ISME-XV 15th International Symposium on Mineral Exploration

15th International Symposium on Mineral Exploration
(30th Anniversary of DETEC)

Toward Sustainable Society with Natural Resources
-Development of Resource Exploration Technology in the Past Thirty Years and for the Future-

November 26-28, 2018 Kyoto, Japan

SPONSORED: by the Division of Exploration Technology (DETEC) of Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan (MMIJ)

CO-SPONSORED: by Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan (MMIJ), Inter-national Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG), Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technolo-gy (JAMSTEC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan Society of Geoinformatics (JSGI), Non-Profit Organization of Geological Infor-mation, Utilization, and Promotion (GUPI), and The Society of Resource Geology (SRG)



  • ISME (International Symposium on Mineral Exploration) is an international activity of the Division of Exploration Technology (DETEC) of Mining and Materials Processing Insti-tute of Japan (MMIJ). The purpose of ISME symposia is to bring together scientists ac-tively working on some diverse fields in order to foster the exchanges of ideas related to the methods or resource exploration, as noted by Singer and Kouda, 1993, Nonrenewable Resources, v. 2, no. 2, pp. 65-66.
    Emphasis of ISME-XV will be on state-of- the-art research related to resource exploration with a review of research outcome in the past thirty years in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of DETEC.
    Main topics are:
    + Mining/Petroleum Geology and Economic Geology
    + Mining and Petroleum Engineering
    + Applied Mineralogy
    + Geostatistics, Geoinformatics, and Mathematical methods
    + Geophysics and Geochemistry
    + Remote Sensing
    + Advanced Geographical Information System (GIS)
    + Resource Economics
    + Environmental Geology
    + Hydrogeology, Water Resources, and Water Conservation
    + Marine Resources
    + Natural Gas and Methane Hydrate
    + Geothermal Researches
    + Assessment Technologies and Risk Analysis
    + Exploration Strategies
    + Urban Mining and Recycling
    + Extraterrestrial Resource Exploration
    + Data-driven Science

    The exposition will be announced.


  • The 15th International Symposium on Mineral Exploration (ISME-XV) will be held at International Science Innovation Building, Kyoto University Yoshida Campus, Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan from Monday 26th to Wednesday 27th November 2018.
    General access information of the venue is available on the following website:
    Campus Map (1.7MB)


  • International Organizing Committee
    Chair: Kazuya Okada (President of Sumiko Resources Explora-tion & Development Co., Ltd.; Chair of DETEC-MMIJ)
    Co-Chair: Katsuaki Koike (Prof. of Kyoto University)
    Co-Chair: John Carranza (Prof. of University of KwaZulu-Natal)
    (Others are T.B.D.)


  • The ISME started in 1990 focusing on mineral resource ex-ploration in terms of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and then has developed to solve other problems of natural resources such as uranium, coal, natural gas, petroleum, methane hydrate, geo-thermal, groundwater, and aggregates, as well as the related environmental issues. The symposium will cover all aspects that can contribute to innovate resource exploration technolo-gy including the field of IT/IoT with Artificial Intelligence.
    The ISME proceedings have been published as proceedings volumes or in several special issues of the official journals of IAMG (Nonrenewable Resources and Natural Resources Re-search) and the Japan Society of Geoinformatics (Geoinfor-matics).


  • ISME Symposia have been held every two years from 1990 in Japan, and in various parts of the world in conjunction with annual conferences of IAMG (International Association for Mathematical Geology) and the IGC (International Geological Congress) as listed below;

    + ISME-AI'90: Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 1990, Tokyo-Tsukuba, Japan
    | The Use of Artificial Intelligence, Special Issue in Journal of Geoinformatics, v. 2, no. 2, 1991
    + ISME-II: Sep. 7-8, 1992, Tokyo, Japan
    | Quantitative Methods of Resource Assessment, Integration of Geoscience Data and New Techniques for Exploration, Special Issue in Nonrenewable Resources, v. 2, no. 2, 1993
    + ISME-III: Oct. 4, 1994, Mont Tremblant, Canada (joint with IAMG)
    | Visualization of Spatial Data, Special Issue in Nonrenewable Resources, v. 4, no. 3, 1995
    + ISME-IV: Aug. 10-11, 1996, Beijing, China (joint with IGC30)
    | Deposit Modeling and Advanced GIS for Exploration
    + ISME-V: Aug. 20-21, 1998, Brisbane, Australia
    | Mineral Exploration Risk, Uncertainty and Decision Support Systems
    + ISME-VI: Aug. 15-16, 2000, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (joint with IGC31)
    | Information Science in Mineral Exploration
    + ISME-VII: Aug. 20-21, 2002, NASA, California, USA
    | Application of Artificial Neural Networks to the Earth Sciences, Special Issue in Natural Resources Research, v. 12, nos. 2&3, 2003
    + ISME-VIII: Aug. 22, 2004, Florence, Italy (joint with IGC32)
    | Mathematical Geology for Resource Exploration, Special Issue in Natural Resources Research of v. 14, no. 4, 2005.
    + ISME-IX: Sep. 19-21, 2006, Bandung, Indonesia
    | Toward New Frontiers for Resources Exploration and Sustainable Development
    + ISME-X: Aug. 4-16, 2008, Oslo, Norway (joint with IGC33)
    | Earth System Science: Foundation for Sustainable Development
    + ISME-XI: Sep. 7-8, 2010, Espoo, Finland
    | The Technological Challenges and Innovation of Resources Exploration, Subsurface Waste Disposal and Environment
    + ISME-XII: Aug. 5-10, 2012, Brisbane, Australia (joint with IGC34)
    | Unearthing Our Past and Future ? Resourcing Tomorrow
    + ISME-XIII: Sep. 22-24, 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam
    | Toward Sustainable Society with Natural Resources - Frontiers in Earth Resources Technologies and Environmental Conservation
    + ISME-XIV: Aug.27-Sep.4, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa, (joint with IGC35)
    | New Theories and Methods in Resources Exploration."


  • Abstracts Due: April 30, 2018
    Author Notification: May 15, 2018
    Digital Camera Ready Paper Due: July 10, 2018
    Early Registration fee deadline: July 31, 2018
  • The abstracts will be reviewed by at least two referees selected by the Program Committee. Interested contributors should submit the abstract submission form before April 30, 2018 to <ISMExv-abstract@gipc.akita-u.ac.jp>. The form can be downloaded from the link given below.
    <Abstract Submission Form>
    Please include title, author(s), affiliation, mailing address, phone & fax, e-mail address, 3-5 keywords, and corresponding author with your submittal. Contributors should choose the presentation method of oral or poster, which might be re-determined by the Program Committee.
    The notified contributors should submit electronically one-page digital camera ready paper in English before July 10, 2018 to <ISMExv-abstract@gipc.akita-u.ac.jp>. The template file will be announced.
  • Excellent presentation(s) will be awarded.
  • Selected distinguished papers will be invited to the special issue of the National Resources Researches.
  • Registration will start on June 1, 2018. Only papers of participants registered before July 31, 2018 will be included in the proceedings volume. The full papers will be published in an appropriate journal or a book. For more details, please contact to the conference secretariats.


  • Before July 31
    General 25,000JPY
    Student 15,000JPY
    (Note) Lunch, banquet, ice breaker and excursion are excluded
  • After July 31
    General 30,000JPY
    Student 15,000JPY
    (Note) Lunch, banquet, ice breaker and excursion are excluded.
  • Methods of CREDIT CARD payment will be announced in later.


  • The official language of the symposium will be English.


  • November, 2018
    26(Mon): Technical sessions with Keynote Lectures & Ice Breaker
    27(Tue): Technical sessions with Keynote Lectures & Banquet
    28(Wed): Excursion
  • Tentative time table is uploaded in the shedule page.             


  • Youqing Chen
    Asst. Prof., Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, JAPAN
    E-mail: chen@energy.kyoto-u.ac.jp
    FAX: +81-75-753-5428
  • Koki Kashiwaya
    Asst. Prof., Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto Daigaku-Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8540, JAPAN
    E-mail: kashiwaya.koki.8a@kyoto-u.ac.jp
  • Tatsu Kuwatani
    Researcher, Dept. of Solid Earth Geochemistry, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC),
    2-15 Natsushima?cho, Yokosuka 237?0061, Japan
    E-mail: kuwatani@jamstec.go.jp
    PHONE:+81-46-867-9626, FAX : +81-46-867-9626
  • Corresponding address: isme15ML@t.kyoto-u.ac.jp