Descartes Labs to Host GEOINT 2021 Training Workshop on Creating Machine Learning-Based Computer Vision Models for Planetary Scale Data Analysis

by | Sep 14, 2021

SANTA FE, New Mexico “ Descartes Labs, a leading geospatial intelligence firm originating out of Los Alamos National Laboratory, will host a free training workshop at GEOINT 2021 that will teach attendees to leverage Machine Learning (ML) and Computer Vision (CV) technologies to extract actionable information from multiple diverse geospatial data sets at planetary scale.


The one-hour workshop, Advanced Geospatial Analytics Utilizing Ever Increasing Geo Data with Computer Vision at Planetary Scale: Learn to Build and Deploy Machine Learning Models for Young Professionals to Senior Scientists, will be held at 2 pm CT on Weds., October 6, at the America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri. (Room TBD)


The most daunting challenge facing GEOINT professionals is extracting insights from enormous volumes and varieties of multimodal sensor data sets, said John Shriver, Platform Team Lead at Descartes Labs. This session will demonstrate the tools available to automate the geospatial analytics workflow.


Open to all GEOINT 2021 participants, the workshop is designed for anyone in the geospatial data science and analytics pipeline “ from managers and team leaders to algorithm modelers and analysts. Students are also welcome.


The class will feature three speakers:


John Shriver will introduce the Descartes Labs Geoprocessing Platform and discuss the building, training, and deployment of ML-based Computer Vision on High Performance Computing infrastructure in the cloud.


Prof. Mark Speck, Assistant Professor at Chaminade University of Honolulu and Data Scientist at Huntington Ingalls Industries, will demonstrate the applications of ML-based models for feature identification and object detection from regional and global geospatial image data sets.


Dr. Shawana Johnson, Global Commercial Geospatial Subject Matter Expert at Descartes Labs, will provide an overview of the availability and capabilities of current and future commercial sensors and satellite/airborne imaging systems.


Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops for hands-on use of the Descartes Labs Geoprocessing Platform and Data Refinery.


In just one hour, attendees “ regardless of existing geospatial knowledge “ will learn the following:


  • How to search for and find the right geospatial data set to solve their problem,
  • What is the art of the possible with ML and Computer Vision technologies,
  • How to train an ML-based Computer Vision model for automated feature recognition and change detection
  • How to apply existing GEOINT Tradecraft to the world of Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and High Performance Computing in the Cloud.


This GEOINT 2021 training session requires advance registration at Space is limited.


Descartes Labs will also be exhibiting at GEOINT 2021 in booth 2415 where it will be demonstrating the latest breakthroughs in multimodal sensor data fusion and advanced big data analytics and virtualization. Members of the Descartes Labs Science & Tech Solutions team will be on hand to discuss development of custom ISR solutions, geospatial data ingestion pipelines, and automated object detection and classification.


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


Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries 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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