Keynote speakers


gartnerGeorg Gartner is a Professor for Cartography and Geo-Mediatechniques at the Research Group of Cartography at the Vienna University of Technology. He holds graduate qualifications in geography and cartography from the University of Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology, including a habilitation.

He served as Dean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation of Technische Universität Wien from 2008 to 2014. He served as president of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) in the term 2011–2015 and is the current (2015–2019) past president of ICA. He has acted in several boards, including the Executive Board of the Austrian Geographic Society (ÖGG), as Vice-President of the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG), as member of the Editorial Board of The Cartographic Journal, the International Journal of Cartography and Kartographische Nachrichten.

He is editor of the book series Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography (Springer-Verlag) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Location-based Services (Taylor & Francis). He has founded the Conference Series on Location-based Services. He was co-founder of the International Master programme on Cartography with TU München, TU Dresden and Universiteit Twente.

His main research interests lie in the role of modern cartography and applying LBS and interactivity to this role.


Esteban Moro is researcher, data scientist and professor at Universidad Carlos III (UC3M) in Spain and Visiting Professor at MIT Media Lab and MIT Connection Science at IDSS , he was previously researcher at University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Physics and is an affiliate faculty at Joint Institute UC3M-Santander on Big Data at UC3M and the Joint Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Spain). Prof Moro has published extensively throughout his career (more than 60 articles) and has led many projects funded by government agencies and/or private companies.


Prof. Moro’s  work lies in the intersection of big data and computational social science, with special attention to human dynamics, collective intelligence, social networks and urban mobility in problems like viral marketing, natural disaster management, or economical segregation in cities. Apart from his academic career he has worked closely with companies like Twitter, Telefónica or BBVA in the use of massive datasets to understand problems like how humans communicate, how to political opinion spreads in social networks or building alternative wellbeing indexes.


KitchinRob Kitchin is a professor and ERC Advanced Investigator in the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at Maynooth University, for which he was director between 2002 and 2013. After studying at Lancaster University (BSc Geography), Leicester University (MSc GIS), and the University of Wales Swansea (PhD Geography), he took up a post in Queen's University Belfast in 1996, moving to Maynooth University in 1998. He is currently a principal investigator on the Programmable City project (funded by the European Research Council) and the Building City Dashboards project (funded by Science Foundation Ireland; also see Dublin Dashboard). He was formerly a PI for the Digital Repository of Ireland (2009-2017) and the All-Island Research Observatory (2005-2017).

He has published widely across the social sciences, including 28 authored/edited books and over 180 articles and book chapters, and has delivered over 230 invited talks at conferences and universities. He is managing editor of the international journal, Dialogues in Human Geography, and has been an editor of Progress in Human Geography and Social and Cultural Geography, and was the editor-in-chief of the 12 volume, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography.  

He was the 2013 recipient of the Royal Irish Academy's Gold Medal for the Social Sciences and recipient of the Maynooth University Research Achievement Award, 2018. He received the Association of American Geographers ‘Meridian Book Award’ for the outstanding book in the discipline in 2011, and his research has been discussed over 600 times in local, national and international news media. 



Haosheng Huang is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer, and Leader of the Research Group "Location Based Services" at the GIScience Center of the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland. He is also a guest professor (2017) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria, and an Adjunct Research Fellow (2016-2021) at the Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. He was previously researcher and lecturer (Univ.Ass. Dr.techn.), and research assistant (Projektass) at TU Wien, and visiting scholar at the The University of California, Santa Barbara. 


Haosheng Huang is currently the Chair of the ICA Commission on Location-Based Services, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Location Based Services (Taylor & Francis), Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards (Springer), Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis (Springer), and Urban Planning (Cogitatio). He has been guest editor in several international journals, including IJGIS, IJGI, IJC, JLBS and IJDSN. Haosheng Huang's research interests lie in Geographic Information Science, particularly on Location-Based Services (LBS), Spatial Cognition, computational mobility and activity analysis, and urban informatics.