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ISMLG 2023

29 August - 1 September 2023

University College Cork, Ireland

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,


It is a great pleasure and an honour to host the 4th International Symposium on Machine Learning & Big Data in Geoscience at University College Cork.

A Conference Proceeding of extended abstracts will be provided. Selected abstracts and papers will be recommended to some special issues in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology

Special Issue: Machine Learning and Big Data Acquisition in Underground Infrastructure


  • Underground Space

Special issue: innovative sensing tools and big data acquisition in subsurface engineering

  • Underground Science and Engineering (DUSE) 

Special Issue: Machine Learning and Big Data in Deep Underground Engineering


Geothermal Workshop on Large-scale Implementation of Energy Geostructure



We are delighted to announce that the Geothermal workshop ‘Large-scale implementation of energy geostructure will be hosted by Dr Zili Li and Dr. Budi Zhao on the afternoon of Tuesday 29th of August, prior to the ISLMG conference formally starting from Wednesday 30th.


Energy geostructures refer to a specialized type of ground heat exchanger that is installed within ground contact structures such as retaining walls, piles, tunnels, and other buried infrastructure. This technology has been studied extensively, including pilot sites, and is relatively mature.

However, there are still technical and non-technical barriers preventing large implementation.

1) Challenges include integration issues, upscaling from individual structures to geothermal district heating, sustainability, and lack of a database of knowledge regarding existing energy geostructures.


2) Retrofitting existing buildings and/or geostructures and non-technical issues such as legislation, financial incentives, social impact, lack of standardization, or underdeveloped workforce skills are additional challenges.


3) Opportunities such as waste heat storage and balancing energy loads at district scale are still being explored. This workshop will bring together experts from various fields in different countries across Europe and beyond, aiming to reduce barriers and promote collaborative, large-scale energy-geostructure development.











CA21156 - European Network for Fostering Large-scale Implementation of energy Geostructure (FOLIAGE)



We are delighted to welcome you to Cork and the UCC campus next summer. Over the course of the 4 days, we hope you can experience the hospitality, music and culture of our vibrant city and the stunning beauty of our county and coastline.

Céad Míle Fáilte!


​Dr. Zili Li

Chair of the Local Organising Committee for ISMLG 2023

Local Organising Committee

  • Dr. Zili Li

  • Dr. Mike Long

  • Dr. Shane Donohue

  • Dr. David Igoe

  • Dr. Budi Zhao

Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Lars Andresen, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

  • Prof. Renpeng Chen, Hunan University

  • Prof. Xiangsheng Chen, Shenzhen University

  • Prof. Yunmin Chen, Zhejiang University

  • Dr. Yajun Fang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Prof. Asaad Faramarzi, University of Birmingham

  • Prof. Steffen Freitag, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

  • Prof. Kenneth Gavin, TU Delft

  • Prof. Chuan He, Southwest Jiaotong University

  • Prof. Hongwei Huang, Tongji University

  • Prof. Xian Liu, Tongji University

  • Dr. Zhongqiang Liu, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

  • Prof. Thomas Marcher, Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)

  • Prof. Guenther Meschke, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  • Prof. Mike Mooney, Colorado School of Mines

  • Prof. Hussein Mroueh, Université de Lille Sciences et Technologies

  • Prof. Mohammad Rezania, University of Warwick

  • Dr. Jennifer Schooling, University of Cambridge

  • Prof. Isam Shahrour, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (Lille-1)

  • Prof. Kenichi Soga, University of California, Berkeley 

  • Prof. Giulia MB Viggiani, University of Cambridge

  • Prof. Jianfeng Jeff Wang, the City University of Hong Kong

  • Prof. Shuying Wang, Central South University

  • Prof. Yu Wang, City University of Hong Kong

  • Prof. Andrew Wheeler, University College Cork

  • Prof. Zhenyu Yin, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos, University of California, Berkeley 

  • Prof. Dongmei Zhang, Tongji University

  • Prof. Dongming Zhang, Tongji University

  • Prof. Qianbing Zhang, Monash University

  • Prof. Zixin Zhang, Tongji University

  • Prof. Hannah Zhou, University of Macau

  • Prof. Hehua Zhu, Tongji University

  • Prof. Honghu Zhu, Nanjing University

  • Prof. Ruben Juanes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Prof. Wengang Zhang, Chongqing University

Keynote Speakers 


Prof. Kenichi Soga

UC Berkeley, USA

Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA

Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), UK

and Engineering Academy of Japan

Prof. Michael Mooney

Colorado School of Mines

Founding Director of Center of Excellence in Underground Construction & Tunneling (UC&T)


Prof. Zhenyu Yin

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)

Leader of GeoInvention Lab




John Osborne (FICE)

Leader of Civil Engineering Future Studies

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)





Dr. Chris Burbidge

University College Dublin,

SFI Research Centre for Applied Geosciences (iCRAG)




Prof. Jelena Ninic

University of Birmingham

Associate editor in Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology

Journal Papers

Selected abstracts and papers will be recommended to special issues in high-quality journals (e.g. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Underground Space, Geoscience and etc.)

Special Session Call

In this symposium, a series of special sessions can address particular themes (e.g., novel monitoring tool, data analytics, remote sensing) or consist of work done in some particular international projects.

Each organized session should have a minimum of 6 papers. Each session is limited to no more than 3 organizers.

A one-page short proposal for a special session would suffice.

Key Deadline Dates

  • Bright Spark Lecture Award : 28th February 2023

  • 2 Page Abstract Submission - 31st March 2023

  • Notification of Acceptance - 5th May 2023

  • Deadline for final abstract submission - 20th June 2023

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