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The conference begins with a moderated discussion on the future of St. Louis between NGA Director, Vice Admiral Robert Sharp and SLU President Fred Pestello. Jack Dangermond, founder of Esri, will discuss emerging trends and technologies with the NGA Chief Technology Officer, Mark Munsell. Jim Kavanaugh of World Wide Technology, Kristin Robertson with Boeing, and other industry and agency leaders will contribute to the conversation. Dr. Annette Sobel will present the morning keynote.
The conference will feature panels on:
Changing Patterns of Human Settlement and Mobility
A critical part of a more holistic worldview is a better understanding of the impact of geography and location on its human inhabitants, and the impact of humans on the world. While this applies to all places in which people live, urban settings are consistently the most complex and hardest to understand. How have geospatial tools and expertise been able to improve our insights into the mobility of people in cities, and how can they inform our efforts to improve outcomes, opportunities and human dignity? And what are the ethical considerations of our growing geospatial capabilities, and how do we ensure that they benefit the people we serve?
Evolving Capabilities for the GEOINT Enterprise
Automation, artificial intelligence and augmentation are just a few areas where significant advances are impacting the GEOINT tradecraft. This conversation will be an opportunity to shed light on emerging technologies, trends and how industry, academia and Government can work together to pave the way forward.
The Holistic Worldview: Advanced Analytics and Predictive Tools
We now produce more geospatial data in a day than millions of analysts could ingest and process within years. Computational tools, artificial intelligence and machine/human partnering are now obligatory capabilities for us to be able to tease knowledge and informed decisions out of mountains of data, and to gain insight on possible futures. Where have our new tools been able to make the greatest impact, and how does that inform where we apply them next? Have we gained a more holistic view of the world, and where have we improved our ability to predict future events?
Public/Private Partnerships, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship in the Geospatial Ecosystem
The 21st Century Geospatial Ecosystem is the shared domain of many government agencies, corporations and academic institutions. Does the geospatial ecosystem currently lead or trail other technical disciplines in its inter-disciplinary and inter-organization collaboration? How do we leverage the industry base and academia to achieve the daunting goals described in the previous panels? What lessons can we draw from the innovation and entrepreneur communities to advance the geospatial ecosystem, meet the mission goals of our government partners and the needs of citizens here and abroad?
The event will also feature a student poster session, a career fair, and mentoring lunch for students.
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