Training - Tuesday, June 4
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.
Afternoon Training Sessions
Computer Vision at Global Scale: Build & Deploy a Machine Learning Model – Descartes Labs
Computer vision (CV) and machine learning (ML) approaches are becoming more common in the GEOINT Community. However, the heuristics and rules that apply to small-scale applications of these approaches do not necessarily hold when deploying a model at global scale. This class will demonstrate the techniques required to train an ML-based CV model and deploy it at scale across a large region. The results will be analyzed and considerations for global-scale analysis will be discussed. Attendees will leave this class with practical skills of training a CV model, deploying it at scale, and with initial understanding of some of the design trades required when working across large geographic areas.
Geospatial Data Fusion: Leveraging Automation Services & Machine Learning to Generate Higher Value Intelligence Using Existing Tradecraft Tools –General Dynamics
This course provides a brief overview of automation frameworks and how they can be leveraged to increase situational awareness and mitigate user bandwidth issues. Attendees will be introduced to visualization techniques and correlating phenomenology like WAMI and FMV through visualizing tracks and imagery. Discover tools and concepts that visualize and correlate automatically-generated information using visual and non-visual data types from sources such as Project Maven. After the initial brief and demonstration, this session will be hands-on and allow for direct interaction with the software.
An Introduction to the StoryScapes Platform – MapStory
The purpose of this training course is to provide geospatial intelligence subject matter experts an introduction to the StoryScapes technical platform and the various tradecraft practices StoryScapes enables. Participants will walk through the four critical actions enabled by the StoryScapes platform: collect, curate, compose, and convey.
The Five Habits of the Master Thinker: A Practical GEOINT Exercise – Pherson Associates
Great analysis is based on five key critical thinking skills that enable us to assess hard national security problems, anticipate the unexpected, and avoid mistakes. Participants will practice operationalizing the five habits on a simple GEOINT-based scenario using six techniques that help overcome mindsets, organize information, diagnose problems, explore different ways of thinking, and avoid surprise.
Using OSINT to Identify Locational Data – Recorded Future
In this course, attendees will receive training on how to use Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to identify, collect, understand, analyze, and incorporate locational data. The training session will focus on GIS and analysis tools and deliver knowledge of the OSINT element and approach to GIS to successfully capture, store, manage, and visualize data that is directly linked to a location.
Harnessing the Power of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Human & National Security Applications – University of North Carolina Wilmington
This training session offers a discussion on UAS-based operations for human and national security applications that often require the use of synchronized UAS flights or sensors beyond the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Important lessons learned for mission planning, flight execution, UAS and sensor selection, crew management, and navigating the current regulatory framework will be discussed in the first section of the training seminar. At the end of the session, attendees will have acquired baseline knowledge in UAS selection, regulatory framework, mission implementation and planning, and imagery and product generation so they can make an informed decision on the usability and potential applicability of UAS in their missions.