Judith van der Elst is an anthropologist/archaeologist specialized in humanistic approaches in the geosciences. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico (USA) for research testing the limitations of spatial information systems for representing and understanding the diversity in human spatial thinking, using the concept of cognitive landscapes.
Her work focuses on understanding multimodal perception of the land, through merging embodied learning, sensing technologies, and ubiquitous computing within a biosemiotic framework. Leading a semi-nomadic lifestyle she explores this approach through transdisciplinary collaborations with, among others, Urbino University, Aalto University Media Lab: Systems of Representation, and BIoArt society Finland.
Op 6 november 2015 gaf Judith van der Els samen met Jonathan Reus de workshop Homo Sensus and the Semiosphere.