Vision and Challenge Papers

For the fourth time the International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases includes a Vision and Challenge segment. The Vision and Challenge segment invites submissions of short papers in the areas of interest of the main event that:

  • Describe revolutionary ideas that are likely to guide research in the near future
  • Challenge existing assumptions prevalent in the research community
  • Identify novel applications and technology trends that create new research challenges

These papers should provide stimulating ideas or visions that may open up exciting avenues and/or influence the direction of research within the realm of SSTD, i.e., research in spatial, temporal and spatio-temporal data management.

While an exhaustive evaluation of the proposed ideas is not necessary, insight and in-depth understanding of the issues is expected. Accepted contributions will be presented at a special session during the symposium and will be included in the proceedings of SSTD 2017.

Blue Sky Ideas Award

The Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is sponsoring awards for the top three papers ($1000 awarded as travel grants for each of them) under their CCC Blue Sky Ideas initiative.


Vision/challenge submissions should have a maximum of 4 pages in LNCS format. Sample style files are available for Latex2e and Microsoft Word. The use of Latex2e is preferred.

Please submit your manuscript via the EasyChair submission portal for research papers. If you have any questions about paper submissions, you may contact program chairs via email to

Submission Portal