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The Center for Applied Geographic Information Science (CAGIS)


CAGIS is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on using advanced space-time theories, methods, and technologies in cutting-edge Geographic Information Science for complex geographical problem-solving. Based on the synergistic coupling of spatiotemporal and computational thinking, major research themes of CAGIS consist of:

  • CyberGIS for large-scale geographical problem-solving
  • Land use/cover change and sustainability study
  • Complexity theory and geospatial modeling
  • Big data and space-time analytics
  • Remote sensing, sensor networks, and volunteered geographic information
  • Computational intelligence for geocomputational modeling
  • Cartography and geovisualization driven by Internet
  • Open-source GIS software

CAGIS has unique strength in these cutting-edge research themes and has intensive interest in their applications in alternative spatially integrated domains, including

  • Environmental studies
  • Ecology
  • Earth science
  • Hydrology
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Social science
  • Transportation
  • Urban regional analysis and policies.




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The Center for
Applied Geographic
Information Science
is a part of

Metropolitan Studies and
Extended Academic Programs

The Department of Geography
& Earth Sciences