The 19th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications

Special Session: The 2nd AI with Geographic Information Systems for Social Good

December 14-17, 2020, Miami, Florida, USA

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to help tackle challenging urban and regional problems, ranging from diagnosing cancer to assisting blind people to navigate their surroundings, detecting drug abuse and trafficking, identifying victims of online sexual exploitation, facilitating disaster response, and promoting social justice and sustainable development. In addition to AI, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology can be a powerful tool capable of exploring the social issues in the spatial context, through the domains such as criminology, resource management, and transportation planning. For example, a GIS platform might allow emergency planners to swiftly map resources towards emergency response in the event of a natural disaster.

If AI and GIS can be appropriately managed and integrated, the rich and diverse geographic information via GIS will significantly boost the impact of AI on many aspects of our lives. An AI-GIS framework can be used to predict and locate vulnerable communities under natural disasters, identify virus and disease transmission patterns, or to optimize the food distribution in the areas facing shortages and famine.

IEEE ICMLA 2020 will feature a special track on AI with GIS for Social Good. The goal of this track is to provide a venue to disseminate the research focusing on social problems for which the synthesis of AI and GIS has the potential to offer the innovative solutions. This track will bring together researchers and practitioners across AI, GIS and a range of application domains on the frontiers of frameworks, theories, and methods.