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Brian Tomaszewski

Brian Tomaszewski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Information Sciences and Technologies

Extended Faculty Member
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

Extended Faculty Member
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Email: bmtski (at)
Phone: 585-475-2859
Skype: brian.tomaszewski
Twitter: @bangeo_brian
Office: 70-2673
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Research Interests

  • Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T)
  • Geovisual Analytics
  • Geographic Information Retrieval
  • Context Modeling and Representation
  • Geocollaboration
  • Crisis Management


  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  pdf
  • Introduction to Geospatial Technologies  pdf
  • Geographic Visualization  pdf
  • GIS Programming  pdf
  • Spatial Modeling and Visualization  pdf

Selected Recent Publications

  • Tomaszewski, Brian, Joerg Szarzynski, and David I. Schwartz. (2014) Serious Games for Disaster Risk Reduction Spatial Thinking. Extended abstract - Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2014), Vienna, Austria pdf
  • Tomaszewski, Brian, Anthony Vodacek, Robert Parody, and Nicholas Holt. (in press) Spatial Thinking Ability Assessment in Rwandan Secondary Schools: Baseline Results. Journal of Geography.  html
  • Tomaszewski, Brian, Katherine Dickens, Aishwarya A. Sawant, Pawan Kumar Ogireddy, Qi Yu, and Ed Holden. (2014) Visually Contextualizing Social Media within Spatial, Temporal and Thematic Constraints for Disaster Situation Awareness. Workshop on GeoVisual Analytics: Interactivity, Dynamics, and Scale @ GIScience 2014. Vienna, Austria.  pdf
  • K. Blochel, A. Geniviva, Z. Miller, M. Nadareski, A. Dengos, E. Feeney, A. Mathews, J. Nelson, J. Uihlein, M. Floeser, J. Szarzynski, and B. Tomaszewski (2013) A Serious Game for Measuring Disaster Response Spatial Thinking. ArcUser 16(1): 12-15.  html
  • Goe, M., Tomaszewski, B. & Gaustad, G. (2013) Making Decisions under Uncertainty: Infrastructure Planning. ArcUser 16(1): 20-23.  html
  • Tomaszewski, B., & MacEachren, A. (2012) Geovisual Analytics to Support Crisis Management: Information Foraging for Geo-Historical Context. Information Visualization 11(4): 339-359.  html
  • Tomaszewski, B. and Holden, E. (2012) The Geographic Information Science and Technology and Information Technology Bodies of Knowledge: An Ontological Alignment. 13th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  pdf
  • Arnold, G., B. Carlock, M. Harris, A. Romney, M. Rosa, J. Zollweg, A. Vodacek and B. Tomaszewski (2012) GIS Modeling of Social Vulnerability in Burkina Faso. ArcUser 15(1): 20-23.  html
  • Bouchard, B., & Tomaszewski, B. (2012) Automated GLIDE Number Resource Consolidation for Rapid Disaster Location Identification Poster presented at the 9th International Conference of the International Association For The Study Of Information Systems For Crisis Response And Management (ISCRAM), Vancouver, Canada  pdf; Video related to this work
  • Tomaszewski, B., Blanford, J., Ross, K., Pezanowski, S. and MacEachren, A. (2011) Supporting Rapid Sense Making in Diverse Web Document Foraging Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.  html
  • Tomaszewski, B. and A. MacEachren (2010). Geo-Historical Context Support for Information Foraging and Sensemaking: Conceptual Model, Implementation, and Assessment. IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (IEEE VAST). Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  pdf
  • Tomaszewski, B. and M. E. Smith (2010). Polities, territory and historical change in Postclassic Matlatzinco (Toluca Valley, central Mexico). Journal of Historical Geography 37(1): 22-39.  html
  • Tomaszewski, B.(2010). Geocollaboration. Encyclopedia of Geography.  pdf
  • Tomaszewski, B. (2010). Situation Awareness and Virtual Globes: Applications for Disaster Management. Computers and Geosciences 37(1): 86-92.  html
  • Tomaszewski, B. (2009). Managing Multiple Point-based Data Instances on a Single Coordinate in Mapping Mashups. Proceedings of the 24th International Cartography Conference (ICC), Santiago, Chile.  pdf
  • Tomaszewski, B. and L. Czárán (2009). Geographically Visualizing Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) Information. Proceedings of the 6th International ISCRAM Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden: 6 pages.  pdf
  • Tomaszewski, B. (2008) Producing Geo-historical Context from Implicit Sources: A Geovisual Analytics Approach, The Cartographic Journal 45(3): 165-181.  pdf
  • Tomaszewski, B., C. Pan, P. Mitra and A. M. MacEachren (2007). Facilitating Situation Assessment through GIR with Multi-scale Open Source Web Documents in Proceedings of the 4th ACM workshop on Geographical Information Retrieval (GIR '07) Lisbon, Portugal, ACM: 95-96.  pdf
  • Tomaszewski, B., A. C. Robinson, C. Weaver, M. Stryker and A. M. MacEachren (2007). Geovisual Analytics and Crisis Management. Proceedings of the 4th International Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) Conference. Delft, the Netherlands: 173-179.  pdf
  • Tomaszewski, B. (2006) A Cost-Effective Approach to GPS/GIS Integration for Archaeological Surveying. ArcNews 28(3): 19-20.  html
  • Tomaszewski, B. (2006) Reconstructing Aztec Political Geographies. ArcUser 9(1): 24-26.  html

Research Outreach


Research Videos - Subscribe to my research video channel on YouTube

Serious Spatial Thinking Games - research with UNU-EHS

A Practical Approach to Mapping Job Growth in the Geographic Information System (GIS) Industry

Automated Space Aid Program (ASAP)

SensePlace: SensePlace is a Geovisual Analytic System developed in conjunction with the GeoVISTA Center at Penn State and is based on my previous research in Geovisual Analytics

UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), Global Pulse, Rapid Impact and Vulnerability Analysis Fund (RIVAF) project video

Context Discovery Application (CDA) video developed for the 2010 IEEE VAST Conference


  • Ph.D., Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2009
  • MA, Geography (concentration in GIS), University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 2005
  • BA, Anthropology and Mediterranean Archaeology, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York, 1994