UIC is one of the premier research universities in the
nation, being classified among "Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive"
in the Carnegie classification. UIC is a comprehensive institution of
higher education, located just to the south and west of Chicago's Loop,
and is the principal public university serving the Chicago metropolitan
area. The University has varied programs of teaching, research, and
public service designed in response to the needs of its urban environment.
With 25,000 students, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is
the largest university in the Chicago area.
UIC maintains 15 PC / Mac labs with about 20 - 30 computers per lab on an average.
The UIC Cartographic Laboratory provides a number of services associated with the preparation of maps and related graphics to the academic community of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). These services support the University's activities in teaching, research and public service. Recent users of Laboratory personnel and facilities include faculty and students in the social sciences, History, Public Health, Urban Planning and Policy, and the Urban Transportation Center.
The Geography Program has extensive laboratory and research facilities supporting teaching, research and service activities in mapping, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and geographic information systems; soil analysis; and urban transportation modeling.
In particular, there are two student PC labs designed with the cooperation of the UIC campus administration and Computer Center to support the longstanding disciplinary focus on GIS development, now spanning nearly three decades at UIC, and to contribute to the expanded use of GIS and closely related technologies by the University community. The larger of the PC laboratories houses nineteen PCs (166 MHz Pentiums, 32-Mb ram, 1.2 GB h.d.) for use in the introductory and advanced mapping, spatial analysis, remote sensing and GIS courses. The other, smaller lab has five similar machines intended for use on larger student projects. Peripheral equipment includes digitizing tablets and tables, scanners, printers, and small and large format plotters. GIS software in these labs includes PC-ARC/INFO, ARCVIEW, IDRISI, IMAGINE and MAPTITUDE.
All machines in the PC GIS labs are linked to the UIC campus network which, when necessary and appropriate, can provide access to current versions of an assortment of word-processing, spreadsheet, database and other PC capabilities from a lengthy list of venders, to a variety of statistical and mathematical analysis packages, to several programming languages and to the centralized mainframe power of a UNIX server (SUN Sparcserver 1000) or an HP CONVEX Exemplar supercomputer.
A third student computer lab is equipped with several MACINTOSH systems linked to scanners and black and white and color printers. A variety of graphics software is available, such as ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR, MACPAINT and MacDraw.
The UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
(CUPPA) has a 200 Mps connection to the UIC network, with several strands
of dark fiber 20 feet away from the Great Cities Urban Data Visualization
Laboratory. The computers at the CUPPA student lab can connect
to the various Windows NT servers (databases, GIS Applications, special
hardware like CALCOMP III digitizer) and color laser printers within
CUPPA, besides the main UIC application and data servers, giving the
users a large number of applications to work with. CUPPA has several
PCs, Macs and Win NT workstations with intense computing and graphic
capabilities. The UICUED databank maintains a Dell web server for community
The Great Cities Urban Data Visualization lab currently
has 6 high-speed workstations (with a space for 10 workstations) dedicated
to visualization. These machines have large amounts of memory, multiple
processors, high speed hard disks and special graphics hardware to support
various GIS and 3D visualization packages like Arc View, Arc Info, Map
Objects, HUD 2020, BUSINESS MAP pro, Soft Image, 3D Studio Max. Great
Cities uses various API's and languages to develop in house visualization
tools like Java (JDK 1.1, 1.2, Java 3D, Java Servlet Development Kit),
OpenGL 1.1, Direct X, Direct 3D, Visual C++ and Visual Basic.
The Center specializes in web-based education, distance technologies and database systems. The Center houses 8 web servers that include ArcView IMS and ARCIMS running on Windows NT/2000. In addition the Center has a number of web database programmers and hosts a number of active server page-based
systems. Developing data systems allows the merging of administrative data, analytic approaches and GIS. The Center also provides support for live interactive web and isdn videoconferencing. These technologies are being used to bring academic entities together nationwide to communicate and educate a nationwide audience. The Center provides these services to many UIC units and a number of outside entities.