IFCS Conference 13-18 March 2009

Dear Pedometricians,

I would like to invite you to contribute to a Special Interest Session
on Spatial Classification that I will chair at the 11th Biennial
Conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies
(IFCS), which will take place at the University of Technology of
Dresden, Germany, March 13-18, 2009, in combination with the 33rd
annual conference of the German Classification Society – Gesellschaft
für Klassifikation (GfKl). Abstract deadline is November 3, 2008.

The focus of this Special Interest Session will be on applications and
methodological challenges of the classification of spatial data,
especially in, but not limited to, the context of remote sensing and
geosciences. Such applications include land cover classification and
change detection, landslide susceptibility modeling, mineral potential
mapping, or habitat analysis. Dealing with spatial autocorrelation in
model fitting and error estimation is one of the challenges
encountered in spatial classification. Specific applications such as
hyperspectral remote sensing result in additional challenges such as
high-dimensional data. Both applied and theoretical scientists with
diverse backgrounds are invited to contribute to this session that is
intended to provide an interdisciplinary discussion forum.

Papers of the conference will be published in a post-conference
proceedings volume in the series ‘Studies in Classification, Data
Analysis and Knowledge Organization’ with Springer-Verlag after having
passed a refereeing process (deadlines are listed below). Long or
advanced versions of papers can be submitted to the journals ‘Advances
in Data Analysis and Classification (ADAC)’ and ‘Journal of
Classification’ that both will publish a Special Issue for IFCS 2009.

I look forward to meeting you at the IFCS,

Alexander Brenning
Department of Geography and Environmental Management
University of Waterloo

Conference website:

Important Dates:
– November 03, 2008: deadline for abstracts
– December 17, 2009: notification of acceptance of abstracts
– January 19, 2009: end of early-bird registration
– March 13-18, 2009: conference
– April 6, 2009: deadline for papers for post-conference proceedings
– June 29, 2009: notification of acceptance of papers
– July 20, 2009: camera-ready version of papers

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