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Center for GIScience and Geospatial Big Data

Housed within the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina, the Center for GIScience and Geospatial Big Data (CeGIS) conducts interdisciplinary research and education on Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Spatial Data Science including GIS, geospatial big data, remote sensing, spatial analysis, statistics, and modeling, geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI), spatial computing, geo-visualization, and cyberGIS.

About CeGIS


Faculty and students of CeGIS use, synthesize, and develop advanced spatial methods and computing technologies to address a broad range of geographic questions about hazards, public health, population, environment and climate change.

The mission of CeGIS is to

  1. promote GIScience, spatial data science, and geospatial data sharing in geography and a wide range of disciplines such as health science and social science;
  2. train the next-generation of GIScientists and geospatial analysts with strong problem solving skills through the integration of spatial thinking and computational thinking; and
  3. advance knowledge discovery and decision making with innovative research for supporting domain applications including, but not limited to, disaster management, public health, human dynamics, and climate change.

We strive to achieve the mission through fostering cross-disciplinary collaborative research and education within the center, across the campus and the nation by engaging researchers from various disciplines who share a common interest in “geospatial”, collaborating with other centers and institutes, including Hazards Vulnerability & Resilience Institute, Big Data Health Science Center, and Walker Institute, and partnering with local community organizations.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.