Aptima Demos Technologies at GEOINT 2011
Aptima Demos Human “Social-Cultural” Modeling and Pattern Recognition Technologies at GEOINT 2011
Algorithms and workflows automate intel processing, freeing up human analysts from data deluge
Woburn, MA, October 10, 2011 – As intel-gathering platforms and sensors continue to advance and proliferate, the volumes of data being generated are increasing exponentially. How will a finite number of human analysts review, make sense of, and find critical cues and meaning in this wave of information without being overwhelmed?
At the GEOINT 2011 Symposium, the nation’s largest intelligence event of the year, Aptima will be demonstrating technologies that automate the collection, processing, and exploitation of intelligence data. One demo will show the modeling and simulation of human social-cultural networks, enabling analysts to forecast and answer ‘what-if’ scenarios about U.S. actions. The other will showcase pattern recognition technology used for identifying suspicious behaviors and threats in torrents of wide area motion imagery.
“The enormous resources committed to intelligence collection has created a ballooning of data at one end, and a bottleneck in processing and exploitation at the other.” said Dr. Shawn Weil, Division Director Analytics, Modeling & Simulation at Aptima. “The theme of Integrated Intelligence at GEOINT emphasizes the need for new workflows and algorithms that can model, examine, and decipher human behaviors from big data, freeing up analysts to do what they do best.”
Aptima, which applies expertise in human dynamics and modeling & simulation to national security and defense challenges, will be showing the following technologies at booth #932.
Mapping the Human Terrain to Forecast ‘What if?’
Throughout the world’s hotspots, analysts must quickly assess the sentiments of populations and forecast the potential impact of U.S. actions. In a revolution-prone region, for example, what do people think about their current leaders and the opposition? What might be the effects of deploying troops, freezing assets, or sending military aid? Aptima has developed technologies for both collecting data in the field through mobile applications, and mining large volumes of text sources to derive information about the social-cultural make-up of populations. These ‘human terrain’ data are then modeled so that analysts can forecast how various groups, given their ethnic, religious, and political identities, might respond to different interventions and events. These tools will help analysts, commanders, and policy-makers to quickly and accurately assess cause and effect and the potential impact on friends, foes, and neutral parties. Funding for the development of these technologies has been provided by several U.S. Department of Defense entities.
Pattern Recognition in Wide Area Motion Imagery
Able to circle over villages and cities for hours at a time capturing video imagery, UAVs have become an indispensable surveillance tool. Yet, there simply aren’t enough analysts to peruse the massive amounts of data being collected. Aptima has developed pattern recognition algorithms that can search for and identify suspicious behaviors within huge volumes of video data. These algorithms model potential threat patterns using motion and interaction events of cars, people, and geographic locations extracted from entity tracks. Specific sequences of such events can signify possible reconnaissance, IED emplacement, or ambush preparation activities. Such patterns, learned from historic events and previously discovered activities, or defined by the analysts, are used to categorize and uncover irregular or revealing behaviors from thousands to millions of extraneous events and activities occurring in a landscape of people, vehicles, buildings, and roads. This technology can be used for both real-time identification of threat behaviors, and for forensic archive search. At GEOINT 2011, Aptima is demonstrating these capabilities through an innovative visual display designed and provided by Kitware, Inc. Funded by DARPA, this technology is also being used for human intelligence (HUMINT) analysis in other U.S. military settings.
The GEOINT 2011 Symposium takes place Oct. 16-19 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit GEOINT2011.