Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: "Visual Computing for Big Data"

Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:00 PM

Location: 1110 Kim Engineering Building

Amitabh Varshney
Director of University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)
University of Maryland


Even as scientific datasets have been growing at an exponential rate, the capabilities of the human visual system have remained unchanged. As a result, we have now reached a stage where the current generation datasets can easily overwhelm the limits of human comprehension. Visual scalability is rapidly emerging as one of the grand challenges in scientific data exploration. This has informed much of our recent research in developing saliency-guided techniques for large data visualization and analysis. Most of the time, most of the data is innocuous and unimportant and even considering it wastes precious time and resources. However, current visualization systems effectively assume a default, that every piece of data is equally important. In this talk I shall highlight some of the recent advances in building visualization systems for exploring visualization datasets that leverage the principles of perception of visual salience and machine learning to address the big data challenge.

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