Anthony Robinson

Anthony Robinson

Office Address: 
318 Walker Building and 433 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
Director of Online Geospatial Education
Assistant Professor of Geography
Department of Geography
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute

PDF icon Curriculum Vitae (192.62 KB)
  • geovisual analytics
  • cartography
  • user-centered design
  • geovisualization
  • information visualization

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

Dr. Robinson currently serves as President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), and is also the co-chair of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) Commission on Visual Analytics.

Anthony's research focuses broadly on designing and evaluating geovisualization tools to improve geographic information utility and usability. He has focused this work in epidemiology, crisis management, national security, and higher education domains. His 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, Dr. Robinson has begun exploring the geographic dimensions of learner engagement to identify leverage points for spatial analysis and representation in learner analytics.

Anthony teaches one of Penn State’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, which has drawn over 100,000 students from 200 countries since 2013.


Research Clusters:

  • Geospatial Big Data Analytics
  • Spatial Modeling and Remote Sensing