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Collaborative visualization for military planning
Author(s): Timothy Jacobs; Sean Butler
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Paper Abstract

So that a military commander has precise command, control, and planning information available for a given mission, information must be tailored for a particular area of operation, for a specific level of command, and for a specific time period. The commander must be able to quickly understand the information, query related information, and analyze the information in collaboration with others to plan and control a military operation. To provide such tailored information, we envision an environment in which customized agents traverse a diverse, distributed, frequently changing information space to identify relevant data. Once aware of the data, visual interfaces facilitate understanding and navigation. Geographically separated users manipulate a customized view to access a common information framework in which they can interactively collaborate with other users. We propose an architecture for achieving this vision that is well suited to implementation with Jini networking technologies. As a first step toward achieving this architecture we have developed a collaborative visualization framework that enables multiple distributed users to interact using shared visual interface components while simultaneously communicating via a text-based chat window. Our framework provides communications management and messaging support and well-defined Java class interfaces for integrating visualization components. Initial results indicate significant benefits for application development through reuse and extensibility. We achieved interactive performance and synchronized collaboration using JavaSpaces as the underlying distributed technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4521, Java/Jini Technologies, (12 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.433006
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy Jacobs, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Sean Butler, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4521:
Java/Jini Technologies
Sudipto Ghosh, Editor(s)

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