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2015 IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) (2015)
Chicago, IL, USA
Oct. 25, 2015 to Oct. 30, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4673-9783-4
pp: 17-24
Chris Bryan , VIDi @ U.C. Davis, USA
Xue Wu , VIDi @ U.C. Davis, USA
Susan Mniszewski , Los Alamos National Lab, USA
Kwan-Liu Ma , VIDi @ U.C. Davis, USA
The Epidemic Simulation System (EpiSimS) is a scalable, complex modeling tool for analyzing disease within the United States. Due to its high input dimensionality, time requirements, and resource constraints, simulating over the entire parameter space is unfeasible. One solution is to take a granular sampling of the input space and use simpler predictive models (emulators) in between. The quality of the implemented emulator depends on many factors: robustness, sophistication, configuration, and suitability to the input data. Visual analytics can be leveraged to provide guidance and understanding of these things to the user. In this paper, we have implemented a novel interface and workflow for emulator building and use. We introduce a workflow to build emulators, make predictions, and then analyze the results. Our prediction process first predicts temporal time series, and uses these to derive predicted spatial densities. Integrated into the EpiSimS framework, we target users who are non-experts at statistical modeling. This approach allows for a high level of analysis into the state of the built emulators and their resultant predictions. We present our workflow, models, the associated system, and evaluate the overall utility with feedback from EpiSimS scientists.
Spatial-Temporal Systems, Predictive Modeling, Visual Analytics, Epidemic Visualization

C. Bryan, Xue Wu, S. Mniszewski and Kwan-Liu Ma, "Integrating predictive analytics into a spatiotemporal epidemic simulation," 2015 IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST), Chicago, IL, USA, 2015, pp. 17-24.
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