Where Research Meets Education

The University of Maryland highlights two USGIF-accredited M.S. programs


The Center for Geospatial Information Science at the University of Maryland (UMD) (Booth 1829) has both a research and an education mission. With regard to research, the Center focuses on all things geospatial, including big data, time series analyses, and volunteered geographic information. To meet its educational mission, the Center offers two USGIF-accredited master’s degree programs, one in Geospatial Information Sciences and another in Geospatial Intelligence.

“We focus on all the latest, cutting-edge skills such as machine learning and big data analytics,” said GEOINT lecturer Dr. Micah Brachman. “We also focus on soft skills such as writing, briefing and creating GEOINT products.”

At GEOINT 2019, UMD is providing a look at its hybrid course model and research initiatives. This will include an article Brachman co-authored for USGIF’s 2019 State and Future of GEOINT Report that examined emergency management scenarios related to hurricanes and conducted modeling experiments to recommend how to make evacuations safer.

“We try to get our students ramped up, so they understand all the interesting GEOINT research that’s happening, so they become active members of the GEOINT Community,” Brachman said.

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