Public Health's Wicked Problems: Can InfoVis Save Lives?

In conjunction with IEEE VIS 2013
(IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology, Information Visualization, Scientific Visualization)
October 13, 2013 Atlanta, GA, USA

Call for Participation


08:45 - 09:00 Opening & Introductions
Invited Talks
09:00 - 09:20 Public Health's Wicked Problems: A Short History
Susan J. Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology, Digital Media
This talk will ground information visualization community participants in the role of public health historically, highlighting how public health priorities have changed over time, in the U.S. and globally. Yet themes from the era of John Snow and the Broad Street pump are as relevant today as then, particularly when it comes to social and structural determinants of health for which information visualization could help aid investigation and response.
09:00 - 09:20 Information Visualization in Public Health and Health
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, Human-Computer Interaction Lab
This talk will ground public health participants in a short history of information visualization techniques, importance concepts and distinctions (historical focus on analytics, current trends in presentation), with the last portion focused on health and public health intersections. Will cover seven challenges for researchers and practitioners to promote more effective information visualization interface designs and software architectures.
09:00 - 09:20 Visual Analytics: Overcoming Challenges to Create Tools for Decision-Making
David Ebert, Director, VACCINE, Purdue University
This talk will consider the state of the art in light of the NIH/NSF Visualization Research Challenges report from 2006, highlighting opportunities and challenges both in terms of advances in techniques and technology and opportunities and challenges that remain in terms of data, privacy, and adoption. Public health, security and safety will be used to highlight some of the opportunities and challenges.
10:00 - 10:30 Break
Research Currents: Submitted Papers
10:30 - 10:50 Information Visualization Brings New Opportunities to Public Health
Fengbo Li
Georgia Institute of Technology
10:50 - 11:10 Interactive Dashboards: Using Visual Analytics for Knowledge Transfer and Decision Support
Samar Al-Hajj, Ian Pike*, and Brian Fisher
Simon Fraser University, *University of British Columbia
11:10 - 11:30 Varying Spatial Levels in GIS Analysis of Environmental Epidemiological Data in Texas
Sala N. Senkayi, Melanie L. Sattler
University of Texas, Arlington
11:30 - 11:50 Oak Ridge Bio-Surveillance Toolkit (ORBiT): Integrating Big-Data Analytics with Visual Analysis for Public Health Dynamics
Arvind Ramanathan*, Laura L. Pullum*, Chad A. Steed*, Tara L. Parker+, Shannon P. Quinn**, Chakra S. Chennubhotla**
*Oak Ridge National Laboratory, + Texas Tech University, **University of Pittsburgh
11:50 - 12:10 Visualizing Health: Enhancing Public Health through Weave Data Analysis and Visualization
Carol A. Gotway Crawford*, Michael Smyser†, Georges Grinstein‡, Jim Ribble*, Soyoun Park*, Robb Chapman*, Shweta Purushe‡, Patrick Ryan‡, Franck Kamayou‡, Ekaterina Galkina‡
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Behavioral Surveillance, Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office. †Public Health Seattle & King County and Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. ‡University of Massachusetts
12:10 - 2:00 Lunch
         1:45 - 2:00 NOTE: Prior to our afternoon session, you are invited to watch taped remarks on the BioMosaic system, starting at 1:45pm
BioMosaic: What Do Marc Chagal and Public Health Have in Common? (Pre-taped excerpts)
Marty Cetron, MD
Division of Global Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Invited Talk
2:00 - 2:30 AIDSVu : Communicating the Need for Public Health Action
Travis Sanchez, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
This talk provides participants with a window into the intersections of health and communication in the media, social media, and policy makers, taking us through a real-world case example of how public health data is being used to show interrelationships between social conditions and health, and how resources may need to be reallocated to specific areas of need. Building on their early success, the Emory team will present how they hope to move beyond the HIV/AIDS domain to build visualization tools for linking prevention with treatment across a range of diseases.
2:30 - 3:15 Frontiers of Visualization and Public Health Problems
Moderator: Robinson
This panel will feature our submitted papers authors in discussion with our organizing information visualization experts working in health and public health domains, discussing how through interdisciplinary work we can move the field forward beyond the current applications. Participants will contribute questions to challenge panelists.
Workshop Close
3:15 - 3:40 Group Discussion: Next Steps
To close out the day, we will invite participants, authors, and organizers to brainstorm how to keep the discussion going and possible next steps.

Workshop Contact Email

Please contact Susan Robinson,