Alex is Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the Gosnell Senior Faculty Scholar and TLT Fellow. He holds an affiliate position at Information Science and Technology at Penn State and is an Associate of the Institute of CyberScience. He is also founder of ChoroPhronesis – Applied Spatial Intelligence.
Alex research interests are eclectic. Topics include, but are not limited to, spatial cognition, wayfinding, geographic event conceptualization, formal characterizations of dynamic spatial processes, location based services, landscape and land cover concepts, crowdscience and crowdsourcing, and featured prominently in recent projects, Virtual Reality and 3D modeling.
Before Alex came to Penn State he 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. He also spent time at theGeography Department and Cognitive Science Emphasis at the University of California,Santa Barbara. Alex received his Ph.D. in Informatics and Mathematics from the University of Bremen, co-authored the project MapSpace which was part of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre for Spatial Cognition and worked in the AspectMap project (Spatial Cognition Priority Program, German Science Foundation). He started his Ph.D. studies in Hamburg at the Graduate Program for Cognitive Science. A very long time ago he received a masters in Applied Physical Geography from the University of Trier, Germany.