Visual Analytics Commission Activities at ICC in Washington, DC

We would like to invite all of you attending the upcoming International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC to take part in Visual Analytics Commission sessions and other activities.

We are very excited to feature 29 talks across 8 dedicated sessions. You can see the full details by going to this link and expanding the Visual Analytics grouping at the bottom of the list of track topics.

We will also be hosting our bi-annual Visual Analytics Commission Meeting, held on Wednesday, July 5th from 12:30 – 1:20PM in Delaware B. At our business meeting we will propose some ideas for future commission related activities, and we look forward to hearing from you about what you’d like this group to focus on going forward. We are also especially interested to hear from potential volunteers (yes, students too!) in this meeting who would like to take a more active role in shaping what happens in the years ahead.

Finally, at the ICC we will be taking part in a special session highlighting a new slate of cartography research agenda papers that are forthcoming in the International Journal of Cartography. These five articles will be briefly summarized in a session on Wednesday, July 5th from 4:10 – 5:50 in Delaware B. The Visual Analytics commission led the development of one of these five articles, found here.

All five articles will eventually be released in a special, open-access issue of the International Journal of Cartography.

We hope to see you in DC next week!

Announcing SpatialVA – A GIScience 2016 Workshop on Understanding Spatial Data with Visual Analytics

Please join us for a SpatialVA 2016, a workshop co-located with the GIScience 2016 conference in Montreal, Canada on September 27, 2016.

The workshop calls for new visual analytics methods and applications for spatial and spatio-temporal data which demonstrate the usefulness of these techniques for analytical reasoning about space and time. We are particularly interested in how interactive visualisations can support knowledge construction and insights from spatial data, either big or small.

We intend for this workshop to reach the widest possible audience, and therefore call for submissions in any application area using any type of spatial or spatio-temporal data. We encourage approaches that take advantage of both spatial and temporal characteristics of such data, those that allow analysis across different spatial or temporal scales and those that provide new dynamic interactive visualisations for data exploration. We encourage submissions to explicitly consider how the proposed visual approach supports analytical reasoning about the data and ideally, demonstrate how the inclusion of the interactive visualisations into the analysis process aids understanding and decision-making.

We call for extended abstract submissions on the following topics of interest:

  • New visual analytics methods for spatial or spatio-temporal data.
  • Applications of using new or existing spatio-temporal visual analytics methods in any discipline.
  • Evaluations of visual analytics approaches that help us understand how users apply such tools.
  • Theoretical demonstrations and frameworks for visual support of analytical reasoning.
  • Advances in knowledge construction and reasoning about spatial and temporal phenomena and processes.

Please see our workshop website at http://viz.icaci.org/SpatialVA2016 for the full Call For Papers, submission details, and deadlines.

Looking Ahead, 2015-2019

Viz_Header_1Welcome to the new website for the ICA Commission on Visual Analytics. Our Commission has been advancing the state of the art in geovisualization, geocomputation, spatial analysis, and analytical reasoning since its inception in 1995.

At the 27th ICC meeting in Rio, our Commission Terms of Reference were approved, as was a name change to the new title of “Commission on Visual Analytics.” We chose this new title with the aim of developing stronger ties between ICA activities and the ongoing research and development happening in the broader field of Visual Analytics.

We have an ambitious plan for Commission activities in the years to come. Our agenda for 2015-2019 will include conferences, workshops, online seminars, and other activities. In many of these activities, we will partner with the Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Visualization, Commission on Use, User, and Usability Issues, and the Commission on Map Design.

If you’ve heard about the work we do and aren’t already a member, please join us today!