Keynote Talks

Keynote 1:

Title: Emerging Geospatial Trends: The Convergence of Technologies
Speaker: Jim Steiner(Oracle)

: For decades there has been a debate about whether “Spatial was Special”. No matter how far back in history you go, geospatial analysis has always exploited whatever leading edge technology was available at the time. Whether it was the compass and the sextant helped man map the world, the first computers that enabled us to evolve from the printing press into the Information Age and the first geospatial information system, or workstations that enabled the GIS application, breakthroughs in geospatial analysis have been a result of the convergence of the leading technologies of the era. If the history of the past 20 years shows us anything, it is that the dominant information technology has become essential to how we work with and manage spatial information and that spatial technologies have become essential to the modern IT ecosystem. The growth in bandwidth growth, declining memory prices, developments in in-memory analytics and database processing, commodity scale-out computing architectures and the ubiquity of sensors and mobile devices have created a new technology landscape described by terms like Cloud, Big Data, Fast Data, and Internet of Things, all of which support and incorporate a new geospatial infrastructure.

Short Bio
: Jim Steiner is vice president of product management in the Oracle Server Technologies Division. He has been responsible for the direction of Oracle’s spatial technologies for over 15 years and currently heads product management and strategy of Oracle’s Spatial, Graph, Semantic, and database Multimedia technologies as well as a number of Oracle’s Big Data technologies. Mr. Steiner joined Oracle in 1995 as Director of Product Management and Marketing for the Rdb database products. Prior to that, he held a variety of product marketing, product management and business development positions at Digital Equipment Corporation including product managing the introduction of relational database, SQL and IBM Database Interconnect technologies into the market. Before entering the software industry, Mr. Steiner worked for 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures International Corporation. He is a graduate of Brown University.

Keynote 2:

Title: Query Processing in Geo-Social Networks
Speaker: Drimitris Papadias (HKUST, Hong Kong)

Abstract: The proliferation of GPS-enabled mobile devises and the popularity of social networking have recently led to the rapid growth of Geo-Social Networks (GeoSNs). GeoSNs have created a fertile ground for novel location-based social interactions, advertising and market analysis. In this presentation I will talk about i) GeoSN queries, which extract useful information combining both the social relationships and the current location of the users, ii) Geo-Social Ranking that ranks the users based on their social and spatial attributes, and iii) Real-Time Multi-criteria Graph Partitioning (RMGP) task for partitioning the social graph of a GeoSN.

Short Bio
: Dimitris Papadias is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Before joining HKUST in 1997, he worked and studied at the German National Research Center for Information Technology (GMD), the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA, Maine), the University of California at San Diego, the Technical University of Vienna, the National Technical University of Athens, Queen’s University (Canada), and University of Patras (Greece). He serves or has served in the editorial boards of the VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and Information Systems. He was the Program Chair of SIGMOD 2013.

Sponsors (*Sponsorship Package)


Realtimetech co.

Pusan National University





Gaia3D Inc.

QBS System Limited

Research Institute of Computers, Information, and Communication
Pusan National University


LNCS, Springer


Korea Spatial Information Society

KIISE Database Society of Korea