A bit about my research...
My major research interests include topics surrounding uncertainty visualization, spatial cognition, geovisualization, cartography, and geographic information science.
I recently completed a Bunton-Waller Fellowship for diversity and a traineeship in the Big Data Social Science IGERT at Penn State. I am also a member of the GeoVISTA center and ChoroPhronesis research unit (formerly Human Factors Lab) in the Geography Department. Working under Dr. Alexander Klippel, I will take a cognitive approach towards addressing the visualization of complex geospatial data uncertainty. As uncertainty is inherent in everyday geospatial reasoning and decision-making, it is pertinent to understand the complexity of uncertainty, how it propagates through socially relevant data, and how it is best visualized in a more intuitive manner. I hope to synthesize the way in which the human mind works with existing and new visualization technologies.
Mason, J., Klippel, A., Bleisch, S., Slingsby, A., and Deitrick, S. (2016). Approaching Spatial Uncertainty Visualization to Support Reasoning and Decision-Making. Spatial Cognition and Computation: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Special Issue on Visually-Supported Reasoning with Uncertainty.
Mason, J., Retchless, D., and Klippel, A. (2016). Domains of Uncertainty Visualization Research: A Visual Summary Approach. Cartography and Geographic Information Science.
Kinkeldey, C., Mason, J., Klippel, A., and Schiewe, J. (2014). Evaluation of Noise Annotation Lines: Using Noise to Represent Thematic Uncertainty in Maps. Cartography and Geographic Information Science.
Tsou, M., Wandersee, S., Kim, I. H., An, L., Spitzberg, B., Gupta, D., Gawron, J., Smith, J., and Yang, J. A. (2013). Mapping Ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace: Visualizing the Spatial Context of Keywords from Web Page Search Results. International Journal of Digital Earth. Spec. Issue of Analytical Geospatial Digital Earth.
Gillespie, T., Pincetl, S., Brossard, S., Smith, J., Saatchi, S., Pataki, D., et al. (2012) A time series of urban forestry in Los Angeles. Urban Ecosystems, 15(1), 1-14.
Stevens, J., Smith, J. M., and R. A. Bianchetti (2012), Mapping Our Changing World, Editors: Alan M. MacEachren and Donna J. Peuquet, University Park, PA: Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University. https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog160
Tsou, M. & Smith, J. (2011). Free and Open Source Software for GIS Education: A Whitepaper. Published by the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center). Download
Mason, J. and A. Klippel (March 2016) Visualizing Storm Surge: A Holistic Approach for Assessing Factors in Hurricane Flood Evacuation Decisions. Association of American Geographers Conference. Los Angeles, CA, March 29th-April 2nd, 2016.
Mason, J., Retchless, D., and A. Klippel (March 2015) Visual Summaries: A New Approach for Classifying Uncertainty Visualization Research. Second Pennsylvania Spatial Cognition Symposium. State College, Pennsylvania, March 27th – 28th, 2015.
Mason, J., Retchless, D., and A. Klippel (October 2014) Dimensions of Uncertainty Visualization Research. North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 8th - 11th, 2014.
Mason, J., Retchless, D., and A. Klippel (September 2014) Dimensions of Uncertainty: A Visual Classification of Geospatial Uncertainty Visualization Research. Visually-Supported Reasoning with Uncertainty Workshop at GIScience Conference. Vienna, Austria, September 23rd, 2014.
Mason, J. (August 2014) Risk Perception with Storm Surge Flood Communication. American Meteorological Society Summer Community Meeting: Improving Forecasts and the Communication of Forecasts. State College, Pennsylvania, August 11th - 13th, 2014.
Mason, J. and A. Klippel (May 2014) User Effects when Interacting with Storm Surge Flood Maps. First Pennsylvania Spatial Cognition Symposium. State College, Pennsylvania, May 2nd – 4th, 2014.
Mason, J. (October 2013) Storm Uncertainty Representation: User Reponses to Novel Visualization. North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Annual Meeting. Greenville, South Carolina, October 9th - 11th, 2013.
Mason, J. (September 2013) A Behavioral Approach towards a Deeper Understanding of Geospatial Data Uncertainty: From Conceptualization to Visualization. Doctoral Colloquium at the Conference on Spatial Information Theory. Scarborough, United Kingdom, September 2nd-6th, 2013.
Smith, J., Retchless, D., Kinkeldey, C., and A. Klippel (August 2013) Beyond the Surface: Current Issues and Future Directions in Uncertainty Visualization Research. International Cartographic Conference. Dresden, Germany, August 25th-30th, 2013. Download
Smith, J. and A. Klippel (2013) Below the Surface: A Deeper Semantics of Uncertainty Visualization. Association of American Geographers Conference. Los Angeles, California, April 9th-13th, 2013.
Smith, J. (2011) Effective Color Schemes for 3D Animations of Urban Landscapes with a Spatial and Temporal Dimension. International Cartography Conference. Paris, France, July 3rd-8th, 2011.
Smith, J. (2011) Effective Color Schemes for 3D Animations of Urban Landscapes with a Spatial and Temporal Dimension. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference. Seattle, Washington, April, 2011. Selected to present in a special session for the Cartography Specialty Group honors student paper competition.
Mason, J. S. and S. Matthews (2014). Exploring Human Movement and Activity Through GPS Data, Big Data Research Poster Session, University Park, PA, April 18th. Download
Mason, J. S. & Savelyev, A. (2013) Below the Surface: Current Issues and Future Directions in Uncertainty Visualization Research, Big Data Research Poster Session, University Park, PA, February 12th. Download
Smith, J. M. (2013) Effective Color Schemes for 3D Animations of Urban Landscapes, ESRI User Conference, San Diego, CA, July 11th – 15th.