the boundaries of Location Analysis.

Vicente holds a PhD in High-Energy Physics (IFIC), a Master in Advanced Physics and a 5 year-degree in Physics from Universidad de Valencia. Before joining Geoblink, he did research during 7 years at IFIC and CERN, focusing on the statistical analysis of massive data for the single top reconstruction and in the calibration software for the ATLAS experiment.

Social event

Photograph by Diego Delso, License CC-BY-SA

The Old Town (Ciudad Vieja in Spanish, Cidade Vella in Galician) is the name given to the oldest part of A Coruña. During the ninth and tenth centuries, the inhabitants of what was then called Faro Island (peninsula where the Tower of Hercules stands) were leaving the area due to constant attacks by the Viking fleet and settled in the area of Betanzos. In 1208 King Alfonso IX refounded the city at the present site of the Old Town and put it under his personal control, free from allegiance to the clergy or feudal lords. In the fourteenth century the city walls of the Old Town were built, as well as three doors: Parrote, Clavo, and San Miguel. The Old City also preserves the stronghold known as the Old Fortress, now converted into the Garden of San Carlos, in which Sir John Moore is buried. The Old Town of A Coruña kept streets and squares that revive the city’s history and noble mansions and residences such as Rosalia de Castro’s house. Notable buildings are the Royal Galician Academy, the institution dedicated to the study of Galician culture and especially the Galician language, the Romanic churches of Santiago and Saint Mary, As Bárbaras Monastery (Romanic and Baroque) and the headquarters of the Operational Logistics Force of the Spanish Army. [Wikipedia]

You can find more information regarding the Old Town at the City Council tourism information site.

Conference banquet


The conference banquet will take place at Pazo de Vilaboa, also dubbed as Torres Taboada. It was erected on the remains of an old house, owned by the Castro family from Pazo de Mende, which had extended its possessions into As Mariñas Coruñesas. It was then purchased by Alvaro de Torres Taboada, who gave the Pazo its current aspect, building his new residence evoking the ancient Galician forts. Torres Taboada maintained close relations with Emilia Pardo Bazán, and advised her in the construction of the Pazo de Meirás, which has a design very similar to Pazo de Vilaboa.

The current aspect of the Pazo was given in the 19th century, although it seems to be very old, considering the towers and creeks that cross the upper part of the building. The facade opens up to an esplanade with large trees and a cruceiro (cavalry). The building is surrounded by a false pit surrounded by chains and saved by a stone staircase, which serves as the access to the ground floor that shows an imposing circular tower in its vertex.