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Provenance: VAST Challenge 2017
Title: Mini-Challenge 2


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 four factories in the industrial area are subjected to higher-than-usual environmental assessment, due to their proximity to both the city and the preserve. Gaseous effluent data from several sampling stations has been collected over several months, along with meteorological data (wind speed and direction), that could help Mitch understand what impact these factories may be having on the Rose-Crested Blue Pipit. These factories are supposed to be quite compliant with recent years' environmental regulations, but Mitch has his doubts that the actual data has been closely reviewed. Could visual analytics help him understand the real situation?

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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: 16
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Boston Fusion Corp
City University London
Award: Comprehensive Mini-Challenge 2 Solution
Knowledge Based Systems Inc
Peking University
Award: Multi-Challenge Award for Combining Automated and Visual Analytics
Pictet Asset Management
Purdue University
Award: Multi-Challenge Award for Aesthetic Design
Rowan University
Sapienza University of Rome
Singapore Management University - Qian
Singapore Management University - Shridhar
Tata Consultancy Services Research
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Award: Multi-Challenge Award for Compelling Synthesis of Information
University of Illinois at Chicago
Award: Honorable Mention - Clarity in Visual Communication
University of Konstanz
University of South Florida
VRVis Research Center

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