The purpose of the program is to gain knowledge about the interaction between different visual analytic (VA) techniques and types of data, while at the same time providing students with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in visual data analysis. 

What is Visual Analytics?

Students in the Challenge group will be involved in things like:
     - exploratory data analysis
     - hypothesis testing and analytic reasoning
     - VA tool evaluation and development
     - web scraping and other data harvesting techniques
     - text parsing and natural language processing

The group itself meets once a week at UBC to give tool demos, data workshops, and for general discussion and problem solving on the several analysis projects and VA in general. 

How to get Involved:
Students can get involved by collaborating on one of the Current Projects or by suggesting their own project.  Course credit can also be given through a directed studies research project or 402 class.

If you'd like to get involved please contact the VA manager at challenge(at)viva-viva.ca.

The Andew Wade VA Challenge program is a student-focused branch of VIVA (Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics).

News and Events

  • Workshop: Introduction to Visual Text Analysis The SFU Visual Analytics Instructional Lab will be hosting a Workshop: Introduction to Visual Text Analysis at 5:00pm on November 21st at the IRMACS center room 10908.  The workshop ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2012, 3:00 PM by Kyle Melnick
  • AW VA Challenge Open Doors Event The Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics invites all UBC students and faculty to attend the open doors event of the Andrew Wade Visual Analytics Challenge Program on Monday, October 1st ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2012, 9:40 AM by Kyle Melnick
  • Lab Social/Visualization Challenge! We'll be having a lab social/visualization challenge on August 20th from 4:00pm-7:30pm.  You'll here from all the different Challenge projects, get some free food ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2012, 9:34 AM by Kyle Melnick
  • VA Challenge Name Change The VA Challenge Program is officially being renamed the Andrew Wade VA Challenge Program.   Andrew Wade was a UBC/SFU student who was pivotal to the early success of the ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2012, 11:24 AM by Kyle Melnick
  • VIVA Introduction To VA Workshop The Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) is a joint SFU/UBC initiative to promote visual analytics (VA, “the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces”) and provide ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:53 AM by Kyle Melnick
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