Project FA16g: Evaluating visual contrast and hierarchy relations of cartographic features

Project FA16g: Evaluating visual contrast and hierarchy relations of cartographic features
Researcher: Bill Limpisathian
Position type: Literature review, possible cartography
Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016
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Project and position description

This project contributes to thesis research on the evaluation of visual contrast and hierarchy relations of cartographic features across multi-scale map series. Visual contrast is a fundamental principle employed in cartographic design to highlight foreground elements on maps. However, little research exists on how to maintain consistent visual contrast and hierarchy relations across map scales. Thus, the research aims to develop the theoretical groundwork for a tool that addresses this cartographic challenge. To support this research, the successful applicant will help conduct a literature review on relevant topics that require additional examination. The student may be asked to find and/or summarize relevant academic articles from cartographic journals and journals in other related fields such as visualization, psychology and computer science. If the student shows interest in applied cartographic design, there may exist an opportunity to assist in the construction of test maps that will be used in the user study portion of the research. This project would be a good opportunity for a student who is interested in cartographic design research and would like additional experience in conducting literature reviews.

Desired qualifications

  • Strong reading, writing and verbal skills.
  • Previously taken GEOG 301 and 361 and obtained an A- or higher grade for both.
  • Experience with conducting a thorough literature review using online and library resources.
  • Experience with high-quality ArcMap-based map designed is a major plus.
  • Preference given to candidates with previous coursework in GEOG 461 or 467
  • This project will require 45-90 hours of work over the course of the semester, and the successful applicant will earn 1-2 credits for the fall term.

To apply

Prospective candidates should complete the application form at by 5:00 p.m. on the indicated date. Follow all instructions.