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Mission Focus: Data-Centric Operations

Join USGIF for an enlightening “Mission Focus” program on Data-Centric Operations, where we delve into the fascinating intersection of human and machine considerations in the production and consumption of GEOINT data.

September 13, 2023
3:00 pm - 6:00 PM ET

2491 Fairview Park Drive, 10th Floor
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

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In this program, we will explore the pivotal role of machine learning in supporting data-centric operations and how it transforms the way we understand and utilize geospatial intelligence. Through an insightful keynote presentation followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion, we will uncover the optimal balance between human involvement and machine automation in both producing and consuming data, particularly when machines take the lead. 

Sub-themes within the program will examine the concept of a “person in the loop” and its significance in scenarios where the data is predominantly processed and consumed by machines rather than humans. We will explore best practices and strategies to effectively incorporate human decision-making, analysis, and oversight to ensure responsible and ethically driven outcomes in an increasingly automated GEOINT landscape. Additionally, the program will shed light on the critical aspect of data provenance—the origin, lineage, and credibility of data. We will delve into methodologies and frameworks that enable robust data provenance practices, ensuring transparency, reliability, and accountability in data-centric GEOINT operations. 

Prepare to engage with thought leaders and practitioners from the GEOINT community as we collectively navigate the complex dynamics between human and machine in the realm of GEOINT data. Together, we will unravel the potential of data-centric operations and establish a solid foundation for the future of geospatial intelligence. Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to expand your knowledge and contribute to the ever-evolving landscape of data-driven decision-making. 


3:00-4:00 Networking and Demos 

4:00-4:45 KeynoteKim Fite, Director of Analysis, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

4:45-5:30  PanelHuman and Machine Interactions for Data-Centric Ops

Moderator: Alice ZimmermanChief of Data and Decision Sciences, Office of the Director of National Intelligence


  • Ray CookPh.D., Director of Ground Enterprise Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office
  • Sri Iyer, Principal Emerging Technology Lead, Amazon Web Services 
  • Rachael Martin, Director of Maven Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 
  • Don MillerMission Systems Engineering Director of C4ISR systems, BAE Systems
  • Mark Tatum, Vice President of Cloud and Mission Technology, Oracle 

5:30-6:00 NetworkingIce Cream Social, and Demos