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FCW & UNISYS recently held an event "Big Data: The Path to Mission-Centric Analytics” on October 6th in Washington, DC.

This morning seminar brought together Big Data experts from across government and industry to discuss the opportunities and the challenges of implementing Big Data initiatives. The event began with a keynote speech on the future of Big Data in government, followed by the premiere presentation of a survey of Big Data activity and attitudes in the federal government. Finally, subject matter experts from industry and government discussed how Big Data is unfolding within agencies now – and consider how agencies can overcome existing obstacles.

Big Data: The Path to Mission-Centric Analytics Special Report & Infographic

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Big Data: The Path to Mission-Centric Analytics Special Report & Infographic

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Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Daniel Duffy
  • High Performance Computing Lead, NASA Center for Climate Simulations
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    Dr. Daniel Duffy is the lead for the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS, Code 606.2), which provides high performance computing, storage, networking, and data systems designed to meet the specialized needs of the NASA Earth science modeling communities. He is working on a number of applied research and development projects exploring the intersection of big data and high performance computing specifically for analytics on large scale climate data. Daniel is a co-Investigator on a project that has lead to the formulation of Climate Analytics-as-a-Service (CAaaS) which exposes data-proximal analytics to climate reanalysis data through an easy to use application programming interface. In addition, Daniel funds work with various university programs to study methods of spatial temporal computing and climate applications performance. Prior to being the high performance computing lead, Dan served as the lead system engineer for the NCCS over the past 10 years where he has architected dramatic increases in computational and storage capabilities for NASA scientists. Before joining NASA in 2003, Dan worked on highly parallel applications for the Department of Defense (DoD).

  • Dr. Rod Fontecilla
  • Vice President, Application Services, Unisys Federal Systems
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    Dr. Rod Fontecilla is Vice President of Application Services for Unisys Federal Systems. In this role, Dr. Fontecilla leads all aspects of software development, system integration, mobile development and data analytics focused on the federal government. He also leads Big Data Analytics (BDA) globally for all Unisys as Chief Data Scientist. In this capacity, he is responsible for creating data analytic products for multiple industries creating predictive models using machine learning algorithms. He leads a cadre of data science professionals providing business insights to our customers. Dr. Fontecilla is responsible for providing leadership, coordination and oversight on all IT solutions, data analytics, emerging technologies and IT services delivery. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in the implementation of large and complex mission-critical IT solutions for both commercial and the federal government. Dr. Fontecilla brings an extensive background and expertise in data analytics, cloud computing, mobile development, enterprise architecture, and IT governance and strategy. Dr. Fontecilla received his Ph.D. from Rice University on Applied Mathematics.

  • Gary Good
  • Strategist, Office of Business Transformation, US Army
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    Gary L. Good is an Army Strategist currently serving at the Army's Office of Business Transformation. His role is to facilitate and translate strategic imperatives to business operations in the US Army. After becoming an officer and flying Blackhawk helicopters, Gary served on the planning team for Operation Iraqi Freedom before leaving the Army. After two years working as a retail manager, Gary was called back to active duty and became an Army Strategist working at three and four star level staffs as chief of plans and strategic planner in Korea, Afghanistan, and the Pentagon. He spends his spare time developing his consulting business due to start operations in 2015. His talk today is borne from his military experiences and the experiences he has gained working with companies both formally and informally.

    Gary graduated from the State University of New York with a B.S. in Information Technology and from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an MBA. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Magdalena and has three children, Samuel, Emily, and Abigail, who live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Dr. Timothy Persons
  • Chief Scientist, US Government Accountability Office
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    Dr. Timothy M. Persons was appointed the Chief Scientist of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO - the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress) in July of 2008. As such, he is a member of the Senior Executive Service of the U.S. federal government. In addition to leading advanced data analytics activities at GAO, he also serves to co-direct GAO’s Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering (CSTE), a group of highly specialized scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and information technologists. In these roles he is an expert advisor and chief consultant to the GAO, Congress, and other federal agencies and government programs on cutting-edge science and technology (S&T), key highly-specialized national and international systems, engineering policies, best practices, and original research studies in the fields of engineering, computer, and the physical and biological sciences to ensure efficient, effective, and economical use of science and technology in government programs. He has led Technology Assessments and scientific studies for the U.S. Congress on topics ranging from additive manufacturing, nanomanufacturing, biodetection systems, homeland security imaging and nuclear detection systems, freshwater conservation technologies, and climate engineering technologies. Prior to joining GAO, Dr. Persons held key leadership roles in the National Security Community.

    Dr. Persons is a 2014 recipient of a GAO Distinguished Service Award, a 2012 recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming award in recognition of sustained outstanding and meritorious achievement within the U.S. federal government; and a 2012 recipient of GAO’s Big Picture Award for significant project achievement involving the ability to look longer, broader, and more strategically at key national or global issues. In 2007, Dr. Persons was awarded a Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Fellowship focusing on computational imaging systems research. He was also selected as the James Madison University (JMU) Physics Alumnus of 2007. He has also served as a radiation physicist with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.Sc. (Physics) from JMU, a M.Sc. (Nuclear Physics) from Emory University, and a M.Sc. (Computer Science) and Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) degrees from Wake Forest University. He is a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), serves as a council member of the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) as well as the World Future Society Global Advisory Council, and has authored or co-authored an array of journal, conference, and technical articles.

  • Ryan Swann
  • Director of Data Analytics, Office of Government-wide Policy, GSA
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    Ryan Swann is the Director of Data Analytics for the Office of Government-Wide Policy at GSA where he leads an office focused on driving cost savings, efficiency, and data quality for government-wide policy. Prior to GSA, Ryan served in a wide range of the positions in Business Intelligence at the U.S. Department of Treasury and the private sector.

    Ryan is an alumna of University of Maryland at College Park and Villanova University. While in undergrad at the University of Maryland, Ryan served in United States Marine Corps Reserve in which he was mobilized and deployed to Iraq. Ryan is currently an MBA candidate at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a resident of Glenn Dale, Maryland and enjoys playing golf, traveling, and helping others achieve their goals.

  • James Warrick
  • Managing Partner, Beacon Technology Partners LLC
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    Jim Warrick is Managing Partner of Beacon Technology Partners, LLC, a full service market research firm focused on the technology industry. Throughout his 30+ years of research experience, he has developed considerable expertise in application of various quantitative and qualitative market research techniques to help leading technology companies better understand the needs of their customers and prospects.

    Beacon's research work has been published in many industry publications such as FCW, GCN, EETimes, Embedded Systems Design, Electronic Buyer's News, Electronic Supply and Manufacturing, On Wall Street, Computer Week, and others. Jim is co-author of the GMG Insights Research series, covering a variety of subjects relevant to the IT supplier community. He has served as a guest lecturer at several colleges in the Boston area and has spoken at electronics industry events (such as the Embedded Systems Conference and EDS) as well as seminars sponsored by 1105 and UBM.

    He has a BA from The University of Michigan and is currently working on an MA in Applied Economics at American University.

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