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NCSA Personnel Join New Research Collaborative

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Members of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign’s New Frontiers Initiative, based at NCSA, will represent the university among seven other research institutes in a new collaborative using location science to address scientific and societal challenges. The recently announced Taylor Geospatial Institute, located in St. Louis near the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s western headquarters, will use leading-edge GeoAI and data analytics techniques to generate research to improve food security, supply chain resilience and health equity. The endeavor is also expected to impact economic development in the region, building the next generation of the geospatial research workforce.

Established by a legacy investment from billionaire Andrew C. Taylor, whose family founded Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Taylor Geospatial Institute also includes members from Washington University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri and others which collectively represent thousands of faculty and students. Additionally, UIUC Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Susan Martinis will sit on the organization’s governing council. 

The Taylor Geospatial Institute is a major step forward in making the Midwest the epicenter for geospatial research and innovation. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looks forward to bring our broad expertise in supercomputing, data analytics, artificial intelligence and Geospatial Information Systems to contribute with the other TGI partners to create new Geospatial methods and impacts.

Bill Kramer, Executive Director, New Frontiers Initiative, UIUC

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