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ENVI Classified User Symposium (ENVIUS)

Kevin Wells

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming ENVI Classified User Symposium (ENVIUS), which is taking place on May 14 at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) in Springfield, VA. This is an event that I’ve supported for several years now, and it is fun to see how it has become one of the most anticipated meetings of the year for our customers that work in the Defense and Intelligence community. I regularly have customers tell me that it is a great opportunity for geospatial analysts and scientist to hear and see what thought leaders are doing within the community, as well as an excellent opportunity to network with their colleagues. 

This year, Aimee Baldwin has done a great job putting together a full agenda of speakers that are using Exelis VIS technologies to solve some really challenging problems. Some of the highlights of the day include:

- Several discussions on the use of point cloud data from various modalities and sensors for 3D feature extraction and how this analysis can be conducted in a cloud environment using ENVI Services Engine (ESE).

- A speaker from George Mason University will be talking about how he has been able to use ENVI with HSI data for accurate, efficient, large–scale and timely identification and mapping of hydrilla infestation in coastal estuaries and other water bodies

- Representatives from the USGS will be briefing on the research that they conducted by analyzing a wide range of properties from disasters such as World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill as well as various wildfires and landslides. Through this work, they have identified potential safety and environmental issues that may have been overlooked or not identified by traditional remote sensing techniques. 

- Work that has been done on the optimization of target detection algorithms so as to suppress noise and cluster anomalies and improve the ability to find specific targets.

- Image scientists from NGA will be discussing a new methodology of using the VIIRS Day/Night Band (DNB) for nighttime light analysis. They have then used ENVI Services Engine (ESE) to more efficiently process their data on a server and are executing the same processes for data residing on the desktop. Both of these implementations use a multiprocessing approach, which is greatly improving their efficiency and saving significant amounts of time. 

We are also going to have our Enterprise Product Manager, Mark Bowersox, provide a view through the looking glass as to what is on the horizon with the various VIS products. 

Keep in mind that this event is only open to US Citizens with a TS/SCI level security clearance. 

If you have any questions about it, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself (kevin.wells@exelisinc.com) or to Aimee Baldwin (aimee.baldwin@exelisinc.com). 

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