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The SAMSI-FODAVA Workshop on Interactive Visualization and Analysis of Massive Data will be held on December 10-12, 2012.
Posted: October 02, 2012
The FODAVA Annual Meeting will immediately follow (Dec 12-13) the SAMSI/FODAVA joint workshop at the same location.
Posted: September 05, 2012
Many of the modern data sets such as text and image data can be represented in high-dimensional vector spaces and have benefited from computational methods that utilize advanced techniques from num
Posted: June 30, 2012

3I’s of Visual Analytics for FODAVA Teams: Interdisciplinary, International, and Immediacy

Jim Thomas

Visual Analytics is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study that brings talents from many disciplines including statistics, mathematics, information, knowledge, and library sciences, knowledge representation and synthesis, scientific and information visualization, cognitive and perceptual sciences, communications, decision sciences and more. The demand for visual analytics is being stimulated by new requirements for homeland security but similar needs are present in science, commerce, home, and almost any domain that deals with complex, large information sources that require human judgement to “detect the expected and discover the unexpected”. Almost all of these needs requires interculture international solutions with near term needs while keeping on eye on the long term science. The definition of visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by the interface visual interface. Jim will present the new needs for science and technology, referenced from the recent book Illuminating the Path: the Research and Development Agenda for Visual Analytics, Jim will also discuss success stories, common characteristics of todays visual analytics solutions, directly addressing the 3I’s, and provide Jim’s top technical challenges for visual analytics, enlisting comments and recommendations.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow and Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with over 35 years of experience. He is founder and past Director of a Department of Homeland Security National Visualization and Analytics Center and the science of visual analytics. His responsibilities at PNNL include establishing investment directions for Information and Computing Technology (ICT), representing ICT inside and outside the lab, leading major technology initiatives, mentoring staff, and being a PI on several major science programs. He is considered the father for visual analytics and specializes in the research, design, and implementation of innovative information and analytic visualization, multimedia, and human computer interaction technology; however, he has a broad working knowledge of information technology. Some of the recent technologies developed have set a new stage for the visualization of masses of multimedia information sources with several publications, patents, with recent publications being widely referenced and re-printed. More recently he has led teams in text, numerical, image and video, temporal and geospatial analysis for massive information spaces. He has received several international science awards including "Top 100 Scientific Innovators" (Science Digest) and twice the Research and Development's Industrial Research 100 Significant Scientific and Industry Accomplishments "Top 100 Innovators in Science and Industry". In addition, twice he was awarded the Federal Laboratories Consortium Technology Transfer Award for innovation in transferring research technology to industry and universities.