André Skupin is an associate professor of Geography at San Diego State University. He received a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Cartography at the Technical University Dresden, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has worked in the geographic information systems (GIS) industry in Germany, the United States, and South Africa.
Dr. Skupin’s core research area is the application of geographic metaphors, cartographic principles, and computational methods in the visualization of non-geographic information. His work has been strongly interdisciplinary, aimed at increased cross-fertilization between geography, information science, and computer science. These efforts have resulted in new approaches to create map-like knowledge domain visualizations on the basis of vector space models and artificial neural networks. Recent work includes novel methods for visualizing individual human movement and demographic change as trajectories in n-dimensional attribute space. His work has appeared in such scientific outlets as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the Journal of Informetrics, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS), and GeoInformatica.