Call for Papers

Due to the current pandemic, we have decided to postpone LBS 2020 until next year. However, as a response to COVID-19 we will have virtual panel discussions focusing on LBS and pandemic. Full papers are still welcome for this year (2020) and will be directly considered for the Journal of LBS. For more details, please refer to the announcement here.

Participants and Focus

Built on the success of previous conferences in this series, LBS 2020 is addressed to scholars and researchers, digital industry / market operators, and students of different backgrounds (scientific, engineering and humanistic) whose work is either focused on or relevant to location based services (LBS). The conference will offer a common ground to colleagues from various disciplines and practice where they can meet, interact and exchange knowledge, experience, plans and ideas on how LBS can and could be improved and on how it will influence both science and society.


We invite contributions in the following areas (but not limited to):

  • Ubiquitous positioning and Navigation
    • Outdoor and indoor positioning
    • Multi-sensor system and sensor fusion
    • Seamless (indoor-outdoor) navigation
    • Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM)
  • Spatial Cognition and sense of place
    • Sense of direction and self-orientation
    • Cognitive navigation
    • Landmark-based localisation and navigation
  • New forms of location data
    • Location-based social media and Geotagged big data
    • Crowdsourced and volunteered geographic information (VGI)
    • Mobile data and activity analysis
  • Contextual information and context-awareness
    • Smart environments and ambient intelligence
    • Indoor spatial data modelling and mapping
    • Semantic data models for LBS
    • Context modelling, personalisation and context-aware adaptation
  • Mobile user interface and interaction
    • Visualisation techniques for LBS
    • Mobile human-computer interaction
    • Augmented and virtual reality 
  • User studies and evaluation
    • Evaluation methodologies for LBS
    • User experiences of LBS
    • Mobile spatial cognition
  • Social and behavioural implications of LBS
    • Location privacy
    • Legal and ethical aspects in LBS
    • Biases in location data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Innovative LBS and applications
    • Smart cities and transportation
    • Autonomous and connected vehicles
    • Artificial intelligence and LBS
    • Mobile healthcare
    • Location based social networks and games
    • Digital humanities
  • Ubiquitous Mapping in Early Warning and Crisis Management (co-organised by the ICA Commission on CEW & CM)
    • Emergency oriented indoor and outdoor integrated positioning
    • Emergency oriented ubiquitous and adaptive mapping
    • Dynamic and real-time cartographic visualisation and processing


All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Full papers – presenting significant scientific results. Full papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. High-quality submissions will be accepted for the Journal of Location Based Services. Please follow the “Instructions for authors” and submit your full paper directly at We aim for a quick review and turnaround time. Authors of accepted full papers will have an option to present their work at LBS 2021 next year.
  • Work in progress – presenting ongoing work. Short papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. Work-in-progress papers should include succinct and sufficient information about research objectives, significance, methods, and preliminary or expected findings. If accepted, you are either invited to give an oral or a poster presentation at the conference (decision by the program committee). Your work-in-progress paper will be published in the online proceedings of the conference (with individual DOIs). Work-in-progress papers (up to 5 pages, including title, figures and references) must be written in English using the template and submitted through the Easychair website by 14 June 2020.
  • Showcases – live presentations of research prototypes and products. Showcase abstracts will be reviewed by the PC chairs and, if accepted, published in the online proceedings of the conference.

The best accepted full and work-in-progress papers will be invited to submit an extended version to either the Journal of Location Based Services by Taylor & Francis or Journal of Navigation of Royal Institute of Navigation, based on the topic. The invitation does not guarantee the publication, though, and it is subject to peer review process.

Please note that when submitting your contribution through the Easychair website, you should indicate the category (Full papers, Work in progress) you want to submit.

Please make sure that full paper and work-in-progress paper submissions are anonymized:
Do not include any information that could reveal your identity. The title section of your manuscript should not contain any author names, email addresses, or affiliation status. In the body of your submission, eliminate all direct references to your own previous work, i.e., you must discuss your own previous work as if it had been written by somebody else. Please do not disproportionately cite your own previous work. Thank you!

Please click here to submit your contributions via Easychair.


All three types of submissions must be prepared using one of the following templates:

Word: lbs2020_word_template
Latex: contributed+books