Bruce Donald Campbell
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Collaborative visual analytics of earth science data for emergency response scenarios
The Center for Environmental Visualization began visualizing earth science data in 1995 on behalf of UW clients. Today, CEV spends time trying to develop real-time, interactive interfaces for investigating earth science data through computer-mediated tools.
The field of visual analytics looks at how human beings perceive data and create cognitive models to make sense of what is supposedly an increasing, overwhelming amount of data available for consideration. Visualization methods have always aimed to better present information for maximum insight.
A Regional Visualization and Analysis Center (RVAC) is being established on campus to help advance the field of visual analytics by better quantifying and standardizing how people work together on analysis tasks. The goal is to optimize a fruitful process that can be applied to urgent situations where time to act is at a minimum. The UW center is charged with facilitating similar research efforts in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii (as well as collaborating with four other US-based RVAC's and an NVAC in Richland, WA).
The CEV looks to use emerging visual analytics research results in refining its presentation and investigatory tool suite. This talk will attempt to foster a lively debate regarding:
- the usefulness of visualization in supporting decision-making;
- the usefulness of developing metrics to quantify the success of collaborative visual analytics sessions; and
- the best tool suite to develop in support of earth science data analysis when urgency is added to the task at hand.
Examples of tools in progress will be demonstrated.
Bruce Campbell is a PhD candidate and Lecturer at the University of Washington within the Industrial Engineering department. He works full-time as a Research Scientist within the UW College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences. He holds degrees in finance, information science, and computer science. He enjoys working in collaborative settings and hopes to continue to identify metrics that define best skills, tools, and tasks when participating in collaborative efforts.