Tenure-Track Faculty

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Tomasz F Stepinski

Title: Thomas Jefferson Chair Professor
Office: 215 Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-3583


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1986 (Applied Mathematics).
  • M.S., Warsaw University, Poland, 1979 (Astrophysics).


Research Areas: Space Informatics, planetary geomorphology, land change science, remote sensing, GIS

Dr. Stepinski is the Thomas Jefferson Chair Professor of Space Exploration in Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati. He has joined UC in Fall 2010 after 20 years of working for NASA-funded Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX. He is a leading geoscientist in the area of automated detection and characterization of landforms from remotely sensed spatial data sets. He and his collaborators pioneered methods for auto-surveys of craters and auto-mapping of valley networks on Mars using digital terrain data. His current research focuses on extending these methods to a larger set of imagery data, including terrestrial data. The tools he has developed are available online at Stepinski received the M.Sc. degree in astrophysics from Warsaw University and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from University of Arizona. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has been funded by several programs within NASA and NSF. His detailed interests includes:

Computational geomorphometry and space informatics:
Machine cataloging of impact craters, automatic mapping of valley networks on Mars and drainage networks on Earth; terrain analysis, machine learning, mathematical morphology, image processing
Automated computer cartography and map comparison:
Regional and global geomorphic auto-mapping of Martian surface and quantitative map comparison; supervised and unsupervised machine learning, segmentation, classification, normalized mutual information, Kolmogorov complexity
Intelligent data analysis:
Discovering drivers of change in spatial systems, discovery of feature-based hot spots in spatial databases, validation of models; spatial data mining, spatial collocation, association analysis, data mining, change analysis

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1059 - Exploring the Solar System
  • GEOG 5198C/6098C - Practical Data Mining and Visualization
  • GEOG 7015 - Graduate Geography

Selected Publications

  • T.F. Stepinski, J Niesterowicz, J Jasiewicz (2015) Pattern-based regionalization of large geospatial datasets using complex object-based image analysis. Procedia Computer Science, vol.51, pp. 2168–2177.
  • T.F. Stepinski and J.P. Cohen (2014) Comparing semantically-blind and semantically-aware landscape similarity measures with application to query-by-content and regionalization. Ecological Informatics 24, pp69-77.
  • T.F. Stepinski, P. Netzel, J. Jasiewicz (2014) LandEx - A GeoWeb tool for query and retrieval of spatial patterns in land cover datasets. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 7(1), pp257-266.
  • T.F. Stepinski, P. Netzel, J. Jasiewicz, and J. Niesterowicz (2012) LandEx - A GeoWeb-based Tool for Exploration of Patterns in Raster Maps. GIScience 2012, Sept. 18-21, 2012, Columbus, OH., USA.
  • T. F. Stepinski, W. Ding, C. F. Eick (2011) Controlling Patterns of Geospatial Phenomena, GeoInformatica, 15(3), pp. 399-416.

Graduate Students and Postdocs

  • Dr. Anna Dmowska, Postdoc
  • Dr. Pawel Netzel , Postdoc
  • Dr. Jaroslaw Jasiewicz, Postdoc
  • Elyse Allender (PhD student) 2012 - present
  • Jacek Niesterowicz (PhD student) 2012 - present