Kathleen Stewart is Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences and Director of the Center for Geospatial Information Science. She works in the area of geographic information science with a particular focus on geospatial dynamics. She is interested in mobility and spatial access, often in a big geospatial data context and using approaches that lie in the expanding field of spatial data science. She investigates movement and mobility for a number of different application domains, for example, health and transportation where movement patterns or behaviors and spatial access are key topics. She is also interested in modeling geospatial semantics including geospatial ontologies and their role for location-based applications, and spatiotemporal information retrieval, i.e., computational methods for automatically acquiring meaningful space-time information from text sources. She teaches in the areas of spatiotemporal data modeling, geographic database design, geovisualization and cartography, and fundamentals of geographic information science. At the University of Maryland, Dr. Stewart is a member of the Program in Oncology at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and also collaborates with researchers at the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, the Center for Substance Abuse Research, the National Transportation Center, the School of Public Health, and among others. Her research is supported in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, NASA, and the Federal Highway Administration among others.
Dr. Stewart serves as a member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and the Board of Directors for the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science. She serves as a steering member of the Maryland Transportation Institute. She is a member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS), Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, Transactions in GIS, Geographical Analysis, and the open-access journal Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS).
She is a steering committee member for the International Conference on GIScience (e.g., GIScience 2018) and the International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (e.g., COSIT 2017) She served on the organizing committing for the Symposium on Human Dynamics Research at the AAG 2017 in Boston and served as program co-chair for the International Conference on Geographic Information Science, GIScience 2014 (with Matt Duckham and Edzer Pebesma) held in Vienna, Austria.
Interested in being a graduate research assistant? Contact me at stewartk [at] umd.edu
Areas of Interest
- Temporal GIS, mobility, spatiotemporal big data, spatiotemporal accessibility, geospatial semantics, geospatial ontologies, spatiotemporal information retrieval
Degree TypePhDDegree DetailsUniversity of Maine, Spatial Information Science and Engineering
Degree TypeMSDegree DetailsUniversity of British Columbia, Geography
Degree TypeBADegree Details(Hons.), McMaster University, Geography
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