I am an Associate Professor for Geographical Information Science at the GeoVISTA Center, Department of Geography at Penn State. My 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 my research at Penn State will be the interaction of people, environments, and mobile and static devices, i.e. location based services (LBS).

Before I came to Penn State I 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. I also spent time at the Geography Department and Cognitive Science Emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I received my 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). I started my Ph.D. studies in Hamburg at the Graduate Program for Cognitive Science.

Information about me and my group is available through my Lab website:Human Factors in GIScience Lab

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