Industry Talks

The meetings will be held concurrently on Day 2, August 8, 9–10 a.m.

How does GIS technology connect with new trends such as artificial intelligence, unmanned aircraft systems, or even public safety and volunteering? Kick off Day 2 of the 2019 TUgis Conference with industry talks, featuring presentations by industry experts on how GIS connects with the world around us.

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Participants should expect to leave with an understanding of the foundations of AI/ML that will allow them to: 1) select good candidates for AI/ML applications, 2) launch and manage their own AI/ML projects, and 3) integrate the technology in practical ways over the life cycle of a product to enhance the intelligence of production applications.

Karl KellerSpeaker: Karl Keller is a technology consultant in the Emerging Technology Group at JMT and has a Master of Engineering in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. As a practitioner of AI and machine learning since the early 1980s, Karl is a leader in AI/ML both as a published author in the ML sub-field of genetic algorithms and as an entrepreneur with the first commercially available ML rule-engine technology based on the SOAR cognitive architecture. Karl’s current focus is on leveraging the convergence of AI/ML, big data, and IoT technologies in practical engineering contexts.

A panel discussion with Surveying and GIS professionals to discuss the upcoming National Geodetic Survey release of the horizontal coordinate and vertical elevation systems in 2022. It will cover what is NATRF2022 and NAPGD2022, the two new acronyms you will being seeing a lot. Why newly collected features may be 6 feet different from the same features already in your database. What are the GIS vendors doing to prepare for the change.

Speakers: James Shaw, Maryland Society of Surveyors; David Doyle, Base 9 Geodetic Consulting Services; Alan Dragoo, Maser Consulting

Alan DragooAlan R. Dragoo is a licensed surveyor in Maryland and was employed for 27 years by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Laurel, MD, where he was a geodetic project manager in charge of high precision horizontal and vertical geodetic surveying projects using GPS and classical methods in support of the WSSC Control Network. Alan also worked at Trimble Navigation for eight years as a technical support representative. He also worked for Keystone Precision Instruments for eight years as sales manager for land survey products. He currently serves as assistant survey department manager at Maser Consulting in Sterling, VA.

URISA’s (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) GISCorps coordinates short term volunteer GIS services to underserved communities worldwide. Since its inception in October 2003, the Corps has attracted over 5,000 volunteers from 82 countries. To date, GISCorps has deployed hundreds of volunteers to over 200 missions. These volunteers have contributed over 15,000 working hours in emergency and non-emergency response missions in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the United States. This talk will include information about several GISCorps’ implemented missions as well as the GISCorps volunteering process.

Allen IbaughSpeaker: Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP; CEO of Data Transfer Solutions, has over 25 years of professional experience in GIS, asset management, and software development. Allen has been involved in URISA for over 20 years and is a past president of the organization. He has been involved in the GISCorps Core Committee for over 10 years. Allen holds a master’s in geography and urban planning from the University of Iowa.

Presented by the USA delegation chair to ISO 55000, this talk will explain exactly what the ISO 55000 asset management standard is, how it creates value, why you should adopt it, and how to rapidly begin applying it to your organization using GIS. The talk will demonstrate why and how the GIS federation of asset information is a best practice for enterprise asset management.

Ryen TarbetSpeaker: Ryen Tarbet has 25 years professional experience in asset management business consulting and technical asset management software implementation. He is the current chair of the U.S. committee to ISO 55000, the international standard on asset management. He is a subject matter expert in the use of geographic information systems in asset management, has specific expertise in capital renewal, and investment planning for infrastructure and its spatial-temporal analysis. Ryen holds a graduate degree in geography (GIS) from the University of California, Davis and studied finance at the UC Davis graduate school of business.

Ransomware has become a common attack vector, with recent attacks against Baltimore City, Georgia’s Judicial Council and Administrative Office of the Courts, Lake City, FL, and Key Biscayne, FL in the news. Some attacks are the result of nation-state actions, like the June 2017 attack against Maersk which caused $250 million (or more) in damages. Other attacks are like the 2013 Target breach, which attacked point of sale servers. Attackers are becoming more sophisticated and have learned new ways to monetize their attacks. Organizations of all sizes and types need to be aware of these emerging threats. We will discuss types of cybersecurity threats organizations face today, from phishing to credential stealing to ransomware, and look at methods to mitigate their risks.

Mike O’Leary, Ph.D.Speaker: Mike O’Leary, Ph.D., is a professor at Towson University and the founding director of the School of Emerging Technologies. He has developed and teaches hands-on capstone courses in computer security for both undergraduate and graduate students. He has coached the Towson University Cyber Defense Club to the finals of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

GIS in support of public safety has evolved dramatically over the last decade. Public safety practitioners are excited about, buying into, asking for, and investing in GIS. The evolution of technology has facilitated cross collaboration in the industry. GIS has also become more accessible, allowing operators in the field and command to leverage the power of GIS in real-time no matter if they are in the same room or miles apart. We are shifting rapidly into an era of geo-enabling decision-makers, field teams, the public, and even our plans. This shift is freeing up GIS analysts to perform the ‘So What?’ analysis—moving beyond “making maps” to providing decision-makers with actionable information to save lives and improve the outcomes of survivors.

Tari MartinSpeaker: Tari Martin, GISP, is a program manager with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation, where she is responsible for managing a team of technologists in the development of technology solutions used by emergency managers and first responders in the field, at the Incident Command Post, and in the Emergency Operations Center.  She also serves as a lead subject matter expert in the design and curation of location-enabled tools and resources for risk analysis, preparedness planning, and exercise design and conduct. Tari holds a B.S. in environmental science and policy from the University of Maryland College Park.

The uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are exploding across practically every application and industry imaginable. This use builds on advances in processing, sensor development, and communications, to name just a few. It also builds on work being done in other domains and is contributing to the evolution of automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. We will discuss the technical solutions and challenges, specifically as they apply to GIS, the teams and individuals that are doing the work, as well as the regulatory landscape and the future of UAS markets, locally, and globally.

Matt ScasseroSpeaker: Matt Scassero is the director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, where he focuses the resources and efforts of the state of Maryland on working with the FAA to integrate UAS into the national airspace, and enabling public access to these valuable assets to empower a flourishing civil and commercial UAS industry. His focus is to lead the University’s efforts to be a premier force in advancing UAS safely, efficiently and effectively, while delivering products and programs in support of workforce development and higher education goals.