Geographic information science (GIScience) has attracted many undergraduate and graduate students in geography and from other departments (ranging from agriculture, business to engineering) to learn GIS in the Department of Geography. There are many possible GIS applications and job opportunities. Our GIScience program offers students with in-depth understanding of important concepts and principles of GIS as well as hands-on technical skills. Our courses cover a wide range of topics, including basic GIS concepts, GIS databases, GIS programming, GIS applications, and Remote Sensing.
Shih-Lung Shaw teaches and conducts active research in Geographic Information Science for Transportation (GIS-T), temporal GIS, spatio-temporal analysis of individual tracking data, and GIS database design. Bruce Ralston is known for his GIS programming developments for U.S. census data and GIS applications for transportation and logistics. Liem Tran focuses on geocomputation, neural networks, fuzzy set, geostatistics, uncertainty analysis, and environmental modeling. Yingkui Li applies GIS to physical geography and environmental analysis applications. Nicholas Nagle teaches and conducts research in spatial statistics and statistical mapping, with a focus on census data and the analysis of data with disparate spatial and temporal scales. Hyun Kim teaches and conducts research in socio-economic applications for GIS which include transportation analysis, crime analysis, and urban health. The focus is to incorporate location models using spatial optimization or simulation into GIS. Robert A. Washington-Allen teaches and conducts active research in remote sensing and spatial modeling with an emphasis on the inventory, monitoring, and assessment of the status and trends of natural resources at local to global spatial extent and temporal periods commensurate with land management & research objectives. Will Fontanez teaches map design techniques and thematic data handling. He is also the Director of the UT Cartographic Services Laboratory, a working production facility focusing on publication quality maps and graphics.