Visualisation Network-of-Experts

Supporting NATO Research Task Group IST-059—Network Visualisation

Beethoven memorial statue, Bonn

Workshop: Social Network Analysis and Visualisation for Public Safety

18th – 19th October 2005

FGAN-Research Institute for Communication, Information Processing & Ergonomics (FKIE)

Neuenahrer Straße 20, D-53343 Wachtberg-Werthhoven, Germany

Call for Participation

The NATO Research Task Group "Visualisation Technologies for Network Analysis" has invited the Visualisation Network of Experts (Vis N/X) to advise it on how social network analysis and visualisation can support public safety. Vis N/X has accepted this invitation and is organizing a two day workshop on this subject, to be held in October at the Research Establishment for Applied Science [FGAN] facility, in Wachtberg near Bonn, Germany.

Social network analysis provides a means to study the varied and diverse interactive relationships among individuals, organisations, groups and countries.  Social Networks exert a profound impact on the collective physical, environmental and public safety of individuals and nations. Researchers working on social network analysis have, for example, identified how infectious diseases spread among individuals across different social groups and communities.  Social network analysis is increasingly vital in public safety issues such as detecting and tracking serial criminal activities, analysing the epidemiology and propagation of bioterror events, managing civil emergencies and domestically generated threats, combating organised crime, and finally, defending against terrorist or extremist activities.

Call for participation:  You are invited to participate in the workshop discussions and provocations. You may recognize the format from the successful N/X and NATO meetings in recent years at Penn State, Halden and Toronto. We will organize the meeting into sessions of provocations and breakout working syndicates around a few topics including but not limited to the following:

These, and any additional topics you suggest, will be grouped to provide manageable sessions.

Each morning or afternoon session will include provocations, plenary discussions, and time allocated to separate syndicate discussions on specific topics.  Toward the end of the meeting, participants will come together in plenary sessions and present their findings and recommendations for future work and collaboration.

We welcome your participation by leading a provocation session, presenting a position paper or being active in topic discussions. If you wish to suggest a topic for a provocation session and you would volunteer to lead it, or if you would like to present a position paper on ongoing or proposed work in these or related areas, please send a short abstract to one of the Chairs or to the local organizer by 12th August 2005.  Provocations and position presentations should be scoped for 15 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions.

Cost of Participation:

No fee will be charged for participation in this workshop.

Lunch will be available for participants each day at their own expense.

Workshop Organizers

Chairman: Dr. Zack Jacobson,
Applied Research and Analysis Directorate
Health Canada
Postal locator 1905C
Ottawa, Canada. K1A 0K9
Tel: (613) 946-9056
Fax: (613) 946-3166 [fax],

Co-chairman: Dr. Margaret Varga
Biomedical Image Analysis
St. Andrew’s Road
Malvern, U.K. WR143PS
Tel: 44-1684-895712
Fax: 44-1684-896952

Local host: Dipl.-Ing. Annette Kaster
FGAN-Research Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE)
Neuenahrer Strasse 20
D-53343 Wachtberg-Werthhoven, Germany
Tel.: +49-228-9435492
>Fax: +49-228-9435508


No visitor clearance is required, but please confirm your participation as early as possible.  Please send your name, affiliation, address, phone/fax/email and passport number, place and date issued to the local host, Annette Kaster, by Sept. 1st , 2005. 

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FGAN campus Wachtberg

Hotel and travel arrangements can be found here, (or here in downloadable Microsoft Word format).

Accommodation and room rates will be held until Sept. 1st, 2005.