The Future of Geospatial Intelligence Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presenter: Raechel Portelli, Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois

November 1, 2022

8 AM Pacific / 9 AM Mountain / 10 AM Central / 11 AM Eastern for 30 minutes


The CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science program launched in Fall 2022, offering professionals master’s degree and certificate options. This program trains professionals in practical Geographic Information Science skills to help them support geospatial problem-solving. With their broad spectrum of experiences, faculty members within the program teach students to collect, classify, analyze, and model geospatial data at large scales using statistics, computer science, and machine learning.  In this talk, I will introduce the core components of the program and ongoing activities within the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science to obtain accreditation with the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.


Dr. Raechel Portelli is a teaching assistant professor in Geography and Geographic Information Science. Her research topics span remote sensing, geovisualization, cognitive cartography, history of geospatial technology use, and Geographic Information Science.  Recently arriving at UIUC, she brings with her 15 years of geospatial research experience and over ten years of curriculum development and instruction in a broad range of geospatial courses, including geovisualization and web-based mapping, object-based image analysis, and environmental science.