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Space Exploration Institute

Space Informatics Lab (SIL)

The Space Informatics Lab (SIL) was established in March 2011 by Dr. Tomasz Stepinski. It is located in the Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati. SIL research is supported by the UC Space Exploration Research Fund, as well as research grants from NSF and NASA.

SIL develops intelligent algorithms for fast and intuitive exploration of large spatial datasets which originate from remotely-sensed Earth or planetary data, or from extensive ground survey - such as U.S. Census Bureau data. Without effective tools for exploring and analyzing these big spatial datasets, the ability of the scientific community to obtain any insight from this data is limited. SIL aims to develop tools which make intelligent exploration of these vast datasets possible, intuitive, and accessible to the scientific community.