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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 70 | 16. Dezember 2010
DFG Priority Programme “Scalable Visual Analytics: Interactive Visual Analysis Systems of Complex Information Spaces” (SPP 1335)

2nd Funding Period

The Priority Programme “Scalable Visual Analytics: Interactive Visual Analysis Systems of Complex Information Spaces” (SPP 1335) has been established in 2008. It is designed to run for six years and the second funding period will start in 2011.

Data sets with rapidly growing complexity and dynamics are generated in research and development as well as in numerous application areas. A central challenge is to detect the important information and to communicate it to humans in an appropriate way. Interactive visual data analysis techniques extend the perceptual and cognitive abilities of humans with automatic data analysis techniques. Only by a combination of data analysis and visualisation techniques an effective access to otherwise unmanageably complex data sets is possible. Visual analysis techniques make the unexpected more easily discoverable and help to gain new insights. The primary goal in the field of visual analytics is to study the interplay between computational analytics and interactive visual representations to make structural connections, relevant characteristics, and other interesting properties of the data easily detectable.

Focus of the Priority Programme is research covering the theoretical foundations of new visual analytics algorithms, the development and practical implementation of scalable visual analytics techniques, as well as their integration and evaluation. This can only be achieved by a close co-operation between scientists from different fields of computer science. Potential applications are expected from the research areas visualisation, data analysis, and human computer interaction. Beyond that the Priority Programme is open to all areas which can contribute to the topic, such as statistical analysis, geographical data analysis, and cognitive science. Based on relevant expertise in the development of visual analysis techniques, the project proposals must combine at least two of the three main research areas. Proposals with a focus on one area only cannot be funded. In addition the project proposals should convey conclusively that the new techniques are applicable in a concrete application and show significant improvements compared to existing approaches. In particular, the proposals should clearly state, which innovative contributions can be expected, how the contributions can be measured and how they relate to the goals of the Priority Programme, namely advancing the state-of-the-art in scalable visual analytics.

In the second phase of the Priority Programme, new proposals should strengthen the focus areas which have been successfully established during the first phase. The focus areas of the Priority Programme are

  • high-dimensional visual analytics,
  • visual geo-temporal analytics,
  • visual bio-medical analytics, and
  • visual document analytics.

The proposals should state how they relate to one or more of these focus areas and describe what synergy effects can be expended from cooperating with other projects within the Priority Programme.

Proposals for the second three-year period should be submitted in English on paper in triplicate and as PDF-files on CD-ROM (including the proposal and all appendices, e.g. publications) to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, attn. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Engelke, 53170 Bonn, keyword “SPP 1335 – Scalable Visual Analytics”) not later than 31 January 2011.

In addition to that please add a cover sheet with the title and a short summary of the project in German, name and address of the applicant(s) and an overview of the funds requested in German and send this cover sheet by email to Michael.Sommerhof@dfg.de. Also please send an extra copy of the proposal to the coordinator of the Priority Programme, Professor Dr. Daniel A. Keim, Department of Computer and Information Science, Universität Konstanz, Box 78, Universitätsstraße 10, 78457 Konstanz.

Further Information

The guideline “Research Grants – Guidelines and Proposal Preparation Instructions (1.02e)” can be found at:

For scientific enquiries concerning the objective target of the programme please contact the programme coordinator Professor Dr. Daniel A. Keim, keim@informatik.uni-konstanz.de, phone +49 7531 88-3161 and see also www.visualanalytics.de.

Providing information in the DFG Head Office on structural aspects is Michael Sommerhof, phone +49 228 885-2017, Michael.Sommerhof@dfg.de; available for scientific questions is Dr.-Ing. Andreas Engelke, phone +49 228 885-2523, Andreas.Engelke@dfg.de.