The Intelligence Systems and Analytics Group at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)* is currently re-evaluating our research portfolio with respect to geospatial information and intelligence. The balance of research conducted over the past few years has been bias towards providing research that has near-term benefits. We are now looking to re-balance the research to increase the medium to long term components. The fundamental question we are seeking to address is:
How can UK Defence maximise the production, management and the use of geospatial information and intelligence over the next ten - fifteen years taking into account the scientific and technological advances that are occurring and the current capability within the military and its ability to adapt?
In support of this Dstl will be hosting a symposium to build a wider relationship with those involved in potentially disruptive research that could change how MOD addresses the capture, processing, management, visualisation and exploitation of Geospatial Information and Intelligence.
We will brief attendees on the many ways in which academia can engage with Dstl. These can involve support for MScs and PhDs, fully-funded post-doctoral contracting and collaborative research.
Our interests are very broad and we are happy to consider research not directly involved with geospatial information but that may still have potential disruptive effects on the geospatial domain. These interests include but are not limited to: Sensors and data capture; text processing; citizen science, Internet of Things; interoperability; NoSQL technologies including the Semantic Web, linked data and ontologies; data quality and fitness for purpose; provenance; spatial-temporal modelling; 3D; natural language querying; mobile/location-based services; human, vernacular and place based geographies; visualisation, representation and interaction; and analytics.
9:30 - 10:30 Registration, Tea & Coffee
10:30 – 10:40 Introduction and Opening remarks
10:40 – 11:10 Defence context, Major General J R Hockenhull OBE Director Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration, UK MoD
11:10 – 11:40 Welcome to the age of ambient location, Ed Parsons, Google Geospatial Technologist
11:50 – 12:20 Geo-Intelligence and the Future Smart Battlespace, G M Livesey Head Joint Geospatial Intelligence, Joint Force Command, Glen Hart (Dstl)
12:20 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 1345 Lightning talks
13:45 – 15:00 Break-outs Session
13:45 – 14:00 Setting the challenges
14:00 – 15:15 60 minutes for discussion / 15 minutes prepare presentation of outcomes
15:15 – 16:00 Report back
16:00 – 16:30 Closing remarks and working with Dstl
16:30 Close of play and departure
We will organise five break-out groups to consider the following topic areas related to Geo-Intelligence:
Creation, extraction (mining) and management
Human Geography and place-based perspectives
Semantics and models
Management and publication
Human factors and representation (including visualisation)
This will give an opportunity for attendees understand better the challenges face by the military through exploration of the topics in a military context.
If you would like to submit a 5 minute lightning talk please email: Glen Hart with the title and brief outline.
If you would like to find out more about the event please contact Glen Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org).