Welcome to the Geoinformation and Big Data Research Laboratory (GIBD) at USC!

Established in 2015, the Geoinformation and Big Data Research Laboratory (GIBD) conducts interdisciplinary research on geospatial big data analytics, spatiotemporal analysis/modeling, high-performance computing and geospatial Cyberinfrastructure/CyberGIS within the area of data and computational intensive GISciences. By synthesizing advanced computing technologies, geospatial methods and spatiotemporal principles, GIBD aims to advance knowledge discovery and decision making to support domain applications including disaster management, climate change, human mobilities, and public health.

A high-performance big data computing cluster, established by Dr. Zhenlong Li and hosted at the Research Computing Center of College of Arts and Sciences at USC, serves as a testbed for geospatial big data processing and computing-intensive research and applications. This cluster consists of 13 computer servers with 108 CPU cores, 416 GB RAM memory, and 64 terabytes of storage. GIBD is also equipped with a Deep Learning Workstation powered by two high-end NVIDIA Titan XP GPUs (7680 CUDA Cores) for GeoAI-related research and development.

The Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina is among the top geography programs in the nation with strong GIScience research. GIBD has access to the departmental resources including 70 high-end desktop computers equipped with the latest GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, computing and statistical software tools such as the ESRI and ERDAS suite of GIS packages and special-purpose software tools for hyperspectral remote sensing, LiDAR data processing, and visualization.

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