Journal article

Understanding the Relationship between Interactive Optimisation and Visual Analytics in the Context of Prostate Brachytherapy

Jie Liu, Tim Dwyer, Kim Marriott, Jeremy Millar, Annette Haworth

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics | IEEE COMPUTER SOC | Published : 2018


The fields of operations research and computer science have long sought to find automatic solver techniques that can find high-quality solutions to difficult real-world optimisation problems. The traditional workflow is to exactly model the problem and then enter this model into a general-purpose "black-box" solver. In practice, however, many problems cannot be solved completely automatically, but require a "human-in-the-loop" to iteratively refine the model and give hints to the solver. In this paper, we explore the parallels between this interactive optimisation workflow and the visual analytics sense-making loop. We assert that interactive optimisation is essentially a visual analytics ta..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

Data 61, CSIRO is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Australian Research Council through the ICT Centre for Excellence Program. We would like to thank Chris Mears for the optimisation solver development and Hayley Reynolds for initial communication in the design phase. We thank the brachytherapy team at Alfred Health Radiation Oncology for their participations in both studies.