Message from the Director
To Continued Impact, Growth, and Success in the New Year
As 2013 comes to a close, it is a great time to review the past year and plan for the year ahead. In 2013, VACCINE continued to enahnce it’s strengths: People, Excellence, and Impact. I have always said that one of VACCINE’s core values is our investment in people – our team and our partners. Over the past year, our partnerships continued to grow and strengthen. The commitment that partner agencies show continues to amaze me; from our long standing partners such as the Purdue Police and Fire Departments, West Lafayette and Lafayette Police Departments, and Tippecanoe County Sherriff Department that have been with us since the beginning to our U. S. Coast Guard partners who continue to give us new opportunities for impact, great opportunities to discuss global challenges (i.e., the National Maritime Strategic Risk Stakeholders Alliance Meeting we held at Purdue in November) and great research challenges, to our newest partners that include the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and New York Police Department. In terms of VACCINE’s team, we continue to attract amazing students to work to solve these problems with our world class faculty across the globe. Here at Purdue, we had Heather Connell, Carrie Underwood, and Toyinda Wilson-Long join our staff to help foster and manage our growth and success.
Our Center team continues its excellent work in having a substantial impact in the field of visual analytics and effective decision making; from impactful research papers at the top research conferences (e.g., IEEE VIS, and EG/IEEE Eurovis), to invited keynotes at international events, to organizing workshops in visual analytics, visualization, cognitive psychology, human computer interaction, and data analytics, to organizing workshops to define the important research agendas for our field (e.g., the NSF Science of Interaction Research Agenda), to chairing these large scale conferences (e.g., Dr. John Stasko chairing IEEE VIS in Atlanta in October). Just as importantly, we continue to educate and graduate amazing students who enter the industrial, government, and academic work forces.
In terms of impact, we have successfully transitioned solutions to several agencies including the Indiana INGang Network with the Indiana State Police, the Cook County Sherriff’s Department in Illinois, and the U.S Coast Guard. These opportunities to work on real world, complex, messy, and challenging problems not only provide real world grounding and motivation to our research team, they help advance the rate of research by creating more complex problems to solve with more aspects and variables that we would ever imagine when we start development.
Our plans for 2014 are to continue to grow our people and partnerships to ensure that we are addressing important problems that fit our strategic goals and have the most impact for the investment. Our new relationships with several public safety and law enforcement agencies, as well as the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and new groups and challenges within the U.S. Coast Guard, give us a great opportunity to leverage our success, continue to transition technology, extend the state of the art of research, and have global impact. Our newer expansion into cybersecurity visual analytics, cybersecurity education, visual analytics for logistics and cascading critical infrastructure provide natural growth paths for our Center.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your interest, support, and partnership over the past year and look forward to growing our Center and relationships over the next year.