Dr. André Skupin
Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS)
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493

Phone: (619) 594-6946


Publications (see PDF version for breakdown into categories):

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Skupin, A. (2013) A visual exploration of mobile phone users, land cover, time, and space. Pervasive and Mobile Computing. (

Burns, R. and Skupin, A. (2013) Towards Qualitative Geovisual Analytics: A Case Study Involving Places, People, and Mediated Experience. Cartographica.

Ahearn, S.C., Icke, I., Datta, R., DeMers, M.N., Plewe, B., and Skupin, A. (2013) Re-Engineering the GIS&T Body of Knowledge. International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

DeMers, M., Klimaszewski-Patterson, A., Richman, R., Ahearn, S., Plewe, B., Skupin, A. (2013) Toward an Immersive 3D Virtual BoK Exploratorium: A Proof of Concept. Transactions in GIS. 17(3): 335-352. []

Wang, N., Biggs, T., and Skupin, A. (2013) Visualizing Gridded Time Series Data with Self-Organizing Maps: An Application to Multi-Year Snow Dynamics in the Northern Hemisphere. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 39(5): 107-120. []

Skupin, A., Biberstine, J., and Börner, K. (2013) Visualizing the Topical Structure of the Medical Sciences: A Self-Organizing Map Approach. PLoS ONE 8(3): e58779. (Read)

Skupin, A. and Esperbé, A (2011) An Alternative Map of the United States Based on an n-Dimensional Model of Geographic Space. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing. doi:10.1016/j.jvlc.2011.03.004 (Read corrected proof)

Boyack, K.W., Newman, D., Duhon, R.D., Klavans, R., Patek, M., Biberstine, J.R., Schijvenaars, B., Skupin, A., Ma, N. and Börner, K. (2011) Clustering More Than Two Million Biomedical Publications: Comparing the Accuracies of Nine Text-Based Similarity Approaches. PLoS ONE. 6(3): e18029. (Read)

Schmidt, C.R., Rey, S.L., and Skupin, A. (2011) Effects of Irregular Topology in Spherical Self-organizing Maps. International Regional Science Review. 34(2): 215-229.

Skupin, A. (2011) Mapping Text. Glimpse | the art + science of seeing. 3 (7, Winter): 69-77. (Read published article)

Kolovos, A., Skupin, A. Christakos, G., and Jerrett, M. (2010) Multi-Perspective Analysis and Spatiotemporal Mapping of Air Pollution Monitoring Data. Environmental Science & Technology. (

Skupin, A. (2010) Tri-Space: Conceptualization, Transformation, Visualization. Sixth International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 20010), Zürich, Switzerland, September 2010. (Read extended abstract)

Skupin, A. (2009) Discrete and Continuous Conceptualizations of Science: Implications for Knowledge Domain Visualization. Journal of Informetrics. 3(3): 233-245. (, Read in press version)

Burns, R. and Skupin A. (2009) Visualization of Attribute Spaces Involving Places, People and Utterances. Proceedings of 24th International Cartographic Conference, Santiago, Chile November 15-21, 2009. (CD-ROM)

Skupin, A. and Skupin, M. (2009) On Written Language in Works of Art and Cartography. In: Cartwright, W., Gartner, G., and Lehn, A. (Eds.) Cartography and Art. Berlin: Springer. 207-222. (Read pre-publication version)

Skupin, A. and Fabrikant, S. (2008) Spatialization. in: Wilson, J., and Fotheringham, S. (Eds.) The Handbook of Geographical Information Science. Blackwell Publishing. 61-79. (Read pre-publication version)

Skupin, A. and Esperbé, A. (2008) Towards High-Resolution Self-Organizing Maps of Geographic Features. In: Dodge, M., Turner, M., and Derby, M. (Eds.) Geographic Visualization: Concepts, Tools and Applications. Wiley. 159-181. (link to Wiley site) (Read pre-publication version)

Agarwal, P., and Skupin, A. (Eds.) (2008) Self-Organising Maps: Applications in Geographic Information Science, Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (link to Wiley site)

Skupin, A., and Agarwal, P. (2008) Introduction: What is a Self-Organizing Map? In: Agarwal, P., and Skupin, A. (Eds.) Self-Organising Maps: Applications in Geographic Information Science, Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 1-20. (link to full chapter text on Wiley site)

Skupin, A. (2008) Visualizing Human Movement in Attribute Space. In: Agarwal, P., and Skupin, A. (Eds.) Self-Organising Maps: Applications in Geographic Information Science, Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 121-135. (Read pre-publication version)

Skupin, A. (2007) Spatialization. in: Kemp, K. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science. Sage Publications. 418-422. (Read pre-publication version)

Lacayo, M. and Skupin, A. (2007) A GIS-based Visualization Module for Self-Organizing Maps. Proceedings of 23rd International Cartographic Conference, Moscow, Russia, August  4-10, 2007. (CD-ROM)

Skupin, A. and Börner, K. (Eds.) (2007) Mapping Humanity's Knowledge and Expertise in the Digital Domain. Special Theme Issue of Environment and Planning B. 34 (5, September). (Read the Preface)

Leitner, M. and Skupin, A. (Eds.) (2007) Cartography 2007: Reflection, Status, and Prediction (U.S. National Report to the International Cartographic Association). Special Theme Issue of Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 34 (2, April).

Ebinger, S. and Skupin, A. (2007) Comparing Different Forms of Interactivity in the Visualization of Spatio-Temporal Data. In: Fuhrmann, S. (Ed.) Special Issue of Kartographische Nachrichten. 57 (2, April): 63-70. (Read pre-publication version)

Skupin, A. (2007) Where do you want to go today [in attribute space]? in: Miller, H. (Ed.) Societies and Cities in the Age of Instant Access. Springer. 133-149. (Read pre-publication version)

Skupin, A., and de Jongh, C. (2005) Visualizing the ICA – A Content-based Approach. Proceedings of 22nd International Cartographic Conference, A Coruña, Spain, July 9-16, 2005. (CD-ROM) (PDF - 400 kB)

Skupin, A., and Hagelman, R. (2005) Visualizing Demographic Trajectories with Self-Organizing Maps. GeoInformatica. 9(2): 159-179. (PDF - 776 kB)

Fabrikant, S., and Skupin, A. (2005) Cognitively Plausible Information Visualization. in: Dykes, J., MacEachren, A., Kraak, M.J. (Eds.), Exploring Geovisualization. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 667-690. (PDF - 613 kB)

Skupin, A. (2004) A Picture from a Thousand Words. Computing in Science and Engineering. 6 (5): 84-88. (PDF - 1.3 MB)

Skupin, A. (2004) The World of Geography: Visualizing a Knowledge Domain with Cartographic Means. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101 (Suppl. 1) 5274-5278 (

Skupin, A., and Hagelman, R. (2003) Attribute Space Visualization of Demographic Change. Proceedings of the Eleventh ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 7-8. New York: ACM Press. 56-62. (Low Res PDF - 190 kB; Hi Res PDF - 5.4 MB)

Skupin, A. (2003) A Novel Map Projection Using an Artificial Neural Network. Proceedings of 21st International Cartographic Conference, Durban, South Africa, August 10-16: 1165-1172. (CD-ROM) (Low Res PDF - 212 kB; Hi Res PDF - 11.6 MB)

Skupin, A., and Fabrikant, S. (2003) Spatialization Methods: A Cartographic Research Agenda for Non-Geographic Information Visualization. Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 30 (2) 99-119. (pre-publication proof PDF - 1.7MB)

Skupin, A. (2002) On Geometry and Transformation in Map-like Information Visualization. In: Börner, K., and Chen, C. (Eds.) Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2539). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 161-170. (PDF - 1MB)

Skupin, A. (2002) A Cartographic Approach to Visualizing Conference Abstracts. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. 22 (1): 50 - 58. (PDF - 1.25 MB)

Mark, D., Skupin, A., and Smith, B. (2001) Features, Objects, and other Things: Ontological Distinctions in the Geographic Domain. In: Montello, D. (Ed.) Spatial Information Theory: Foundations of Geographic Information Science (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2205). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 488-502. (PDF - 123 kB)

Skupin, A. (2001) Cartographic Considerations for Map-like Interfaces to Digital Libraries. First ACM+IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL '01). Workshop on Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries. June 28, Roanoke, Virginia.

Skupin, A. (2000) From Metaphor to Method: Cartographic Perspectives on Information Visualization. In: Roth, S.F., and Keim, D.A. (Eds.) Proceedings IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization (InfoVis 2000), 9-10 October, Salt Lake City, Utah. 91-97. Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society. (PDF - 160 kB)

Skupin, A., and Buttenfield, B.P. (1997) Spatial Metaphors for Visualizing Information Spaces. Proceedings AUTO-CARTO 13. Bethesda: ACSM/ASPRS. 116-125. (Low Res PDF - 776 kB; Hi Res PDF - 1.7 MB)

Skupin, A., and Buttenfield, B.P. (1996) Spatial Metaphors for Visualizing Very Large Data Archives. Proceedings GIS/LISí96. Bethesda: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 607-617. (Low Res PDF - 780 kB; Hi Res PDF - 2.34 MB)

Skupin, A. (1996) Use of Huffman Trees to Encode Verbal Street Directions. Salzburger Geographische Materialien. vol. 24: 1-10. (HTML w/o figures)

Wieshofer, M., and Skupin, A. (1995) Cartographic Expertise at the Hypermedia Frontier: Mapping of Hypermedia Structures and Use of Cartographic Animation as Two Examples. In: Mayer, F. (Ed.) Wiener Schriften zur Geographie und Kartographie, Vol. 8: 96-105.

Book Reviews:

Skupin, A. (in press) Review of The Visualization of Spatial Social Structure by Danny Dorling. Journal of Regional Science.

Skupin, A. (2003) Review of Information Visualization journal. D-Lib Magazine 9(9).

Skupin, A. (2002) Review of Introduction to Geographic Information Systems by Kang-tsung Chang. Transactions in GIS 6(3).