Working Group Meeting Agenda
Join USGIF Working Groups for the following events and meetings during GEOINT 2018.
Monday, April 23
NGA Advisory Working Group/NRO ASP Industry Advisory Working Group
Aligning Acquisition Strategies and Business Models for Decisions and Action
Speed to mission and data driven decisions are critical enablers to national security. While NGA and other government organizations are striving to accelerate acquisition timelines, industry is adopting Agile and DevOps practices to improve agility, productivity, and solution quality. Join the NGA and NRO Advisory Working Groups as they discuss recent industry contributions with regard to improving acquisition practices and adopting business models that leverage agile and DevOps best practices. The session will include a “Voice of Industry” opportunity for industry partners to provide input and ideas for achieving the vision: driving data to decisions and action.
Small Sat Working Group
Small Sat Interoperability: The Art of the Possible
A discussion with industry visionaries on integration and interoperability of small satellites into new and existing architectures. Panel members include:
- Chris DeMay, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Hawkeye 360
- Al League, Chief ISR Solutions Architect, Space Systems Loral
- Scott Herman, VP Product Development, BlackSky Global
Tuesday, April 24
St. Louis Area Working Group
Strengthening the St. Louis Workforce
It is at the core of USGIF’s mission to advance GEOINT tradecraft through education and outreach, thus ensuring the GEOINT Community will always have well-trained candidates ready to enter its workforce. Take part in the discussion about how to support and build new geospatial centric pipelines that integrate and amplify existing NGA efforts designed to educate and train individuals from St. Louis, Mo., and the surrounding region.
- Moderator: Steven Thomas, SLAWG Chairman
- Mark Brickhouse, St. Louis University
- Andy Dearing, Boundless
- Julie Finn, Kit Bond Strategies
- Patti Hagen, T-REX
- Russell Halliday, Project Connect
- Julien Rossboon, General Dynamics
- Dr. Lisa Williams, Partners in Education, NGA
Small Business Advisory Working Group
Data for Small Business Decisions and Action
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This panel will explore 2017 NGA small business participation data, successes, failures, and lessons learned. We will discuss projected small business opportunities for 2018 and 2019 and the future of small business set-asides. We will also discuss advice for small businesses start-ups or businesses entering the NGA market to prepare for the next one to three years. We will also discuss avenues to get small business ideas and capabilities in front of potential buyers.
- Ian B. Ahearn, Deputy Director of Small Business Programs, NGA
- Steve Bailey, CEO, S2 Analytical Solutions & Small Business Industry Representative
- Diana M. Hughes, Director of Small Business Programs, NGA
- Christy Monaco, Director of Office of Ventures and Innovation, NGA
- Nicole Pierce, Chief Procurement Executive and Director of Contracts, NGA
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Working Group
Introduction to Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
During this session, participants will be introduced to concepts, definitions, and practical applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence relevant to the GEOINT Community. The introductory discussion will provide a common lexicon and explanation of what the terms “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” mean, highlight representative/popular methods, and entertain questions from participants in what is intended to be an interactive and engaging conversation. The introductory session will be followed by three brief demonstrations of existing ML & AI capabilities relevant for the GEOINT Community, showing what can be done today with this technology.
St. Louis Area Working Group
SLAWG will host their monthly meeting at the Symposium. This meeting is open for all attendees to participate in.
Wednesday, April 25
Modeling and Simulation Working Group
Geospatial Summit III
This will be the third in a series of 3D geospatial modeling & simulation (M&S)-related meetings co-sponsored by USGIF, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO). The purpose of this series is to establish a continuous learning culture across the geospatial and M&S domains that will lead to greater interoperability and progress toward our vision of a global model of the Earth. The focus of this summit is: to review recent advancements made with regard to interoperability; to discuss the challenges that lay ahead; and to provide details on a roadmap of current and planned initiatives designed to stimulate robust experimentation across the community regarding new levels of interoperability.