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Visual Access to Optimization Problems in Strategic Environmental Assessment

Ruppert, Tobias ; Bernard, Jürgen ; Ulmer, Alex ; Kuijper, Arjan ; Kohlhammer, Jörn (2013)
Visual Access to Optimization Problems in Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Advances in Visual Computing. 9th International Symposium, ISVC 2013.
doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-41939-3_35
Conference or Workshop Item, Bibliographie

Abstract

The complexity of actual decision making problems especially in the field of policy making is increasing due to conflicting aspects to be considered. Methods from the field of strategic environmental assessment consider environmental, economic, and social impacts caused by political decisions. This makes the analysis of reasonable decisions more complex. Mathematical models like optimization can help to balance conflicting aspects. Although they are not easy to understand, these complex models and the resulting policy options have to be reviewed by the decision makers. In this work we present a visual-interactive interface to an optimization system capable of solving multidimensional decision problems. The interface enables visual access to the complex optimization models, and the analysis of alternative solutions. As a result strategic environmental assessment can be included in the decision making process. An evaluation in the domain of regional energy planning underlines the usability and usefulness of the visual interface.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2013
Creators: Ruppert, Tobias ; Bernard, Jürgen ; Ulmer, Alex ; Kuijper, Arjan ; Kohlhammer, Jörn
Type of entry: Bibliographie
Title: Visual Access to Optimization Problems in Strategic Environmental Assessment
Language: English
Date: 2013
Publisher: Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York
Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS); 8034
Event Title: Advances in Visual Computing. 9th International Symposium, ISVC 2013
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41939-3_35
Abstract:

The complexity of actual decision making problems especially in the field of policy making is increasing due to conflicting aspects to be considered. Methods from the field of strategic environmental assessment consider environmental, economic, and social impacts caused by political decisions. This makes the analysis of reasonable decisions more complex. Mathematical models like optimization can help to balance conflicting aspects. Although they are not easy to understand, these complex models and the resulting policy options have to be reviewed by the decision makers. In this work we present a visual-interactive interface to an optimization system capable of solving multidimensional decision problems. The interface enables visual access to the complex optimization models, and the analysis of alternative solutions. As a result strategic environmental assessment can be included in the decision making process. An evaluation in the domain of regional energy planning underlines the usability and usefulness of the visual interface.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Information visualization, Policy modeling, Optimization, Decision support
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Interactive Graphics Systems
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