NGA's InnoVision poised to help agency deliver 'immersive' future for gEOINT

InnoVision Director Doug McGovern

By Jason Moll, Office of Corporate Communications

Photo Caption: InnoVision Director Doug McGovern spoke April 15 at the GEOINT 2013* Symposium.

TAMPA – The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is working to acquire capabilities that will usher in the next, “immersive” phase of intelligence, said the agency’s lead for research and development at the 2013* GEOINT Symposium April 15.

InnoVision Director Doug McGovern detailed his directorate’s role in designing and building the immersive future for geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, that NGA Director Letitia A. Long outlined in her keynote address the same day.

Long described a future where “living, interacting and experimenting with data in a multimedia, multi-sensory experience … will break down barriers between collectors, analysts, customers and decision makers.”

To achieve that vision, NGA’s research and development must evolve beyond enhancing “phenomenologies” like radar and imagery, to creating technologies that enhance decision making and unravel complex systems, such as global flows of information and people, said McGovern.

InnoVision is testing and fielding capabilities that will deliver the “multimedia and multi-sensory” experience outlined by Long, said McGovern. NGA is relying on InnoVision’s expertise in phenomenologies, spatio-temporal analytics and computational science to acquire visualization technologies, hands-free data interfaces, virtual games and collaborative environments.

These capabilities will “place the person at the center of the data,” and enhance and deepen the analyst’s thinking and expertise, said McGovern.

“Visual thinking increases cognitive productivity,” said McGovern.

Enhancing the ability of analysts to generate insights and make meaningful decisions will be even more important in the future, given that they will be completely awash in data and information, said McGovern.

McGovern also discussed a future GEOINT that is “persistent, immersive and anticipatory.”

That involves the creation of a worldwide network of sensors and platforms and the cultivation of an analytic capability that can identify natural and man-made changes to the environment and flows of ideas and goods in real time, said McGovern. Further, it will create the ability to cue analysts before something happens so they know where they should be watching.