Geographic Information Science
Geographic data from satellites, GPS-enabled mobile devices, social media, and environmental monitoring networks are increasingly important in research and policy-making in diverse areas, including business, transportation, environment, and health. At the same time, geospatial technologies are becoming deeply embedded in people's everyday lives and experiences.
Our Geographic Information Science (GIS) program examines the nature of geographic data, the tools and methods for analysis and modeling, and how GIS can be enable environmental and social transformations at the local, regional, national and global scales.
We emphasize methodological training in GIS as the foundation for understanding and modeling these processes and for developing innovative new tools and methods. We also foster critical awareness of the roles of geospatial technologies in society. Areas of research emphasis include: CyberGIS, Big Data analytics, geovisualization, spatio-temporal analysis and modeling, analysis of human mobility (e.g., GPS trajectory analysis), satellite remote sensing, critical and qualitative GIS, spatial analysis, and GIS applications in ecology, health, urban studies, transportation, emergency response, fluvial geomorphology, and environmental justice.
Faculty and students have strong connections with many campus units, including:
- Blue Waters/National Center for Supercomputing Applications
- Department of Computer Science
- Prairie Research Institute
- Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Faculty working in Geographic Information Science
- Professors Murugesu Sivapalan and Shaowen Wang have been elected to the class of 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science...
- Shaowen Wang, a 2022 recipient of the AAG’s Distinguished Scholarship Honors, has played a leading role in the development of cyber-based geographic information science (cyberGIS) as...
- New $15 million NSF institute tackles resilience and sustainability challenges through data-intensive geospatial understandingA new national initiative to enable geospatial data-driven scientific discovery will create a $15-million institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to better understand the risks and...