Skip to Content

Thinking Spatially: U-Spatial Builds Research Capabilities

Satellite map with data

Innovative approaches in spatial research can provide new perspectives on the world around us and better prepare us for the way society is evolving.

At the University of Minnesota, U-Spatial is the heart of spatial research, supporting thousands of faculty, staff, and student researchers across campus in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial computing. U-Spatial is nationally recognized as a leading model for how universities can successfully integrate spatial data, visualization, analysis, and spatial thinking.

“Our charge at U-Spatial is to develop the GIS workforce of tomorrow,” Len Kne, associate director of U-Spatial, told attendees during a presentation at the 2018 Esri User Conference, an international gathering of mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) experts. “To ensure that everyone in the workforce is thinking spatially, and to advance the geospatial sciences.”

Watch the video below for more about U-Spatial’s capabilities:

Esri Spotlight: University of Minnesota U-Spatial – Creating a Spatial University

Kevin Coss

Kevin Coss

Kevin is a writer with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

coss@umn.edu

Latest Blog Posts

Graphic that reads "Minnesota Futures"

Through the grant program, the Office of the Vice President for Research offers funding to promote research that incorporates new, cross-disciplinary ideas.

Read More
Top-down view of Spintronics game pieces connected together

Three years after launching the Turing Tumble to teach computing concepts using marbles, Paul Boswell and his team are bringing a second game to market.

Read More
Laboratory equipment used for the production of microbes needed in biotechnology

A new, independent research institute stands to put the Twin Cities at the epicenter of innovation for bioindustrial manufacturing.

Read More
Illustration of data flowing behind human figures

The projects seek to advance cutting-edge technologies that transform the way people access, manage, and protect data.

Read More