SFU/UBC launch visual analytics institute

May 13, 2010

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Researchers from SFU and UBC have collaborated with industry partners to launch the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) with a $1.25-million investment from the Boeing Co.

The new research facility will help Vancouver become a major centre for innovation in visual analytics—an emerging field that uses computers to analyze and visually convey massive amounts of data in a form that people can more readily understand.

The technology is particularly useful to decision-makers in increasingly data-intensive sectors such as health care, transportation and public safety.

"This investment will allow us to continue the quality of research innovation for which Vancouver has become known," says VIVA director Fred Popowich, an SFU computing science professor and associate dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

"Visual analytics has great promise for scientific and economic innovation, and UBC and SFU are committed to establishing Vancouver as the national hub for visualization and visual analytics research and expertise."

The Boeing investment is a result of Canada’s Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) policy and is an integral part of the aerospace company’s contract to supply 15 CH147 medium-to-heavy-lift helicopters for the Canadian Forces.

The new grant augments a 2008 Boeing investment of $1.35 million in support of its contract to supply four C-17 Globemaster III multi-mission transport aircraft—designated the CC177 in Canada—for the Canadian Forces.

Canada’s IRB policy requires prime contractors such as Boeing to make investments in the Canadian economy as a result of winning national defence and security contracts.

"Boeing’s investment in VIVA will promote improvements in aerospace, safety and security, health, business analytics and other high-tech industries in the area of visual analytics," says Dave Kasik, Boeing senior technical fellow for visualization and interactive techniques.


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Andrew Seary

Okay, I can see it is a visualisation.

How is it analytic?

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