Better Visualization Yields Better Optimization
Last month, Dan Jeffrey, one of our Senior Visualization consultants, joined forces with Irv Lustig, one of our Optimization gurus, to present a case for how Visualization displays are essential for making better Optimization (aka "Operations Research", or just "O.R.") decisions. (If you're not familiar with O.R., have a look at the ILOG Optimization product website.)
This presentation is essentially geared to people already familiar with O.R., explaining how they can make their projects more successful by adding displays that present their results in a meaningful way. Here's what their abstract says:
One of the most common problems facing optimization applications is that key decision makers do not always understand the formulations and solutions created by O.R. professionals. Most O.R. applications offer only static interfaces with pages of tabular data. If the decision makers using your applications lack understanding of the solution, then they are unlikely to continue using it.
So have a look at this 10 minute presentation, rich with plenty of real-world examples. Maybe there is something applicable to your domain...
The following movie is best viewed in full screen mode: