Skip to main content

Saint Louis University Header Logo Center

Menu Search & Directory

2020 Conference Schedule

The conference co-sponsors, Saint Louis University and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, have decided to postpone the Geo-Resolution 2020 Conference.

The organizers hope to reschedule Geo-Resolution at a later date and will communicate details when more information is available. The schedule below reflects the initial plans for Geo-Resolution 2020.


Poster Session

Busch Student Center, RM 253


Registration and Light Breakfast

Wool Ballrooms, Lower Level, Busch Student Center



Emcee: Henry S. Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer at Washington University in St. Louis, MO


Welcome and Remarks

NGA Director, VADM Robert Sharp and SLU President Fred Pestello, Ph.D.

GeoPlunge Winners Announced


Introduce Keynote Speaker

Emcee: Henry S. Webber


Morning Keynote Address

James Reilly, Director, United States Geological Survey
(30 min., 10 min Q&A)




Panel 1: Hydrography: Mapping the Waters

The sinking of the RMS TITANIC led to the creation of the International Ice Patrol, which located and tracked icebergs in the North Atlantic and issued warnings in the vicinity of icebergs. As a result of the convention, all vessels at sea were required to maintain a 24-hour radio watch. By 1921, these radio officers at sea were receiving safety messages from the Navigation Safety and Warning Service, maintained by NGA predecessor organizations. Today, NGA is responsible for broadcasting time-sensitive marine safety messages, and agencies such as the Army Corp of Engineers keep domestic waterways safe and navigable. And academic research on natural and man-made wetlands is informing a better understanding of the natural world, our impacts on it, and the crucial role of healthy waterways for human quality of life.


  • Moderator: Dr. Amanda Cox, P.E., Saint Louis University WATER Institute, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Capt. Scott Stoermer, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander Sector Upper Mississippi
  • Capt. Richard Kennedy, U.S. Navy, Chief of Maritime Safety, NGA
  • Paul Morin, Director, University of Minnesota Polar Geospatial Center




Panel 2: Geospatial Ecology: Mapping the Living World

NGA joined forces with the Missouri Technology Corporation and Saint Louis University to launch “Saving the Herd with AI,” the first in a series of events exploring the use of automation to advance Counter Wildlife Trafficking, or CWT, efforts. Teams of graduate students representing four St. Louis-area universities worked together to propose solutions to specific CWT problems outlined by Odean Serrano, founder and director of the CWT Institute. The panel will discuss the broader potential for AI and geospatial tools to preserve the natural world, and how new partnerships of industry, academia and government can develop new tools for this mission.

  • Moderator: Eric Adams, Wired Magazine
  • Dr. Odean Serrano, Director, Countering Wildlife Trafficking Institute
  • Robert Cardillo, President, the Cardillo Group
  • Dr. Badri Adhikari, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Anjali Singhvi, Graphics Editor, New York Times


Attendee Lunch

Lobby and Courtyard Tents

1200 - 1230

Recorded Podcast Featuring Andy Dearing (GeoFutures) and Jacquelyn Karpovich (NGA)

Wool Ballroom, Main Stage


Introduce Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Emcee: Henry S. Webber


Afternoon Keynote

Jack Dangermond, President and CEO, Esri

(30 min., 10 min Q&A)


Panel 3: Geospatial Ethics: Rewards and Risks of Increased Connectivity

Explore the ethical issues involved in living in a world of ever-increasing surveillance and connectivity.

  • Moderator: Michael Rozier, SJ, Saint Louis University
  • Mr. Thomas Monheim, General Counsel, NGA
  • Dr. Lee Schwartz, Geographer of the United States, US Department of State
  • Dr. Dara Seidl, Independent GIS Consultant




Guest Speaker: Dr. Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist for Google

(30 min, 10 min Q&A)


Panel 4: A Year's Progress for the St. Louis Regional Geospatial Ecosystem

The Saint Louis Geospatial Ecosystem has seen exceptional growth in the last year, with the expansion of Cortex, establishment of Geosaurus at T-Rex and the expansion of the corporate geospatial workforce. The Teconomy Report provides a roadmap for future growth, and partners such as the Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), a center for innovation and technology commercialization supporting the mission of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), can provide practical guidance in how to further expand our regional partnership of innovation centers, government, corporations, colleges and universities. The panel will review the progress made in the last year in establishing Saint Louis as the National Center of Geospatial Excellence, and lessons learned at WBI in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Moderator: Jason Hall, CEO, Arch to Park
  • Tony Frazier, EVP of Global Field Operations, Maxar Technologies
  • Scott Springer, Director of Collaboration Operations, Wright Brothers Institute
  • Dr. Patty Hagen, Executive Director, T-Rex
  • Sam Fiorello, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Christy Monaco, Director, Office of Ventures and Innovation, NGA


Announce Poster Session Winners and Recognize the "Save the Herd" Idea-thon Winning Team


Closing Remarks

NGA Director, VADM Robert Sharp and SLU President Fred Pestello


Post-Conference Social

Saint Louis Room, Busch Student Center, Room 300


Career Fair

Saint Louis Room, Busch Student Center, Room 300