Emerging Techniques Forum

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Emerging Techniques Forum
Tuesday-Thursday, 27-29 September 2022
Institute for Defense Analyses, Potomac Yard
IDA Systems and Analyses Center
730 East Glebe Road
Alexandria, VA 22305
0800 to 1800 EST

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The Emerging Techniques Forum (ETF) is driven to improve analysis and understanding throughout the defense community by seeking out novel and leading-edge approaches, methods, and techniques - wherever they are conceived. By sharing and incorporating the latest (and in-progress) developments across government, academia, private industry, and enthusiasts, the ETF aims to support and maintain relevant, timely, and early comprehension of lessons learned that may grow to have an outsized impact on the community at large.

The ETF seeks advancements in tools and techniques that enable decisive action in complex environments. Our tracks explore how information aggregation, processing, and computation can improve predictions of future needs and risk assessments of complex investment and operational strategies. Many of these efforts have seen rapid maturation and evolutionary leaps in analytic capability borne from recent global crises.


Speakers and times are subject to change.

Call For Abstracts

The ETF committee is now seeking abstracts for technical presentations. Abstracts should fall under one of the main topics below or a topic of your choosing. All abstracts must be submitted as unclassified and 1,500 or less characters without images or videos. There will be a track for classified presentations.. If you are submitting an abstract for the classified session, indicate the classification level at the time of submission. To submit an abstract, visit the Presenter Center or select the button above. Chairs will start reviewing abstracts 19 August 2022.

Topic Areas

  • Optimization of IT Infrastructure & Analytic Platforms (Cloud, Big Data, etc.)
  • Emerging AI/ML (algorithms, adversarial, ethical, etc.)
  • Autonomy; Robotics; Human-Machine Teaming
  • Anomaly Detection; Dynamic Behavior Prediction
  • Advances in Information Operations (Social Media, Bots, etc.)
  • Infrastructure Protection & Resilience (climate, sensors, cybersecurity, etc.)
  • Distributed Information Sensing, Data Fusion, & Network Resiliency
  • Image, Video, & Spatiotemporal Big Data Processing
  • Augmented Reality; Training; Decision Making
  • Organizational, Institutional, & Policy Approaches to Augment Analyses
  • Methodological Advances in Statistics, Mathematics, & Computer Science
  • Visco Prize
  • Custom/ Add your own

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ryan Barrett
Mr. Ryan Barrett

Ryan Barrett is currently a Brookings Fellow assigned to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber. He collaborates with various stakeholders in government, non-governmental organizations, and academics on foreign policy issues, as well as developing policy options for the Subcommittee Chair, Congressman Bill Keating. Prior to his current assignment, he was a program analyst for security cooperation initiatives at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), focusing on security assistance to Eastern European partners. Read More

Dr. Baruch Fischhoff
Dr. Baruch Fischhoff

Dr. Baruch Fischhoff is Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy and Institute for Politics and Strategy, Carnegie Mellon University. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a BS (mathematics, psychology) from Wayne State University and a PhD (psychology) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis. Read More

Featured Speaker

Dr. Michael Ford
Dr. Michael Ford

Michael Ford, PPPL’s associate laboratory director for engineering, leads more than 200 staff members in PPPL’s Engineering Department. A veteran of the nuclear U.S. Navy, his most recent position was strategy development director for the Energy and Global Security (EGS) Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory. There he led Phase I of the National Demonstration Reactor Siting Study supporting the National Reactor Innovation Center. Read More



Visit Request submitted no later than 30 November 2021 

Purpose - MORS ETF: 8 December 2021
SMO Code: 6A286
Technical POC: Jennifer Ferat

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.,
Attn: Document Control
2001 N Beauregard St
Alexandria, VA 22311

*Presentations submitted no later than November 15th 2021
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MORS has secured a block of hotel rooms for the ETF at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Please book your reservation here before 2 September to secure the group rate of $239 + tax (which is lower than per diem.)

The hotel offers valet parking. Overnight guests staying within our room block will receive $15 off the published parking rate in September.


The "Invoice Me" option can only be used for the registration fee. This option won't appear if you have social tickets, CEU courses or tutorials in your cart. If you need assistance registering please contact Ms. Sarah Madonia, sarah.madonia@mors.org.

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US Federal Government Member $500 $550 $600
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IDA Member $523 $573 $623
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*Government Sponsor organizations include Center for Army Analysis, HQDA/DCS Program G-8; Marine Corps Combat Development and Integration; Naval Operations, N81; SAF/SA, Studies and Analysis; OSD, A&S; and DHS S&T/OSE/ORA

Visco Prize

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Eugene P. Visco

MORS Eugene P. Visco Prize for International Collaboration in Operations Research

Established in 2019, this prize recognizes excellence in research quality, contributions, and presentation. Early career and Junior Analysts conducting impactful, technically rigorous, and multi-disciplinary research are highly encouraged to apply! Visit the Visco Prize webpage for more information.