Topics in Visual Analytics for Security Intelligence
Introduce visual analytic techniques for security informatics and intelligence. Survey technical approaches for data analysis, threats and vulnerability, communicating risk. I ST 868 Topics in Visual Analytics for Security Intelligence (3) This course surveys techniques for visualizing and analyzing security and risk information and for communicating threats, risk and vulnerability to decision-makers. Students will be motivated by the needs for better intelligence in a broad range of applications such as homeland security, crisis management, and public safety. Through case studies and problem-based learning, students will develop understanding of important concepts and issues, such as data source and data quality, visual thinking associations and integration of incidence, hazards, and risk factors, and the difficulties of analyzing and communicating knowledge. Various visual analytical methods for homeland security intelligence will be discussed, such as: (1) mapping and visualizing patterns of crime and incidence, (2) identifying targets and agents of terrorist attacks, (3) spatial analysis of social, economic and environmental risk indicators, and (4) prediction of threat and risk. It also pays special attention o the interpretation of analytical results for actions. Geographical information systems and associated spatial analytical tools will be used to exemplify the kinds of information environment available to intelligence community. The course will prepare students to become immediate workforce for security-related industries and government agencies.