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Professor Martin Swobodzinski
Professor Martin Swobodzinski

Dr. Martin Swobodzinski holds a five-year degree (Diplom) in Geoinformatics from the University of Muenster in Germany and a Ph.D. in Geography from the Joint Doctoral Program of San Diego State University and UC Santa Barbara.

Drawing from traditions in behavioral geography, geographic information science, and spatial cognition and perception, Dr. Swobodzinski's research examines the intricate ways in which spatial technologies mediate individual decision making behavior. In addition, given his background in applied computer science, Dr. Swobodzinski's work warrants a focus on analytical and methodological aspects related to human-computer interaction, data mining and knowledge discovery. In addition, he has a long-standing interest in disability geographies and spatial cognition with an emphasis on computational aspects related to human orientation and navigation without sight.

His dissertation research investigated the factors that guide the decision making of individuals in participatory transportation planning. Most importantly, his work explored the role of information and decision-support technology as a means to more meaningful participation, better decision-making outcomes, and greater satisfaction of stakeholders involved in transportation improvement programming in the Puget Sound region.