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Jim Thomas, Richland, USA

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When 2010-05-14
from 10:00 to 11:30
Where Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Joachim-Jungius-Str., Room 114
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Visual Analytics: Turning Information Overload into the Opportunity of a Decade

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Visual Analytics is an emerging field of study that brings talents from many disciplines including statistics, mathematics, knowledge representation and synthesis, scientific and information visualization, cognitive and perceptual sciences, communications, decision sciences and more. The demand for visual analytics is being stimulated by new requirements for homeland security but similar needs are present in science, commerce, home, and almost any domain that deals with complex, large information sources that require human judgement to “detect the expected and discover the unexpected”. The definition of visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by the interface visual interface. Jim will present the new needs for science and technology, referenced from the recent book Illuminating the Path: the Research and Development Agenda for Visual Analytics, http://nvac.pnl.gov/. Jim will review state of art visual analytic systems to illustrate the driving new characteristics of interaction and suggest the top technical challenges for visual analytics, enlisting comments and recommendations.


Jim Thomas

Founding Director and Senior Science Advisor National Visualization and Analytics Center,
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
President and CEO DiscoverVisualAnalytics LLC



Short Bio:

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow and Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with over 35 years of experience. He is founder and past Director of a Department of Homeland Security National Visualization and Analytics Center and the science of visual analytics. He is considered the father
for visual analytics and specializes in the research, design, and implementation of innovative information and analytic visualization, multimedia, and human computer interaction technology; however, he has a broad working knowledge of information technology. Some of the recent technologies developed have set a new stage for the
visualization of masses of multimedia information sources with several publications, patents, digital media with recent publications being widely referenced and re-printed. He received the Christopher Columbus award for science innovation supporting homeland security in the US Capital Oct 13, 2009. Jim has led teams in text, numerical, image and video, temporal and geospatial analysis for massive information spaces. He has received several international science awards including "Top 100 Scientific Innovators" (Science Digest) and twice the Research and Development's Industrial Research 100 Significant Scientific and Industry Accomplishments "Top 100 Innovators in Science and Industry". In addition, twice he was awarded the Federal Laboratories Consortium Technology Transfer Award for innovation in transferring research technology to industry and universities.


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