Interactive Visual Discovery in Event Analytics: Electronic Health Records & Other Applications | Ben Shneiderman, UMD


Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:30pm to 2:00pm


Harvard Geological Museum (Room 100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Lunch will be served from 12:30-1pm, on a first-come, first served basis.  The talk will begin promptly at 1pm.

Abstract: Event Analytics is rapidly emerging as a new topic to extract insights from the growing set of temporal event sequences that come from medical histories, e-commerce patterns, social media log analysis, cybersecurity threats, sensor nets, online education, sports, etc.  This talk reviews a decade of research on visualizing and exploring temporal event sequences to view compact summaries of thousands of patient histories represented as time-stamped events, such as strokes, vaccinations, or admission to an emergency room.

Dr. Shneiderman’s work on EventFlow supports point events, such as heart attacks or vaccinations and  interval events such as medication episodes or long hospitalizations. Demonstrations cover visual interfaces to support hospital quality control analysts who ensure that required procedures were carried out and clinical researchers who study treatment patterns that lead to successful outcomes. He will show how domain-specific knowledge and problem-specific insights can lead to sharpening the analytic focus so as to enable more successful pattern and anomaly detection.

Ben Shneiderman  is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland.  He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and NAI, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. His contributions include the direct manipulation concept, clickable highlighted web-links, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps, novel network visualizations for NodeXL, and temporal event sequence analysis for electronic health records.

**Co-sponsored with the Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI), this event is free and open to the public.  No registration required.**

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