GEOINT Symposium Agenda

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GEOINT 2021 Speakers Include:

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Hon. Stacey Dixon, Ph.D., Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

VADM Robert Sharp, USN, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

VADM Robert Sharp, USN, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Dr. Christopher Scolese, Director, National Reconnaissance Office

The Honorable Christopher Scolese, Director, National Reconnaissance Office

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Ed Mornston, Director of Intelligence and Security, Army Futures Command

Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond, CEO, Esri

Dan Jablonsky, CEO, Maxar Technologies

Dan Jablonsky, CEO, Maxar Technologies

Gilman Louie

Gilman Louie, Alsop Louie Partners

Barbara Ryan

Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, World Geospatial Industry Council

Lauren Knausenberger, Chief Information Officer, USAF (Invited)

Lauren Knausenberger, Chief Information Officer, USAF

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John Beieler, Ph.D., Director of Science and Technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Mark Andress

Mark Andress, CIO, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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Dr. Cindy Daniell, Director of the Research Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Kelly McCool

Kelly McCool, Acting Director, Digital Warfare Office, OPNAV N91D

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Pete Muend, Director, Commercial Systems Program Office, National Reconnaissance Office

Joe Cyrulik

Joe Cyrulik, Deputy Director, Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council

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Doug Cossa, CIO, Defense Intelligence Agency

Tuesday, Oct. 5

All times are CT. Check back regularly for updated information, session descriptions, and more featured speakers.

GEOINT Foreword
8:00A   Registration, Golden Ticket Welcome Breakfast, and Poster Sessions/Demos
9:00A   Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Camelia Kantor, Ph.D. and Christy Monaco, USGIF 
  • Tara Mott, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Dawley, Esri 
9:15A   Keynote: The Future of Science and Technology in the Intelligence Community, in an Era of Strategic Competition – John Beieler, Ph.D., Director of Science and Technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
9:45A    

Panel: From Space to Mud and Beyond
From Space to Mud and Beyond tours existing geospatial technologies found in space, air, ground and water. Fundamental questions will be explored regarding current capabilities, challenges and data efficacy. Exploring these and similar questions reveals where and how data strategies coexist and compete on the winding and bifurcating pathways evolving the tradecraft of Geospatial Intelligence. The panel will include experts from each domain.

Moderator: Bradley Battista, Ph.D., EnerGeo Solutions and Tanzle

Panelists:

  • Ann Carbonell, Ph.D., Principal/Senior Advisor, Riverside Research
  • Gabe Chang, Federal CTO Architect, IBM
  • Kevin Golinghorst, Commander and District Engineer at St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
  • Joe Morrison, VP of Commercial Product, Umbra

 

10:30A   Networking Break/Poster Sessions
11:00A    

Panel: Metaphors and Algorithms, Why Geospatial Professionals Need Both
The essence of GEOINT is science and mathematics. Yet, the essence of intelligence problems is human, hidden, and every now and then unprecedented. Understanding the human essence is both an art and a science. While science is an objective, analytic, value neutral and materially oriented means of understanding the natural world, its precision has limitations when it comes to understanding human behavior. Scientists, mathematicians, and scholars of the humanities can build on each other’s work to push the science of GEOINT forward by having a closer look at human society and behaviors, as well as culture and social constructs. This panel will discuss how to combine the three essences through collaboration and progress and lead to scientific breakthroughs.

Moderator: Balan Ayyar, President and CEO, percipient.ai

Panelists:

  • Qassim A. Abdullah, Ph.D., VP & Senior Chief Scientist, Woolpert, Inc
  • Renny Babiarz, Ph.D., Vice President of Analysis and Operations for All-Source Analysis, Johns Hopkins University
  • Matthew Berrett, Director of Analytics, Space Dynamics Lab, and Cofounder, Utah State University's Center for Anticipatory Intelligence
  • Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski, Independent Consultant, Vice Chair of the Landsat Advisory Committee

 

11:30A   Student Research Presentation/Demos
11:45A   Lunch, Networking, and Poster Sessions/Demos
1:00P   Keynote: Gilman Louie, Partner, Alsop Louie Partners
1:30P    

Panel: From Geomatics to Geospatially Intelligent Service Science
The nature and availability of information about our place on Earth has changed radically over the last 20 years. The proliferation of GNSS-enabled devices and the subsequent real-time mapping revolution has permanently given everyone a real and reliable source of geopositioning data. Now, living in the era of big data, traditional geomatics will surely take advantage of the integration of communication, navigation, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and brain cognition science, and take the next step in GEOINT service science impacting everything from security to economics to day-to-day personal decision-making. Evolving location provisioning services will likely be critical to new place-based solutions as the need to support GNSS-denied collection and more accurate & precise coordinates becomes necessary. This panel will explore some of the connection points and frame up what the world will come to look like as a result.

Moderator: Barry Tilton, Technology Evangelist, Maxar

Panelists:

  • Jackie Barbieri, CEO, Whitespace
  • Richard Cooke, Director of Business Development Imagery and Cross Sectors, Esri
  • Demetrius Dozier, Senior Program Manager – Mixed Reality Government, Microsoft Mixed Reality
  • Kyle McCullough, Director of Modeling and Simulation, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California

 

2:15P   Networking Break/Poster Sessions & Demos
2:45P  

Panel: Climate Change: Following the Science for a More Secure Nation
With a strong, credible body of evidence, based on multiple lines of research​ from around the world, science has made enormous inroads in understanding climate change, its causes, and potential impacts that can significantly disturb our systems as we know them today. Still, despite thorough scientific questions and hypotheses and well-documented applied research, much remains to be learned. Using the best science to continue to understand the impact of a changing climate is critical, allowing decision-makers to place climate change in the context of other large challenges facing the nation and the world. This panel will discuss the science and culture behind climate change, share examples of GEOINT used in mitigation scenarios, case studies on climate change impacts to humanitarian crises, and unveil the links between adaptive capacity, adaptation, and global development.

Moderator: Odean Serrano, Ph.D., Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute, Founder/Earth League International, Chief GEOINT Programs

Panelists:

  • Nicholas Henschel, Director, Office of Geomatics, Source Operations and Management Directorate, NGA
  • Shirish Ravan, Ph.D., Head, Beijing Office, UN-SPIDER Programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Vienna, Austria
  • Vasit Sagan, Ph.D., Director, Saint Louis University Geospatial Institute / National Geospatial Advisory Committee member
  • Christopher Tucker, Ph.D., Chairman, American Geographical Society

 

3:15P
Keynote: Accelerating the Future of GEOINT for National Security – Cindy Daniell, Ph.D., Director, Research, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

GEOINT provides our national security apparatus a foundational understanding of the world around us. It informs our Nation’s responses to the full spectrum of threats: from cataloging the impacts of climate security to tracking adversary’s missile forces. While the government used to have a monopoly on such data, barriers to entry into the GEOINT marketplace have come down, creating new classified and unclassified information streams that our analysts must prioritize, catalogue, assess, and disseminate at the speed of need. To maintain America’s GEOINT edge in light of these trends, we are reimagining how we do business across all disciplines. We are finding new ways to deliver intelligence to policymakers and warfighters; evolving business processes to capture all sources of innovation; leveraging promising technologies, such as automation and artificial intelligence; and finally, investing in our people, our most important competitive advantage.
3:45P Closing Remarks and 2021 Poster Winner Announcement
7-9P GEOINT 2021 Welcome Reception at Ballpark Village

Wednesday, Oct. 6

All times are CT. Check back regularly for updated information, session descriptions, and more featured speakers.

Main Events
7:30A Morning Training and Education Sessions (Rooms TBA)
8:45A    

Presentation of Colors and National Anthem  

Master of Ceremonies:  Ronda Schrenk, CEO, USGIF  

Welcome from Robert Cardillo, Chairman of the Board, USGIF

 

9:15A    

GEOINT 2021 Innovative Tradecraft Competition Final Round

  • Nateé Johnson, Senior Consultant and Data Scientist, Guidehouse 
  • Adam KaplanFounder and CEO, Edgybees 
  • Samantha Leung, Junior Spatial Data Analyst, Whitespace 
  • Kate Zimmerman, Senior Manager, Amazon ML Solutions Lab, AWS

 

10:00A   Exhibit Hall Opens
10:30A   Keynote Hon. Stacey Dixon, Ph.D., Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
11:15A   Keynote: VADM Robert Sharp, USN, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
12:00P   GEOINT 2021 Innovative Tradecraft Champion Announced
12:15P   Lunch and Networking Break
1:00P   Afternoon Hub Sessions Begin in the Exhibit Hall
2:00P Afternoon Training and Education Sessions (Rooms TBA)
4:00P   Networking Reception
Government Hub
Innovation Hub
St. Louis Hub
Enlightenment Hub
YPG Hub
Working Groups

Thursday, Oct. 7

All times are CT. Check back regularly for updated information, session descriptions, and more featured speakers.

Main Events
7:30A   Morning Training and Education Sessions (Rooms TBA)
9:00A   Master of Ceremonies: Letitia Long, Former NGA Director and Chair, INSA Board of Directors
9:15A   Keynote: The Honorable Christopher Scolese, Director, National Reconnaissance Office
10:30A    

Panel: GEOINT and JADC2

Moderator: Lewis Shepherd, VMware Research and Emerging Technologies and Vice Chair, AFCEA Intelligence

Panelists:

  • Mark Andress, CIO, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 
  • Dan Jablonsky, CEO, Maxar Technologies
  • Lauren Knausenberger, CIO, US Air Force
  • Kelly McCool, Director, Digital Warfare Office, OPNAV N91D

 

11:15A   Keynote: TBA
12:00P   Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
2:00P   Afternoon Training and Education Sessions (Rooms TBA)
Government Hub
Innovation Hub
St. Louis Hub
Enlightenment Hub
YPG Hub
Working Groups

Friday, Oct. 8

All times are CT. Check back regularly for updated information, session descriptions, and more featured speakers.

Main Events
7:30A Morning Training and Education Sessions (Rooms TBA)
9:00A Master of Ceremonies: Kevin Meiners, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Enterprise Capacity, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
9:15A Keynote: TBA
10:00A  

Panel: GEOINT Informing Climate Change Policies and Risk Management

Moderator: TBA

  • Jack Dangermond, President and Founder, Esri
  • Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, World Geospatial Industry Council
  • Anthony Vinci, Managing Director, Tracker Capital Management

 

10:45A Morning Coffee and Networking Break (Exhibit Hall)
11:15A  

Panel: Building a High-Resolution GEOINT Community: A Discussion about Diversity and Inclusion

Moderator: Nadine Alameh, CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium

Panelists:

  • Chris ArmstrongCo-Owner, Veritas Culture 
  • Ronda Schrenk, CEO, USGIF 
  • Others TBA

 

11:45A Closing remarks
1:00P Afternoon Training and Education Sessions (Rooms TBA)
Government Hub
St. Louis Hub
Enlightenment Hub
YPG Hub
Working Groups

GEOINT Foreword

Tuesday, Oct. 5

GEOINT Foreword is the unclassified, pre-conference science and technology day preceding USGIF’s GEOINT Symposium. This forum celebrates geospatial achievements and programs underway in non-traditional geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) areas such as health, sports, disaster relief, data analysis, unmanned systems, and much more. In this program, we seek to immerse attendees in both the art and the science of this ever-growing discipline.

GEOINT Foreword convenes experts from government, academia, and industry to discuss advances in GEOINT tradecraft and innovation. The program delivers keynote speakers, panel discussions, learning tracks, and networking opportunities. Previous Foreword events have featured ground-breaking research taking place at DARPA, IARPA, CIA, U.S. National Laboratories, and numerous university and industry partners.

Main Stage

The GEOINT Main Stage will be the premier attraction to the first half of each day, with sessions that set the stage for robust and important discussions among the community. The speaker slate includes leaders and visionaries from the highest levels of the U.S. government, industry, and academia. Hear from keynote speakers, panels, and more before you break for lunch, enter afternoon sessions and explore the exhibit hall.

Hubs

New for 2021, the GEOINT Symposium includes five themed “hubs” in the Exhibit Hall featuring afternoon programs, such as panels, lightning talks, and keynotes. These agendas will include topics that delve further into themes from the Main Stage programs and expand into other discussions regarding GEOINT Discovery and Connections.

Government Hub
The Government Hub includes topics that relate to federal, state, and local government interests and collaboration in geospatial intelligence. Government Hub programs will include speakers from across the public sector elements of the global GEOINT enterprise focused on topics related to their unique needs and initiatives.

Enlightenment Hub
The Enlightenment Hub is where the audience will be following the art and science of GEOINT from concept to methodologies and solutions. You will hear from the scientific, research and academic community (including students) in a series of short presentations, fireside chats, short demonstrations, and panel discussions.

St. Louis Hub
The St Louis Hub will showcase our host city of St. Louis as a center of excellence for geospatial intelligence and location tech, featuring discussions of regional initiatives related to this burgeoning geospatial ecosystem and appearances by noteworthy St. Louisans!

Innovation Hub
The Innovation Hub features Lightning Talks focused on technology and innovation that are driving our community toward the future. The Lightning Talks represent an opportunity to inform, educate, and collaborate with colleagues on new technologies and solutions, and focus on GEOINT applications conducted by Research & Development teams, scientists, analysts, and other community professionals.

YPG Hub
The Young Professionals Hub is the center for young professionals to network with peers and hear from leaders in the GEOINT field. This Hub also hosts USGIF’s Golden Ticket program with exclusive content for the golden ticket winners.

Training

USGIF offers attendees 30+ hours of training and professional development opportunities on a variety of topics. Training courses are held Tuesday, October 5, through Friday, October 8, in the early morning and afternoon. Each training session requires an additional small fee and is not included in any other registration.

Working Group Meetings

Join USGIF’s Working Groups for community-wide discussions on matters which they are exploring as part of their ongoing activities. These sessions are open to all attendees and exhibitors.

Golden Ticket Program

Each year, USGIF offers the Golden Ticket program as an opportunity for young professionals 35 years old or younger to win complimentary full registration to the GEOINT Symposium as well as participate in mentoring sessions with senior GEOINT leaders, attend USGIF’s Chairman’s Reception, and much more.

Networking

Tuesday, Oct 5

Welcome Celebration
7:00–9:00PM
Join USGIF and your closest friends as we kick off the week with the GEOINT 2021 Welcome Celebration. The Welcome Celebration is always a great setting to network with colleagues, old and new, while enjoying great food and beverages and entertainment.

Wednesday, Oct 6

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception
4:00–5:00PM
Each afternoon network with colleagues and enjoy refreshments while exploring the exhibit hall of exhibitors showcasing services, solutions, and technologies for your mission needs.

Thursday, Oct 7

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception
4:00–5:00PM
Each afternoon network with colleagues and enjoy refreshments while exploring the exhibit hall of exhibitors showcasing services, solutions, and technologies for your mission needs.

Young Professionals Group Networking Reception
5:00–7:00PM
Meet with young professionals from across the GEOINT Community at this networking event.