As part of the UKVAC
or United Kingdom Visual
Analytics Consortium, Middlesex University is hosting VASS 2010, the
Visual Analytics Summer School (camp) at their Hendon campus in London.
This residential event is sponsored by the US Department of Homeland
Security via the US National Visualization and Analytics Centre (NVAC)
and is organised in collaboration with the UK Home Office and Ministry
Programme items include...
Kielman Science Advisor, S&T Directorate, and
Lead, Basic/Futures Research, CCI Division, DHS, US Dr. Dario Leslie Office for Security
and Counter Terrorism and
Ministry of Defence, UK Dr. Joe Parry Head of Research, i2, Cambridge, UK Lectures
Dr. Simon Attfield Snr. Lecturer,
'Perspectives on Sensemaking'
School dinner at Hendon
Hall (16th Century) - no additional charge
in central london
VASS 2010 follows in the tradition of the Summer Camp held in 2008 at
the US NVAC, National Visualization and Analytics Center, at Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. As part of a
series of events in September this year to mark the foundation of the
UKVAC, VASS 2010 will be hosted by Middlesex University, in London, UK.
Analytics? Our ability to create data extends far beyond our ability
to use it effectively. Through the use of technology we are capturing
and storing vast amounts of information describing important aspects of
our worlds, and yet our capacity to use this information effectively in
timely analysis and decision making is severely limited. Areas in which
this presents a problem include (but are not limited to) security,
crime, emergency management, medicine and corporate investigations.
Visual analytics is a multidisciplinary field aimed at addressing this
problem. At its heart lies the idea of interactive visualisations
allowing users to seamlessly explore and derive insight from complex
datasets to address an operational problem at hand.
The study of human analytical reasoning
involved in making sense of data, often collaboratively, to support
conclusions and coordinated action.
The design and development of visual
representations and interactive technologies necessary to support
insight by exploiting our natural ability to identify trends and
anomalies in visually represented information;
Data representations and transformations
necessary to convert data into useful forms, including rudimentary
inferences, to enable the natural application of higher-order human
To date research has been conducted in
all of these areas. The challenge for visual analytics is to engage
with and harness these perspectives in the production of technological
tools which integrate and add value into the real data analysis
problems that we face.
Reference: James J Thomas & Kristin A Cook (2006) Visual
Viewpoints: A visual Analytics Agenda, IEEE Computer Graphics and
Applications, 26(1), pp.10-13.
seven day programme delegates will learn about
visual analytic problems, techniques and solutions from leading
international experts in the field. Included in the syllabus are:
analytical reasoning; the design of interactive visualisations; data
representations and transformations; perspectives on software
engineering and programming for rapid visualisation. The aim of the
summer school is to
provide a multidisciplinary grounding on this emerging and important
area. Teaching will be by classroom delivery, discussion and hands-on
experience with visual analytic
Attendance is open to participants from industry, government and
post-graduate students with an interest in the area. Programming is not
a requirement although a high level of IT literacy is essential.
Thanks to support from the DHS we are able to charge nominal fees:
£100 (student fee).
short CV/Bio and a short
(~500 word) outline of
their interest in Visual Analytics (format available at
registration) for possible discussion at the event.
and a hosted summer school dinner and social outing.
register ** Registration for
this event is now closed.
Travel, maps and
Organisers Dr. Simon
Attfield & Prof. William Wong, Interaction Design Centre, School of
Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University, The
Burroughs Hendon, London, NW4 4BT.