Section: Overall Objectives
Like many other fields, all the sciences are being transformed by our rapidly-increasing abilities to collect, manage and understand vast amounts of data. A 2003 study estimated that the amount of data produced in the world was increasing by 50% each year  . According to SearchEngineWatch (http://www.searchenginewatch.com ), the amount of information made available through Internet search engines has grown exponentially for the last decade, and major Web search engines currently index more than 2 billion documents. However, since our brains and sensory capacities have not changed in the meantime, gaining competitive advantage from all this data depends increasingly on the effectiveness with which we support human abilities to perceive, understand, and act on it.
The focus of the AVIZ project is to design methods and tools that make analyzing large data sets easy and massive data sets possible. Our interests include:
Methods to visualize and smoothly navigate through large datasets;
Efficient analysis methods to reduce huge datasets to visualizable size;
Evaluation methods to assess their effectiveness and usability;
Engineering tools for building visual analytics systems that can access, search, visualize and analyze large datasets with smooth, interactive response.