ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference & co-located JACIE Workshop

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Classified Session

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will be hosting an all-day classified session in conjunction with the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference.  The purpose of the classified session is to engage the attendees in exploring views, ideas, approaches, and research results for Everyone is a Sensor ... and an Analyst.  All participants for all sessions must be pre-registered with ASPRS. This session is a seperate registration from the main Conference registration. 

NGA Classified Session Details

Topic: Everyone is a Sensor ... and an Analyst

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

Time: 8:00 am until 4:30 pm

Registration: This session requires a separate registration fee from the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference. All participants for this session must be U.S. citizens, have security clearance and be pre-registered with ASPRS.

Cost: $100 - You may register for the Classified Session online through the general confernce registration process.

Location: A bus will be available for all registered attendees. The bus will pick-up and drop-off attendees at the Conference host hotel, the Galt House Hotel. Parking at the facility is not suggested.

The registration fee includes bus transportation to and from the Galt House Hotel to the session location, lite breakfast and coffee in the morning, lunch and an afternoon break.

Session Overview

The explosion of mobile device usage world-wide is having a profound effect on Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT). It is estimated by 2015, there will be two billion smartphone users world-wide, with as many as a half-billion tablet users. These devices, with their built-in GPS, can act as GEOINT collectors, leading to a corresponding explosion in geo-tagged information on the Web. At the same time, a greater quantity of commercially-collected GEOINT is becoming more available on the Web. Anyone with access to the Internet can download and analyze this information and generate Volunteered GEOINT (VGI) based products. Within the traditional GEOINT community, the distinction between producer and consumer is becoming less diverse. Meanwhile, GEOINT processing (like all other types of computing) is migrating to the cloud.

These trends raise a number of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Crowd-sourced GEOINT
  • Combining VGI and traditional GEOINT
  • Leveraging social media information
  • Uncertainty, accuracy, and error estimation in VGI
  • Image matching
  • Display of GEOINT on small devices
  • Data compression
  • Video / image geo-localization
  • Cloud processing for GEOINT
  • Exploiting Open-source Intelligence (OSINT)

Morning Session: Keynote presentation and cutting edge research presentations on Everyone is a Sensor … and an Analyst.

Afternoon Session: Additional research presentations and in-depth round table discussions on Everyone is a Sensor … and an Analyst.

Classification Level: This session will be held at SECRET//NOFORN. A minimum security clearance of SECRET is required for all session participants. Additonal registration and clearence information may be found below.


Open Technical Sessions

The NGA will be hosting open technical sessions, held during the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference technical program. All participants for the open technical sessions must pre-register with ASPRS and follow the Call for Papers guidelines below.


Points of Contact:

D. Walker, Open phone:    571-557-1916   DSN 547-1916

J. Vallancewhitacre, Open phone:   571-557-8625   DSN 547-8625


 Call for Papers

NGA is soliciting research papers and presentations of twenty to thirty minutes. Papers should address aspects of Everyone is a Sensor … and an Analyst.
** Please do not submit papers that focus on proprietary company or commercial products or services or use the presentations to promote or advertise a product, service, or company.**

Submission requirements: Abstracts for papers must be received by February 12, 2014. Abstracts may be classified but must have an unclassified title and include the classification level, author(s)/presenter(s) with affiliations(s), and a description not exceeding 500 words.Abstracts will be evaluated on their innovation, significance and implications, relevance to session and community, and overall technical quality. Paper selection notifications will be made by February 14, 2014. If selected, full presentation will be due to NGA on or before March 3, 2014.

Submit unclassified abstracts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click Here to Download the Call for Papers PDF




 Call for Deep-Dive Discussion Topics

NGA is soliciting topics for in-depth round table research discussions in the afternoon sessions that address key challenges and potential solutions on important issues and problems related to Everyone is a Sensor … and an Analyst.

Topics should focus on problems related to Everyone is a Sensor … and an Analyst; why it is important to the intelligence and operational community; who is involved; and, the key issues addressed. The goal of the deep-dive session is to offer solutions and innovative approaches that address the type of sensor or data needed to tackle the problem. Selection of topics will be based on significance of the problem(s) being addressed, creative problem formulations, state-of-the-art and practices elucidations, innovative ideas, ingenious approaches, and imaginative research or application alternatives.

We welcome your suggestions on new problem-focused or research-focused topics and/or your interest and willingness to lead or support specific round table discussion areas in GEOINT Analytics such as:

  • Massive Geospatial Data
  • Tracking Ground-Based Vehicles and Indicators
  • Broadening and deepening GEOINT tradecraft
  • Exploiting Video
  • Characterizing and Understanding Human Activities
  • Leveraging Open Source Information
  • Putting GEOINT in the Hands of the User
  • Anticipatory GEOINT and Intelligence

  Registration & Clearance Information for all Participants

All attendees and speakers for the Classified Session must be per-registered with ASPRS by March 7, 2014.  The Classified Session is NOT included in any conference registration. There is a separate fee of $100 to attend the Classified Session, please make note when completing the registration process.  Acceptance of paper or topic does not register you for this session.

Attendees and speakers must have their security office submit clearance certification by March 10, 2014. Clearance submission information will be emailed to participants after payment is recieved by ASPRS to attend the session.

Classification Level: This session will be held at SECRET//NOFORN. A minimum security clearance of SECRET is required for all session participants.

Click Here to Register for the Conference & the NGA Classified Session


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