Government Big Data Forum 2014
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Tidewater Big Data Event
Newport News, VA
December 9, 2014
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Tidewater Event Speakers

Tom Reilly

Tom Reilly
Chief Executive Officer, Cloudera

Tom has a distinguished 30-year career in the enterprise software market. Prior to Cloudera, his most recent role was as vice president and general manager of enterprise security at HP. Previous to HP, Tom served as CEO of enterprise security company ArcSight , which HP acquired in 2010. Tom led ArcSight through a successful initial public offering and subsequent sale to HP. Before ArcSight, Tom was vice president of business information services for IBM, following the acquisition of Trigo Technologies Inc., a master data management (MDM) software company, where he had served as CEO. Tom currently serves as a Board Member for Jive Software, privately held Ombud Inc., ThreatStream Inc. and Cloudera. Tom graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Secretary Karen Jackson

Secretary Karen Jackson
Secretary of the Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia

Karen Jackson currently serves as the Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Commonwealth's Deputy Secretary of Technology and Vice President of Broadband Programs for the Center for Innovative Technology.

Ms. Jackson serves as a senior advisor to the Governor on technology matters including innovation, modeling and simulation, telecommunications, cyber security, and unmanned aerial systems. She is also responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth's IT infrastructure.

As Secretary, she is responsible for policy and legislative initiatives as well as developing programs to facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship, technology development and adoption. Ms. Jackson also serves as the Virginia lead for the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP).

Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers.

Ms. Jackson serves on a number of Boards including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Center for Innovative Technology, the Policy Committee of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition, and the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation.

She holds a bachelor's of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.

Dr. George Hsieh

Dr. George Hsieh
Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Norfolk State University

George Hsieh is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University. He also served as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the department from August 2002 until December 2013. Prior to joining NSU in 2002, he worked at Bell Laboratories (AT&T and Lucent Technologies, Inc.) from 1982 to 2001 as a member of technical staff, senior manager, and director on applied research and product development projects. George Hsieh received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from Northwestern University in 1982 and 1980, respectively, and BS in Nuclear Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, R.O.C. in 1973. His current research interests include big data, cloud computing, information security, network security, and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Hsieh is a member of IEEE Computer Society, ACM, Tau Beta Pi, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

Manjula Ambur

Manjula Ambur
Associate CIO for Big Data Analytics & Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA

Currently Ms. Ambur is Associate CIO for Big Data Analytics and Center's Chief Knowledge Officer. Recently she led the Center wide Big Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence team and formulated a vision and roadmap for use of these transformational technologies enabling innovation and scientific discoveries. Currently she is leading the Big Data Analytics team that is working on making deep content analytics a Center wide capability, and several data mining pilots for scientific discovery in the areas of non-destructive evaluation images, air craft flutter data, and systems analysis data using various machine learning algorithms. For the past two years, she has led the investigation of IBM Watson technologies and implementation of their Watson content analytics software for several technical domains corpus enabling discovery of trends and insights easily, and is investigating the possibility of 'NASA Watson' POC.

Ms. Manjula Ambur has ~30 years of experience in information technology applications development and management, with ~ 25 years at the NASA Langley Research Center. She has lead successful implementation of many NASA wide and Center wide information systems in the areas of enterprise search, web applications, digital repositories, document management and data archival, enabling technical community to find, analyze, share and archive scientific data and information. Ms. Ambur has Masters Degrees in Computer Information Systems, and Biology.

Matt Twiggs

Matt Twiggs
VP & Founder of the Engineering Sector, BOSH Global Services, Inc.

Matt Twiggs is the Vice President and founder of the Engineering sector of BOSH Global Services, Inc., which researches and designs advanced solutions for unmanned systems, airborne surveillance, operations centers, and video-centric networks for domestic and international customers.

In his military and industry career, Matt has led the design and implementation of various wireless and wireline communication systems for full motion video, P25 trunked Land Mobile Radio, cellular networks, Command-and-Control data links, microwave systems, and 911 dispatch centers. Interoperability among standards-based and non-standards-based systems utilizing video, geospatial, voice, and metadata has been a focus and hallmark of his achievements.

Matt has over twenty years of engineering and managerial experience in the military and industry sectors. He was a communications officer in the US Air Force, and worked in industry as an engineer with Bell South International, Ericsson, and Tyco Electronics prior to founding the Engineering sector at BOSH in 2005.

Matt earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Matt serves with numerous non-profit groups supporting youth sports, veterans' charities, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education, and community outreach.

Tony Cerri

Tony Cerri
Data Transformation Lead, TRADOC G2's Training Brain Operations Center

Tony Cerri is the Data Transformation Lead for the TRADOC G2's Training Brain Operations Center. He is responsible for the integration of technologies to facilitate Operational Environment replication. Previous assignments include leading the JS J7's Joint Operating Systems Environment, leading the Experiment Engineering Div for USJFCOM J9 and serving as M&S Branch Chief for USJFCOM J9.

Tony is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He earned masters degrees from Central Michigan University in Administration and from the Florida Institute of Technology in Management. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

Gus Taveras

Agustin "Gus" M. Taveras, Jr.
Chief Information Officer, Patrocinium Systems LLC

Today, Gus Taveras serves as the Patrocinium Systems LLC, Chief Information Officer (CIO) a Personal Security as a Service technology company, focused on empowering citizens with data - making them more situational aware of the environment around them. Gus still has a passion for the DoD and serves as a part time consultant to Booz Allen Hamilton consultant.

Prior to his current position Gus served as the Chief Technology Officer DIA, served as the senior interface for technology to the national intelligence community, the military services, the Combatant Commands, industry, and academia. Mr. Taveras advises and informs the Chief Information Officer (CIO) on technical issues and operations. He develops information technology (IT) strategy related to defense intelligence information management and technology, including technical architectures and standards, systems, applications, and networks; data processing; telecommunications; and other aspects of IT with a focus on information management capability integration and interoperability.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Taveras served as a consultant to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and served 24 years in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army.

Webster Mudge

Webster Mudge
Senior Director of Technology Solutions, Cloudera

Webster Mudge is Sr. Director of Technology Solutions at Cloudera where he strives to bring Hadoop technologies and business objectives together. Previously, Webster held positions in sales and services at companies like Microsoft and FAST Search and Transfer and in software development at firms like Time Inc. Webster has a deep background in the content management and search industries, and brings more than 20 years of hands-on software and services management.

Steve Touw

Steve Touw
Software Engineer, CTO, 42Six Solutions

Steve Touw is a software engineer and CTO for 42Six Solutions, part of CSC's Defense and Intelligence business. Steve is a recognized domain expert in big data platforms, particularly for the intelligence community. He has been key in architecting and driving several innovations for our clients including some of the first Hadoop analytics for NSA and CSC solutions such as Amino and Big-Data-as-a-Service.

He has been awarded military recognition coins for engineering support to SOCOM, changing the way they do analytics and prepare for missions. Steve began his career as a Geospatial Analyst for NGA and grew into more technical roles through his love of data analysis through software. Steve currently leads a group of talented 42six engineers working for DIA that are blazing a trail for the intelligence community to migrate to the cloud by providing a platform API that enables a common security layer and data sharing. The platform will enable building applications that ride the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE).

Steve also designed Amino, a framework for big data discovery and analytics, and led the effort to deliver the solution to the client. Amino is now being integrated as part of the ICITE GovCloud solution for the DoD/intelligence community. Steve is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events, and has spoken at a special Accumulo meetup hosted at 2013 Hadoop World, moderated American University's Big Data Panel, hosted several NoSQL meetups and spoken at several classified customer conferences regarding analytics.

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