USGIF Technology Day - Thursday, May 23

USGIF has increased the valuable offerings of Tech Days this year, adding to the agenda almost 20 professional development, educational, and training offerings. Attendees at this year’s event can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and training certificates at many of the sessions, including Building eContent, Spatial Statistics, FMV, Accessing Government Imagery, LiDAR Point Clouds & Models, and much more.

Free for Government / $25 all others / Registration required

Agenda at a Glance

Thursday, May 23
Hyatt Regency Reston, VA

0700-0900 Registration & Continental Breakfast
0830-1130 Education and Training Sessions (see below for more detail)
0900-1000 Emerging Technologies Showcase
1000-1900 Exhibit Hall Open
1000-1600 Administrative Professionals Session
1100-1200 Emerging Technologies Showcase
1200-1300 Lunch sponsored by Accenture
1300-1600 Education and Training Sessions (see below for more detail)
1300-1630 Modeling & Simulation Working Group Demos and Discussion
1630-1900 GEOINT Community Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Friends of ISR (FISR) and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)

Training & Education Sessions
h4. Professional Development Offerings

Unless Otherwise Noted by “CEU”, Session Attendees Receive A Certificate of Training

All-Day Session (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) REGISTER ONSITE

  • SAR/EO/AIRBORNE Training
 presented by the USGIF Technical Committee
    USGIF’s Commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar Satellite (CSARS), Earth Observation (EO), and Commercial Airborne Working Groups – in cooperation with the NGA Commercial GEOINT Solutions Group (S5) – present sessions geared to introduce participants to the latest developments in commercial SAR, electro-optical satellite imaging and airborne platform applications. Learn capabilities of commercial space-based SAR, commercial airborne phenomenologies, and access to high-resolution commercial imagery.

Morning Sessions (8:30-11:30 a.m.) REGISTER ONSITE

  • Activity Based Intelligence Condensed Course
 presented by Riverside Research (Eligible for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credit)
    Activity Based Intelligence (ABI) shifts the focus from object-based intelligence to analysis and subsequent collection focused on activities and transactions associated with an entity, population, or area of interest. ABI methodology is fueled by the need to process “big data” generated from persistent collection of activity and transactions over a broad area from multiple sources. ABI analysts leverage big data to discover trends and patterns of activity when they intersect, enabling the identification of unknown unknowns. Learn how accurate and actionable intelligence from an all-source perspective is produced.
  • Building eContent for GEOINT Training
 presented by CACI
    Technology has permanently changed the way we access and process data. From the way we learn to where we learn, from the way we manage programs to the way we measure success, technology makes everything faster, more flexible and highly efficient. In this session you will learn about iBooks capabilities (content plus interactivity), mobile application verification and testing, content management (formatting, cataloguing, discoverability, tracking), secure mobile device management (S-MDM), virtual events (extending education/training reach), and SharePoint (for improved operational efficiencies).
  • Cross Platform Mobile Application Discussion and Development presented by IBM
    This is a hands-on introduction to app development for Android and iOS mobile platforms. You will use Eclipse, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to build hybrid mobile apps using the Cordova Apache Open Source project. You will explore handset-side data store, GIS integration, server-side API management, optimized server: client data transmission, mobile middleware, enterprise security and identity systems, legacy enterprise information systems, and enterprise database and various cloud systems.
  • The GMTI Revolution: From Cold War Precision Strike to the Origins of Activity Based Intelligence presented by BAE Systems
    This course provides an overview of Ground Moving Target Intelligence (GMTI) systems and analysis, focusing on recent revolutions in GMTI analytic tradecraft and support to operations. We will review the impact of recent GMTI innovations and how they have shaped contemporary thinking regarding Activity Based Intelligence (ABI). Course information will be presented by recently deployed GMTI experts with experience using a revolutionary sensor and analysis/exploitation solution.
  • Introduction to Hyperspectral Target Detection & Material Identification presented by Exelis Visual Information Solutions (VIS)
    Learn how to analyze airborne hyperspectral products created as part of a typical Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) cell. Examples presented will focus on airborne hyperspectral imagery (HSI) data, but methodologies can be applied to other HSI data sources. This course is for current literal image analysts or others with limited hyperspectral data experiences interested in learning more about the HIS interpretation. Develop a better understanding of material spectra and spectral imaging, visually recognize spectral matches, recognize the purpose of atmospheric correction, and understand the meaning and need for spectral libraries.
  • JEMA Workflow Process & Model Building
 presented by KeyW
    Learn about the Joint Enterprise Modeling and Analytics (JEMA) modeling and analytics framework. JEMA enables drag-and-drop authoring of analytic workflows, automates processing tasks, and allows analysts to create more complex analytic scenarios. You will be guided through model building examples that use live NGANet sources for imagery, point and gazetteer data. Explore how JEMA enhances productivity, collaboration and tradecraft, providing a powerful tool for documenting and sharing knowledge online.
  • More Effective Use of Geospatial Intelligence Workflows in Disaster Relief Effort presented by Intergraph
    Natural disasters and civil unrest affect millions of people and destroy billions of dollars in property every year. Accurate, timely, and accessible geospatial information is critical to the assistance and relief efforts. The wide availability of satellite imagery, aerial photos, LiDAR, Radar and other geospatial information is enormously useful for response and relief efforts. Explore techniques and tools to aid analysts in developing geospatial products to visualize damaged areas, understand spatio-temporal change, and plan delivery of relief supplies, safe evacuations, and reconstruction efforts.
  • SAR and Geodesy Suite: Beautiful Equations and the Sound that Saved RADAR.

    Isaac Newton and the Choreography of the Night Sky
    presented by Tom Ager
    The Isaac Newton lecture reviews the basics of orbital motion and explains how the remarkable insights of world’s greatest genius enable us to launch and track imaging satellites. Synthetic aperture radar has the remarkable ability to image from any distance without loss in resolution. Learn about two of the most beautiful equations in science, and listen to one of the great rock anthems solve the mystery of radar imaging.
  • The Power of Spatial Statistics
 presented by Esri
    Spatial analysis plays a key role in understanding the world around us. Unlocking geographic patterns and relationships in our data can enable more effective decision-making. Learn how spatial pattern analysis techniques can help analysts and decision-makers make more informed, data-driven decisions. Review examples of hot spot analysis and spatio-temporal pattern analysis. Explore regression analysis techniques – including challenges associated with applying regression analysis to geospatial data – and discover a variety of diagnostic tools and methods for overcoming these challenges.

Afternoon Sessions (1:00-4:00 p.m.) REGISTER ONSITE

  • Commercial Spaced-Based Vessel Tracking Overview for GEOINT Professionals presented by exactEarth
    Space-based Automated Identification Systems (S-AIS) offers the GEOINT community a global data set for identifying and tracking ships. S-AIS services enable innovative geospatial solutions for maritime domain GEOINT products, human geography analytics, global/regional content management, and mission critical ISR. The topics covered are regulatory background, technology, applications, integration & interoperability, and future challenges.
  • Data Management and Big Data 101 presented by Oracle
    Gain a working knowledge of the important aspects of data management and Big Data, using real world uses cases, examples and demonstrations. Review the key concepts of data structure, data types, relational theory, and query, including discussions on the importance of data management, high availability, security and smart data tagging and sharing. Learn about spatial data management storage and retrieval as well as structured, unstructured, XML, and the emerging importance of graph/RDF data models, as well as scaling data for ingest, query and high performance workloads.
  • Full Motion Video (FMV)
Fundamentals Condensed Course
 presented by Riverside Research (Eligible for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credit)
    FMV intelligence leverages imagery, geographic information science and technology with analytical tradecraft to develop actionable intelligence that supports military as well as civilian missions to include national security, homeland security, and disaster response. This course is designed for people with little to no knowledge in FMV, and will support the Intelligence Community (IC) and global learning initiatives. Attendees will acquire the fundamental knowledge required to understand how accurate and actionable intelligence from an all-source perspective is produced.
  • History of the Cyber Threat: From Pranks to Persistent Threats & Cyberwarfare presented by BAE Systems
    This course provides students with an understanding of the evolution of cyber threats from the early days of hackers through today’s advanced persistent threat. Designed for intelligence analysts, strategists and planners without a technical cyber background, the course includes case studies on STUXNET and the Chinese APT1 attacks. The course concludes with a discussion of cyber mission planning, law, and doctrine as they apply to the debate about a possible cyber “Pearl Harbor.”
  • How to Access Government Purpose Imagery using Four Different Systems (WARP, EGD, iStore, iEquis) presented by Harris, DigitalGlobe and PTFS
    This session will explore four (4) government tools and programs used to store and provide access to government purpose imagery and commercial imagery products. Will we overview WARP-U products, services, architecture, products and data types available and how to access those products using a standard web browsers, our SOA and OGC REST web services infrastructure or even through small/handheld displays such as iPad/iPhone, blackberry and Android based BYOD (iEQUIS/EQUIS Mobile and WARP Mobile site). DigitalGlobe will show how to use the Enhanced GEOINT Delivery (EGD) to access unclassified commercial imagery content served through EnhancedView Web Hosting Services (EV WHS). PTFS covers the methods associated with access to geospatial enterprise content through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) iSToRE program.
  • LiDAR Point Clouds 101: Basic Point Cloud Exploitation; and LiDAR Point Clouds 201: Real-world Intelligence Products Derived from LiDAR Data presented by: Applied Imagery & OG Systems
    Discover tools and techniques for working with dense point clouds. Explore basic point cloud visualization manipulation, overlaying 2D imagery, point cloud profile tools, “stepping” profiles through dense foliage to identify features under canopy, point cloud filtering by LAS attributes, working with NITF-wrapped LAS files, and indexing data holdings in Google Earth. Students will bring their own laptop to work with sample LiDAR data. Second half of session will utilize LiDAR data collected in multiple operational theaters to solve intelligence needs – expressed as essential elements of information (EEIs) – commonly encountered in the field.
  • Mobile Access to Human Geography and Crowd Sourcing
 presented by Thermopylae
    Learn how geospatially-aware mobility is beginning to pervade nearly any type of task/mission within the Intelligence Community and beyond. Explore how this emerging technology is affecting everyday activities from special forces operatives all the way to relief workers. Topics will include trends, technology, use cases, live demonstrations, and real-world examples (including the Army G2’s award-winning Windshear program), with attendees taking away a deeper understanding of how geo-mobility is being applied today, where it is going, and what techniques can be applied to get the most out of this growing technology.
  • Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Fundamentals
 presented by: New World Solutions
    Learn the science of OPIR, including how OPIR sensor systems (sensor and data processing components) transform data into meaningful information. Trace historical perspective on OPIR through current and future OPIR systems critical to Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) architecture. Explore techniques including target detection, background suppression, target energy extraction, and target classification will be addressed. Discover how optical elements, including spectral filters and beam splitters, can be applied to enhance sensor performance. Discuss current and future applications of OPIR technologies.
  • Telling Stories in the GEOINT Enterprise
 presented by Mapstory
    MapStorytelling allows individuals to shape knowledge in a more widely accessible format. Intentionally combining story structure with spatial-temporal information via interactive platforms facilitates a expanding global community knowledge base. Topics will include a conversation about MapStorytelling and applications within GEOINT, combined with demonstrations and tutorials. Techniques explored will include how to structure a story, how to identify sources for information, how to transform information into a spatial narrative, and how to effectively visualize data for related GEOINT MapStorytelling.

Free for Government / $25 all others / Registration required

Exhibits and Sponsors


Almost 50 organizations will fill the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom to display GEOINT technologies, products and services. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the many mission critical offerings that are available during the GEOINT Symposium.

Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities

Interested in getting your company in front of thousands of geospatial intelligence users from across the Defense, Intelligence and Homeland Security communities all while staying within the DC Metro Area? There is no better opportunity to reach the critical decision makers that come to Tech Days.