Tuesday, December 20, 2005

So where did TIA go?

One obvious continuation on the TIA is the National Visualization and Analytics Center. So what does NVAC™ do?

From the about page:


In the fight on terrorism, analysts are bombarded with enormous volumes of data coming from a variety of sources: documents, emails, measurements, images, numbers and even sounds. Often, this information is incomplete, fuzzy, disjointed, or out of context.

Recognizing that humans have a keen ability to process visual information, researchers are creating computer tools—known as visual analytics—that can interpret and analyze vast amounts of data. Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces. People use visual analytics tools and techniques to:

  • Synthesize information and derive insight from massive, dynamic, ambiguous, and often conflicting data.

  • Detect the expected and discover the unexpected.

  • Provide timely, defensible, and understandable assessments.

  • Communicate assessment effectively for action.


That list sounds very familiar. It seems to be a synthesis of the stated goals of the former TIA. Probably the most telling part is:

By uncovering hidden associations and relationships, analysts glean insight and knowledge to assess terrorist threats to detect the expected and discover the unexpected.


Does "Human network analysis and behavior model building engines" ring a bell?

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