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Robert Roth

Assistant Professor of Geography

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PhD: Geography—Penn State University MS: Cartography & GIS—University of Wisconsin-Madison BS: Cartography & GIS—University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Areas

My research focuses on the topics of Cartography, Geovisualization, and Geovisual Analytics with specific emphasis on interactive & web-based cartography, human-computer (and human-map) interaction, user-centered design & usability engineering, and map-supported human reasoning & decision-making, particularly under conditions of uncertainty. As a geographer, I view maps and map-based systems as tools to help solve complex problems that have a prominent geographic component; I therefore am a firm believer in both interdisciplinary and applied research in addition to pure research. My own work has had practical applications to crime analysis, emergency response/crisis management, environmental conservation, intelligence analysis, and spatial epidemiology/public health.

Courses Taught

I am pleased to be scheduled for Geography 370 (Introduction to Cartography) in the Fall 2011 semester and Geography 575 (Animated and Web-based Mapping) in the Spring 2012 semester, along with a 370 encore. The G370/G575 pairing allows students to gain substantial experience designing static and interactive maps, while learning the research theory and empirical evidence behind established cartographic guidelines and best practices. In the future, I plan to offer a curriculum of Cartography, Geovisualization, and Geovisual Analytics courses composed of a rotation of G370, G572 (Graphic Design in Cartography), G575, and G970 (Seminar in Cartography). I encourage prospective graduate students with interests in Cartography to contact me directly with any questions you may have about the program. Unlike most American Geography Departments, graduate students attending UW-Madison are able to earn either a Certificate or non-terminal Masters degree in Cartography & GIS. The Cartography Program at UW-Madison historically has been considered among the world's elite and affords many unique opportunities and resources for students pursuing advanced degrees in Cartography, including the UW-Madison Cartography Laboratory, the Robinson Map Library, and the State Cartographer's Office.

Contact Information

Office Hours: Friday 10-11 and 2-3

Phone: (608) 262-1453


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