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GeoICT Laboratory at York University

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What is GeoICT?

GeoICT Lab was established to advance the development of innovative geospatial information and communication technology, and to integrate geomatics and ICT technologies for advanced spatial applications. When it was started in 2001, the GeoICT Lab was funded by the Canada Research Chair program, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Innovation Trust and York University. The start-up funding received was over $800,000.

GeoICT is an enabling technology that stemmed from the integration of geospatial information and imaging technology with ICT. It is considered a core technology in the 21st century that forms a basis for spatial decision making, geo-computation, and Location-Based Services (LBS). It contributes significantly to the emerging markets and applications such as E-Commerce, E-Government, Spatial Data Infrastructure, Digital Earth, L-Commerce (Location based commerce), and M-commerce (mobile commerce). The worldwide geomatics industry is forecast to grow at a rate of 15-20%, which is extremely competitive to other industry sectors.



GeoICT's mission is to contribute to the core of geomatics technology by integrating modern information and communication technologies. The methodologies, models, systems, prototypes and algorithms developed will be of profound impact to broad geomatics applications, e.g. intelligent transportation, traffic management, emergency response, disaster management, 3D urban mapping, fleet management, vehicle/person tracking, mining, forestry inventory, environment monitoring, energy exploration, fishing, wildlife assessment, farming, real estate, business and geo-marketing, and sustainable communities.

GeoICT will have a significant economic impact on the geomatics sectors, industry, government, and academia. The new innovations will open up many new applications, resulting in a great improvement of data flow efficiency, on-line data processing and management, and measurable savings of operation costs.

Collaborations and Partnerships

We are keenly interested in developing long-term collaboration and partnerships with other research communities, government departments, and private sectors. We believe that maintaining mutually beneficial relationships is a key to our success.

Technology Transfer and Commercialization

GeoICT Lab is committed to developing innovative GeoICT technologies. Technology transfer and commercialization is part of our research strategy and commitment.

Research Streams

Research at GeoICT is pursued within three main research streams:


1. Geospatial Information Stream

  • Spatial Sensor Web
  • Network-based Real-Time 3D Geospatial Visualization and Streaming
  • Open and Distributed Internet and Wireless GIServes
  • Location Based Services (LBS)
  • Intelligent Geospatial Handling Algorithms for 3D Geospatial Objects


2. Geospatial Imaging and Ranging Stream

  • 3D Mapping and Modeling from High-Resolution Remote Sensing Images
  • Automated 3D Modeling from LiDAR Systems
  • Automated Feature Extraction, Data Fusion and Change Detection
  • Automated Feature Extraction from Imagery
  • Land-based Mobile Mapping Technologies
  • Mapping from Unmanned Vehicle Systems


3. Integrated GeoICT Systems and Applications

  • Location-based Spatial Decision Support for Disaster Management
  • Location-based Health Tracking and Monitoring
  • Infectious disease/invasive species monitoring and management


Laboratory Location and Contact

York University, Earth and Space Science and Engineering Department

Petrie Science Building Room 312

4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3



Phone: +1416 736 2100 (Ext. 22611)

Email: or

Fax) +1 416 736 5817



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