MacEachren, Alan

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Alan MacEachren is a Professor of Geography and Director of the GeoVISTA Center at Penn State University. He has played a leading role nationally and internationally in defining a research agenda for human-centered geospatial visualization and in building cross-disciplinary links to related efforts in scientific and information visualization and in statistics.


Alan M. MacEachren How Maps Work: Representation, Visualization and Design, New York : Guilford Press, 1995.

Dykes, J., MacEachren, A. M., & Kraak, M.-J. (Eds.). 2005, Exploring Geovisualization. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Selected publications 2000-2005

Brewer, I., MacEachren, A. M., Abdo, H., Gundrum, J., & Otto, G. 2000, Collaborative Geographic Visualization: Enabling shared understanding of environmental processes. IEEE Information Visualization Symposium, Salt Lake City Utah, Oct. 9-10, 2000, pp. 137-141.

Carr, D. B., White, D., & MacEachren, A. M. 2005, Conditioned choropleth maps and hypothesis generation. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 95(1), 32-53.

Edsall, R. M., MacEachren, A. M., & Pickle, L. J. 2001, Case Study: Design and Assessment of an Enhanced Geographic Information System for Exploration of Multivariate Health Statistics. Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization 2001, San Diego, CA, October 22-25, 2001, pp. 159-162.

Fuhrmann, S., Cox, A., & MacEachren, A. 2005, Gesture and Speech-Based Maps to Support Use of GIS for Crisis Management: First User Studies. AutoCarto 2005, Las Vegas, NV, March 18-23, 2005.

Guo, D., Gahegan, M., MacEachren, A. M., & Zhou, B. 2005, Multivariate Analysis and Geovisualization with an Integrated Geographic Knowledge Discovery Approach. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 32(2), 113-132.

Guo, D., Gahegan, M., Peuquet, D., & MacEachren, A. 2003, Breaking Down Dimensionality: An Effective Feature Selection Method for High-Dimensional Clustering. Workshop on Clustering High Dimensional Data and its Applications, the Third SIAM International Conference on Data Mining, San Francisco, CA, May 1-3.

Harrower, M., MacEachren, A. M., & Griffin, A. 2000, Design, implementation, and assessment of geographic visualization tools to support earth science education. Cartography & Geographic Information Systems, 27(4), 279-293.

Kraak, M. J. & MacEachren, A. M. 2005, Geovisualization and GIScience. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 32(2), 67-68.

MacEachren, A., Dai, X., Hardisty, F., Guo, D., & Lengerich, G. 2003a, Exploring High-D Spaces with Multiform Matricies and Small Multiples. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Information Visualization, Seattle, WA, Oct. 19-21, 2003, pp. 31-38.

MacEachren, A. M. 2001a, Cartography and GIS: Extending collaborative tools to support virtual teams. Progress in Human Geography, 25(3), 431-444.

MacEachren, A. M. 2001b, An evolving cognitive-semiotic approach to geographic visualization and knowledge construction. Information Design Journal, 10(1), 26-36.

MacEachren, A. M. 2005, Moving geovisualization toward support for group work. In J. Dykes & A. M. MacEachren & M.-J. Kraak (Eds.), Exploring Geovisualization (pp. 445-461): Elsevier.

MacEachren, A. M. & Brewer, I. 2004, Developing a conceptual framework for visually-enabled geocollaboration. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 18(1), 1-34.

MacEachren, A. M., Gahegan, M., & Pike, W. 2004b, Visualization for Constructing and Sharing Geo-scientific Concepts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, invited paper for Sackler Colloquium on Mapping Knowledge Domains, Irvine, CA, May 9-11, 2003, pp. 5279-5286.

MacEachren, A. M., Gahegan, M., Pike, W., Brewer, I., Cai, G., Lengerich, E., & Hardisty, F. 2004c, Geovisualization for knowledge construction and decision-support. Computer Graphics & Applications, 24(1), 13-17.

MacEachren, A. M., Hardisty, F., Dai, X. P., & Pickle, L. 2003c, Supporting visual analysis of federal geospatial statistics. Communications of the ACM, 46(1), 59-60.

MacEachren, A. M. & Kraak, M.-J. 2001, Research challenges in geovisualization. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 28(1), 3-12.

MacEachren, A. M., Robinson, A., Hopper, S., Gardner, S., Murray, R., & Gahegan, M. 2005d, Visualizing Geospatial Information Uncertainty: What we know and what we need to know. Cartographic and Geographic Information Science, 32(3), 139-160.

Muntz, R. R., Barclay, T., Dozier, J., Faloutsos, C., MacEachren, A. M., Martin, J. L., Pancake, C. M., & Satyanarayanan, M. 2003, IT Roadmap to a Geospatial Future, report of the Committee on Intersections Between Geospatial Information and Information Technology. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Pike, W., Yarnal, B., MacEachren, A. M., Gahegan, M., & Yu, C. 2005, Infrastructure for Human-Environment Collaboration: Building a Prototype for the Future of Science. Environment, 47(2), 8-21.

Robinson, A. C., Chen, J., Lengerich, E. J., Meyer, H. G., & MacEachren, A. M. 2005, Combining Usability Techniques to Design Geovisualization Tools for Epidemiology. AutoCarto 2005, Las Vegas, NV, March 18-23, 2005.

Steiner, E., MacEachren, A. M., & Guo, D. 2002, Developing lightweight, data-driven exploratory geovisualization tools for the web. Advances In Spatial Data Handling: Proceedings Of The 10th International Symposium On Spatial Data Handling, Ottawa, Canada, July 9-12, 2002, pp. 487-500.

Thomson, J., Hetzler, B., MacEachren, A., Gahegan, M., & Pavel, M. 2004, Typology for visualizing uncertainty. Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis 2005 (part of the IS&T/SPIE Symposium on Electronic Imaging 2005), San Jose, CA USA, 16-20 January 2005.

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