Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Thank you for attending our workshop.

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Presentations from the workshop are now available.

USGIF’s Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Workshop took place January 10 and brought together more than 300 attendees from government, industry, and academia to discuss current challenges and strategic initiatives related to the role of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive computing, and deep learning in geospatial intelligence.

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration Opens and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:35 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Keith Masback, CEO, USGIF

8:35-8:40 a.m. Master of Ceremonies: Abe Usher, CTO of Intelligence Solutions, DigitalGlobe

8:40-9:30 a.m. Keynote: Dr. Jason Matheny, Director, IARPA

9:30-10:00 a.m. Market for Machine Intelligence: Mo Islam, Senior Associate, Venture Team, DFJ

10:00-10:30 a.m. Briefing: Dr. Nina Berry, Science and Technology Advisor to JIDO, Sandia National Laboratories

10:30-11:00 a.m. Morning Networking Break & Exhibit Time

11:00-11:30 a.m. Keynote: Dr. Peter Highnam, Director of Research, NGA

11:30-12:30 p.m. Academic Research & Development Flash Talks: The Variety of Research and How to Collaborate

  • Dr. Nathan Jacobs, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Kentucky
  • Dr. Zsolt Kira, Branch Chief, Machine Learning and Analytics, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Devavrat Shah, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Director of Statistics and Data Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Celect
  • Dr. Stella Yu, Director, Vision Group at the International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break and Exhibits

1:30-1:40 p.m. Master of Ceremonies: Rob Zuppert, Federal Account Manager, NVIDIA

1:40-2:10 p.m. Briefing: Dr. Catherine Cotell, Research Anticipatory Analytics Lead, NGA

2:10-3:10 p.m. Partnering with Industry & Technology Roadmaps

  • Toby Zellers, AWS
  • John Frank, CEO, Diffeo
  • Adam Estrada, Program Manager, DigitalGlobe
  • Will Dubyak, Chief of Machine Learning, Watson Public Sector Implementations, IBM
  • Tom Reed, Director, Solution Architects, NVIDIA

3:10-3:35 p.m. “An Implausibly Brief Introduction to Natural Language Processing” – Charlie Greenbacker, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, In-Q-Tel

3:35-3:55 p.m. SpaceNet Challenge Update

  • Todd Bacastow, Director, Strategic Alliances – Services, DigitalGlobe
  • Todd Stavish, Co-Founder and CTO, CosmiQ Works: An IQT Lab

3:55-4:00 p.m. Closing Thoughts

4:00-6:30 p.m. Reception in the Exhibit Hall with GEOINTeraction Tuesday Speaker Dr. David A. Honey, Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Science and Technology, ODNI

The workshop also includes free access to USGIF’s GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event directly following the workshop. Be sure to stick around for this networking reception.

Agenda subject to change



Click for full exhibitor profiles

  • Basis Technology
  • DAn Solutions Inc.
  • DataRobot
  • Diffeo
  • DigitalGlobe
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
  • Harris
  • IBM
  • NuWave Solutions

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Workshop