Pacific Rim Visualization and Analytics Center (PARVAC)
Director, Professor Mark Haselkorn
Video Statement on the PARVAC Perspective
Contact: (206) 616-7382
PARVAC began as one of five Regional Visualization and Analytics Centers, operating under the general auspices of the National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC) at Battelle PNL. Now as an independent center with continued funding from the Department of Homeland Security and other sources, PARVAC continues wide-ranging research focused on the application and enhancement of visual analytics for enhanced distributed collaborative decision-making in multi-agency common operating environments.
The University of Washington’s Pacific Rim Visualization and Analytics Center (PARVAC) has the mission of advancing visual analytics for the enhancement of distributed, collaborative cognition and decision-making for public safety and security. PARVAC also plays the distinctive role of building partnerships with Pacific Rim international and domestic partners. The central goal of PARVAC’s research agenda is the application of visual analytic systems in support of analysts, responders and incident managers in distributed operational environments, collaboratively engaged in awareness, analysis, decision-making and actions that increase the safety and security of their communities and regions. PARVAC serves as a resource for regional research on communication and collaboration among the relevant public safety and security agencies in Puget Sound. Its educational mission is to establish appropriate educational curricula and resources, and encourage students to pursue educational and research opportunities in the emerging field of safety and security studies.
PARVAC was founded by Professor Tom Furness in 2006. In January 2008, Professor Mark Haselkorn became the PARVAC Director and Gael Tarleton became its manager for partnerships and strategic initiatives. The center continues to expand its research and educational initiatives. PARVAC is now a member of two DS S&T Centers of Excellence, the Center on Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments (VACCINE) led by Purdue University and the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (NCBSI) led by the University of Texas at El Paso. PARVAC partners in governmental and non-governmental organizations continue to share a commitment to public safety and security cooperation.
PARVAC activities include research and development related to visual analytics, facilitation of cooperation among regional response and preparedness agencies, and education in the emerging field of visual analytics. PARVAC's response coordination activities will assist the Puget Sound disaster response communities with identification of visual analytic needs and technology transfer from the VAC research community. PARVAC’s current projects focus on many different areas and our research agenda continues to expand with newly awarded research grants.
Pacific Rim Challenges: Communities around the Pacific Rim share many common concerns. In addition to trade and transportation relationships across the region, they must be prepared for the many natural threats resulting from their position on the ring of fire surrounding the Pacific plate, including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. Many of these events affect a broad international section of the rim simultaneously and one nation's strategic response may rely on preparation and coordination among its many neighbors. Distributed visual analytics will be key to this coordination.