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Vismon Software Award

A paper describing Vismon's design [1] was recently honored with the "2nd Best Paper" award at the Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis - eurovis.org). EuroVis is Europe's top visualization conference. Roughly 25% of all submitted papers get accepted during a two-stage review cycle and are published in a special issue of the journal "Computer Graphics Forum".

Vismon is a software package that was designed to support the decision-making process of fisheries managers. In particular, managers of Pacific salmon typically need to make decisions that require trade-offs to be made among different objectives. Vismon supports this process by providing a flexible, interactive way for managers to explore the complex quantitative results that fisheries scientists produce with their simulation models. The features of Vismon include sensitivity analysis, comprehensive and global trade-offs analysis, and a staged approach to the visualization of the uncertainty in forecasts of the simulation model. The tool was iteratively refined through a multi-year engagement with fisheries scientists. Several fisheries scientists have used Vismon to communicate with policy makers. Fisheries managers at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are currently testing Vismon in their decision making process along with their traditional methods as part of the Sustainable Salmon Initiative in the AYK (Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim) region.

Vismon is freely available at http://vismon.org. The development and testing of this software has been a collaborative effort among Maryam Booshehrian, Torsten Möller, Randall M. Peterman of SFU's Climate Change Impacts Research Consortium (CCIRC) and Tamara Munzner of UBC's Department of Computer Science. For more information see http://www.sfu.ca/ccirc/node/74

[1] Maryam Booshehrian, Torsten Möller, Randall M. Peterman, Tamara Munzner, "Vismon: Facilitating Analysis of Trade-Offs, Uncertainty, and Sensitivity In Fisheries Management Decision Making," Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of Eurographics Conference on Visualization 2012 (EuroVis 2012)), vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 1235-1244.