University of Nottingham
Electron Building, Fermi Avenue, Harwell, OX11 0QR, The Satellite Applications Catapult
Monday 16th May 2016 (09:00-16:00)

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Invitation for expressions of interest for Think Tank Session


AIS data visualisation for Big Data Maritime Location Based Services

We would like to invite expressions of interest for a Think Tank Session on "AIS data visualisation for Big Data Maritime Location Based Services " to be held on 16 May 2016 (Monday) at the The Satellite Applications Catapult campus in Harwell, Oxfordshire.


Globavista - Visualisation for Big Data Maritime Location Based Services is an Innovate UK funded project .The aim of Visualisation for Big Data Maritime Location Based Services is to carry out the R&D required to create an innovative and powerful BigData geospatial platform capable of storing and processing amalgamated location based datasets. The platform will store information from Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), satellite communications services such as Inmarsat and Iridium and GSM together with Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The platform will enable the visualisation of geo-referenced and geo-fenced data of vessels and fleets and it will provide linkages through to other datasets such as weather, routing, security information and port & harbour traffic information. The impacts will be wide ranging influencing insurance markets, port scheduling, freight handling and security at sea, these are but a few examples of the many potential applications.

The project will amalgamate satellite AIS data, terrestrial AIS data, global metrological information, vessel data, piracy intelligence, port and terminal information, territorial water and EEZ information in a single repository enabling the production of value added data, historical trend information and forecasting capabilities. Visualisation software will be developed to provide an innovative global view of vessel and location based datasets which will enable insight into complex data that are evident as visual patterns but may not be evident using traditional computational based analysis. Globavista will exploit the fact that human vision takes in the whole picture whereby traditional computational based analysis typically needs to be ‘targeted: the user needs to have a theory about data relationships to prove or disprove. The visualisation capability is particularly powerful in exploratory analysis such as identifying possible trends and can also reduce the business user’s reliance on analytical expertise to process data.To achieve the maximum value from the data, the project will work with a user group recruited from current and future customers to develop the user stories for the visualisation process.

Think Tank events

In part fulfilment of this project requirements , we are organising a series of Think Tank events to explore relevant user requirements and to better understand how these developments might influence and impact on AIS usage in the future.

The first of the proposed Think Tank events is to be held on 16th May 2016 at Harwell and will cover the topics of "AIS Data visualisation for Big Data Maritime Location Based Services"

The Think Tank Meeting will a free one-day event with 20 experts drawn from a mix of academic, commercial and industry backgrounds. Selected experts may be invited to give brief presentations but in each case significant time will be allocated for discussion and open exploration of likely developments and potential consequences. The meeting will operate according to Chatham House rules.

Interested participants are invited to submit their details before 8th April 2016 through the GRACE website . The selected participants will be informed on 21st April 2016.

AIS Big Data Visualisation Think Tank Outcomes

  • Identify key developments and trends in this theme
  • Identify mid-term (2-3 years) and long-term (5 year) developments and challenges in AIS Big Data Visualization issues
  • Produce report on the Think Tank findings.

We look forward to receiving your expressions of interest for the Think Tank Session on AIS Big Data Visualization issues.


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