Research Centers

Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGI)

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Founded: 2005

The primary mission of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGI) is to engage research, development and training/education that support U.S. defense and intelligence agencies and related industry.

The center includes a variety of specialized research laboratories and high-performance computing infrastructure dedicated to working on geospatial intelligence problems in support of national security objectives. To date, CGI research has garnered more than $40 million in awarded federal grants/contracts from a diverse group of DoD/IC agencies including NGA, U.S. Army, OUSD(I), AFRL, DARPA and numerous defense companies that support these agencies. The depth and breadth of CGI’s personnel, specialized research facilities and its funded research have made it the leading academic research center in this country focused on critical geospatial intelligence for national security and military combat support.

MU’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence was the first academic organization to join the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

Focus Areas

  • Satellite airborne and ground-based remote sensing
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Data science
  • Automated target detection and recognition
  • UAV systems and sensor processing
  • Pattern recognition
  • Data mining/information retrieval
  • High performance computing for geospatial data analytics

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