Hi, I’m Anthony Robinson. I am Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Online Geospatial Education Programs at Penn State. I lead Penn State’s online Postbaccalaureate GIS Certificate and Master of Geographic Information Systems programs in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. I am also an Assistant Director for the GeoVISTA Center in the Department of Geography.

I am the past-President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), and I am also the Chair of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Visual Analytics.

My research focuses broadly on designing and evaluating geovisualization tools to improve geographic information utility and usability. I’ve done work in epidemiology, crisis management, national security, and higher education domains. My research efforts have involved 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. In recent work I have explored the geographic dimensions of learner engagement to identify leverage points for spatial analysis and representation in learner analytics, designed methods for representing the presence of absence in big spatial data, and analyzed the design elements of viral maps.

I’m very excited to teach one of Penn State’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera and Futurelearn – Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, which has drawn over 125,000 students from 200 countries to date.

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