The mission of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) is to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and domain awareness to foster unity of effort to protect the United States and its global interests, its allies, and its partners against threats to, in, or emanating from the global maritime domain.


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The mission of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) is to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and domain awareness to foster unity of effort to protect the United States and its global interests, its allies, and its partners against threats to, in, or emanating from the global maritime domain.

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The Global Maritime Forum is an opportunity for academia, private industry, federal government agencies and international partners to highlight and discuss current and emerging technologies and efforts to enhance maritime domain awareness. Leading experts will facilitate panel sessons, which will be followed by group discussions designed to provide participants with an opportunity to explore topics of particular interest in depth.

Following up on 2015’s GMF theme of leveraging data to achieve effective understanding, and 2016’s GMF on the intersection of technology and policy as it relates to current and emerging technologies, this year’s theme will be "The Evolution of Big Data and Opportunities for the Maritime Domain: The Importance of Public-Private-Academic Partnerships."

Special topics for this year's event include:

  • Managing Maritime Sensor Big Data Volume & Velocity
  • Integrating Multi-Source Data in the Maritime Domain (Best Practices)
  • Policies Impacting Open Source and Publicly Available Information
  • Developing a Maritime Data Layer Cloud/Access Backbone

Reports documenting the presentations and recommendations from previous GMF workshops are available for your reference.

The Global Maritime Forum Workshop will be held 13-14 November 2017 in Vallejo, CA on the Campus of California State University Maritime Academy (CAL Maritime).  The workshop will be held in the Compass Room of Building 15.

Registration and Details

Click here to register for the 2017 GMF.
Registration closes at 1200 Pacific time on Monday, 6 November 2017.


A Landing Fee of $70.00 (covers both days) includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.
  • All day coffee, tea and water service all day.
  • Processing fees.

Note: Per diem should cover your landing fee for this event.


Parking for this event is located in Lot O, which is near the main entrance to the campus.  There is a $7.00 parking fee, per day, at the Cal Maritime Academy. Please be prepared to pay for parking each day. The Compass Room is in the dining center (Building #15 on the campus map). 

A shuttle will be available to take attendees from Lot O to Building #15.

  • Day 1: 0715-0815 and 1700-1745
  • Day 2: 0730-0815 and 1700-1730


The dress code for this event is business casual. Military personnel should wear Navy Service Khaki or branch equivalent.


Tentative Schedule

Monday, 13 November - Compass Room
0730 - 0800 Registration
0800 - 0810 Welcome Remarks/ Administrative Notes - Ms. Mekisha Marshall, Science & Technology Advisor, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)
0810 - 0820 Opening Remarks - President of CAL Maritime, Thomas Cropper, RDML, USN (ret)
0820 - 0850 Opening Remarks - Rear Admiral Robert Sharp, Director, NMIO
0900 - 1000 Keynote - Mr. Snehal Antani, Board Member, and Former Splunk CTO           
1000 - 1015 Break
1015 - 1145 Panel Session I: Managing Maritime Big Data Volume & Velocity - Moderator: Dr. Marcus Stefano, Naval Postgraduate School; Panelists: Mr. Vic Leonard, DigitalGlobe; Mr. Kyle Brazil, Spire; Dr. Reuben Sorensen, Planet; Mr. Chris Bollinger, Orbital Insight           
1145 - 1245 Lunch (Academia Speaker) - Dr. Gunnar Carlsson, Stanford University & President & Co-Founder of Ayasdi
1245 - 1415 Panel Session II: Aggregating Multi-Source Data in the Maritime Domain (Best Practices) - Moderator: Mr. Josh Reiter, Office of Navel Intelligence; Panelists: Mr. Kurt Salchert, Beyond the Border Consulting; Mr. Tony Long, Global Fishing Watch; LCdr Michael Bielby, Govt. of Canada; Dr. Jill Brandenberger, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory          
1415 - 1430 Break
1430 - 1545 Panel Session III: Policies Impacting Open Source and Publicly Available Information - Moderator: Dr. Paul Shapiro, National Defense University; Panelists: Mr. Brendan McCahill, Descarter Datamyne; Ms. Margaret Smith, Accenture Federal Services; Mr. Patrick O'Keeffe, NATO COECSW; Dr. Assis Malaquias, CAL Maritime   
1545 - 1700 Panel  Session IV: Developing a Maritime Data Layer Cloud/ Access Backbone - Moderator: Dr. John Mittleman, Navel Research Laboratory; Panelists: Ms. Julie Baker, Ursa Space Systems; Mr. Pavel Machalek, Spaceknow, Inc.; Mr. Pieter Decker, Harris Corp; Dr. Andrew Gearhart, Johns Hopkins University APL
1700 - 1715 Wrap up and Adjourn to No Host Social
1800 - 2000 No Host Social


Tuesday, 14 November - Compass Room
0800 - 0815 Recap and Administrative Notes
0815 - 0915 Day Two Keynote Speaker - Mr. Steve Jameson, DARPA
0915 - 0945 NMIO Data Challenge Results - Dr. John Mittleman, NRL
0945 - 1000 Assembly of Working Groups - Break
1000 - 1130 Working Group Break Outs
1130 - 1230 Lunch (Keynote Speaker) - Dr. Lil Alessa, Department of Homeland Security Policy
1230 - 1315 NMIO Cognitive Neural Network Application for Big Data, Analytic Solutions to Big Data Briefing - Mr. Todd Boone, Intelligence Integration Dept., NMIO
1315 - 1415 Working Group's Continue and Prepare Out-briefs
1415 -1430 Break
1430 - 1630 Presentations of Working Group Findings - Each group - 10 mins
1630 GMF Wrap up and Due-Outs/Closing Remarks - RADM Sharp & NMIO Chief Science and Technology Advisor, Mekisha Marshall

Panel Sessions


Moderator of panel will set the stage by providing an overview of how the proliferation of sensors (ship-borne, land-based, airborne, undersea) creates Big Data Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) issues in environmental impact assessments, state and non-state threats, IUU fishing, illicit trafficking, and threats to critical infrastructure. Panelists will help to highlight/provide current examples or future ideas of how we should go about managing the volume and velocity of Big Data.

  • Unmanned (UAV, UUV, USV).   
  • Broad Ocean (organic, satellite, acoustic, meteorological, SAR).   
  • Ports and littorals (vessel management/vessel tracking systems).


This Panel will explore best practices for multi-source data integration for operations support - what data needs to be integrated to support operations and how do we obtain access to data.

  • Defend critical infrastructure.
  • Defeat illicit trafficking.
  • Enhance environmental disaster impact assessments.


This Panel will explore the Security and Privacy issues related to maritime information exchange and policies.

  • The Internet of Things and Its impact on security and privacy when connected to enterprise level data environments.
  • Ethics and privacy concerns for personal identity information.
  • Policies on the aggregation of data.
  • Accessing social media for analytics.


  • Provide an enterprise environment to access existing data lakes.
  • Methods for role-based / attribute-based access controls.
  • How does data become available for analytics, both in the cloud and as a feed for tools at stakeholder organizations.

Accommodation and Travel


Room blocks for hotel accommodations for the Global Maritime Forum have been made at the nearby Double Tree and Holiday Inn facilities.  Hotel reservations must be made by October 16, 2017 in order to take advantage of these special rates.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley - American Canyon
3600 Broadway Avenue, American Canyon, California 94503
Phone number: 707-674-2550 Rate is $99.00/night
Website link :

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Napa Valley - American Canyon
5001 Main Street American Canyon, California 94503
Phone number: 707-552-8100
Rates are as follows: $99.00/night for king bed or $129.00/night for two queen beds.  Includes breakfast
Group Name: Global Maritime Forum
Group Code: GMF
Website link:®ionCode=1&hotelCode=CCRED&_PMID=99801505&GPC=GMF&viewfullsite=true


From Hotels to Cal Maritime Campus

Take CA-29 S for about 3 miles.
Continue straight onto Sonoma Blvd for 4.4 miles.
Turn right onto Maritime Academy Drive and pull directly into lot O.
Shuttle service will be available to take you to the GMF venue.


Sponsored by:

National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) & Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

GMF Location:

Cal Maritime
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590
Building #15, Compass Room, 3rd floor
Phone 707.654.1000
Downloadable Campus Map with GMF notes

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