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Special Sessions

Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on CD-ROM support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.


HGIS 2017GIS in Healthcare
Chair(s): Roberto Lattuada

CoNatHaz 2017GIS Technology in Coastal Natural Hazards
Chair(s): Paraskevi Nomikou and Varvara Antoniou

GIS in Healthcare - HGIS 2017

Paper Submission: February 22, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification: March 1, 2017 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 13, 2017 (expired)


Roberto Lattuada

The need to provide better, personal health information and care at lower costs is opening the way to a number of digital solutions and applications designed and developed specifically for the healthcare. Various open-data initiatives are also making available an enourmous amount of diverse data that needs to be processed and, above all, understood.
Under the Digital Health umbrella we find smartphone-based personal health applications, big data reduction and analysis tools, AI-based systems and health information support tools for professional and the industry.
The aim of these applications is to help manage cronic conditions or improve ones lifestyle; provide doctors, hospitals and health-services with better, more efficient tools; improve policy makers decision making through the support of data analytics tools.
GIS has always provided tools to better understand and contextualize data, this Special session on GIS and Healthcare will show how GIS techniques can be applied to the most common healthcare problems but also explore new areas where GIS can foster healthcare innovation.

The main topics include but are not limited to:
- GIS for disease control and forecast
- GIS for health resources optimization
- GIS for heralth emergency support systems
- spatial analysis and data mining for healthcare data
- big data analytics in healthcare
- digital mapping and epidemiology

GIS Technology in Coastal Natural Hazards - CoNatHaz 2017

Paper Submission: February 22, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification: March 1, 2017 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 19, 2017 (expired)


Paraskevi Nomikou
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Varvara Antoniou
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The Mediterranean Sea coastal regions have suffered numerous catastrophic events from destructive earthquakes and tsunamis triggered by earthquakes or large landslides . Currently, geohazard studies are of great importance in the European research or inter-regional funded projects. Geographic Information Systems will improve security by mapping hazards that affect coastal areas, both of continental, characterized by a continued economic growth due to the presence of touristic activities on beaches and off-shore areas (in shallow waters where ecosystems and economic activities are established). Modelling and visualizing of the damage distribution (scenarios of damage) and inundation (tsunami waves), it is provided an effective simulation in order to produce a comprehensive hazard zoning of the surrounding regions. These elements will be of high values through the coastal territories planning and the designing of intervention plans on economic interest sites of high vulnerability.
The main topics include but are not limited to: GIS for mapping active fault zones-coastal landslides-Hazard Zoning Maps; GIS for tsunami inundation Maps-Tsuanami management plans 3D visualizations of Coastal Geohazards for public engagement, educational and training purposes.