Location: University of Belgrade - Faculty of Civil Engineering Belgrade, Serbia
Event date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016

Conference aims at researchers in the field of Climate and Environmental Science, Geoinformatics, as well as geostatistics and machine learning.
The GeoMLA conference will be held in the original Milutin Milankovich lecture hall. Milutin Milankovich, one of the pioneers of climate science and a popularizer of science, has been ranked among the top fifteen minds of all time in the field of earth sciences by NASA (edition of "On the Shoulders of Giants").
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The GeoMLA conference and workshops in Belgrade aims at reviewing the recent progress in the application of Machine learning and geostatistics in Climate and Environmental sciences. The conference sessions will cover topics such as modelling of climate science data, spatio-temporal predictions in 2D, 3D, 2D+T and 3D+T, novel approaches to automated mapping and geoinformatics for Environmental sciences, combining geostatistics and machine learning, change detection and temporal analysis of meteorological and climatic variables.

This Conference and workshops are closely related to the similar event organized and hosted by the same working group in 2014 (DailyMeteo/2014), and which resulted in a special issue in Spatial Statistics journal on "Spatial and spatio-temporal models for interpolating climatic and meteorological data" (Guest editors: Dr. Tomislav Hengl, Dr. Edzer Pebesma, Dr. Robert J Hijmans). With GeoMLA we are trying to go a step further by bringing together state-of-the-art machine learning and geostatistical methods and software.

Connected events: GEOSTAT Summer School, Albacete Spain Sun 18th Sept - Sat 24th Sept 2016

Organizing committee

Keynote speakers

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Mikhail Kanevski

is a full professor of geomatics at the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne. He has a PhD in theoretical plasma physics. At present, his scientific interests deal with environmental data mining, development and applications of machine learning algorithms, nonlinear time series analysis and prediction, visualization of complex high dimensional data. The main applications concern environmental risks, natural hazards, mining of socio-economic data. Prof. Kanevski is a co-author of several books on data science and more than a hundred publications on corresponding topics.

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Mirko Orlić

is a professor of geophysics at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. His major interests include physical processes in the sea and atmosphere-sea interaction. Thus, for example, he has recently worked on an improvement of the semi-empirical method of analysis and projection of sea level. He has also contributed to the development of some statistical methods, with one of them – partial wavelet analysis – being increasingly used not only by geoscientists but also by economists. Prof. Orlić has co-authored more than eighty refereed publications and a book on the weather and climate of the Adriatic area.

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Wolfgang Wagner

has MSc degree in physics and the PhD degree in remote sensing. He is professor for remote sensing at the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing of TU Wien and the head of the newly founded Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation. Furthermore, he is co-founder of the Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring (EODC), acting as head of science. The main research interest lies in physical modeling and geophysical parameter retrieval from remote sensing data. He has been committee member of several international conferences.

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Ole Einar Tveito

has been affiliated to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute ( as a researcher since 1995. He became senior scientist in 1998 and was appointed as head of the “Climate data and spatial analysis” in 2011. Tveito is an experienced expert on spatiotemporal analysis of climatic variables, snow modeling, atmospheric circulation classifications, extreme value analysis and homogeneity testing. He has developed the Norwegian high resolution observation grid data set that is heavily utilized for climate assessment studies. He has a broad experience in working with scientists from other disciplines, in particular hydrology, ecology and forestry. He frequently give lectures at universities in Norway and Sweden.

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Andreas Papritz

is a lecturer at the Department of Environmental Systems Science of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is interested in spatial modelling of environmental survey data. Current research interests include: (1) development of robust geostatistical methodology and implementation in software R, (2) digital soil mapping, (3) use of geoadditive model for high-dimensional regression problems.

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Machine learning applications in climate and environmental science

Spatio-temporal variations of climate variables

Advances in Climate Science

Geoinformatics for modeling of climate data and analysis

Sampling optimization in climate/environmental science

Combining geostatistics and remote sensing

Combining machine learning and remote sensing

Datasets in Climate/Environmental Science

Software advances in spatial analysis

Spatio-temporal interpolation of climate/environmental data

Key Dates

1st of December 2015
First circular announcement

End of 2015
Second circular announcement

10th of April 2016
1st of March 2016
Abstract submission deadline

20th of April 2016
10th of March 2016
Notification of acceptance

20th of April 2016
Early registration payment deadline (discounted fees)

23rd-24th of June 2016
Conference (after workshops)



25 Participants for each workshop maximum

Workshops specifically aim at PhD students and researchers interested in applications of geostatistics and machine learning in climate and environmental studies.
The workshop will consist of three parallel training sessions (tutorials) which will be run by the original package developers. To find out more about the GeoMLA Workshops go to Topics. To attend workshops, after Registration go to your Dashboard and create Profile.
Participants have option to select two workshops at the same time. Workshop schedule will be announced later in accordance with the number of registered participants.


Mikhail Kanevski: "Machine learning of geospatial data: achievements and new trends" (practice will be done with user friendly software, programming skills are not reqiured)

Tomislav Hengl: "Automated mapping in 2D, 3D, and 2D+T using machine learning in R"

Milan Kilibarda: "Spatial and spatio-temporal prediction and visualisation of climate elements in R"

Key Dates

1st of April 2016
Registration deadline

20th of April 2016
Early registration payment deadline (discounted fees)

21st and 22nd of June 2016

Call for papers

Submission for conference proceedings is possible in form of extended abstract or full paper. For extended abstract the maximum length of a manuscript is 3 pages in provided template. For full paper the maximum length of a manuscript is 6 pages in provided template.
See topics of interest (Topics).
Submission will be open on 5th of December 2015.
Deadline for submission of abstract is 10th of April 2016.

Contributed extended abstracts will be internally reviewed by the Scientific Committee and then, upon acceptance, published in the conference proceedings. A selection of extended abstracts will be further invited for a contribution in a special issue in Gefozika.
To submit an extended abstract or full paper for this Conference please go to your Dashboard.


Why visit Belgrade
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The conference and workshops (21-24th June) will be held at FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, University of Belgrade.
Address: Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 73, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia (lat= 44.805355°, lon= 20.476607°).

The conference will be held at hall 225 - amphitheater "Milutin Milankovic". Milutin Milankovich, one of the pioneers of climate science and a popularizer of science, has been ranked among the top fifteen minds of all time in the field of earth sciences by NASA (edition of "On the Shoulders of Giants").

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How to get to Belgrade

By train (see here)
By car / bus (see here)

Arrival from Airport

Recommended: Take mini bus A1 from arrival terminal to Slavija Square. A price is 300 RSD (2.6 EURO). You can change EUR to RSD at airport (1 EUR = 120 RSD) or you can use cache machine at airport. A1 timetable.
From Slavija Square take Tram 2 to GeoMLA (Faculty of Civil Engineering). It is just 2 stops, exit on the second stop (Slavija Trg/Nemanjina - Vukov Spomenik). A price is 150 RSD (1.25 EURO). Tram 2 route.
From Slavija Square to GeoMLA (Faculty of Civil Engineering) walking route (10 mins).

Alternative: Take taxi from Airport to Faculty of Civil Engineering. DO NOT TAKE TAXI DIRECTLY FROM TAXI DRIVERS. Go to TAXI INFO desk (located in the baggage reclaim area) in the airport building. (around 1800 RSD - 15 EUR, depending on working days or holiday tariff).

Arrival from Railway/Bus station

From Railway/Bus station take Tram 2 to GeoMLA (Faculty of Civil Engineering). Exit on the 3rd stop Vukov Spomenik. Tram 2 route. Explore interactive map. Clicking on points you can obtain relevant information related to GeoMLA, transport, and accommodation in the nearest hotels and hostels. BIG MAP.

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Registration fees


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Early Registration

15 April 2016

  • PhD
  • 150€
  • 80€
  • 200€
Late Registration


  • PhD
  • 175€
  • 100€
  • 240€