Professional Experience

  • 2012 - present
    Co-Director of the Center for Innovation in Online Learning – College of Information Sciences and Technology – Penn State University
  • 2010 - 2012
    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies – College of Information Sciences and Technology – Penn State University
  • 2007 - present
    Associate Professor – College of Information Sciences and Technology – Penn State University
  • 2001 - 2006
    Assistant Professor – College of Information Sciences and Technology – Penn State University
  • 2001
    Joint Researcher at National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of Maine. Funded by a NASA/EPSCoRGrant.
  • 1998 - 2001
    Graduate research assistant at National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, University of Maine.
  • 1988 - 1998
    Senior system analyst/ GIS analyst at Prodabel, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • 1989
    Assistant Professor - Programming Systems –Computer Science - Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
  • 1980 - 1988
    Consultant in Information Systems.
  • 1977 - 1979
    System analyst at Federal University of Minas Gerais Data Processing Center, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
  • 1977
    Teacher - Algol programming language – Summer Course- Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Education

  • 2001
    Ph.D. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine.
  • 1997
    Master's of Public Administration and Computer Science from the Government School of the Joao Pinheiro Foundation, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
  • 1978
    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
  • 1977
    Advanced Degree in Data Processing Technology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Honors & Awards

  • 2006
    2006 UCGIS Research Award
  • 2005
    The George McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award
  • 2000
    NASA/EPSCoRGrant
  • 2000
    University of Maine College of Engineering Graduate Research Assistant of the Year
  • 1999
    ESRI/IGIF Student Scholarship Award
  • 1975
    IBM scholarship for the best student of the semester

Ph.D. Students

Master Students

  • Bonan Li (Graduated in 2004): TDD: A Comprehensive Model for Qualitative Spatial Similarity Assessment

Visiting Scholars

If you are interested in my research projects please send me an email.

Admissions information can be obtained on Prospective Graduate Students.

Courses


  • IST240 - Introduction to Computer Languages
    This course provides an introduction to computer languages including the fundamental concepts underlying their specification; their history, evolution, and taxonomy; and how different languages from different paradigms serve different purposes in the development of information systems (IS). The term computer language is used in a general sense to include modeling and design languages for information systems specification, programming languages, scripting languages, markup languages, and others.
  • IST503 - Introduction to IST Research
    This course is a study of major methodological, normative, and theoretical issues in the philosophy of science related to research in information science and technology. A significant part of this course will involve coordinating issues and problems customarily associated with the philosophy of science in general with current research in information science and technology (IST) in particular. In order to achieve this coordination, the study of classical texts in the philosophy of science will be interspersed at appropriate places with lectures and topics that exhibit relevant faculty research in various IST related disciplines.
  • IST311 - Object Oriented Design and Software Applications
    This course provides an introduction to computer languages including the fundamental concepts underlying their specification; their history, evolution, and taxonomy; and how different languages from different paradigms serve different purposes in the development of information systems (IS). The term computer language is used in a general sense to include modeling and design languages for information systems specification, programming languages, scripting languages, markup languages, and others.

Projects


ITR:(GEO/SBE) Ontologies in Action: An Information Architecture to Support Investigation of Linked Health-Environment Interactions

with Mark Gahegan

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Amount: $299,994

Summary: An information architecture to support investigation of linked Health-Environment Interaction using ConceptVISTA, an ontology creation and visualization tool developed by researchers at the GeoVISTA Center, that allows users to define and link concepts and resources pertaining to a conceptual domain. Users can add and view additional information related to concepts and resources. ConceptVISTA stores ontologies in the Web Ontology Language (OWL) format and can import outside ontologies. ConceptVISTA provides users with a useful set of ontology management functions.

Editorial


Guest Editor

  • Transactions in GIS (2007)
  • Earth Science Informatics (2009)

Chair

  • GeoS 2007
  • GeoInfo (2005)

Honors & Awards


2006

2006 UCGIS Research Award.

2005

The George McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award.

2000

NASA/EPSCoR Fellowship.

2000

University of Maine College of Engineering Graduate Research Assistant of the Year.

1999

ESRI/IGIF Student Scholarship Award.

1975

IBM scholarship for the best student of the semester.

Contact


Fred Fonseca
Co-Director of the Center for Innovation in Online Learning
Associate Professor
College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
330D IST Building
University Park, PA - U.S.A.
16802-6823
Phone: (814) 867-4025
Fax: (814) 865-6426

fredfonseca@ist.psu.edu