Multidisciplinary Connections

Departments and Campus Units Involved in GIS and GIS-Related Work

Academic Departments


Art and Architecture

Criminal Justice

Earth and Environmental Sciences




Public Health


Urban Planning and Policy

Research Centers

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Chicago Area Geographic Information System  (CAGIS) - CAGIS is a reliable and economical source of information and data processing services for the greater Chicagoland area and all of Illinois. A local organization, proficient in meeting local information needs for small area data, CAGIS represents a unique link between public sources of information, research facilities at a major university and you, the information user.

Located within the University of Illinois at Chicago, CAGIS was established by the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry, Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, and the University of Illinois at Chicago in order to provide access to research facilities that are dedicated to the enhancement of the social and economic development of the greater Chicagoland area and the State of Illinois. The people of CAGIS provide the talent and expertise needed to link informational resources to the solution of information problems.

CAGIS can provide expert assistance to you in the same way we have helped others--financial institutions, health care facilities, retailers, real estate developers and governmental agencies, --meet their needs for small area data. A service offered by CAGIS which is frequently utilized is the restructuring of client records into small-area aggregates for further description and analysis. All such activities with user data are under-taken with strict security precautions and high regard for user proprietary interests.

College of Architecture and the Arts:

City Design Center - The City Design Center is a multi-disciplinary organization of faculty in Art, Architecture, Art History, and Urban Planning. The Center's function is to bring faculty and students from these disciplines together with community residents and public and nonprofit agencies to solve problems of common interest.

The Center's work is accomplished through cross-disciplinary collaborations among faculty and students in architecture and urban design, urban planning, history and culture of cities, public and community art, environmental graphic design, industrial design, historic preservation, and other relevant design disciplines and professions. The Center emphasizes applied research and educational programs on design ideas and practices, and prototypic and demonstration projects to explore design innovation in support of its social agenda.

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs:

Center for Urban Economic Development The center maintains data resources, managed by Cedric Williams, and produces community and city maps, databases, and Web applications in cooperation with local non-profit and economic development organizations. 

Great Cities Institute - Great Cities Institute's (GCI) mission is one of "civic engagement." By creating, disseminating and applying interdisciplinary knowledge in Community Development, Metropolitan Sustainability, Health and Human Development, and Professional Education, the Institute works to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Chicago and other national and international urban areas.

Great Cities Urban Data Visualization Program - The Great Cities Urban Data Visualization Program conducts research along the boundaries among database, GIS, 3D, and Web technology to make public data more accessible to the public. Urban data visualization is so named in order to make clear that not only architectural images can be involved, but also underlying datasets representing urban realities and dynamics. Professor Michael Shiffer is the director designate of GCUDV, and is scheduled to begin his appointment as of 1/1/01.

Survey Research Laboratory - The Survey Research Lab (SRL), established in 1964, provides service and facilities for conducting complete survey projects from initial study design and data analysis to undertaking partial survey work such as sample design, data collection and data reduction. SRL services are available to all faculty, staff, and students of the University of Illinois.

Urban Transportation Center - UTC seeks to improve the quality of life in urban areas through the creation, dissemination and application of transportation-related knowledge.  Many projects in the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago use GIS. It is a commonly applied "tool of the trade".  Examples include:

  • The use of the spatial analysis capabilities of GIS to explore the relationships between the provision of transportation services, the residences of welfare to work clients and the location of entry-level jobs.

  • Mapping of the locations of signals throughout the metropolitan region has been undertaken in cooperation with CATS, RTA, IDOT, CDOT and the
    Council of Mayors. The GIS system will serve as a valuable communication tool.

  • GIS is serving as a valuable data management tool for our IDHS/ FTA Job Access Reverse Commute project in which we are analyzing a wide variety of transportation services intended for TANF clients.

School of Public Health:

Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE)

The Center receives federal grants to develop analytic methods-based training online in the areas of Census data and basic mapping applications.  The Center has worked with epidemiologists and biostatisticians in the

development of online modules and publications targeting public health personnel. The Center also supports researchers in the development of online surveys and online survey analysis.