Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments

The amount of information gathered during a crisis can be crushing if not managed correctly. VACCINE specializes in Visual Analytics, the science of creating tools, apps, dashboards, and other visual systems to both analyze and provide information to an end user. In the event of a catastrophe such as a chemical spill, natural disaster, disease outbreak or a terrorist attack, information will be coming from many sources, such as video feed, digital images, data from sensors and simulations, and text documents from police and health-care agencies to name a few. VACCINE focuses on research, development, and deployment of interactive visual analytic environments for educating, communicating, and disseminating information and deriving insight from the massive homeland security data deluge.

Research

VACCINE primarily designs tools for the seven components of the Department of Homeland security, as well as any public safety agency. With a number of tools and apps created in the center already deployed, VACCINE continues to research in the areas of social media analysis, asset optimization, cascading critical infrastructures, spatial and temporal analytics, video and image recognition, and a number of predictive analytics. As a critical component to our research, VACCINE emphasizes the involvement of the end user from the beginning of the design process. It is important to understand what question or problem the operator is trying to solve when designing a system to assist in that process.

Education Overview

Visual analytics helps people make effective decisions from the mass of multisource, multimedia data they face throughout their daily work via interactive visualizations and analysis tools. VACCINE's mission is to educate current homeland security stakeholders and the next generation of talent in effective development and use of visual analytics systems. Our educational initiatives span the career development pipeline ranging from undergraduate and graduate level work, to professional education and training programs. Our goal is to build a diverse, highly capable, technical workforce for the Department of Homeland Security enterprise by administering various programs and initiatives at our center, partner Centers of Excellence, and Minority Serving Institutions.

Announcements

The VACCINE Center, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, is pleased to announce the 2015 MSI Faculty Training Workshop, hosted at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach Florida on June 18th and 19th. VACCINE will foster an education program to expand the teaching of visual analytics at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). The program will focus on preparing MSI faculty to incorporate visual analytics courses into their programs. Learning topics and activities in this two day workshop will focus on: understanding the theory and foundation of visual analytics, integrating visual analytics into course curriculum, developing learning communities for interdisciplinary courses, hands-on instructor-supported tutorials on extracting various forms of big data and a unique group designed application learning assignment. Workshop participants should be faculty members at a Minority Serving Institution with some experience or interest in Visual Analytics.

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