Training - Tuesday, April 24

Trainings are add-ons and not included in the Symposium Pass registration. Each training session is $25 for USGIF Members and $35 for USGIF Non-Members. Sign up for training during the registration process

Afternoon Training Sessions
2-4 p.m.

A Seminar on ABI, SOM, and ModelingNational Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Room 20
NGA will lead an interactive discussion on analytic modernization and the partnership opportunities with industry and academia. The training will also focus on current efforts and future plans for activity-based intelligence (ABI), structured observation management (SOM), and modeling, with an emphasis on how partners can enhance and invigorate NGA’s activities through data-, observations-, and analysis-as-a-service. This is an updated version of the popular GEOINT 2017 training and is intended for junior to mid-level analysts, or anyone interested in learning more about NGA’s analytical methodology.


Integrating Artificial Intelligence with Foundation Intelligence for Actionable IntelligenceEsri
Room 21

In this session, you will learn machine learning models and methods and how to apply them to GEOINT analysis and real-world missions. Part two of this session will examine the complete workflow of conducting analysis and delivering a GEOINT product. Presenters from Esri and Microsoft will share lessons learned in the development of the GEO AI system, which integrates AI technologies with GIS.


The First Big Data Problem and the Current Big Data Problem for Geospatial AnalysisJohns Hopkins University
Room 22

This lesson outlines the history of geospatial imagery collection from 1956 through the present. The purpose is to teach the historical and mathematical principles of the discipline of collection management, and how the coming of commercial small sats will require the use of different mathematical principles. The learning objective is an understanding the sequence of big data problems in GEOINT, both principles of collection, existing units of measure for geospatial imagery, and the factors in determining the new units of measure for commercial small sats.


The Five Habits of the Master Thinker: A Practical GEOINT ExercisePherson Associates
Room 23

Great analysis is based on five key critical thinking skills that enable us to assess hard national security problems, anticipate the unexpected, and avoid disastrous mistakes. The Structured Analytic Techniques (SATs) used in the Intelligence Community and increasingly in private industry help organize and diagnose complex issues, explore different ways of thinking, generate solid analytic arguments that justify solutions, account for change and ambiguity, and avoid major mistakes. Focusing on analytic strategies that improve rigor, avoid mental pitfalls, and communicate clearly with others, workshops emphasize learning and applying the techniques to understand context, check key assumptions, consider alternative explanations, seek inconsistent data, and focus on key drivers and indicators of change.


Distant Vision: The Story of Synthetic Aperture Radar and its Remarkable Spatial ResolutionTom Ager LLC
Room 24

SAR images are naturally different than the optical views our brains our used to and its technology has a high intimidation factor. Yet SAR imaging is essential to global remote sensing and it is becoming more pervasive. This class explains why coherent radar illumination is fundamentally different than sunlight, and how phase measurements and chirped pulses are used to generate images with the remarkable characteristic that their spatial resolution does not degrade with distance. The class explains how SAR works with clarity, simplicity and thoroughness. It includes expansive explanations, numerous graphics and even a bit of music to make an unusual GEOINT technology understandable and appealing.


The State of LiDAR: The Professional Guide to Commercial LiDAR TechnologiesWoolpert
Room 25

LiDAR is becoming an integral part of the GEOINT Community workflow as it is developing rapidly in its capability and spatial resolutions. The goal of this training session is to provide a dynamic forum to address current advances in LiDAR technologies and its capabilities for 3D terrain modeling as it relates to the defense intelligence community. Terrain mapping and modeling of a military mission plays a great role in securing sacksful and safe operation for our warfighters. Whether in determining the landing sites or screening potential enemies snipers positions, LiDAR points cloud are used on daily bases by our armed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, etc. Buckeye program is nothing but a LiDAR system with optical imaging system.


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