The UK Visual Analytics Consortium's (UKVAC) third Visual Analytics Summer School (VASS) was recently hosted by Middlesex University.
Over the five day programme from 15-19 July, delegates learnt about evolving trends, problems, techniques and solutions in visual analytics. The emerging and important area of visual analytics looks at combining interactive visualisations with advanced data-mining techniques to help users explore and benefit from insights from complex data.
Attendees of the event heard from just under 30 experts in various aspects of visualisation, analytics, human factors and cognition from organisations including BT, Boeing, the US National Archives and Records Administration, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, University of Konstanz and Oxford University.
A special feature of this year's VASS was cooperation with the Canadian Visual Analytics Summer School held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia(CANVAS), and the Vancouver Institute of Visual Analytics (VIVA) at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. VASS and CANVAS shared presentations, including the daily keynote addresses, broadcasted from both Halifax and London via video conference link, enabling question and answers from both sides of the Atlantic.
Organiser of the event, Middlesex Senior Lecturer Simon Attfield said: "Each year we have been able to bring together world leaders in visual analytics, including our in-house team, to put on one of the major international teaching events in the visual analytics calendar. Plus we are always lucky to have a very eager audience ready to work hard and also have some fun.”
The impressive event receives support from the UK Home Office (DSTL), US Department of Homeland Security via the US Centre for Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments (VACCINE), Office of Naval Research - Global (ONR-G), UK Visual Analytics Consortium (UKVAC) and Boeing.
For further information, visit the VASS website or view photos from the five day event on the Middlesex Interaction Design Centre Facebook page.