The ISME started in 1990 focusing on mineral resource exploration 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 technology 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 Research) and the Japan Society of Geoinformatics.



ISME (International Symposium on Mineral Exploration) is an international activity of the Division of Exploration Technology (DETEC) of Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan (MMIJ). The purpose of ISME symposia is to bring together scientists actively 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.



SME 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-XV: Nov.26-28, 2018, Kyoto, Japan
| Toward Sustainable Society with Natural Resources-Development of Resource Exploration Technology in the Past Thirty Years and for the Future-,
Special Issue in Natural Resources Research, v. 30, no. 4, 2021.

+ ISME-XIV: Aug.27-Sep.4, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa, (joint with IGC35)
| New Theories and Methods in Resources Exploration.

+ ISME-XIII: Sep. 22-24, 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam
| Toward Sustainable Society with Natural Resources – Frontiers in Earth Resources Technologies and Environmental Conservation

+ ISME-XII: Aug. 5-10, 2012, Brisbane, Australia (joint with IGC34)
| Unearthing Our Past and Future? Resourcing Tomorrow

+ ISME-XI: Sep. 7-8, 2010, Espoo, Finland
| The Technological Challenges and Innovation of Resources Exploration, Subsurface Waste Disposal and Environment

+ ISME-X: Aug. 4-16, 2008, Oslo, Norway (joint with IGC33)
| Earth System Science: Foundation for Sustainable Development

+ ISME-IX: Sep. 19-21, 2006, Bandung, Indonesia
| Toward New Frontiers for Resources Exploration and Sustainable Development

+ 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-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-VI: Aug. 15-16, 2000, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (joint with IGC31)
| Information Science in Mineral Exploration

+ ISME-V: Aug. 20-21, 1998, Brisbane, Australia
| Mineral Exploration Risk, Uncertainty and Decision Support Systems

+ ISME-IV: Aug. 10-11, 1996, Beijing, China (joint with IGC30)
| Deposit Modeling and Advanced GIS for Exploration

+ 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-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-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