Saint Louis University and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency are proud to announce Geo-Resolution 2020 will be held on March 25, 2020 at SLU's Busch Student Center. The conference is free and open to the public.
Date: March 25, 2020
The Geo-Resolution geospatial conference will bring together government, academic and industry leaders growing the geospatial ecosystem in the greater St. Louis region. Geo-Resolution represents the latest efforts from SLU and the broader St. Louis community to build geospatial capacity and to strengthen old and new collaborations across the nation.
The event is open to the public, though registration is required.
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.
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.
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.
Over 650 regional leaders attended this inaugural conference, which opened with a moderated discussion between Vice Admiral Robert Sharp and SLU President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.
St. Louis is poised to become a national hub for geospatial science and technology. On the morning of Geo-Resolution 2019, NGA revealed new design concepts of the Next NGA West (N2W) campus, which is planned to be operational in 2025.
For its part, SLU has been at the center of the nation’s geospatial enterprise since the Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis with maps of the Louisiana Territory in 1806. Building on this rich history, in January 2019, SLU and NGA signed an agreement establishing a special relationship that positioned the University and NGA as collaborators on geospatial research, training and innovation initiatives.
Geo-Resolution 2019 can be viewed in its entirety below.