Under the sponsorship of ODNI, Academies staff conduct semi-annual colloquia as part of an on-going series. Each colloquium covers a major topic of interest to the intelligence community and hosts leading experts from government, private industry, and academia to participate in presentations and panel discussions. For more information regarding the colloquia, please contact Dionna Ali at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computational Methods for Human Geography - January 17, 2018
This half-day colloquium on January 17, 2018 hosted by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at NGA headquarters in Springfield, Virginia, to explore some of the latest developments in computational methods for human geography. Topics will include new theoretical developments, potential applications, implications for the latest advances in human geography modelling, and computational methods. This half-day unclassified event will include individual presentations and a panel discussion on using analytic models with human geography research as it relates to U.S. intelligence analysis.
Selected Topics in Artificial Intelligence - August 7, 2017
This half-day colloquium and webcast on August 7, 2017 focused on emerging technologies in artificial intelligence and the implications of these technologies for U.S. interests. Watch the recorded webcast
Identifying and Understanding Emerging Breakthroughs in Science Technology – November 3, 2016
This fourth colloquium in the series brought together leading experts to share their thoughts on the art and science behind identifying and understanding emerging breakthroughs in science and technology. Throughout history, breakthroughs in science and technology have had far reaching and often unforeseen impacts across the spectrum of human activity. This full day event began with a panel discussion and audience Q&A discussing the science and art of identifying emerging breakthroughs in science and technology, and assessing their social, political, economic, and security implications. The event concluded with an afternoon of individual presentations which provided examples of recent breakthroughs as well as discussed their implications.
New Models for Socio-Political Systems – May 9, 2016
This third colloquium in the ODNI sponsored series presented how modern socio-political theory and modeling can enhance the intelligence community process for making estimates and judgments. Emerging tools for socio-political modeling offer important insights regarding society, culture, politics, and behavior. By combining data on interrelated factors, researchers can identify trends and provide insight into real-world concerns such as abrupt social change, changes in power dynamics within a society or country, and adherence to new political ideologies. This half day event featured prominent speakers who presented on their work in new models for socio-political systems.
- Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania, Computer Assisted Agent-Based Modeling for Intelligence Purposes
- Victor Asal, University at Albany SUNY, Identifying the Factors that Make Violent Organizations More Likely to Behave the Way They Do
- Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan and the Santa Fe Institute, Modeling the Interaction Between Culture and Institutional Performance, with Implications for Institutional Sequencing and Robust Design
- Yaneer Bar-Yam, New England Complex Systems Institute, What is the World Coming to: Developing Global Crisis Analysis, Anticipation and Response
Novel Materials – October 7, 2015
This second colloquium in the series highlighted selected research topics from materials science, an interdisciplinary field yielding new technologies with implications for medical care, manufacturing, and national security. This day-long, invitation-only symposium featured researchers at the frontiers of materials science research as they presented their latest research advancements and participated in an open Q&A session with attendees on the practical and transformational applications of their research. Topics included advances in 3D printing, biocompatible electronics, biomimetics, nanomaterials, and stretchable electronics.
Novel Power Sources – June 10, 2015
This inaugural colloquium brought together leading experts for an afternoon of presentations and discussions on topics ranging from fuel cells that run on biodegradable organic matter to compact fusion reactors.