Unleashing the Power of Geospatial Science

Research Collaborative

Led by Saint Louis University, the Taylor Geospatial Institute is a consortium of eight research institutions that share their expertise and an array of critical research facilities. 

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY

Research Strengths: Geospatial science core (GIS, remote sensing, geoinformatics, photogrammetry, geospatial computer vision) and emerging technologies (AI/ML, cloud computing) to address food security, health, and environmental challenges

DANFORTH PLANT SCIENCE CENTER

Research Strengths: Plant science, precision agriculture, data science, above ground and below-ground plant imaging, plant phenotyping under controlled and field conditions

Harris-Stowe State University

Research Strengths: Sustainability and urban ecology, community engagement and urban planning, environmental justice, and social justice and equity

Missouri University of Science & Technology

Research Strengths: Robotics, automation, near-surface/deep-earth geophysics, and AI/ML technologies focused on disaster/infrastructure resilience and national security

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Research Strengths: CyberGIS, advanced cyberinfrastructure, geospatial AI and data science, geospatial science and technology solutions to climate change and sustainability challenges, and high-performance computing

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–COLUMBIA

Research Strengths: National security, digital/rural/environmental health, agriculture-forestry, biosecurity, climate, computational intelligence, and AI/ML foundations

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–ST. LOUIS

Research Strengths: GIS and community-based work (political geography, national security, public safety, poverty, education, history, and human rights from neighborhood to global scales)

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

Research Strengths: Imaging science/medical imaging; remote sensing for extraterrestrial geological and atmospheric investigations; environmental health and justice; public health

Our people, from students to the most distinguished researchers, are critical ingredients to the success of this research consortium. The Institute brings them together through a range of opportunities, research and social events, and intentional matches. 

TGI Fellows

We’re dedicated to recruiting and retaining high caliber researchers to be the cornerstone of each partner institution’s geospatial research portfolio. To reach this goal, we established the Taylor Geospatial Institute Fellows Program – a major commitment to advancing cutting-edge research, innovation, and collaboration.

TGI Fellows are appointed through a formal nomination and recruitment process. They take the lead in advancing the strategic research goals of the Taylor Geospatial Institute. The title is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute.

TGI Associates

TGI Associates are researchers and scientists focused on core geospatial sciences and applications. These integral members of the research consortium will benefit from access to our network of scholars, data, and other resources. TGI Associates are eligible to host and work with TGI Postdoctoral Fellows.

Any researcher who is interested in contributing to the Institute’s mission can become a TGI Associate. In exchange, Associates may be asked to review and score grant proposals and Postdoctoral Fellows applications.

TGI Postdoctoral Fellows

The TGI Postdoctoral Fellows Program is designed to bring distinguished researchers in geospatial science core or adjacent fields to the St. Louis region, develop the next generation of scientific leaders, and catalyze regional collaboration to accelerate the St. Louis region’s development as a global geospatial center of excellence now and into the future. 

The Institute will award up to a dozen postdocs every year through a competitive process with rolling application deadlines. Postdocs will be provided nationally competitive salary, fringe benefits, research funding, state-of-the-art research facilities, career mentoring, and opportunities to engage with the network of scholars among our partner institutions.

Industry Partners

Through forging collaborations and connections with industry partners and innovation hubs, the Institute will deepen its relationships with local geospatial companies, organizations, and government agencies. We firmly believe that partnerships and collaborations strengthen the geospatial ecosystem of the St. Louis region. 

Whether you work at a well established corporation; whether you are the founder of a startup; whether you work on core geospatial topics like Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT); whether you work on public health challenges and need help with real-time mapping application; we want to hear from you.

A key event in cementing these partnerships is the Geo-Resolution Conference, held annually in St. Louis since 2019. Co-hosted by Saint Louis University and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Geo-Resolution Conference fosters the collaboration of academia, government, and industry and enables us to share our progress with the nation.

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