ATARC Federal Big Data Summit

December 5, 2017 | Marriott Metro Center | Washington, DC

The ATARC Federal Big Data Summit will be held on December 5, 2017 at the Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C.

–>Complimentary Government Registration
–>Participants in ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase
–>Recap of December 13, 2016 ATARC Federal Big Data Summit

This educational, one-day symposium will examine big data and analytics tools and techniques being used by the Federal Government to provide agencies with increased efficiency and cost savings.

The morning session features speakers and panels with government thought leaders, while the afternoon includes the MITRE-ATARC Big Data Collaboration Symposium, where government, academic and industry subject matter experts brainstorm and whiteboard specific challenge areas.

The event is free to government and full-time academics and qualifies for 7.5 CPE credits from (ISC)², the World’s largest IT security organization.

To learn more about industry participation in the Big Data Technology Showcase, please view the prospectus or contact Beau Banks at

Grand Ballroom
Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Map and Directions

Government Moderator

Kevin Garrison, Chief of Analytics, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Defense

7:30 a.m. 

Registration and Opening of ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase

–>Complimentary Government Registration
–>Participants in ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase

8:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks in ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase
Tom Suder, President, Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC)

8:30 a.m.
Keynote Introduction
Tom Suder, President, Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC)

8:35 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Visionary Keynote Briefing

Tom Sasala, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Army (pending agency approval)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Visionary Panel – The State of Data in the Federal Government

How are Federal agencies dealing with the exponential growth of data within the government? What types of data strategies are being developing and implemented? What impact has emerging technology had on data and analytics? This panel will examine the state of data in the Federal government.


Tom Temin, Anchor, The Federal Drive, Federal News Radio


Kirsten Dalboe
, Director, Data Operations, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dan Morgan, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation

Robin Thottungal, Chief Data Scientist/Director of Analytics, Environmental Protection Agency (pending agency approval)

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Break in ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase

–>Participants in ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Visionary Keynote Briefing

Kris Rowley, Chief Data Officer, U.S. General Services Administration (pending agency approval)

10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Visionary Keynote Briefing

Kevin Garrison, Chief of Analytics, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Defense

11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Visionary Keynote Briefing

Kelly Tshibaka, Chief Data Officer, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service (pending agency approval)

11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Visionary Keynote Briefing

Mark Krzysko,  Deputy Director for Enterprise Information, U.S. Department of Defense (pending agency approval)

11:50 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase

–>Participants in ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase

1:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Visionary Keynote Briefing

Adelaide O’Brien, Research Director, Government Digital Transformation Strategies, IDC Government

1:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Logistics for MITRE-ATARC Big Data Collaboration Symposium

1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Collaboration Sessions

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Break for Out Brief Preparation

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session Out Briefs

MITRE-ATARC Big Data Collaboration Symposium

The MITRE-ATARC Big Data Collaboration Symposium features discussion and white-boarding between government and industry subject matter experts in a small-group setting. The outcomes of these sessions will be compiled in a White Paper with recommendations to the government.


1. Emerging Technologies in Big Data & Analytics
There are a wide range of emerging technologies in the data and analytics space and this session will examine a variety of topics including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Virtual Reality.

Government Lead

Marc R. Wine, Senior Adviser, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information and Technology (pending agency approval)


Dr. Haleh Vafaie, Group Leader, MITRE

2. Big Data & Security Technologies
The Federal government must properly secure the vast amount of data that is being transmitted and received by its many agencies. This session will examine the tools and technologies that are being used to secure agency data and maintain the crucial privacy information of U.S. citizens.

Government Lead

Surendra Babu, Information System Security Manager, U.S. Department of Education (pending agency approval)

Government Lead

Renata Spinks, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Treasury (pending agency approval)

Industry Lead

Shaunak Ashtaputre, 
Information Technology thought leader, Karsun Solutions

3. Big Data Landscape
As the Federal Government enters the new Fiscal Year, what is the data and analytics landscape for government agencies? This session will examine the current state of Big Data and where things are heading in the coming year.

Government Lead

Joshua Gustin, Manager, Communication, Information, & Network Programs, Federal Aviation Administration (pending agency approval)


Anuja Verma, Principal Systems Engineer

4. Leveraging Big Data for Mission Success
This session will investigate the mission context for Big Data by examining a set of audience-inspired use cases, the operational and analytical challenges inherent in them, and the opportunities in the Big Data ecosystem to resolve those challenges, and will produce a set of recommendations for stakeholders in Government organizations, academia, and industry for advancing the state of the art in mission performance enhancement via Big Data solutions.

Government Lead

Johan Bos-Beijer
, Special Assistant to the Inspector General/Chief Data Officer, Managed Business Services, Office of the Naval Inspector General (pending agency approval)

Industry Lead

Frank A. Romano,
Federal Solutions Engineer, Hortonworks

5. Big Data & Healthcare
“Big Data” is a broad term that represents the coordinated use of diverse technologies.  There are complex challenges that must be prioritized and addressed in order to effectively embrace Big Data strategies within an organization.  This HealthTrac will examine the following characteristic categories defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Big Data Public Working Group (NIST BD-PWG) as they relate to Big Data within the healthcare environment:

  • Data Sources (e.g., data size, file formats, rate of growth, at rest or in motion)
  • Data Consumer (e.g., processed results in text, table, visual, and other formats)

Government Lead

John Burke, Chief Engineer, Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office (DoD/VA IPO)

Industry Lead

Rashmi Mathur, 
Partner, IBM


1.   Participants should come prepared to:

  • Contribute and participate from specific domain/experience
  • Share ideas and build off each other’s contributions
  • Support the session facilitators and other team members
  • Write down ideas on whiteboard
  • Create best practices to support the event’s objectives and goals
  • Refrain from sales or business development conversations

2.   All discussed material must be publicly releasable

  • No Classified discussions
  • No proprietary discussions

3.   None of the discussions or artifacts constitute Government direction, nor should be interpreted as official Government position

ATARC Big Data Technology Showcase | December 2017

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