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Saturday, May 22, 2010

National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC)

Project Overview:: The Science and Technology Directorate Command, Control and Interoperability Division's (CID) National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC) was established in 2004 and led by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and is a national and international resource that provides strategic leadership and coordination for visual analytics technology and tools. NVAC protects the nation's citizens and critical infrastructures by providing emergency responders and public safety, public health, and law enforcement officials with technologies and capabilities to:

Examine massive, multi-dimensional, multi-source, time-varying information streams.
Discover and disseminate the information streams.
Make decisions in a time-critical environment.
* Apply human judgment to make the best possible use of the information and share it with others-as appropriate-to prevent, deter, and respond to threats.

A network of university-based Centers of Excellence support CID and NVAC, including:

Five Regional Visualization and Analytics Centers that develop visual analytics tools; these tools assist analysts, researchers, policy makers, and the emergency response community in securing the homeland.
Four University Affiliate Centers of the Institute for Discrete Sciences that conduct research on advanced methods for information processing, analysis, and management.

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