Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
14 - 18 April 2019
Plenary Events
Monday Plenary Session
Date: Monday 15 April 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. 316
Welcome, Awards, and Acknowledgements
5:00 pm to 5:15 pm

Presentation of the 2019 Rising Researchers
The Rising Researchers program is designed to recognize early career professionals who are conducting outstanding work in product development or research in the defense, commercial, and scientific sensing, imaging, optics, or related fields.


The Future of Battlefield "Things"
5:15 pm to 6:00 pm

Philip Perconti
Army Research Lab. (USA)

Abstract: The future battlefield will consist of active enemy, friendly, and by-standing resources, an environment (e.g. megacities and rural) that will be dynamic, boundaries that will be diverse and transient. Deception will be the norm. These characteristics translate into increased complexity for the warfighter, requiring situation-adaptive responses, selective collection and processing, and real time sense making of massive heterogeneous data over a pervasive network of “things.” The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has an established research program called the Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT) that couples multi-disciplinary collaborative research across a consortium consisting of university and government partners to understand, predict, adapt and exploit the vast array of networked devices that will be present on the future battlefield. The IoBT consortium addresses fundamental research questions like, how do we classify the multitude of devices that will be present and utilize them in a way to meet mission needs; how can devices learn to infer sudden changes and adapt quickly in the presence of uncertainty and adversarial perturbations; and how to distribute complex computations over sensing and computing nodes with dynamic availability and connectivity? ARL is leveraging collaborative research programs such as IoBT and another program called Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology (DCIST) to enable the future of battlefield things. This presentation will highlight some of the research efforts aimed at answering these questions and describe ARL’s approach to collaborative research.

Biography: Dr. Philip Perconti is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Army’s premier laboratory for basic and applied research and analysis. ARL conducts research and analysis in weapons and materials, sensors and electron devices, computational and information sciences, human research and engineering, vehicle technology, and survivability and lethality analysis. ARL’s Army Research Office executes the Army extramural basic research program in scientific and engineering disciplines. The Laboratory consists of approximately 2,000 civilian and military employees with an annual budget of over $1 billion.

Prior to this, Dr. Perconti served as the Director of the Sensors & Electron Devices Directorate of the ARL. He was responsible for leading and transitioning the Army’s primary basic and applied research programs in sensors, electronics, sensor information processing, and power and energy technologies. In addition, he led ARL’s S&T campaign for Materials Research. His duties included operation of unique electronics and photonics materials fabrication and characterization facilities that enable world-class, Army-relevant, component research and development. He was also responsible for planning, executing and balancing mission and customer program needs to ensure science and technology dominance for the Army.

Is Clinical Virtual Reality Ready for Primetime?
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm

Albert "Skip" Rizzo
Director, Medical Virtual Reality, Institute for Creative Technologies;
Research Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology
Univ. of Southern California (USA)

Abstract: Since the mid-1990s, a significant scientific literature has evolved regarding the outcomes from the use of what we now refer to as Clinical Virtual Reality (VR). This use of VR simulation technology has produced encouraging results when applied to address cognitive, psychological, motor, and functional impairments across a wide range of clinical health conditions. This presentation addresses the question, “Is Clinical VR Ready for Primetime?” After a brief description of the various forms of VR technology, I will discuss the trajectory of Clinical VR over the last 20 years and summarize the basic assets that VR offers for creating clinical applications.

Biography: Albert "Skip" Rizzo is the Director of MedVR at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Over the last 20 years, Skip has conducted research on the design, development and evaluation of VR systems across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in healthy and clinical populations.
Tuesday Plenary Session
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Conv. Ctr. 316
Morning Coffee Meet and Greet
7:45 am to 8:15 am


Mosaic Warfare
8:15 am to 9:00 am

Dr. Timothy Grayson
Office Director, Strategic Technology Office

Abstract: Dr. Grayson will present on “Mosaic Warfare”, DARPA’s strategy for conducting joint multi-domain battle at speed. Instead of focusing on developing new, highly capable platforms, Mosaic Warfare focuses on speed and adaptation; networking sensors; command and control; and effects together across domains to form kill chains that adapt to dynamic threats and environments. Unlike today’s monolithic systems and rigid architectures that take decades to develop, Mosaic Warfare will utilize rapid machine-to-machine interoperability and AI to network manned and unmanned systems together, creating resilient and distributed architectures at campaign, and eventually, mission speeds. Dr. Grayson will introduce the audience to this Mosaic Warfare concept, and discuss both key technology enablers and challenges that will need to be addressed to make it a reality.

Biography: Dr. Timothy Grayson is is the director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) at DARPA. In this role, he leads the office in development of breakthrough technologies to enable warfighters to field, operate, and adapt distributed, joint, multi-domain combat capabilities at continuous speed. These technologies include sensing, communications, and electronic warfare technology and the supporting tools and decision aids needed to compose, integrate, and operate complex combat architectures.

Dr. Grayson came to STO in 2018 from a varied career in government and industry. Most recently he was the founder and president of Fortitude Mission Research LLC, a consulting company specializing in organizational and operational strategy development and technology analysis related to defense, security, and intelligence. His primary client was DARPA, and in this role, he provided direct support to the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s Modernization Study, of which DARPA was the lead in the fall of 2017. Dr. Grayson helped spearhead the project that resulted in “A Blueprint for Winning,” a framework for how to modernize the Department for the 21st century.

Dr. Grayson has extensive government experience. He spent several years as a senior intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Directorate of Science and Technology and culminating in a tour at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to the CIA, Dr. Grayson was a program manager and senior scientist at DARPA. He initiated new programs in space situation awareness and networked sensing and also managed DARPA’s quick reaction program portfolio, successfully deploying technology to Afghanistan during the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Grayson holds a doctorate in physics from University of Rochester, where he specialized in quantum optics, and a Bachelor of Science in physics from University of Dayton with minors in mathematics and computer science.
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