William Ribarsky Named to IEEE Computer Society Senior Publications Position

William Ribarsky has been named Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Transactions Operations Committee, with oversight over 20 Transactions, and member of the IEEE CS Publications Board. The Computer Society, the largest of the 39 IEEE Technical societies, has over 60,000 members from more than 168 countries. The IEEE Transactions are considered Tier 1 journals and several are the leading journals in their fields. Dr. Ribarsky will lead the Committee in strengthening and unifying the operations of the Transactions, extending their reach, and establishing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations among fields.

Dr. Ribarsky Wins Prestigious Award

Dr. William Ribarsky, VisCenter Director, has been awarded the 2015 First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal. Nominees must focus on the excellence and importance of sustained contributions in research and creative activities, including work done over a substantial period of time at UNC Charlotte. This is the top research and scholarship award bestowed by UNC Charlotte.To view a video on Dr. Ribarsky and his accomplishments, click here.

VisCenter Launches VAiRoma!

VAiRoma (Visual Analytics in Rome) is a tool that tells the whole story of Rome across its entire 3,000 year history, from a village on the Tiber to a vast empire to the capital of a modern state and seat of the Roman Catholic Church. It does this by organizing, in a meaningful way, a disorganized collection of over 189,000 articles on all aspects of Rome, its people, its geography and climate, and so on. Click this to view VAiRoma. All the capabilities of VAiRoma are available via a Web interface so that anyone anywhere can build her own personal history of Rome or add to a general history. We will be using VAiRoma in a variety of educational and scholarly settings, including for a large community of citizen scholars.


VisCenter Seminar on September 21, 12:30 pm, 130 Woodward

  • Dan Janies, Zachary Wartell, Wenwen Dou


Visualization Highlight

Web-based System for Responding to Critical Infrastructure Breakdown
When a large scale disaster, such as a hurricane, hits, breakdowns at key points in the electrical grid can cascade over telecommunication, water, gas, road, and other systems. Key facilities, such as schools, police and fire stations, government building, and hospitals, can be affected significantly. In this research funded by DHS, we have developed a Web-based tool to tap into simulations for thousands of different hurricane paths, immediately selecting the one that most closely matches the current event and visualizing the results so they can be rapidly understood and acted upon. The database can also be updated on-the-fly with new simulations that follow the predicted hurricane path. Thus an emergency responder in the field can get updates about when a hurricane will hit her area, where and what parts of the infrastructure will be disrupted, what key facilities will be affected and when. To view the tool in action, click here.

Mobile Emergency Response System: Mobile system excels in recent large emergency response exercise.