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Visual Analytics for Sense-making in CRiminal Intelligence analysis

Visual Analytics for Sense-making in CRiminal Intelligence analysis

Objective

"The purpose of Project VALCRI is to create a Visual Analytics-based sense-making capability for criminal intelligence analysis by developing and integrating a number of technologies into a coherent working environment for the analyst we call the Reasoning Workspace. Conceptually, the Reasoning Workspace comprises three areas: (i) a Data Space which will enable an analyst to see what data and themes exist, (ii) an Analysis Space to which data can be brought into to carry out various computational analyses including statistical and text analysis, and (iii) a Hypothesis Space that will enable the analysts to assemble their evidence into coherent arguments that lead to meaningful and valid conclusions.

The user interface will be rooted in the concepts of Visual Analytics – the emerging “… science of analytical reasoning facilitated by visual interactive interfaces"" (Thomas and Cook, 2004), and specially designed to support the interactive dynamics (Heer and Shneiderman, 2012) required to enable real-time analytic interaction with data. The design of the user interface will move away from the traditional windows and list of lists views for presenting data, and instead to create information objects that may be directly manipulated and freely organised visuo-spatially by the analysts so that location and spatial groupings have meaning and can be manipulated directly by selection and dragging; or we can initiate Boolean operations on the content of the two or more clusters by dragging one cluster onto another. In addition, the presentation of multiple views of the information objects, in the form of network graphs, timelines, geo-spatial etc. can lead to further insight, especially when interactivity is enabled. This tight coupling between visualisation and computation is crucial for developing and maintaining cognitive momentum, the train of thought that enables creativity and sense-making."
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Coordinator

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

Address

The Burroughs, Hendon
Nw4 4bt London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 3 006 334,55

Administrative Contact

Suzanne Petrou (Ms.)

Participants (17)

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SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 1 412 188,81

BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE NON PROFIT CORPORATION

United States

UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 974 136

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 860 520

CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 501 140

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 662 160

A E SOLUTIONS (BI) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 815 880

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 602 900

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 008 241,35

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 309 088

OBJECTSECURITY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 923 000

UNABHANGIGES LANDESZENTRUM FUR DATENSCHUTZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 485 127,20

I-INTELLIGENCE GMBH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 771 000

EXIPPLE STUDIO SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 412 742,91

WEST MIDLANDS POLICE AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 131 700

STAD ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 177 527,60

SERVICE PUBLIC FEDERAL INTERIEUR

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608142

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2014

  • End date

    30 June 2018

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 16 569 525,76

  • EU contribution

    € 13 053 686,42

Coordinated by:

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

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