Ken Kato, Campus GIS and Mapping Program

Portrait of Ken Kato

Ken Kato

Director, Location Innovation Lab
Director, Campus GIS and Mapping Program
Practice Areas: Mapping, Transportation, Technology, Apps, Geographic Information Systems, GIS, Smart Cities

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Ken Kato is the founder and director of the Location Innovation Lab (LIL) at the University of Oregon. He serves as the director of the UO’s Campus GIS and Mapping Program, the university’s official system of record for all 29,000+ rooms, 350+ buildings and underground utilities. Ken and the LIL team design and develop innovative, location-based software systems and cutting-edge web and mobile applications aimed at improving organizational resilience and interagency situational awareness. Ken is a principal investigator in the Institute for Resilient Organizations, Communities, and Environments (IROCE) at UO. He directed the development of unique software applications for Oregon state agencies, private sector companies and in collaboration with other faculty on sponsored research projects. Previously, he served as the associate director of the Department of Geography's InfoGraphics Lab.

Recent Media:
New Institute will help make communities more resilient (Around the O, April 10, 2023)
UO public safety app helps large events run smoothly (Around the O, July 13, 2021)
Homegrown tool gives the UO an advantage in fall planning (Around the O, May 26, 2020)