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MIE Seminar Series: Unlocking User-Centered Design Methods for Building Cyber Security Visualizations


Monday, November 28, 2016 - 4:00pm


Diane Staheli, Cyber Systems and Operations Group, MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Kellogg Room, Elab II


User-centered design can aid visualization designers to build practical tools that meet the needs of cyber security users. The cyber security visualization research community can adopt a variety of design methods to efficiently and effectively build tools. In this session, we demonstrate how previous cyber visualization research has omitted a discussion of effectiveness and process in the explanation of design methods. We also discuss three design methods and illustrate how each method informed two real-world cyber security visualization projects that resulted in successful deployments to users.

Diane Staheli is a member of the technical staff in the Cyber Systems and Operations Group. Her current projects focus on field research with cyber security analysts and operators, and translating user needs into visualization capabilities. Research focus areas include cyber situation awareness, decision making, cyber human cognition, visual analytics, human-computer interaction, and emerging user interfaces.

Ms. Staheli joined Lincoln Laboratory in 2010, bringing ten years of experience in industries ranging from a small home-networking startup to a global information security company. She currently serves on the board of the New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and is a current program committee member for the IEEE Visualization for Cyber Security Symposium, the VAST Challenge, and the Visualization for Data Science Workshop.

Ms. Staheli received an MS degree (with distinction) in human factors in information design from Bentley University in 2013, an ALM degree in software engineering from Harvard University in 2006, and a BA degree (magna cum laude) in communication, studio art, and film from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1997.