ISPRS/ IGU/ICA Joint Workshop on Borderlands Modelling and Understanding for Global Sustainability

5-6 December, 2013, Beijing, China
Information Note
Organized by
Beijing Normal University (BNU)
National Geomatics Center of China (NGCC)
Peking University (PKU)
Lanzhou University (LU)
Sponsored by
International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
International Geographical Union (IGU)
International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Geographical Society of China (GSC)
Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Achieving sustainable development is a consensus of the international community, as declared by the Rio+ 20 Outcome Document. How to accomplish this task is a big challenge facing the government, private sector and academia. Nowadays the United nations (UN) are exerting great efforts in mobilizing the world to come up with a post-2015 development agenda based on inputs from all walks of life. It is the moral obligation of the borderland-related research community to have our thought and say, thus making our due contribution.
Borderlands are physical spaces adjoining national boundary lines and geographic units with unique characteristics in terms of geography, natural resources, demography, economy, and culture. In most cases, they unite as a continuum with the same ethnicity, economic pattern and natural resource, and share more common features with the neighboring country instead of the inner land of the mother country. These similar and identical phenomena do no respect and cannot be divided by the artificial boundary lines which are politically dictated. People, goods, services and ideas flow across boundaries from state to state in a very easy manner. The borderlands are becoming more and more important in the context of global sustainable development and regional cooperation, and deserve special attention for policy-makers and researchers.
A better understanding of borderlands can be advanced through an integrated multi-disciplinary researches and the utilization of new technologies. During the past few years, we have witnessed recent scientific achievements and technological development in earth observation, global geographic information, geopolitics, geographic modelling, international relations and many other related subjects. This makes it possible to conduct more comprehensive research of the borderlands areas in our planet through multi-disciplinary collaboration. New concepts and theories, methods and algorithms, as well as the advanced geo-computing tools/ platform can be developed to support the planning, monitoring, and management of borderlands. Scientific innovation and excellency in this domain will not only contribute to the socio-economic development and human well-being in border areas, but will also benefit global understanding and sustainability.
This workshop aims to promote scientific research and academic exchange on digital modelling, advanced analysis and comprehensive understanding of borderlands. It will provide a forum for leading scientists and young researchers to present their latest research results, exchange new ideas and discuss the possible collaboration in this field.
-        Scientific challenges in borderlands studies
-        Conceptual and theoretical achievements in borderlands studies
-        Modelling and representation of digital borderlands
-        Reliable information of borderlands
-        Geo-computing infrastructure for borderland studies
-        Analytical and quantitative methods for borderlands
-        Understanding the relation of land cover and culture in border areas
-        Understanding cross-border economies and communication
-        Understanding non-traditional security in border areas
-        Others
Scientific Committee:    
Prof. Dahe Qin (Chair, IGU Vice President, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Prof. Jun Chen (Co-Chair, ISPRS President, NGCC/BNU, China)
Prof. Yanhua Liu (Co-Chair, GSC President, China)
Dr. Douglas Richardson (Co-Chair, AAG Executive Director, USA)
Prof. William Cartwright (Co-Chair, ICA Past President, RMIT University, Australia)
Prof. Yifang Ban (ISPRS WG IV/II/VIII Chair, KTH, Sweden)
Prof. Giuliano Bellezza (IGU Vice President, Universities of Roma, Italy)
Dr. Derek Clarke (ICA Vice President, Surveys and Mapping, South Africa)
Prof. Debin Du (East China Normal University, China)
Dr. Jie Jiang (ISPRS Com II President, NGCC, China)
Dr. Peter Jordan (ICA Com. Chair on Atlases, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)
Dr. Shuying Leng (National Natural Science Foundation of China, China)
Prof. Songnian Li (ISPRS Com IV President, Rayson University, Canada)
Prof. Weidong Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Prof. Yaolin Liu (ICA Vice President, Wuhan University, China)
Prof. Dadao Lu (Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Mr. Sukendra Martha (ICA Vice President, Board of Geospatial Information, Indonesia)
Prof. Alexander Murphy (AAG Past President, University of Oregon, USA)
Prof. Matin Pratt (Durham University, UK)
Prof. Mark Rosenberg (Queen’s University, Canada)
Dr. Changqing Song (National Natural Science Foundation of China, China)
Prof. Shu Tao (Peking University, China)
Prof. Vladimir Tikunov (ICA Com. Chair on GI for Sustainability, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)
Prof. Jiayao Wang (Information Engineering University, China)
Prof. Wuyi Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Prof. Shengtian Yang (Beijing Normal University, China)
Prof. Anthony Yeh (Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hongkong University, China)
Prof. Shangyi Zhou (Beijing Normal University, China)
Organizing Committee:
Prof. Yuejing Ge (Chair, Beijing Normal University, China)
Prof. Hui Deng (Peking University, China)
Prof. Yixin Hua (Information Engineering University, China)
Dr. Horst Kremers (ICA Com. Co-chair on GI for Sustainability, Co-Chair (Germany)
Prof. Qingwen Qi (ICA Com. Co-chair on Atlases, CAS, China)
Dr. Bo Qu (China Foreign Affairs University, China)
Dr. René Sieber, ICA Commission on Atlases, Co-Chair (Switzerland)
Mr. Faliang Wang (NGCC, China)
Prof. Shengtian Yang (Beijing Normal University, China)
Prof. Tingjun Zhang (Lanzhou University, China)
Dr. Zhuodong Zhang (Beijing Normal University, China)
Secretary:Dr. Yang Cheng (Beijing Normal University, China)
Draft Program:  
December 5
Opening Ceremony
8:30am — 9:10am
Group Photo and Coffee Break
9:10am — 9:40am
Keynote Session I
9:40am — 11:10am
11:10am — 11:50am
12:00pm — 1:30pm
Session 1: Scientific challenges and perspectives in borderlands studies
1:30pm — 2:50pm
Session 2: Borderlands modelling I
3:05pm — 5:05pm
December 6
Session 3: Borderlands modelling II
8:30am — 10:10am
Session 4: Understanding of borderlands I
10:25am — 12:05pm
12:05pm — 1:30pm
Session 5: Understanding of borderlands II
1:30pm — 3:10pm
Keynote Session II
3:25pm — 4:55pm
4:55pm — 5:25pm
Rapporteur’s       Report
5:25pm — 5:55pm
5:55pm — 6:10 pm
Working Language:
The workshop will be conducted in English. Relevant information will be available on the workshop webpage ( soon.
Paper submission:
The deadline for the Full Paper (6 pages) Submission is 31 October 2013.
The Full Paper Submission is available on:
Please click on “Full Paper Submission” in order to access the upload tool for your Full Paper.
Detailed information about the Full Paper Submission for the ISPRS Archives can be found at:
All participants are strongly urged to send completed registration forms to the workshop secretary (Dr. Yang Cheng, as soon as possible.
The information you provide on the registration form will be used for visa documentation, hotel reservation and workshop preparation.
All participants, except non-attending co-authors, must pay the registration fees of $200 (or 1200 RMB) for early registration (before 31 October, 2013).
The late registration fee will be $245 (or 1500 RMB)at the workshop. The fees will be used for renting venue, printing workshop documents, providing food services, inviting keynote speakers, and preparing conference proceedings.
This workshop offers a reduced registration fee of $100 (or 600 RMB) for graduate students.
Please find the details of the payment method in the registration form.
Foreigners from most countries are required to apply for a visa to enter China. For detailed visa policies, please consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country. When you fill out the registration form, indicate whether you need the official visa documentation. Upon receipt of the registration form, the organizing committee will prepare and send the official visa documentation to those who need it.
The Venue:
The workshop will be held at Jingshi Hotel, which is well located in Beijing ( It is situated at the southeast of Beijing Normal University.

Below are two hotels on campus for your reference, please indicate your preference in the registration form. Participants are responsible for their own hotel room reservations if they want to stay in other hotels.
1.      Jingshi Hotel (450RMB/Day, standard room)
Address: No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District, Beijing
Tel: 86-10-58802288
2.      Lanhui Hotel (300RMB/Day, standard room)
Address: No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District, Beijing
Tel: 86-10-58806000
Contact information:
Dr. Yang Cheng
School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, China
No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District,
Beijing 100875, P. R. China
Phone: (86)-10-58807473, Ext.1340
Fax: (86)-10-58806955

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