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Spatial Informatics Faculty - Nicholas Giudice

Nicholas Giudice

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5711 Boardman Hall, Rm. 325
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5711

Dr. Giudice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spatial Information Science and Engineering at the University of Maine. He is the Director of the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction VEMI) Laboratory and affiliated with the UMaine National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA).


Ph.D. (2004), Cognitive and Biological Psychology, University of Minnesota; Postdoctoral Fellow (2005-2008), Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology Program, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research interests

Dr. Giudice’s research combines expertise in perception, cognitive neuroscience and human factors Engineering using an integrative approach he calls neurocognitive engineering. Studies in the VEMI lab are based on behavioral experiments with human participants in both real environments and virtual reality (VR). Ongoing research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  One line of studies investigates functional equivalence and multimodal spatial cognition: how we learn, represent, and act in space using different input modalities (visual, tactile, 3-D audio, and spatial language). Another line of research deals with determining the optimal information requirements for the design of dynamically-updated multimodal spatial displays. Specifically, research and development of indoor navigation systems to support wayfinding of complex buildings for people with low-vision. Dr. Giudice’s other research interests include spatial knowledge acquisition using multimodal virtual environment technology (VET), universal design for interface development, lifespan spatial abilities, and the development of gerontechnology for age-related vision loss

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