Visual Analytics and Imaging Laboratory (VAI Lab)
Computer Science Department, Stony Brook University, NY

Collaborative Visual Analytics Using Blockchain

Abstract: Blockchain, a decentralized, distributed and encrypted ledger,was created to eliminate the need for a central trusted entity. Blockchains provide users with a secure, trusted, auditable, and immutable record of transactions and are applicable to systems that require a trustworthy record of information. Our work explores the use of blockchain in collaborative visual analytics systems where users share and store a record of the visual analysis of some data. We built, a framework that allows users to store and share the states of visual analytics dashboards through a blockchain. We apply to an existing visual analytics dashboard and conduct a pilot study to understand the e ectiveness and limitations of blockchain in collaborative visual analytics.

Teaser: The screenshot shows one of our participants' dashboards during the case study reported in our paper:

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Paper: Darius Coelho, Rubin Trailor, Daniel Sill, Sophie Engle, Alark Joshi, Serge Mankovskii, Maria Velez-Rojas, Steven Greenspan, Klaus Mueller, "Collaborative Visual Analytics Using Blockchain," International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering (CDVE), October 2020. PDF

Funding: NSF I/UCRC 1650499, Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI)