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The GIScience program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has a group of world-class faculty members who conduct cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines. The major topics of our research include:

  • Transportation and human dynamics
  • Spatial data mining and machine learning
  • Population dynamics and demography
  • Cartographic design and map generalization
  • Environmental modeling and terrain analysis

Our faculty publish in top-ranking journals, such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Transactions in GIS, Geographical Analysis, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Transportation, Environmental Modelling & Software, and Environmental Management, as well as top conferences, such as the International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT).

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) attracts many undergraduate and graduate students from geography and from other departments (ranging from agriculture, business to engineering). Our GIScience program offers students with in-depth understanding of concepts and principles of GIS as well as hands-on technical skills. This background in theory and skills prepares our students for a life of self-teaching to keep ahead of rapidly changing technologies. Our courses cover a wide range of topics, including basic GIS concepts, GIS databases, GIS programming, GIS applications, and Remote Sensing.

Our students closely work with faculty members in a dynamic and collaborative environment on projects funded by federal and state agencies, such as National Science Foundation, U.S. Census, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Tennessee Department of Transportation. Our GIScience program has a unique connection with the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Group ( at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ( with joint faculty members. Our graduate students have opportunities to gain summer internship experiences in GIST. In addition, students can also earn minors in related domains, such as computer science and statistics, to further enhance computational and quantitative skills. Alumni of our GIScience program have obtained high-level positions in academia, governmental agencies, and industry.


If you are interested in studying in our GIScience program, please contact our faculty or staff members.



Budhendra Badhuri (
Professor, Joint Faculty with Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Expertise: Population Distribution and Dynamics, Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Urban Systems Science, Disaster Management
  Hyun Kim (
Associate Professor
Expertise: Transportation, Location Modeling, Health Geography, Spatial Optimization
  Yingkui Li (
Expertise: Geomorphometry and Terrain Analysis, LiDAR and UAS, Remote sensing of Earth surface processes, GIS modeling
  Nicholas Nagle (
Associate Professor
Expertise: Population Dynamics, Data Fusion, Quantitative Modeling, Bayesian Statistics, Image Processing
  Paulo Raposo (
Assistant Professor
Expertise: Cartography, Map Generalization and Multiple Representations, Augmented Reality, Cartographic Design, GIS Programming
  Shih-Lung Shaw (
Expertise: Transportation, GIS, Space-Time Analysis and Visualization, Time Geography
  Robert Stewart (
Assistant Professor, Joint Faculty with Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Expertise: Geospatial and Spatio-Temporal Modeling, Data Uncertainty, Risk and Decision Analysis
  Liem Tran (
Expertise: GIS for Environmental Modeling, System Dynamics Modeling, Environmental Decision Making, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Geospatial Analysis


  Michael Camponovo (

GIS Outreach Manager

  Nathan McKinney
GIS Lab Manager