Visual Interaction for Network Information (VINI)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0191
Agency Tracking Number: D12A-004-0074
Amount: $99,913.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB12A-004
Solitcitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
Next Century Corporation
7075 Samuel Morse Drive, Suite 250, Columbia, MD, -
Duns: 080250603
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Hughes
 Principal Investigator
 (443) 545-3175
 todd.hughes@nextcentury.com
Business Contact
 John McBeth
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (443) 545-3106
Email: john.mcbeth@nextcentury.com
Research Institution
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 Wayne Gray
 110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY, 12180-
 (518) 276-3315
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Next Century and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) propose to demonstrate a combination of theoretically-guided experimental-design, complex data sets, and embodied cognitive models to study and predict design and data factors that influence human performance in complex visualizations of large network data. We will leverage RPI"s Visual Interaction Architecture (VIA) which features an experimental infrastructure to conduct controlled experiments. The main components of this infrastructure are data collection device handling, an extensive logging capability, subject profiling, and data security. The data collection devices under VIA provide the capability to collect eye data, electroencephalogram (EEG) data, and user input. Parallel to the human experimental capability, VIA enables several forms of computational cognitive modeling including ACT-R process models, mathematical models of visual saliency and semantic relatedness, and stochastic activity network models. The data analysis capability of VIA includes eye data analysis, a cognitive and perceptual motor resource usage tool, a stochastic critical path generation tool, and a playback capability. For this project the objective is to design human experiments and cognitive models of the experimental tasks, then to compare models with data to derive design rules for visualization generation.

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