The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program's member agencies coordinate their NITRD research activities and plans by Program Component Areas (PCAs) or program focus areas. For each PCA, agency representatives meet in an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to exchange information and collaborate on research plans and activities such as testbeds, workshops, and cooperative solicitations.
Frontiers of Visualization
Web-based Event, October 18, 2017
The second Frontiers of Visualization workshop was a three-hour web-based event that featured presentations by guest experts JoAnn Kuchera-Morin of University of California, Irvine, and Kelly Gaither of University of Texas, Austin. Panelists were chosen in advance to share their responses to each presentation and help lead Q&A discussions involving all participants.
In the first session, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin described her work at the AlloSphere Research Facility, and used the video AlloSphere to demonstrate how her team uses the facility to develop interactive multimodal representations of data. She spoke of the need for artists and computer scientists to work directly with domain experts to create effective multisensory representations of data that can be understood and explored by humans.
In the second session, Kelly Gaither presented Science in the Trenches: Why Data Wrangling and Visualization are Crucial. She discussed the evolution of visualization over the course of her career. She indicated that in the mid-to-late 1990s the struggle was memory wrangling rather than data wrangling. The mid-2000s saw the rise of larger datasets and distributed computing. This led to an increasing need for collaboration, and domain experts could no longer “throw data over the fence and wait for magic to happen.” Dr. Gaither stated that 95% of the effort to create visualizations today is in data cleaning and preparation, the so called “wrangling,” and that conversely, visualization is one of the most important tools for that process. To demonstrate the challenges in visualizing big data, she used the example of electronic health records and related health data.
National Science Foundation, May 2, 2014
The Human Computer Interaction & Information Management (HCI&IM) Coordinating Group (CG) hosted a “Frontiers of Visualization” meeting on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA.
The purpose of this meeting was to bring together networking and information technology professionals with specializations ranging from art and design to statistics to hear about their current and planned use(s) of visualization technologies in addition to their achievements and challenges. Attendees also participated in discussions surrounding issues related to visualization in decision making, cognition, and the future of visualization research. The goal of the HCI&IM CG is to establish a baseline of the current visualization standards and practices, the work in the field, and the research left to be accomplished.