Oracle invests in visual analytics research at Western Sydney University

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Oracle is investing in two major visual analytics research projects being conducted by Western Sydney University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics – one to help better interpret data in children’s cancer treatment and one to make large-scale visual analytics more accessible.

“Oracle’s heritage is data, how to manage it, secure it and use it effectively. In today’s big data world, making data visual is a big part of making it understandable, especially when the interpretation is done by users who may not be skilled data scientists,” said Robert Spinks, senior director, big data, integration and analytics, Oracle.

The first initiative will enable a two-year extension of research currently supported by the Cancer Institute of NSW’s Big Data, Big Impact Grant. This research will enable delving into ‘Enabling Effective Clinical Decisions with Visual Analytics’.

“By combining genetic information with clinical data and using data visualisation techniques to breakdown that complexity, this research seeks to find new ways to battle childhood cancers with cutting-edge discoveries that are safe, less toxic and more effective,” said Dr Quang Vinh Nguyen, senior lecturer, Western Sydney University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics.

The second initiative will examine the use of virtual reality and augmented reality tools and techniques in large scale visual analytics deployments.

“Today’s knowledge-driven society generates a vast amount of data. Ordinary analysis methods quickly become inadequate as the data size and complexity increases. This research will focus on how an immersive visual data analytics experience can be enabled by utilising newly introduced technologies in the areas of virtual reality, augmented reality or both,” said Dr Nguyen.

The second project is open to PhD students. Applications are being received until June 2017.