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Our large Ph.D. program has ~90 students enrollment and has excellent placement in academia (including top GIS programs in the US and internationally), industry (such as Amazon Inc., IBM, Google, Facebook, ESRI), and government (USGS, State, NASA, NOAA). The following is a list of faculty advisors.

  • Taylor Anderson - agent based modeling, urban science
  • Liping Di – machine learning, remote sensing for agriculture, agro informatics
  • Alireza Ermagun - human mobility and travel behavior modeling, social equity and justice in infrastructure planning and delivery, community resilience and sustainable development, automation, electrification, and mobility-as-a-service, transportation geography and network science, data science and urban informatics
  • Paul Houser – hydrometeorology, hydro climatology, remote sensing
  • Timothy F. Leslie- spatial statistics, urban-economic development, health geography
  • Dieter Pfoser – spatiotemporal databases, routing algorithms, trajectory mining, urban analytics
  • Edward Oughton - spatial computing, statistical simulation and modeling.
  • John Qu – remote sensing, climate and environmental science
  • Matt Rice – cartography, geospatial crowdsourcing
  • Donglian Sun – remote sensing, flood mapping and prediction
  • David Wong – spatial statistics, population geography
  • Chaowei (Phil) Yang - spatiotemporal Innovation (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Visualization, AI and Analytics) and Physical Sciences (Climate, Planetary Science, Ocean, and Polar Sciences)
  • Ruixin Yang – scientific data mining, climate changes, hurricane modeling
  • Konrad Wessels – remote sensing, LiDAR, biomass estimation, terrestrial ecosystem process modelling

Visit our GGS Google Scholar page to read more about our faculty research.

Research Centers


Center of Intelligent Spatial Computing for Water/Energy Science (CISC)

The joint Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing (CISC) focuses on geospatial information interoperability, high-performance geospatial information processing, geospatial pattern analysis, and spatial GEOSS. Established in 2006, CISC develops research on intelligent spatial computing and collaborates with a number domestic and international agencies, including NASA, NSF, CUE, NPS, EPA, FGDC, Peking University, Wuhan University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and HeiLongJiang Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. 

Chaowei (Phil) Yang, Director
(703) 993-4742

Center for Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)

The Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGEOINT) conducts, supports and coordinates research, teaching, technology transfer, and outreach activities in geospatial intelligence. With strong expertise in geoinformatics, ranging from remote sensing and geographic information science to digital image analysis and sensor networks, CGEOINT is uniquely positioned, both academically and geographically, to become an academic leader in the rapidly growing field of Geospatial Intelligence.

Dieter Pfoser, Director
(703) 993-6029

Center for Earth Observing and Space Research (CEOSR)

The Center for Earth Observing and Space Research (CEOSR) provides a focus for cutting-edge research related to satellite platforms, including data acquisition and processing, as well as information extraction and analysis for a variety of application domains such as natural hazards and disaster management, hurricane tracking, and geospatial intelligence. The interdisciplinary center retains strong ties with several government agencies including NASA, NRL and others while also providing needed infrastructure to support research projects falling within its focus areas.

Dr. John Kwiatkowski, Director

Arie Croitoru, Associate Director

Ryan Wetter, Senior Grants and Finance Analyst
(703) 993-5074