Visual Interaction for Network Information (VINI)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,913.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0191
Agency Tracking Number:
D12A-004-0074
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB12A-004
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
Next Century Corporation
7075 Samuel Morse Drive, Suite 250, Columbia, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
080250603
Principal Investigator:
Todd Hughes
Principal Investigator
(443) 545-3175
todd.hughes@nextcentury.com
Business Contact:
John McBeth
President and CEO
(443) 545-3106
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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