With the first day of Summer 2016 in the books, my thoughts are
turning towards the ENVI Analytics Symposium (EAS) and our shared community
goals regarding the geospatial analytics marketplace. As a remote sensing scientist, I know that the
2016 EAS will deliver a vigorous and lively debate on new sensors, collection
platforms, cloud technology, data science and algorithms. We will have that dialogue with world-class
research scientists and industry thought leaders discussing how geospatial
technology (such as spatial-temporal analytics and Small Sat platforms), is
meeting the growing challenges of National Security, Global Climate Change,
Health Analytics and Precision Agriculture.
Of particular interest will be an in-depth discussion, led by Dr.
Michael Steinmayer of SulSoft, on de-forestation monitoring in the Amazon rain
forest using airborne SAR and spectral data.
I am also honored to announce that former NGA Director Robert B.
Murrett, a professor on the faculty of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and
Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and Deputy Director of the Institute for
National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), will once again join me on the
EAS stage as a moderator for our panel discussions.
This year’s EAS will also explore the business drivers behind
the growth in geo-solutions across a wide spectrum of consumer applications. Our track on Cloud Platforms and Geospatial Markets will feature a diverse group
of companies that are investing in online marketplaces and leveraging cloud
technology. Industry leaders such as
DigitalGlobe, Airbus Defence and Space, Cloud EO, Harris Geospatial and Amazon
will discuss their approaches, success and challenges in getting to the next
big growth ring – commercial customers that want answers to business
problems. We are adding emphasis to this
commercial business theme by including an Industry
Solutions track featuring innovative companies, such as exactEarth, FLoT
Systems and Highland Agriculture, who will discuss their analytical approaches
to maritime, utility and agricultural markets.
Our line-up of workshops has something for everyone including Deep
Learning approaches for geospatial data, an introduction to Geiger-mode LIDAR,
SAR Lunch and Learn, Small UAS data processing and many other topics of
interest. Be sure to take a look at the workshops and agenda topics for the event. I hope you will join us this August 23rd and 24th in Boulder, Colorado, for the next chapter of the ENVI Analytics Symposium!