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Provenance: VAST Challenge 2017
Title: Mini-Challenge 1


Mistford is a mid-size city is located to the southwest of a large nature preserve. The city has a small industrial area with four light-manufacturing endeavors. Mitch Vogel is a post-doc student studying ornithology at Mistford College and has been discovering signs that the number of nesting pairs of the Rose-Crested Blue Pipit, a popular local bird due to its attractive plumage and pleasant songs, is decreasing! The decrease is sufficiently significant that the Pangera Ornithology Conservation Society is sponsoring Mitch to undertake additional studies to identify the possible reasons. Mitch is gaining access to several datasets that may help him in his work, and he has asked you (and your colleagues) as experts in visual analytics to help him analyze these datasets.

The Boonsong Lekagul Nature Preserve is used by local residents and tourists for day-trips, overnight camping or sometimes just passing through to access main thoroughfares on the opposite sides of the preserve. The entrance booths of the preserve are monitored in order to generate revenue as well as monitor usage. Vehicles entering and exiting the preserve must pay a fee based on their number of axles (personal auto, recreational trailer, semi-trailer, etc.). This generates a data stream with entry/exit timestamps and vehicle type. There are also other locations in the part that register traffic passing through. While hiking through the various parts of the preserve, Mitch has noticed some odd behaviors of vehicles that he doesn't think are consistent with the kinds of park visitors he would expect. If there were some way that Mitch could analyze the behaviors of vehicles through the park over time, this may assist him in his investigations.

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Kris Cook, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Georges Grinstein, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Mark Whiting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Kristen Liggett, Air Force Research Laboratory
Diane Staheli, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Jordan Crouser, Smith College
John Fallon, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Total uses: 25
Used by:
Adobe Research
Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Eindhoven University of Technology
Award: Elegant Support for Hypothesis Generation and Testing
International Institute Of Information Technology, Hyderabad
Jawaharlal Nehru Tech University
Knowledge Based Systems Inc
Korea University
Award: Honorable Mention - Novel Use of Experimental Coordinated Visualizations
Peking University
Award: Multi-Challenge Award for Combining Automated and Visual Analytics
Pictet Asset Management
Purdue University
Award: Multi-Challenge Award for Aesthetic Design
SAS Institute
Award: Outstanding Clarity of the Presentation
Singapore Management University - Shridhar
Singapore Management University - Yifei
Award: Actionable and Detailed Analysis
TCS Research
Texas Tech University
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Award: Multi-Challenge Award for Compelling Synthesis of Information
Uncharted Software
University of Amsterdam
University of Beunos Aires
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Konstanz
Award: Excellence in Spatio-Temporal Graph Analytics
University of South Florida
VRVis Research Center

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