Panels & Track Discussions

MORNING PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Improving GEOINT Capabilities of First Responders and Domestic Decision-Makers
General Session Ballroom
Tuesday, Oct. 28
10:45 am - 11:45 am


Speed of action and decision making are essential in a domestic emergency. How does the GEOINT community improve the capability and delivery of geospatial intelligence to first responders? Find out from those who experience it on a daily basis.

The NATO Perspective: A Discussion on Intelligence Needs and Capabilities
General Session Ballroom
Wednesday, Oct. 29
9:45 am - 10:45 am


NATO forces are fighting the global war on terrorism on the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq. Their successful efforts often hinge on relevant, accurate and timely GEOINT products and knowledge. This panel will discuss the role and impact of GEOINT on the multitude of NATO's missions.

GEOINT as a Team Sport
General Session Ballroom
Thursday, Oct. 30
9:00 - 10:00 am


GEOINT collection, tools and tradecraft have become a common spatial lexicon for multi-INT activities across the Intelligence Community. A panel senior managers representing the intelligence, military and homeland security communities will discuss their progress in adapting GEOINT capabilities to strengthen multi-INT exploitation, collaboration and information sharing and will consider the implications for future tools and tradecraf development and training.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT TRACKS

Human Terrain and Socio-Cultural Analysis
Delta Ballroom B
Tuesday, Oct. 28
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The geospatial intelligence requirements of today's high priority missions require warfighters, government agency workers and NGO employees to be well attuned to the local and regional cultural issues, or as it has become known, the "Human Terrain". This track includes key geospatial concepts, definitions and skill sets associated with the emerging discipline of Human Terrain activities, and provide a forum to discuss many initiatives that apply geographically-based socio-cultural intelligence to support a variety of different missions.

Public Policy and Governance
Delta Ballroom D
Tuesday, Oct. 28
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Decisions that come from Capitol Hill and the policies enacted through all levels drastically influence the direction of the community at-large when it comes to current missions and future planning. This track will provide GEOINT attendees the broader policy and legislative context for the geospatial intelligence enterprise through a legislative and policy panel focusing on current budget and policy issues as well as future policy concerns faced by a new administration affecting the geospatial community.

Warfighters' Perspective: Capabilities of the In-theater Analyst
Delta Ballroom B
Wednesday, Oct. 29
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


GEOINT analysts in supporting ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq know exactly what works, what doesn't and how the community can help solve those problems. This track's conversation is focused on the perspective of the GEOINT analyst in theater, consisting of GEOINT subject matter experts, including those recently back from operations.

National Security Implications of Climate Change
Delta Ballroom D
Wednesday, Oct. 29
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Looking beyond the argument of the cause and extent of global climate change, there is a growing consensus that the rate of climate change poses grave implications to national security. Climate change exacerbates the causes of instability in already volatile regions of the world. Drought famine and other extreme climatic events may trigger greater violence, mass migrations, border disputes or the collapse of entire governments. A track of scholars and defense officials will blatantly propose why we should be concerned--and it might not be why you think.

Industry Perspectives on GEOINT
Delta Ballroom B
Thursday, Oct. 30
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


What keeps you up at night? Do you think we have the right processes in place to enable innovation and promote great acquisition? Where are the next big technology breakthroughs that will transform the way we operate? Are we recruiting and retaining the right people? These questions and more will be answered through this panel where six members of industry were selected through a call for papers to discuss their views.

GEOINT from the Desks of Young Professionals
Delta Ballroom D
Thursday, Oct. 30
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The experiences of junior analysts in government and industry will shed light on how the Defense and Intelligence communities can ensure a robust workforce into the future. Two 60-minutes panels will discuss the experiences of young professionals who will recount their attraction to and retention in the community as well as their ideas for the community's future. Hear from tomorrow's leaders through this panel giving perspectives from both senior and junior GEOINTers.

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES PAVILION
Tuesday, Oct. 28 - Thursday, Oct. 30
Ryman Exhibit Hall C1 & C2
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


R&D Presentations
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Academic research and development will be on display throughout the week, but six presenters will take the stage as part of the afternoon breakout tracks to highlight their work. NURI NARP presenters, USGIF academic members and the USGIF R&D Award winner will all present throughout the week.

Tuesday
Dr. Joseph Mundy, Ph.D., Brown University
Dr. Curt Davis, University of Missouri

Wednesday
Dr. Philip Dennison, University of Utah
Caxia Wang, George Mason University

Thursday
Capt. Robert Johnson, NASIC

Emerging Technology Showcase
Each afternoon presenters will demonstrate how they are redefining the way our community addresses challenges and supports mission success with the use of new technologies and capabilities. Don't miss these exciting presentations.

Tuesday
Brian Hardy, BAE Systems
Dr. John A. Antoniades, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Wednesday
Stuart Blundell, Overwatch Geospatial
Ryan Lustig, Integrity Applications

Thursday
Jeff Harrison, The Carbon Project
Dan Aldridge, IARPA

Interoperability Demonstration
Throughout the GEOINT 2008 Symposium, the USGIF Technology Committee's Demonstration Subcommittee will present how current geospatial capabilities can be configured to seamlessly support today's missions as well as the tough duties ahead as we transition into the future.


 

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