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Big Data Challenges: Situation Awareness and Decision Support

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IST-178 (AI2S)


Information Systems Technology

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Big Data, Decision Support, Human Factors, Situation Awareness, Visual Analytics, Visualization


There are many Research Task Groups (RTGs) under different NATO panels working on different aspects of defence, military and intelligence challenges, e.g. big data exploration, cyber defence, decision support, mission planning, human factors, medicine, modelling and simulation, visualization and visual analytics etc. Bringing members of the different RTGs together in a workshop will enable them to explore and benefit from each other’s work and develop collaborations to complement and enhance their respective efforts, as well as facilitating the sharing of data, tasks and tools. Visual analytics / visualisation together with modelling and simulation and other forms of analysis techniques / tools, supported by human factors, are key enabling elements which provide a possible link to bring together these disparate groups.


Visual analytics, visualization and other forms of analysis tools and techniques, together with human factors, may provide effective potential solutions to support users in exploring, analysing and understanding vast, complex and dynamic Big Data sets, and thus support users in the intelligence, defence and cyber domains with situation awareness and decision making. We propose a three-day inter-panel / inter-group workshop to bring together the members from the different RTGs from the six different panels and the NATO Modelling and Simulation Group. This will provide the means for the RTG members to present, discuss and share their work, problems and challenges in relation to the exploration, exploitation and utilization of massive, complex and dynamic Big Data in their respective tasks and mission domains. The workshop will result in raised awareness of their common and different problems, technologies, capabilities and efforts, and the development of collaborations. Outcomes will include potential joint inter-panel / inter-group collaborations, sharing of data, tools and tasks, as well as the generation of new research ideas and RTG TAP proposal(s).


The topics will include but, not be limited to: • Applied vehicle technology • Cyber defence and security • Challenges in Big Data exploration / exploitation • Decision Support • Evaluation frameworks, measures and metrics • Genomics • Human Factors • Human cognition and perception • Medicine • Mission planning • Modelling and simulation • Sensors and electronic technology • Situation awareness • System analysis and studies • System concepts and integration • Visual Analytics • Visualization

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