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2014.07.28 – Announcement – VIVA: CANVAS 2014 Conference, the Canadian Visual Analytics School

The Vancouver Institute of Visual Analytics (VIVA) invites you to join CANVAS 2014, the Canadian Visual Analytics School. This is a five-day conference event, providing people with the opportunity to network and learn about cutting-edge visual analytics research and its applications in the field.

University of British Columbia, Forestry Sciences Centre

July 28 – August 1st, 2014

Register here:
NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email, don’t worry – you’re still on our registration list.

Entire Week
Summer School
Industry Workshop
1-Day Pass
Industry Rep (non-VIVA member) $200.00 $100.00 $100.00 $50.00
Industry Rep (VIVA member) $150.00 $75.00 $75.00 $37.50

Please be advised that registering on and after July 28 is possible but will cost 15% more than the amount indicated above.

The event:
The first three days of the event will feature presentations from leading researchers in the field of visual analytics. The keynote speakers for the first three days are John Stasko (Georgia Tech), Leland Wilkinson (SkyTree), and Wolfgang Stuerzlinger (York). The final two days will bring together industry and academia to focus on how the science and the tools of visual analytics can best address industry problems.

CANVAS 2014 is also hosting a series of panels to discuss issues in Visual Analytics. These panels will help create new ties between academia, industry partners and VA tool vendors and developers; leading to research opportunities among academia and industry and to internships, co-op and applied research opportunities.

Event Schedule: http://canvas2014.ca/index.php/schedule

2014.04.05 – Tech Talk – Big Data, Big Insight – Rob Wilson (SAS)

Are you ready to see your data for all it’s worth?

Come on out and hear Rob show you how to put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach, regardless of the size of your organization – or your data.   Watch as he puts SAS Visual Analytics through its paces, using real data and real scenarios.

In this seminar you will see how you can apply today’s latest software and data visualization capabilities to address your specific business needs and interests.  With a laser focus on SAS Visual Analytics, you’ll discover how easy it is to manage complex, massive data sets and quickly create and share dynamic visuals.  You’ll also learn about on-the-fly forecasting, autocharting, “what does it mean?” pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities.

Hear Rob describe how SAS Visual Analytics’ delivers your Big Data benefits:

  • The first end-to-end solution that radically affects the way you work with all your data
  • The only in-memory analytic engine that overcomes traditional relational database limitations
  • The most cost-effective way to scale your IT infrastructure using commodity hardware

Please join us and your fellow TDWI members for this exciting seminar – and be ready to see data for all it’s worth!

Speaker Profile: Rob Wilson, SAS

Rob Wilson is a Solution Specialist with SAS Canada, based in Vancouver and has been with SAS for over 6 years now .  Rob’s area of specialty is advanced analytics, reporting and visualization. Rob has extensive experience helping clients to overcome analytical challenges across multiple industries, including projects at TELUS, BC Hydro, WorksafeBC, ICBC and various provincial ministries.  Prior to SAS, Rob was the Manager of a CRM Database Marketing team at Intrawest and a database marketer at TELUS.

08:45-09:00 Networking & Registration & Coffee/Muffin
09:00-10:15 Big Data, Big Insight
10:15-10:30 Questions, Networking, yet more coffee and that last muffin

Deloitte Offices
Lions Room – 28th Floor
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Presentation Files
SAS – Visual Analytics Fact Sheet
SAS – Big Data Analytics (Slides)

2013.08.02 – Tech Talk – Tableau: Visual Analytics for Everyone – Francois Ajenstat (Tableau)

Version 8 Explained. In this tech talk held by Tableau in Aug. 2nd., 2013, Francois Ajenstat, Director of Product Management for Tableau Software, described Tableau’s mission “Visual Analytics for Everyone”.

Presentation is available here.

Abstract of the session:

Tableau has just added a Cloud offering which already has over 200 customers just one (1) day after launch, and which will now be included as part of the presentation. Tableau Online is a hosted version of Tableau Server. It makes rapid-fire business analytics easier than ever. Share dashboards with your whole company and with customers and partners— in minutes. Provide live, interactive views of data that let people answer their own questions, right in a web browser or on a tablet.

  • The Tableau Shift: Why are large and small organizations choosing to re-energize their BI efforts with Tableau?
  • The Tableau Architecture: An overview of the newest Tableau product (Version 8) and how it fits into organizations from SMB to Enterprise-size.
  • The Tableau Stack: How you can use Tableau today to start testing out Big Data techniques on your data?
  • The Tableau Online: Hosted version of Tableau Server, share dashboards across entire company in minutes, rapid-fire business analytics is easier than ever with a live interactive view of data where users answer their own questions!

Speaker Profile:
As Director of Product Management, Francois Ajenstat is responsible for product strategy and product planning combining customer and partner feedback to set the strategic vision and leading the execution of new features and products. Prior to joining Tableau, Francois worked at Microsoft for 10 years in a number of different groups including SQL Server, Office and Trustworthy Computing. Prior to joining Microsoft, Francois worked for Cognos Corporation (acquired by IBM) leading strategic alliances with key industry partners such as IBM, HP, and Microsoft.

Speaker Profile: Brian Fisher

Brian Fisher is Associate Professor of Interactive Arts and Technology and Cognitive Science at Simon Fraser University and the Associate Director of the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) at the University of British Columbia
Brian’s current research combines field research on real-world practices of analysts and decision-makers and laboratory investigation of the use of information systems to support human reasoning and operation management. This is done in collaboration with the US Department of Homeland Security for applications in criminal investigation, disaster relief, and anti- terrorism and with the Boeing Company on enhanced aircraft safety, reliability, and maintainability. Brian is a co-Chair of the 2010 IEEE Conference in VIsual Analytics Science and Technology, the International Symposium in Smart Graphics, and the Digital Media at Scale and Visual Analytics Minitrack of the Hawaii International Conference for the Systems Sciences. He is also a member of the Leadership Board of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Command, Control and Interoperability and the Advisory Committee of SEMVAST: Scientific Evaluation Methods for Visual Analytics Science and Technology (NSF Collaboration Project).

Speaker Profile: John Dill

John Dill, Ph.D., School of School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University
A Professor Emeritus in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University, Dill received his PhD from The California Institute of Technology. He is Principal Investigator for SFU’s Visual Analytics Research Lab which develops new visualization methods a variety of areas including large manufacturing concerns, health sciences, and critical infrastructure protection. Prior positions include Cornell University and the GM Research Laboratories in the U.S. His current research interests include visual analytics, and information visualization.

Dill is a member of the IEEE Information Visualization Conference’s Steering Committee, was co-Chair of the 2007 IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology Symposium and was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE’s Computer Graphics and Applications Editorial Board. Dill also served on the US National Visualization and Analytics Center’s National Research Agenda Panel and was appointed as the first NVAC Scholar.

From Visualization to Visually Enabled Reasoning

Visual analytics (VA) is defined as the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces. This new interdisciplinary field had its genesis in the 2004 IEEE Press book “Illuminating the Path: A National Research Agenda in Visual Analytics”. VA focuses on analytics moves beyond information visualization to the use of interactive visual displays to “close- couple” the flow of human cognitive processes with data acquisition, extensive processing and working with massive, dynamic datasets, resulting in greater depth of analytical insight.

We will present an example of the interplay between cognitive science and the development and evaluation of software for analysis. Our example is CZSaw, a new approach to analysis that builds upon core theories of human cognition and the development of expertise through “chunking” of visual information in space and procedural information in time. It serves as an example of both the interdisciplinary methods used in VA, and as well an application developed by those methods with the goal of enhanced reasoning about complex situations.

Analytics “in the wild” is a function of an organization as well as its workers and particular tasks and data collections, and recent approaches in VA touch upon collaborative analytics and analytic communication. We will briefly discuss “pair analytics”, an approach that we are taking in our work with The Boeing Company on analytics for enhanced safety, reliability and maintainability of aircraft
·Integration and analytical systems.

Speakers: Brian Fisher and John Dill
Date: 2009-11-27