Geospatial Computer Science, PhD

Program Description

The Geospatial Computer Science (GSCS) doctoral program is an interdisciplinary program  intended to train geospatially minded computer sciences scholars into accomplished researchers able to make significant contributions in geospatial computing. Students learn important fundamental theory in computation and geospatial science and apply it towards cutting-edge research in areas such as those listed below. The GSCS program is a unique combination of computer sciences and geospatial science able to position graduates as leaders in the field of geospatial computer sciences.

The Geospatial Computer Sciences Ph.D. program will:

  • Develop students into experts in geospatial computer sciences.
  • Train students to conduct and publish new research in geospatial computer sciences, including such topics as big data analytics for geocomputation, autonomous systems, remote sensing, structure from motion photogrammetry, machine learning-driven geospatial knowledge discovery, mobile computing for location-based services, and high-performance computing for spatial optimization.
  • Produce researchers who will be able to pursue careers in higher education, government, or industry related to or affected by geospatial computer sciences.
  • Educate students in the collecting, processing, analyzing, and visualizing of geospatial data, as well as the utilization of geospatial methods and data for developing new technologies.
  • Provide students with a rigorous preparation to use computer sciences theoretical and applied techniques to pursue research and scholarship that will advance the state of knowledge in geospatial computer sciences.