OI2 ∑ Thursday, April 18, 2013 ∑ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ∑ Buffalo, NY

Program Schedule

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Time Topic Speaker(s)
08:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 Welcome and Introduction DDSSR
09:15 Keynote: Horizontal Integration of Civil Information Gerard Christman
10:15 Break
10:30 The Role of Ontology in the Era of Big (Military) Data Barry Smith
11:15 Panel: Ontology and Data Fusion Dale A. Walsh, Moises Sudit, Ron Rudnicki and Jim Llinas
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Panel: Big Ontology LTC William S. Mandrick, Tatiana Malyuta, and Lowell Vizenor
14:45 Terror and Intelligence Ontologies Col. Ronen Cohen
15:30 Break
15:45 Keynote: Why Ontologies? A Perspective from Military Intelligence Leo J. Obrst
16:45 Wrap-Up DDSSR

Speaker Biographies

Gerard Christman is a Sr. Systems Engineer with FCI supporting the Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer for the past decade. Prior to this position he had a full military career with over 23 years of service in the US Army Signal Corps. He is ABD in Information Systems with Nova Southeastern University, has a dual Masters in Telecommunications and Computer Resources & Information Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Engineering with honors from Pratt Institute. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.
Colonel (Res) Ronen Cohen is the founder and owner of Inspiration.c.a. Established in January 2012, Inspiration.c.a specializes in characterizing, analyzing, and developing ontologies for agencies that deal with counterterrorism threats and intelligence analysis. Among the company's clients are Ness TSG (part of the global Ness Technologies) and different departments in the Israel Defense Forces. Ronen is an accomplished army veteran, having served as the head of the Terror Arena in the production division of the Intelligence Directorate from 2003 to 2006. He served as the Deputy Head of the production division until 2007, during which time he enrolled at Haifa University and received his MA in Political Science and Security. He is also a graduate of the Barak Command and Headquarters College, where he earned his BA with honors. From 2008 until 2010, Col. Cohen was the Central Command Intelligence officer for the Israeli Army.
Dr. James Llinas is an Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering and also dual-appointed in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York, USA. He is the Founder of the Center for Multisource Information Fusion (CMIF) operated by the university and CUBRC, and is an Emeritus Director of CMIF. Dr. Llinas brings over 35 years of experience in multisource information processing and data fusion technology to his research, teaching, and business development activities. He is an internationally-recognized expert in sensor, data, and information fusion, co-authored the first integrated book on Multisensor Data Fusion in 1990, and has lectured internationally for over 30 years on this topic.
Dr. Tatiana Malyuta is an Associate Professor of the New York College of Technology of CUNY, and a consultant on Government projects as a subject matter expert in data design and data integration. Recently she has been working on Horizontal Integration of Big Intelligence Data on the Cloud and on applying ontologies to data integration. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science.
LTC William S. Mandrick is a military ontologist with subject matter expertise in conflict processes, counterinsurgency operations, and Command and Control (C2). He is also a U.S. Army officer with an infantry and special operations background.
Dr. Leo J. Obrst is principal artificial intelligence scientist in the Information Discovery and Understanding department of the MITRE Corporation's Command and Control Center. He has worked over 29 years in computational linguistics, and knowledge representation. He has 18 years experience in ontological engineering, and more recently, in Semantic Web technologies. He is a founding member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications. He is co-founder of the open community of practice Ontolog Forum, and was a member of the W3C Web Ontology Working Group that developed the Web Ontology Language OWL.
Ronald Rudnicki is a senior research scientist at CUBRC, Inc. with a focus on ontology development. He is the author or co-author of ontologies in the domains of Biometrics, Command and Control (C2) and Counter-Terrorism. Prior to his work in ontology, Ron worked in industry developing data warehouses and associated analytic tools.
Barry Smith is a prominent contributor to both theoretical and applied research in ontology. He is the author of some 500 publications on ontology and related topics, with a primary focus on biomedical and defense and security informatics. He is director of the National Center for Ontological Research and University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor.
Dr. Moises Suditís primary research interests are in the theory and applications of Discrete Optimization. More specifically, he has been concerned in the design and analysis of methods to solve problems in the areas of Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization. A primary goal of this research has been the development of efficient exact and approximate (heuristic) procedures to solve large-scale engineering and management problems. As managing director of the Center for Multisource Information Fusion, Dr. Sudit has merged the interests of Operations Research with Information Fusion. He has an appointment as Research Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, his Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University and his Doctorate in Operations Research from Purdue University.
Dr. Lowell Vizenor is the Semantic Technology Practice Lead at Alion Science and Technology and Lead Semantic Architect at the NextGen Joint Planning and Development Office, where he is working to develop a suite of ontology-based services to support the machine-aided discovery, management and understanding of data sources across multiple Federal agencies. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo.
Dale Walsh currently works intelligence fusion issues for both the Army G-2 Intel Futures Division and for the Program Manager, Distributed Common Ground Station-Army (DCGS-A). Dale brings nearly thirty years of work on Army intelligence systems, and currently serves as the Army's subject matter expert for intel fusion and the fusion lead engineer for DCGS-A. He was awarded the 2011 Mignogna Award for lifetime achievement by the DoD Data Fusion Panel, and has been a frequent writer and presenter on topics related to information processing and fusion. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University had has been employed by The MITRE Corporation since 1979.
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