Portrait of Brian Hilton

Brian Hilton is a clinical full professor in Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT). His main research focus area is in Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies, and many of his projects over the last decade have involved using these technologies. Specifically, Hilton is interested in spatial information system development, the use of emerging technologies in information system development, and the processes related to the use of spatial analytics to support decision-making.

After receiving his BA in Economics from Stockton University of New Jersey, Hilton came to CGU, where he received his MA and PhD in management information systems. Throughout his career, he has taught and lectured at many universities, including the University of California, Riverside; California State University, Fullerton; Pitzer College; and Claremont Graduate University. He has also been invited to give presentations at the White House where he participated in the Safety Data Jam (2012) and the Safety Datapalooza (2012).

Hilton developed and implemented the GIS Solution Development specialization within the MS in Information Systems & Technology degree in CISAT. This specialization is designed to meet the educational needs of people who desire careers developing transformative GIS solutions for organizations. The specialization is technical in its focus and is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create these applications. Recently, with Hilton’s help, CISAT initiated the Advanced GIS Lab.

He has published in numerous journals including ISPRS Journal of Geo-Information, Information Visualization, Information Systems Frontiers, Journal of Maps, Journal of International Technology and Information Management, and Information Journal of Healthcare Technology Management.

Co-authored with Vivian Sultan. “Electric grid reliability research.” Energy Informatics 2, article 3 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42162-019-0069-z

Co-authored with Miloslava Plachkinova, Au Vo, and Rahul Bhaskar. “A conceptual framework for quality healthcare accessibility: a scalable approach for big data technologies.” Information Systems Frontiers 20, no. 2 (2018): 289-302. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-016-9726-y

Co-authored with Stephen Miller, James Pike, et al. “The Prevalence and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes in Proximity to At-Risk Youths: An Investigation of Point-of-Sale Practices Near Alternative High Schools.” Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse 26, no. 2 (2016): 119-124. https://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2016.1230529

Co-authored with Vivian Sultan and Hind Bitar. “Geographic decision support systems to optimize the placement of distributed energy resources.” International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy 5, no. 3 (2016): 202-211. https://doi.org/10.12720/sgce.5.3.202-211

Co-authored with Daniel Farkas, James Pick, et al. “A Tutorial on Geographic Information Systems: A Ten-year Update.” Communications of the Association for Information Systems 38 (2016). https://doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.03809

Co-authored with April Moreno, John Tangenberg, and June Hilton. “An Environmental Assessment of School Shade Tree Canopy and Implications for Sun Safety
Policies: The Los Angeles Unified School District.” ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 4, no. 2 (2015): 607-625. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi4020607

Geographic Information Systems: Essential Concepts
Introduction to GIS Solution Development
Advanced GIS Solution Development
GIS Practicum
Advanced GIS Practicum
Health Geoinformatics