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Where Spatial Data and Technology Meet

Where Spatial Data and Technology Meet

We use geospatial technologies to help our partners make informed decisions across topics such as infrastructure and the environment.

Design Faculty on Two NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Awards

Two of the 17 NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Awards (narrowed down from 52), include College of Design faculty. Their interdisciplinary work provides community-based solutions to mobility issues and disaster resilience.

Subhro Guhathakurta and Kari Watkins are on the Piloting On-Demand Multimodal Transit in Atlanta project. This project aims to synchronize on-demand shuttle services with Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) services and real-time feeds, and deploy these services in targeted transit deserts. Nisha Botchwey is on the Visualizing Resilience: BIPOC Youth Advocacy Through Mapmaking project. This project will deliver a curriculum to support youth advocacy for infrastructure projects in their communities.

Our Labs

At CSPAV we work with a number of partners and collaborators. Our research labs are our strongest point of collaboration, where we have two research labs that function as a part of our center.

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Friendly Cities Lab

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Our Portfolio

We publish scholarly articles based on our research, create products for clients, and produce interactive maps and applications that are often available to the public.

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Our History

Begun as the Center for Geographic Information Systems, our roots reach back more than 30 years to the first GIS class taught at Georgia Tech.

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Our Classroom Work

Our faculty and researchers teach GIS courses offered through the School of City and Regional Planning at the College of Design.

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Graduate Planning Studio

In spring 2019, nine Georgia Tech students took a semester-long graduate studio to study the “smart city” ambitions of Varanasi, India. Their objective was to create a development plan for three areas of the city, which some sources say has legends that go back 10,000 years.


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