I am a researcher and lecturer in spatial cognition - a branch of cognitive science studying how people think about, think in, and think with space.
I am a psychologist by training and I apply psychological methods in the fields of geoinformatics, architecture, and human-computer interaction.
PhD in Architectural Cognition, 2015
University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK
MA in Psychology, 2011
University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland
I am interested in how psychology can aid architecture in improving the usability of buildings. I study how space ‘guides’ our behaviour, our attention, and our thinking. I extensively use Mobile Eye-Tracking technology and the theory of Space Syntax.
VGI projects are often used to source the public’s opinion about some geographic phenomenon (such as ‘what are dangerous cycling locations in your city?’). Are these opinions representative of what the public really thinks?
Traditional wayfinding devices use turn-by-turn instructions such as ‘turn left’ or ‘continue for 300 m’. These are easy to follow but leave us disoriented and don’t correspond to how we would describe the route to other people. Can different types of instructions help us learn the new environment while we navigate?
Art galleries are a very unique type of space: white, empty walls and the art itself are almost the only visual stimuli around. In such a situation, their spatial layout - the spatial arrangement of artworks and rooms - is what really steers the visitors’ experience.
I teach the following courses at the University of Muenster:
I supervise Bachelor and Master theses which combine topics in geoinformatics and human cognition. If you are a student at our institute interested in writing your thesis with me, please refer to our website for a list of currently open topics, but do feel free to come discuss your own ideas.