EU-VALCRI - Visual Analytics for Sense-making in CRiminal Intelligence analysis

  • Nussbaumer, Alexander (Co-Investigator (CoI))
  • Albert, Dietrich, (Co-Investigator (CoI))
  • Hillemann, Eva-Catherine, (Co-Investigator (CoI))

Project: Research project

Project Details


The purpose of Project VALCRI is to create a Visual Analytics-based sense-making capability for criminal
intelligence analysis by developing and integrating a number of technologies into a coherent working
environment for the analyst we call the Reasoning Workspace. Conceptually, the Reasoning Workspace
comprises three areas: (i) a Data Space which will enable an analyst to see what data and themes exist, (ii) an
Analysis Space to which data can be brought into to carry out various computational analyses including statistical
and text analysis, and (iii) a Hypothesis Space that will enable the analysts to assemble their evidence into
coherent arguments that lead to meaningful and valid conclusions.
The user interface will be rooted in the concepts of Visual Analytics – the emerging “… science of analytical
reasoning facilitated by visual interactive interfaces" (Thomas and Cook, 2004), and specially designed to
support the interactive dynamics (Heer and Shneiderman, 2012) required to enable real-time analytic interaction
with data. The design of the user interface will move away from the traditional windows and list of lists views for
presenting data, and instead to create information objects that may be directly manipulated and freely organised
visuo-spatially by the analysts so that location and spatial groupings have meaning and can be manipulated
directly by selection and dragging; or we can initiate Boolean operations on the content of the two or more
clusters by dragging one cluster onto another. In addition, the presentation of multiple views of the information
objects, in the form of network graphs, timelines, geo-spatial etc. can lead to further insight, especially when
interactivity is enabled. This tight coupling between visualisation and computation is crucial for developing and
maintaining cognitive momentum, the train of thought that enables creativity and sense-making.
Effective start/end date1/05/1431/12/17