Focus Area Forum
Data Science for Decision-Making in Support of Naval Tactical Missions

On June 25, the Office of Naval Research hosted a Focus Area Forum designed to assist ONR in developing the scientific foundation and advanced technologies in the area of data science. It supported tactical decision-making by bringing together researchers and Department of Defense stakeholders in panel discussions, Q&As, poster sessions and one-on-one conversations about research directions and challenges.

Current Landscape:Image - Data science

Assured information for naval forces relies heavily on extracting actionable knowledge for tactical decision-making from often heterogeneous data. The disciplines of data science and decision-making provide a technological framework that enables the foundations of information dominance. 

Data science is the combination of how data is represented, organized, processed, shared and interpreted under relevant context and with necessary assurance. Decision-making is the art of applying current and historical data relevant to a given scenario to predict, with a level of certainty, potential future outcomes to aid in the determination of courses of action. (Download a fact sheet.)

In recent years, both the defense and private sectors have witnessed unprecedented access to new sources of significantly broader types and amounts of data, enabled by an array of specific commercial apps for machine learning and inferencing. 

The challenge is to automatically make use of this rich data -- with its varying degrees of quality, assurance, and uncertainty -- in the context of a mission to support tactical warfighting objectives.


Time Topic
8-9:00 a.m. Meet-and-greet with ONR leadership
9-9:30 a.m. Strategic dialogue on the Navy's data science and decision making innovation and operational drivers, and challenges to science and technology
9:30-10 a.m. State of the art in advanced computational decision tools
10-10:30 a.m. State of the art in scientific research
10:30 a.m. - Noon Panel discussion: Science and technology direction
1:15-4 p.m. Afternoon classified sessions / Q&A
  • Naval warfighting challenges
  • The tactical naval operating environment
  • Naval data science efforts at ONR
4:00 p.m. Wrap-up Q&A (all participants)

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