About GIS

The Geographic Information Systems Laboratory (GIS Lab) at the University of Illinois Springfield was established in 2005. Embracing the constant technological advancements in the field of GIS, the GIS Lab at UIS aims to promote and support GIS research and education by emphasizing spatial thinking and the role of GIS in solving pressing socioeconomic and environmental issues.

Specifically, the UIS GIS Lab supports GIS research and education by:

  • Assisting decision making through the collection, management, analysis, and visualization of spatial data;
  • Developing automatic GIS data pipeline solutions to spatial problems by integrating GIS, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and artificial intelligence (AI);
  • Providing GIS consultancy, equipment, and service to University students, staff, and faculty;
  • Promoting GIS awareness and providing tailored training opportunities to the community.

The GIS Lab, directed by Dr. Yun Zhao, is located in the Human Resource Building (HRB) Room 107 on the campus of University of Illinois Springfield.

Points of Pride

The Geographic Information Systems Laboratory at UIS provides students an ideal learning environment to become proficient in GIS. GIS skills are desired in a wide range of fields and can be very advantageous when job searching.

Our State of the Art Facility


  • 26 classroom computer stations for learning purposes
  • 7 lab workstations equipped with dual monitors for research and project work
  • 3 data servers
  • 1 GIS Server
  • 1 Web Server
  • 12 GPS survey units
  • Professional plotter
  • Large size scanner
  • Film scanner


  • ArcGIS 10.6
  • ArcGIS Server 10.3
  • Geoda
  • Crimestat
  • SPSS
  • Erdas
  • GPS controller


  • ENS 404: Fundamentals of GIS
  • ENS 405: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
  • ENS 503: Advanced GIS
  • GIS workshops