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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