Education & Training Sessions

More than 30 hours of dedicated professional development, training and education

Expanding on the successful education and training sessions of during GEOINT Community Week’s Tech Days, USGIF is bringing training and education sessions to the GEOINT 2013* Symposium.

Come learn and be trained on select topics from across the Community. Each day from 2-4 p.m., attendees will have their choice of multiple topics. Check back often as we add a few more sessions over the coming days.

Please note, training and education sessions run concurrent with the afternoon main-stage breakout panel session.

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Tuesday, April 15

Room 18
A Vision of Virtual and Mobile GEOINT
In a world where speed, efficiency, budget and security are top of mind and GEOINT users want to consume data digitally, we are all looking for better ways to adapt and transform. Join us in a session that explores virtual and mobile technologies that can enhance how we access and process our data. Hear the principles of secure mobile device management and application verification. Consider new ways to enhance GEOINT capabilities by engaging your audiences with virtual experiences and converting tired, traditional training into dynamic, mobile content.

Room 19
Socialytics: Discovering Powerful New Intelligence Insights Through Advanced Open Source Intelligence Operations
Billions of pieces of social media data are being created each and every day across the world. This data is very important to government agencies who want to tap into social spectrum data to gain new insights to make more informed decisions. This course will focus on emerging technologies and intelligence tradecraft that is focused at the convergence of GEOINT, BIG SOCIAL DATA, ADVANCED SOCIAL DATA ANALYTICS and ENTERPRISE SOCIAL SERVICES. In this course we are going to introduce and certify users on advanced Open Source Intelligence Services (OSINT). Specifically how we Collect, Monitor, Analyze and Share open source intelligence to gain actionable knowledge in support of mission operations.

Room 20
Introduction to Hyperspectral Target Detection & Material Identification
Learn how to analyze airborne hyperspectral products created as part of a typical Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) cell. Examples presented will focus on airborne hyperspectral imagery (HSI) data, but methodologies can be applied to other HSI data sources. This course is for current literal image analysts or others with limited hyperspectral data experiences interested in learning more about the HSI interpretation. Develop a better understanding of material spectra and spectral imaging, visually recognize spectral matches, recognize the purpose of atmospheric correction, and understand the meaning and need for spectral libraries.

Room 21
Commercial SAR Training
Learn the basics of Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging and see why commercial spaceborne SARS can guarantee collection of open, shareable Geoint products anywhere in the world.

Room 22
Interpreter Utilization & Cross Cultural Negotiations
In today’s modern battlefield, ability to successfully navigate the cross-cultural communication trap is a giant force multiplier in respect to Human Terrain. This training module will provide a discussion of the basic processes required to effectively achieve results in cross-cultural negotiations and discussions.

Room 24/25
GEOINT Certification Town Hall
1400-1630
This GEOINT Certification Town Hall will provide the audience with background information on what is certification and why it matters, and then feature program overviews by Chief Learning Officers from OSD and NGA as well as the USGIF lead for Professional GEOINT Certification. The audience can engage in lively discussion about this important topic and further develop an understanding of GEOINT Certification.

Wednesday, April 16

Room 18
Introduction to GMTI Analysis: A Course for Analysts and Operations Officers
This course provides an overview of Ground Moving Target Intelligence (GMTI) systems and analysis, focusing on recent revolutions in GMTI analytic tradecraft and support to operations. Course information will be presented by recently deployed GMTI experts with experience using a revolutionary sensor and analysis/exploitation solutions.

Room19
The Geographic Approach and Spatial Literacy Workshop
Explore and understand your abilities to think spatially. This facilitated workshop will consist of a series of problem scenarios from many different organizations and applications. You are challenged to think outside of your normal work environment and explore challenging problems from health, law enforcement, market analysis, site selection, defense, intelligence, ecological, natural resources, planning, logistics, and more. Through interactive group discussion and example scenarios, you will gain an understanding of how spatial analyses and the geographic approach are being used in many different disciplines around the world.

Room 20
Mobile GEOINT Tradecraft
The unique aspects of mobile GEOINT pose significant challenges to solutions providers as well as end-users. This session will highlight and discuss issues involved with mobile tradecraft, including working in disconnected, offline environment. This will be a hands-on working session and attendees are encouraged to BYOD (iOS or Android) so that the experience will provide instant and practical feedback. Hear from leading experts in conducting field-work on how tradecraft is applied in a mobile environment, leveraging an on-demand, global capability and have the opportunity to pose questions, discussion stubborn problems and experiment with example use-cases as the session unfolds.

Room 21
Commercial SAR Training
Learn the basics of Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging and see why commercial spaceborne SARS can guarantee collection of open, shareable Geoint products anywhere in the world.

Room 22
Counter-Elicitation/Predictive Threat Analysis; and Insider Threat Detection
Predictive Threat Analysis (PTA) and Counter-Elicitation training will provide an initial framework for the warfighter to predict and confirm competitor behavior. The emphasis of this training is to provide a focus on “Green on Blue” incidents using a proven methodology that establishes a baseline with specific criteria used for establishing threat patterns. “Insider Threat” training will provide an underpinning component of the “Insider Threat” force protection training like that used for advisor teams in forward deployed areas.

Room 24
The USGIF GEOINT Certification Draft Blueprint Drop-in Session
USGIF is developing a Professional GEOINT certification for the GEOINT Community at large, to include government, academia and industry. The draft GEOINT Certification blueprint specifies the knowledge and skills required for GEOINT analysts. This 2-hour session is designed for you to “drop in” at your convenience to provide input to the draft USGIF GEOINT certification blueprint and ensure the USGIF GEOINT certification program accurately reflects the knowledge and skills required for GEOINT analysis. A structured feedback form will allow you to make judgments about the preliminary USGIF GEOINT certification blueprint and identify any knowledge or skills that may be missing. This activity should take roughly 30 minutes of your time.

Thursday, April 17

Room 18
LiDAR Point Clouds & Modeler 101: Basic Point Cloud Exploitation
Discover tools and techniques for working with dense point clouds. Explore basic point cloud visualization manipulation, overlaying 2D imagery, point cloud profile tools, “stepping” profiles through dense foliage to identify features under canopy, point cloud filtering by LAS attributes, working with NITF-wrapped LAS files, and indexing data holdings in Google Earth. Students will bring their own laptop to work with sample LiDAR data. Second half of session will utilize LiDAR data collected in multiple operational theaters to solve intelligence needs – expressed as essential elements of information (EEIs) – commonly encountered in the field.

Room 19
Weather Data … The Unsung GEOINT
During this session you will be introduced to the constellation of systems, both domestic and foreign, the U.S. government relies upon for collecting GEOINT Weather Data, their capabilities, and the myriad of resulting products. You will also learn the basics of how these data and products are used by the warfighters and the Intelligence Community to support mission planning, tactical military operations, and intelligence collection efforts.

Room 20
USGIF Commercial Electro-Optical Imagery Working Group Training
USGIF and the Commercial Electro-Optical Working Group presents a workshop on commercial Electro-Optical Imaging. The workshop includes sessions on many of the latest developments – current and future multi-spectral sensors and the tools and analysis techniques to exploit it. Modules will include services available under NGA’s EnhancedView contract; commercial analytical service examples; imagery and imagery use cases available through an overview of the RapidEye Constellation of five identical satellites and an in depth view of global change monitoring using RapidEye data; the Active Earthscape tool set; and and overview of SPOT and Pleiades imaging constellation.

Room 21
Commercial SAR Training
Learn the basics of Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging and see why commercial spaceborne SARS can guarantee collection of open, shareable Geoint products anywhere in the world.

Room 22
Facial Behavioral Analysis
Body language and more specifically facial behavior provide large clues to the intent of a competitor in engagements and discussions. Understanding the emotional response of people we are dealing with is a great add-on skill even in own culture, but it multiplies our ability to properly react and adequately spot dangerous situations in advance.

Room 24
Modeling & Simulation Demos
Enhanced standards-based sharing will enable more agile simulation-based training, planning and rehearsing. And, the ability to rapidly re-purpose and integrate location relevant information between the M&S and operational environments will enhance preparedness and operational decision-making. Both military and civilian scenarios will be demonstrated using assorted member provided data from Hawaii and Yemen. The data used in the demo will include both foundation data used for simulations and displaying map reference information in command and control systems as well as dynamic data that can come from live sensor and system feeds or simulations.