About Us

The Convergence of Data and Technology

For nearly 20 years, the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (formerly the Center for Geographic Information Systems) has been at the forefront of collaborative interdisciplinary research for local, state, national, nonprofit, and private entities across the nation and the globe. Our work in developing and applying geospatial technologies has a significant impact on planning, maintaining, and evaluating crucial infrastructure for sustainable, or long lasting, urban growth.

Our work crosses many disciplines: transportation, urban planning, conservation (land and animals), renewable energy, parks and recreation, and natural environments (trees). We use our tools and technologies to help communities prepare for economic, social, and climate uncertainties. We also are expanding our engagement internationally.

Types of geographic information systems (GIS) projects include, developing tools that show possible future urban scenarios and which contribute to debates about sustainable development; and evaluating the energy and water demands in different types of urban neighborhoods

A few years ago, we expanded our research capacity at the Center. We acquired three additional research scientists, who constitute the IMAGINE Lab. The IMAGINE (Interactive Media Architecture Group in Education) Lab strengthens our operations in the areas of augmented reality, 3D visualization, virtual reality, and image processing.

We partner with and provide services to a number of organizations and institutions in the United States and internationally. Besides the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Rwanda, CGIS has established global partnerships with universities in Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to Center Director Subhrajit Guhathakurta, these partnerships and others show how CGIS is continually developing and implementing its expertise and resources in order to “expand [the Center’s] footprint on a wide range of globally dispersed projects."

Who We Are

At the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization, we pool the knowledge and skills of our research staff, advisory board, and graduate students.

Our story

Geographic information systems as a field of study has been at Georgia Tech for nearly 30 years, with the first class taught in 1988.

Our Network

Our Georgia Tech partners cross many disciplines, and our external partners come from various industries.

Our Academic Role

Along with our research, we teach graduate level courses to students at Georgia Tech's College of Design.