Big Data for Intelligence Symposium

Creating Actionable Intelligence from Large Unstructured Data Sets


November 18-19, 2013

 The  Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

(original dates were October 16-17)

DSI’s Big Data for Intelligence Symposium is designed as an educational and training “Town Hall” forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. The symposium will focus on data analysis to support time-sensitive decision-making.



Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • -Dr. Reggie Brothers, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research
  • -David Shedd, Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • -Robert Jimenez, Chief Technology Officer, National Reconnaissance Office
  • -Gus Taveras, Chief Technology Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • -Duncan McCarthy, Technical Executive, InnoVision, NGA


  • -Dr. Ashit Talukder, Chief, Information Access Division, NIST


  • -George Duchak, Director, Information Directorate, AFRL
  • -Dr. Mark Livingston, Computer Scientist, NRL

 ______________________________________________________________________ About the Event:

Intelligence organizations across government have an opportunity to exploit large data sets in order to produce actionable intelligence. The technology to visualize and exploit large, unstructured data sets provides the IC with a unique opportunity to dramatically improve their effectiveness and efficiency.

 The Intelligence Community and its partners must build the capacity to harness this information being generated at an alarming rate. Dramatic advances in all intelligence collection products mean technology and contracting support will increase exponentially.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits' content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the community from operational leaders, intelligence providers, key policy-makers, as well as solution providers from Industry and Academia. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all involved organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers. ________________________________________________________________________________

How Will You Benefit?

*Hear the latest requirements and needs from IC leadership

*Learn about cutting edge research and development that will advance your organization

*Meet with colleagues and clients to discuss the next steps forward to support the Big Data Effort for the IC

*See early R&D initiatives and learn how you can support

Key areas this symposium will address:

  • *Technology that provides rapid and accurate analysis of large unstructured data sets
  • *Improving data management through efficient representation and visualization
  • *Empowering analysts with the tools and refined data to produce accurate intelligence information
  • *Advancing predictive analytics to support operations
  • *Advances in activity based intelligence
  • *Managing time and volume to achieve mission success
The Symposium will bring together senior level officials from the DoD, DHS and IC, specifically the RDT&E organizations responsible for developing the tools and techniques necessary to support the useful application of large, unstructured data sets.
  • At our Symposium you will have the ability to:
  • Gain Education & Insight:  Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing special operations forces today.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest technologies related to Big Data.
  • Influence:  Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions or comments and will receive a pre-Symposium questionnaire for precise questions and subject matters you would like our speakers to address.
The Big Data for Intelligence Symposium is compliant with Department of Defense operating guidelines, and adheres to the most recent standards of the Office of General Counsel, Standards of Conduct Office:
*Currently, SOCO advisory 09-03: 7.(a)… purposes of jer 3-211 (a)(7) the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), OGE standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch: currently 5 cfr part 2635 and 31 u.s.c. 1353 as it pertains to OGE standards
*Qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and is compliant with The Office of Government Ethics, Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch: currently 5 CFR part 2635 and 31 U.S.C. 1353 as it pertains to OGE Standards.
*The Big Data for Intelligence Symposium is open to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered a compliant education and training forum