GeoDeliberation Project

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Dr. Guoray Cai is an Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University, with affiliate appointments in Geography as well as in Computer Science and Engineering.   He is the founding director of the Spatial Information and Intelligence Laboratory, which is housed in the College of IST.   He is also a member of GeoVISTA center and Center for Human-Computer Interaction.   Dr. Cai conducts research in the areas of information retrieval, geographical information science, human-computer interaction and communication, and visual mediation of collaborative work.   He has published papers in the international journals such as Proceedings of IEEE, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Transactions in GIS, Geoinformatics, Environment and Planning B, and international journal of NETWORKS.  He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and ASPRS.

Dr. John M. Carroll is a faculty member in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology and is the co-Director (with Professor Mary Beth Rosson) of the College of IST’s Laboratory for Computer Supported Collaboration and Learning. I am also the Director of Penn State’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction. He also has courtesy appointments as professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Instructional Systems, and Psychology.


Until August 2003, he was a professor in Computer Science at Virginia Tech and was also Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction, and had secondary appointments as professor of Teaching and Learning and Psychology. And prior to that, he was a scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1976-1994), where he managed the legendary User Interface Institute.

Dr. Jess Kropczynski is a faculty member in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State that started as a Postdoctoral Researcher working specifically with the GeoDeliberation Project in 2012. Prior to earning her PhD in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, she worked with local and state governments to assess communication and information needs of target audiences. Jess primary research interests are civic technology and community informatics  and she currently offers a graduate methods course on Visualization and Advanced Analysis of Social Networks. 

Tian Ye is a PhD Candidate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. He is the lead designer of the online tool used for the Community Issue Review.

Courtney Hayden is the  Communications & Special Projects Coordinator at Borough of State College.