Alex Klippel

Alex Klippel ...



..... directs the Human Factors in GIScience Lab and is an Associate Professor for Geographical Information Science at the Department of Geography at Penn State and holds an affiliate position at the Information Sciences & Technology department. His research interests center on multidisciplinary topics at the interface between spatial cognition and GIScience, especially the area of geographic event conceptualization and the integration of cognitive factors into formal characterizations of dynamic spatial processes. A second line of his research at Penn State is the interaction of people, environments, and mobile and static devices, i.e. location based services (LBS).

Before Alex came to Penn State he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the CRC for Spatial Information, Geomatics Department, and was a founder member of the Spatial Information Science Research Group, The University of Melbourne. He also spent time at the Geography Department and Cognitive Science Emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Alex received his Ph.D. in Informatics from the University of Bremen, co-authored the project MapSpace which is part of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre for Spatial Cognition and worked in the AspectMap project (Spatial Cognition Priority Program, German Science Foundation). He started his Ph.D. studies in Hamburg at the Graduate Program for Cognitive Science.
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Frank Hardisty ...



..... is a senior researcher at the Geography Department, an instructor in the he Certificate and Master's Programs in GIS, offered through the World Campus, and a member of the GeoVISTA Center. His research interests are in visualization, spatial statistics, and combining the two to improve the provision of health services. Frank also is the creator of the GeoViz toolkit. More information can be found on his personal homepage.
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Anthony Robinson ...



"...is an Assistant Director for the GeoVISTA Center in the Department of Geography, and serves as the lead faculty member for Penn State's Online Geospatial Education programs. Anthony's research focuses broadly on designing and evaluating geovisualization tools. He has worked in epidemiology, crisis management, and national security domains. Anthony's most recent efforts involve characterizing how users assemble and collect their analytical results, studying the use of visualization tools using eye-tracking, and exploring issues related to map symbol standardization in the context of emergency management. More information can be found on his homepage." homepage.
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Jan Oliver Wallgrun ...



... a Post Doc in the Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University. Interests: GIScience, Spatial and Temporal Modeling and Reasoning, Artificial Intelligence, Spatial Cognition Education: Ph.D., Informatics, Univ. of Bremen, Germany; Diploma (M.A.), Informatics, Univ. of Hamburg, Germany. Homepage
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Sen Xu ...



... Sen Xu is a PhD Candidate (ABD) at Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University. His research interest lies in spatial data mining and text mining, information retrieval and spatial analytics for Big Data. His PhD dissertation focuses on applying text mining method to a large spatial corpus to derive nearness models that could foster our understanding of how people use vague spatial relationship to describe different scenarios. He is also a Senior Data Researcher at Intelius, Inc., working on building spatial processing and analysis framework for Big Data. For further information, please visit: http://senxu.net

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Jennifer Smith ...



... is a Ph.D student at the Department of Geography, Penn State University. She received her bachelor's degree in Geography and minored in Geospatial Information Systems & Technology at UCLA in 2009. She then received her master's degree in GIScience at San Diego State University. She is interested in Spatial Cognition, Cartography, and Geovisualization. More information about Jenny can be found on her personal website.
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Eun-Kyeong Kim ...



... is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography. She earned her B.Sc. degree in Geography and B.B.A. degree in e-Business, and then received her master's degree in GIScience and Cartography at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. She is currently a research assistant on the Symbology project in the GeoVISTA center. Her research interest lies in spatiotemporal data mining, geovisual analytics, and spatial cognition. Her Ph.D. dissertation focuses on geovisual analytics supporting to apply complexity science perspectives to analyzing physical and human geographic phenomena. For further information, please visit: http://personal.psu.edu/euk163
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Sam Stehle ...



... is a PhD student at Penn State in the Geography department. Sam got his Bachelor's degree at the University of Utah in Geography, obtaining certification in GIS and Remote Sensing, while completing a Minor in Computer Science. Sam is interested in GIS and spatial cognition as problem-solving tools and the quantitative aspects of those processes and representations. More information about Sam can be found on his personal website.
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Kevin Sparks ...



... Ö is an undergraduate Geography student with his option in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) and a minor in climatology. His interests include remote sensing, radiometric studies, cartography, and urban studies. Past research has included hyperspectral monitoring of agricultural land cover, topographic land cover design, and glacial modeling of Greenland via remotely sensed data. Kevin is expected to graduate May 2013.

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Rui Li ...



... is studying at the Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University towards his PhD degree. Before he moved to State College, he studied in Saskatoon, Canada at the Department of Geography, University of Saskatchewan, where he received his Master degree. His undergraduate education took place at Wuhan University, 15 hour train ride from his hometown: Chongqing, China. Rui is a research assistant on our NSF project on Spatial Awareness through Sapient Interfaces. More information can be found on his homepage
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Jinlong Yang...



. . . is a M.S. student in the Department of Geography. He earned his B.Sc. degree in Geography at Penn State. He is currently a research assistant on our NSF project ConCat. Jinlong is interested in Spatial Cognition, Visualizaton, and Web Mapping. More information about Jinlong can be found on his personal website.
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Elaine Guidero ...



...is a Master's degree candidate in the Department of Geography. She earned her bachelor's degree in French Literature at Cornell University. She is currently a research assistant on the Map Symbology [http://www.geovista.psu.edu/symbology/] project in GeoVISTA. Elaine is interested in the cognitive aspects of aesthetics in geospatial and cartographic visualization.
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Raechel Bianchetti ...



... is PhD student in the Department of Geography. She earned her bachelorís degrees in Environmental Science and Physical Geography at the University of Idaho. She is currently a research assistant on the Map Symbology project in GeoVISTA. Raechel is interested in cognitive aspects of imagery analysis, and geovisual analytic techniques applied to imagery processing methods. More information on Raechel can be found on her webpage (http://www.personal.psu.edu/rab5440/).
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Chelsea Gilliam ...



... is an undergraduate majoring in Geography and Anthropology at Penn State. Her interests include spatial cognition, G.I.S, and the archaeology of Etruria. She works on our NSF project on spatial awareness.
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Brian Chorman ...



... is an undergraduate student at PSU studying Geography in the GIS option. He is looking to follow either a career which makes use of any GIS knowledge he gaisn at PSU or to become a State Trooper for the Delaware State Police..
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Tyler Stoner ...



... is a senior at Penn State, majoring in Geography with the Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) option. He is looking forward to complete his GIS requirements and to in December of 2009. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career involving GIS technology/software. Tyler is working on geographic scale movement conceptualizations such as paths of hurricanes and is designing material that will be used in human participants test to improve our understanding of how people understand dynamic geographic phenomena.
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Katie Jablonski ...



... is a senior meteorology undergraduate student with a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This past semester she has been working with Rui Li and Alex Klippel to create icons of different potential disaster path simulations for various natural disasters, using Adobe Flash. The project she is currently working on is to create icons for the scenario if an iceberg were to move towards Greenland, or a similar landform. To create the landform and the iceberg, Katie used Corel Draw. There are different groupings of paths that are differentiated by their spatial relationship between the iceberg and the landform. Once completed, experiments can be run to see how people group the paths differently and how they communicate different path cahracteristics.
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Tamara Yoder ...



. . . is an undergraduate Geography student with her option in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS). Upon graduation in May 2010, she hopes to start a career utilizing her GIS skills. She keeps busy with her leadership positions in both geography organizations and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences clubs. She is working on spatial cognition experiments that involve wayfinding based on the human mind, such as giving someone the task of finding a book in the library and then analyzing the path they took on their journey.