Descartes Labs Government to Present in GEOINT Tradecraft Competition and Host Two Workshops on Autonomous Target Sensing Using ALL-INT Data Fusion at GEOINT 2022

by | Apr 12, 2022

SANTA FE, New Mexico “ Descartes Labs Inc., a leading solutions provider of geospatial intelligence originating out of Los Alamos National Laboratory, government subsidiary, Descartes Labs Government, Inc., will present in the GEOINT Tradecraft Competition and host a two-part training workshop at GEOINT 2022 in Colorado.

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Open to all GEOINT attendees, the Tradecraft Competition will be held on the Main Stage at 9:45 am on Tues., April 26, with the winner determined by audience vote. Also on April 26, the workshop sessions require advance registration and will instruct attendees how to apply machine learning (ML)-based analytics and multimodal ALL-INT data fusion techniques on a cloud platform for autonomous detection and visualization of targets across the integrated battlespace at a planetary scale “ powered by Descartes Labs.

Competition Details

Dr. Shawana Johnson, Chief Science Officer for Descartes Labs Government, Inc., will present Global 5G Chinese Domination: Reducing the Communication Network ˜Attack Surface' Universally in the Innovative Tradecraft Competition at 9:45 – 10:30 am April 26 where she will introduce unique ways to secure network data with a DOD network partner, SCATR, while providing GEOINT precise analytics with open-source data.

The Competition is sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) for members to demonstrate innovative GEOINT solutions addressing mission problems through visualization, discovering needles in needle stacks, data sharing, and interoperability.

The winning Tradecraft solution will be determined by audience vote, and the winner will be announced by 12:45 pm that day as well.

Workshop Details

The two-part workshop is designed for anyone in the geospatial data science and analytics pipeline “ from managers and team leaders to algorithm modelers and analysts. These sessions are open to students and will include discussions of ALL-INT career pathways for GEOINT workforce development.

Registration for each session is required (with a small USGIF small attendance fee). Participants should attend both workshops due to the sequential organization of the presentations and bring laptops to Session 2.

Session 1 “ Tuesday, April 26, 7:30-8:30 am (Workshop ID #143)

Autonomous Sensing of Targets with ALL-INT Fusion Capabilities for Immediate Workforce Engagement

Session 2 “ Tuesday, April 26, 2:00-3:00 pm (Workshop ID #153)

Hands-On Guided Training for Autonomous Sensing of Targets with ALL-INT Fusion Basics on a Planetary-Scale Cloud-Based Platform

In the era of expanding 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in which attack surfaces have greatly expanded, GEOINT professionals face the challenge of tracking threats across an integrated battlespace. Producing actionable information in this environment requires fusion and analysis of ALL-INT data sets – optical and SAR satellite imagery, as well as SATCOM data.

The workshops will feature three speakers:

Dr. Shawana Johnson, Chief Science Officer and Global Commercial Geospatial Subject Matter Expert at Descartes Labs, will provide an overview of commercial Earth observation data sets, 5G impacts on IoT, expanded attack surfaces, and the threat of near-peer adversaries.

Nicole Toigo, Head of Product and Applied Sciences at Descartes Labs, will provide hands-on introduction to the Descartes Labs platform and its use in fusing multimodal ALL-INT data and developing autonomous ML-based target visualization.

Prof. Mark Speck, Assistant Professor at Chaminade University of Honolulu and Technical Fellow with HII, will discuss the ways in which autonomous sensing can be deployed across environments with commercial EO/IR data to support the warfighter.

The two workshops, especially the hands-on session, will give attendees cloud-based Internet access to multi-INT models using Python libraries and a powerful cloud-native infrastructure via the Descartes Labs platform. In the combined sessions, attendees “ regardless of existing geospatial knowledge “ will gain the following:

  • An understanding of commercial Earth observation data sets and 5G and IoT potential attack surfaces,
  • Knowledge of basic tools for data exploration and machine learning on planetary-scale architecture,
  • An understanding of the trade-offs in building models for global-scale analysis,
  • Hands-on experience building, training, and deploying ML techniques on static objects to develop target and tracking indicators,
  • How to apply existing GEOINT Tradecraft to the world of ML, Computer Vision, and High-Performance Computing in the Cloud.
  • Insights into GEOINT career pathways related to ML, ALL-INT, and computational sciences.


These GEOINT 2022 training sessions require advance registration at Space is limited.

Descartes Labs Government will be exhibiting at GEOINT 2022 in booth 2008 where it will demonstrate the latest breakthroughs in multimodal sensor data fusion and advanced big data analytics and virtualization. Members of the Descartes Labs Government team will be on hand to discuss development of custom ISR solutions, geospatial data ingestion pipelines, and automated object detection and classification.

For more information on Descartes Labs Governments' Workshops, in-booth presentations, or to schedule a meeting time with the team at GEOINT 2022, please visit Descartes Labs Government & GEOINT 2022 Symposium


GEOINT 2022 will be held April 24-27, 2022, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora (Denver), Colorado.

About Descartes Labs

Descartes Labs is a geospatial intelligence company that performs scientific analysis of geospatial, remote sensing, and diverse complementary data sets to enable sustainable sourcing best practices, commodity price forecasting, and efficient mineral exploration for leading CPG, Agriculture, and Mining companies. Our SaaS platform automates the analysis of geospatial imagery for our users, enabling planetary scale analysis through artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company also supports a diverse set of federal government efforts to curate, analyze, and provide unique actionable insights from geospatial data. For more information visit

About Chaminade University of Honolulu

Chaminade University of Honolulu believes in the power of education to drive positive change, broaden perspectives and deepen our understanding of one another. With an emphasis on transformative service-learning experiences, we prepare students to serve as tomorrow's leaders, inspiring and challenging them to use their mind and their heart to help build stronger and more just communities. We are proud to serve as Hawai˜i's only Marianist university, and rely on these values to guide us in delivering a high-quality education with an individualized approach and a focus on excellence, innovation and change. Established in 1955, we offer more than 30 undergraduate and graduate programs, including doctoral degrees in education, psychology and nursing practice. Learn more at


HII is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII's Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII's Technical Solutions division provides mission-critical national security solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 45,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:


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