Spatial Computing Laboratory

Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

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We are an interdisciplinary research lab at the Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California. Our research focus lies at the intersection of computer science and spatial sciences where we build intelligent algorithms and applications for:

discovering, collecting, fusing, and analyzing data from heterogeneous sources to solve real-world problems.

For example, we are pioneering novel map processing technologies to unlock historical geographic information from maps. Our open-source software, Strabo, “reads” scanned maps for automatically identifying historical locations of places. In another project, in collaboration with the USC Information Sciences Institute and the USC Keck Medical School, we are developing data mining algorithms and a system for automatic predictions of fine-scale air pollutant concentrations.

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Since 2013, more than 80 students and 6 postdoctoral researchers have worked in the lab, including one local high school student, a number of visiting international students, and some USC undergraduate and graduate students GeoDisgn, electrical engineering, spatial informatics, computer science, and data informatics. One-third of the 50+ research students are female students in science and engineering.