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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


Predictive Analytics - November 4, 2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a colloquium to discuss the latest issues in analytic prediction including topics such as: prediction versus explanation trade-off, rare event prediction, game theory, big data, and the role of AI/machine learning.  Watch the recorded webcast


Smart Cities and Communities - April 12, 2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct an unclassified half-day colloquium featuring the technologies that help communities improve traffic management, air quality control emergency health, education access, and other social services. The presentations will highlight the experiences of cities that have attempted to implement smart technologies, and participants will discuss nation security and privacy issues as as the social impact of these technologies. Watch the webinar videos


5G: Fifth Generation Wireless Communications - November 13, 2018

On November 13, 2018 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a colloquium to explore the architectures and technologies that will form the basis of the upcoming 5G system and how they will enable a host of new applications for the user. The colloquium program will also include an assessment of how these applications will affect the U.S. and the world. This unclassified event will feature individual presentations followed by a panel discussion. 


Quantum Sensing and Communications - August 23, 2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will conduct a colloquium to explore some of the latest developments in quantum sensing and quantum communications. This half-day unclassified event will include individual presentations and a panel discussion on quantum concepts and technologies as they relate to U.S. intelligence analysis.


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.

Program Forthcoming

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.


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.