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WashingtonExec talks AI with Stephen Gillotte

In a recent WashingtonExec interview, Reinventing Geospatial®, Inc. (RGi®) CEO Stephen Gillotte discussed the current challenges and opportunities of how the government contracting industry partners with the Federal Government to augment human tasks with artificial intelligence (AI).

During the interview, Steve shared his thoughts on the common challenge of low-sample learning, or the ability to teach AI how to solve a problem without having many examples of the solution. According to Steve, “For federal agencies, especially those related to national security, low-sample learning is critical because many of the high-impact problems have few examples either because the events occur infrequently or staffing people to collect large numbers of examples is prohibitively expensive.”

Another big hurdle is around finding the right talent. “The number of [data scientists and machine learning experts] with both the expertise and the necessary clearances is small,” Steve said. “GovCon firms need to be ready to retrain existing staff and work with colleges and universities to identify future AI leaders.”

As for the abundance of future opportunities, Steve commented: “In my opinion, your data is always trying to tell you something; you just need to learn how to listen.”

To read the full article, visit the WashingtonExec website.

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2nd annual RGi Scholarship awarded to Kevin Mercy

Reinventing Geospatial®, Inc. (RGi®) is honored to announce that Kevin Mercy has been selected as the recipient of the 2nd annual $10,000 RGi Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering, given in partnership with The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).

Kevin is a senior at the University of Southern California (USC) where he is on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Archaeology, with a double minor in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence and Computer Programming in 2020. In one of his stellar recommendation letters, Kevin’s professor described him as “the textbook definition of a self-starter,” and someone who “epitomizes our nation’s calling for the dedicated and inquisitive learner.”

For the past several months, Kevin has worked with The Aerospace Corporation and the USC Spatial Sciences Institute to create open source 3D GIS data service and analytic platforms that will help organizations to store, serve, and analyze 3D data, which is a wide-spread issue within the GEOINT community. In his spare time, Kevin serves as a board member of The Canterbury USC Foundation, where he helps run a hot meal food ministry program on USC’s campus for underprivileged college students that serves approximately 100 meals each week during the academic year.

“I am thrilled to have Kevin as our 2019 RGi Scholarship recipient,” said RGi CEO Stephen Gillotte. “He is the perfect composite of engineer, scientist, and humanist, which directly aligns with the core values of our company. I look forward to his many contributions to the GEOINT community and our nation.”

To learn more about the RGi Scholarship or to apply, please visit https://usgif.org/usgif-scholarship-program/. The 2020 Scholarship Program will open in November 2019.

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Reinventing Geospatial reinvents volunteering at FACETS’ Hypothermia Prevention Centers

Reinventing Geospatial®, Inc.’s (RGi’s®) unique volunteer efforts were recently featured in an article by FACETS, a non-profit organization that helps people impacted by poverty throughout Fairfax County, VA.

For the past two years, RGi has supported the FACETS Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program, which provides shelter for those in need during winter months. Early on, the RGi team saw an opportunity to add an educational element to the program and quickly began offering shelter guests instruction in basic computer skills and resume development. RGi purchased laptops to support the effort and created a custom curriculum that RGi’s volunteers teach to shelter guests.

“I love that FACETS helps people with the immediate effects of poverty as well as working towards a long-term solution,” said Mary Carome, Software Engineer at RGi. “I hope that by coming to the Hypothermia Clinics and providing computer training and resume help we are giving our guests skills that will help them today and for the rest of their life.”

A big thanks to all the RGi volunteers who help create an Immediate Impact™ for those in need!