Information Exchange Framework ™ (IEF ™) Information Day: Wednesday Afternoon, 13:30-17:30, March 22, 2017, Reston VA



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Join us on Wednesday Afternoon, March 22nd at the Hyatt Reston Town Center Hotel, Reston, VA for the long awaited unveiling of what will become a family of specifications to enable policy driven data centric information sharing and safeguarding under the umbrella of the OMG's Information Exchange Framework™ (IEF™). The information sharing sessions will highlight the finalized IEF Information Packaging Policy Vocabulary (IEF IPPV) specification and the IEF Reference Architecture (IEF RA) specification which is nearing completion. Early implementations of the IEF RA that address the Use Cases of Operations Center and Public Safety will also be demonstrated. 



1300 - 1345 Welcome & Introduction
Char Wales - Lead Information Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation

Bio: Char Wales is a Lead Information Systems Engineer with The MITRE Corporation and has been active in the computing field for over 35 years. Since 2005, she has been part of the effort to promote the concept of policy based information exchange, which shortly after became known as the Information Exchange Framework (IEF). To date, the IEF effort has produced one OMG specification but with the impending adoption of the IEF Reference Architecture specification, is poised to produce a much larger family of IEF related specifications. She is Co-Chair of the OMG's Middleware and Related Services (MARS) Platform Task Force (PTF), a TF responsible for not only the IEF but also DDS, IDL, IDL Language Mappings, and the CORBA Core.

She received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Physics from the University of Rhode Island (1976) and the Catholic University of America (1983), respectively. She joined MITRE in 1983.

1345 - 1415 Development of the IEF
Mike Abramson - President & CEO, Advanced Systems Management Group (ASMG Ltd.), Co-Chair OMG C4I Task Force and IEF WG
  • What prompted the development of the IEF, and the ASMG collaboration with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Centre for Security Sciences to develop the IEF Specifications
  • Overview of the IEF Reference Architecture

Bio: Mr. Michael Abramson is the President and CEO of the Advanced Systems Management Group (ASMG Ltd.). Mr. Abramson has a 35-year history of developing innovative business solutions for major public and private sector organizations. Mr. Abramson ccurrently Co-Chairs the Command, Control, Communications, Collaboration and Intelligence (C4I) Domain Task Force, as well as, the Information Exchange Framework Working Group in MARS. For the past decade, Mr. Abramson has championed the development of policy-drive data-centric information sharing and protection standards that enable pan-agency and international coalitions to responsibly share timely, accurate, relevant, consumable and actionable information:

  • With partners at differing levels of trust;
  • Operating in dynamic real-world environments; and
  • In response to planned and unforeseen events

Mr. Abramson is the lead author of three related OMG specifications:

  • Shared Operational Picture Exchange Services (SOPES) Information Exchange Data Model
  • Information Exchange Packaging Policy Vocabulary; and
  • Information Exchange Framework Reference Architecture.
1415 - 1500 Overview of the IEF Reference Architecture Specification
Mike Abramson - President & CEO, Advanced Systems Management Group (ASMG Ltd.), Co-Chair OMG C4I Task Force and IEF WG
  • Overview of the IEF Reference Architecture Specification
  • Overview of the two IEF technology demonstration efforts
1500 - 1520 Afternoon Refreshments
1520 - 1600 The Need for Advanced Information Sharing in Agriculture
Mohan Tavorath - IFC Principal, Data Sciences
  • The Food Challenge - According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food output must grow by 70% to feed the world's projected 9 billion people by 2050.
  • Precision Agriculture - How the use of technologies in Ag and food production such as GPS, geographic information systems (GIS), wireless data transfer and data analytics can be used to drive productivity gains.
  • Information Sharing - The promise of Precision Agriculture may only be accomplished by leveraging a sophisticated information sharing model that enables disparate data sets to flow between and across a widely disparate ecosystem of stakeholders.

Bio: Mohan Tavorath is an IFC Principal, Data Sciences. Mohan manages IFC's technology strategy across external relationships, new ventures and IFC's internal data sciences program. Mohan has evaluated a large number of technology companies to validate the relevance of their products to the IFC land platform, and serves on the boards of several tech companies. Prior to IFC, Mohan led a technology company through rapid growth that featured it in the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing US private companies for three consecutive years. He was also nominated an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Southern California. Mohan has served in various management and consulting roles at KPMG, General Electric, MetLife, Arthur Andersen, Morgan Stanley and AIG. Mohan graduated with an MBA (Dean's List) from Columbia University in New York and holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science (with Distinction) from the University of Poona, India.

1600 - 1640 Records Management under FISMA and CUI Guidelines
Paul Kissel - Senior Fellow, George Washington University Center for Homeland and Cybersecurity Policy

Bio: Paul Kissel is currently a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Homeland and Cybersecurity Policy. Mr. Kissel has over 30 years of experience in information security having served as Director of Counterintelligence at U.S Customs and Border Protection, Director of Mission Programs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Information Sharing Environment and Senior Intelligence Officer at the National Counterterrorism Center. Mr. Kissel is a combat veteran with several overseas tours engaged in operations related to critical counter-terrorism and high value targets in the theater.

1640 - 1710 IEF Standard, and Product Next Steps
Vijay Mehra - Principal, KYM Advisors Inc.
  • Next steps with IEF as a standard
  • Feedback from targeted audiences in the government:
    • Comprehensive information sharing platform
    • Where can I buy, plans to monetize
    • Available as a shared service or a shrink wrapped product?
  • High level timeline for IEF engagement strategy:
    • Strategy
    • Methodology
    • Roadmap to productization

BIO: Mr. Mehra is the Vice President for KYM Advisors, a women owned small business supporting clients within the Intelligence, defense, and law enforcement sectors. He is a senior leader with a real-world approach to developing creative solutions, and discipline leading high performing teams in diverse client industries and technology environments. He brings experience across numerous industries, including Financial Services, Public Sector with specific focus on Law Enforcement and Justice solutions. He has held key management roles working closely with client leadership teams, in highly visible and customer facing projects to address complex client challenges. He is fairly active in the OMG standards development community co-leading initiatives like NIEM-UML, Threat and Risk Information Sharing, and Information Exchange Framework (IEF). He is actively working with ASMG to help transition the IEF pilot under implementation with the Canadian government to commercial cloud based service offering.


1710 - 1730 Q&A

If you register for the OMG Technical Meeting Week, you do not have to pay additional fee(s) (if applicable) to attend any or all of the special events. If you register only for a specific special event, then the relevant special fees apply. This event is scheduled for the morning only and lunch is not included.


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