Purdue kicks off national center to visualize homeland security data

Uploaded by PurdueUniversity on 12.11.2009

[male narrator:] Purdue University has launched a
national center to visualize homeland security data.
[France Cordova:] This center is another example
of the impact Purdue faculty and students have
on our state, nation, and world.
Through Purdue, our state of Indiana is contributing
to the welfare of people throughout the nation.
[narrator:] The Center for Visual Analytics for Command,
Control and Interoperability Environments will create the
tools to sift through the modern-day tsunami of data
to get only the most relevant information into the hands
of emergency personnel.
[male #1:] We live in an age
when there is...we have too much data to process.
[narrator:] VACCINE, as it's called, will make it easier
for personnel to respond effectively
to natural or manmade disasters.
[male #1:] They have to make decisions
in typically a short period of time.
A police officer may have to make a life or death decision
in just a few seconds.
Having the information that is in a form
that can be understood is actually critical
to the performance of their job.
[narrator:] The technology can also be used
to direct resources to contain pandemics.
[male #2:] With the current situation with the H1N1,
what we can do is we can create an environment
where people can integrate different sources of information
from public news reports,
from the sentinel physicians that the CDC uses.
All these sources of test results can allow it
to be put together in an environment
so you get a more accurate assessment
of what's actually going on.
Look at where your strategic national stockpile
of antivirals is, where they should be distributed,
where your flu vaccines are,
so that you can distribute those more effectively,
look at the need and see how you can get the supplies
that are needed out to the effected people more rapidly.
[narrator:] Purdue will lead a team
of 15 universities developing interactive software algorithms
that will create visualizations, graphics,
and maps with essential information
that can be delivered to a variety of devices ranging
from desktop computers to cell phones.
[Timothy Collins:] There's a lot of bad information.
There's a lot of misinformation.
There's a lack of information that is available,
and sometimes decisions, critical decisions,
are made given that information.
That's what leads to that what we call the term "fog of war".
[narrator:] The ongoing challenge is
to effectively portray relevant information from the exabytes
of information available.
Each exabyte of digital information is equivalent
to 100 thousand Libraries of Congress.
At Purdue University, I'm Jim Shank.