Workshop on Computational Cartography, Bonn, Germany, December 2020

1st Workshop on Computational Cartography 2020

December 10th to December 11th

Research on automation has a long history in cartography. Today, it addresses a large variety of maps ranging from classical topographic maps to highly interactive maps for small and smart devices. To a growing extent, problems of automation in cartography attract the attention of computer scientists who aim not only at practicable algorithms but also at theoretical results, e.g., by studying the computational complexity of problems or proving quality guarantees of algorithms. This workshop of two half days explicitly aims at combining theoretical and practical aspects of computing in cartography. It builds upon the claim that algorithmic research in cartography requires that
(1) problem formulations are both well-motivated from practice and mathematically precise and
(2) algorithms are supported with both theoretical and practical arguments (usually inferred from experiments).

The workshop will provide its participants the opportunity to give short presentations of recent and on-going research and will include invited talks and discussions to elaborate how theoretical and practical research on computational cartography can be linked in a best way, to combine the strengths of different parts of the community. An open-problem session will allow researchers to attract partners who are interested in joint research on a presented problem and to initiate the discussion with them.

Presentations will be selected based on abstract submissions which should not exceed 500 words. Ideally, every presentation should reach into both theoretical and practical aspects of computing in cartography, for example, by discussing theoretical results for a practically motivated problem or a practical algorithm for a mathematically defined problem. The workshop generally addresses all problems of automation in cartography and, more generally, algorithmic problems related to the visual communication of information that has a spatial component.

COVID-19 impact on the Workshop

We are closely monitoring the developments with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will rather postpone the workshop on a relatively short notice than hold it as an online-only event. A definite decision will be made at the beginning of November, which is when we need to confirm or cancel the contingent of hotel rooms we reserved.


A detailed programme will be announced at a later time.

Wednesday, December 10th

Workshop: invited talks and presentations.

Thursday, December 11th

Workshop: discussions.
Joint Lunch (optional)

Invited Talks

Guillaume Touya, title to be announced
Wouter Meulemans, title to be announced
Hsiang-Yun Wu, title to be announced

Submission of Abstracts

The abstract sumbission should not exceed 500 words. A latex template will be made available soon.

1st of October
The submission is handled via EasyChair: submission page.


Abstract Comittee



For registration please send a mail with your contact details to

No registration fees are planned, but lunches and dinner are on own expenses.

Venue, Travel & Accomondation

Geoinformation Group, University of Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 172, 53115 Bonn, Germany


A contingent of hotel rooms has been blocked for the participants. Please contact us if you are interested in using it.

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