Improving Human Well-Being

USC programs focus on spatial sciences that benefit human security


Through innovative undergraduate and graduate programs The University of Southern California’s Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) (Booth 1831)—which has earned USGIF Collegiate Accreditation—prepares students and young professionals to develop spatial thinking, reasoning, and technological acumen to address global challenges. Some primary areas of focus for SSI include the intersection of spatial sciences with urban planning and design, health, and intelligence, according to faculty member Ret. Col. Steven D. Fleming, Ph.D., professor of the practice of spatial sciences.

Andrew J. Marx (left), former Air Force officer and associate professor with SSI and ICT, and Jason T. Knowles, former Naval officer and adjunct associate professor with SSI, demonstrate the collection of drone data for students off Catalina Island as part of USC’s Spatial Data Acquisition course. Photo Credit: An-Min Wu, SSI

In its undergraduate program, students learn about ways to work toward environmental sustainability. Those pursuing SSI’s Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence minor focus on the use of location-based analytics to gather, interpret, and implement actionable intelligence and to produce geospatial solutions.

SSI’s online graduate certificate and master’s degree programs in GIS and Human Security and Geospatial intelligence provide a range of educational options for professional and leadership advancement. Its interdisciplinary Population, Health and Place Ph.D. program provides training for careers in research, teaching, and applied work at the intersection of demography, public health, and spatial sciences.

At GEOINT 2019, SSI is providing information on its GEOINT-related academic programs. Additionally, SSI is showcasing its GEOINT research, including the One World Terrain (OWT) project in collaboration with the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), USC’s University Affiliated Research Center. The OWT project is developing a set of 3D global terrain tools that can replicate the coverage and complexities of the operational environment.

Click here to learn more about SSI’s presence at GEOINT 2019.

Headline image: Screenshot from the video “Introducing the USC Spatial Sciences Institute” at


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