Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments

VACCINE Research

VACCINE develops new dynamic visual analysis and techniques based on cognitive and perceptual principles that increase the effectiveness of the entire analysis process; creates precision information environments; creates an information discourse environment; and enables visual analysis, knowledge synthesis, and extraction of insight for actionable decision making, event detection, management, and response.

To achieve our goal of creating this new visualization and analytics environment, our research plan consists of the following:

  • Three research areas that form our foundation for addressing the seven mission directives:
  • Mission-Driven Research Projects (MDRPs):
    • Integration and participation in important homeland security projects to provide real-world validation, testing, evaluation and a clear technology transition plan for our research agenda.

These two key components provide a tightly integrated short-term and long-term research plan from theoretical foundations to validation and technology transfer to real-world DHS mission problems. Abstracting the key elements, generic problems, and common research challenges across the MDRPs provides focus and guarantees long-term success to our research program. We are not just deriving ad-hoc solutions to problems, but addressing the fundamental research questions, advancing the science of visual analytics, and creating a solid theoretical foundation for both future research and applications of that research to diverse homeland security challenges. The research infrastructure and focus on common research challenges and solution techniques provides a generic, robust infrastructure, as well as tools for rapidly developing solutions for real-world, mission-critical CCI problems. The involvement of CCI clients from the beginning in these mission-driven research projects ensures real-world applicability, scalability, usability, and evaluation of our research and projects.

The MDRPs will be an evolving set of projects to explore and solve targeted, developing DHS mission needs. We will have an internal seed project competition to foster the development of new MDRPs, including education-oriented and engagement-oriented MDRPs. Successful seed projects will transition into our MDRP portfolio and help evolve research thrusts within each area as well. We also anticipate the MDRP portfolio to expand as we provide solutions to other local, regional, and federal partnerships.

VACCINE would not be complete without a robust approach for evaluation, integration, and technology transition into DHS mission practices. Our research evaluation and integration plan begins with involvement in ongoing homeland security projects, uses our unique test beds, and takes an application-driven scientific approach to address critical stages in this chain of informed technology development. Our evaluation extends from perceptual, cognitive, and task laboratory-based evaluation through to summative field evaluation. Once our technology has been fully evaluated, we will use our corporate partners and collaborators to transition our technology into commercial products and deliver supported, integrated technology into DHS solutions.



VACCINE is dedicated to creating methods and tools to analyze and manage vast amounts of information for all mission areas of homeland security.

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     Volume 20: September 2014

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     Volume 18: July 2014

     Volume 17: June 2014

     Volume 16: May 2014

     Volume 15: April 2014

     Volume 14: March 2014

     Volume 13: February 2014

     Volume 12: January 2014

     Volume 11: December 2013

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