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SVIP Demo Week 2022: Machine Learning

Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Demo Week: Machine Learning - May 3 and 4, 2022 - S&T Seal

Join S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) May 3-4, 2022, daily from 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET for SVIP Demo Week: Machine Learning, a virtual showcase of 11 SVIP-funded startups and their projects supporting DHS components.

Both days will kick-off with a keynote speaker and feature startup technology demonstrations focused on data analytics, object recognition, and language translation. The event will also include an expert panel discussion on Explainable Artificial Intelligence (AI) and breakout discussions hosted by an SVIP director.

Register for the SVIP Virtual Demo Week! 

Day 1 | May 3


Speaker: Palmer Luckey, Founder, Anduril

Palmer Luckey is an American inventor, innovator, and entrepreneur. He is the Founder of defense technology company Anduril Industries, designer of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, and the Founder of Oculus VR, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $2.3b. Palmer founded Anduril Industries in 2017 to radically transform the defense capabilities of the United States and its allies by fusing artificial intelligence with the latest hardware advancements. At Anduril, Palmer integrates a consumer technology business model with mission-driven objectives, enabling rapid product development and deployment, setting the company apart from other players in the defense industry.

Startup Technology Demonstrations:

  • Planck Aerosystems designs, develops, builds, and deploys advanced solutions to enable unmanned mobility for surveillance, reconnaissance, and force protection. Through four phases of the SVIP, Planck developed an autonomous, truck-based small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for U.S. Border Patrol agents. The system allows agents to launch, operate, and recover small UAS while maintaining mobility in the off-road environment. 
    • Speaker: Josh Wells, CEO
  • Tamr leverages the scalability of the cloud and the analytic power of machine learning to enable large enterprises to master data for better analytics and operational decision-making. Tamr is working with CBP’s Office of Trade to help establish a holistic view of trade entities to help predict and identify threats and opportunities to facilitate compliant trade. Tamr has also developed data visualization and machine learning capabilities to identify opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings among CBP’s contracts.
    • Speaker: Melissa Pang, Data Ops Engineer
  • Lauretta AI uses state of the art computer vision solutions for the security, industrial, and property industries. Using privacy preserving technology, Lauretta’s system can provide personalized instructions to allow passengers to smoothly navigate a self-service screening process while limiting contact between TSA agents and passengers.
    • Speaker: Galvin Widjaja, CEO
  • Analytical AI develops novel artificial intelligence solutions. Analytical AI is working with TSA to achieve rapid and accurate classification of Stream of Commerce items in passenger carry-on bags. Currently, they are implementing and testing their algorithm on an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) emulator and aim to have this adaptive algorithm model working in field testing and airport operations soon.
    • Speaker: Thomas Anthony, Founder & CIO
  • Synthetik Applied Technologies develops machine learning, computer vision, and data science applications for commercial and federal clients. The SynthetikAI platform provides the TSA with high-quality annotated data to train Automatic Threat Recognition models to include machine-assisted annotation, digital unpacking of existing bags, and digital repacking to generate completely new synthetic bags. 
    • Speaker: Wes Welch, Technical Lead, Machine Learning Engineer
  • Cignal developed Cignal Toolkit (CTK) and Cignal Checkpoint, an API and high-performance computing (HPC) software stack, to facilitate the rapid training, evaluation, and deployment of advanced CT and X-ray inspection and detection systems. Using CTK and our patent-pending 2D- and 3D-imaging simulator, Cignal created the industry’s first volumetric million-bag dataset, which supports next-generation CT systems and AI/ML training for large-scale, trillion-parameter AI models. To quickly address emerging threats, Cignal Designer allows novel firearms, concealments, and explosive designs to be integrated into the CTK training pipeline for rapid detection of threats and hazards. 
    • Speakers: Jaclyn Fiterman, CEO and Eric Fiterman, CTO

Panel: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

Advances in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning have rapidly created many opportunities for efficiencies in the workplace, healthcare, consumer products, and security. However, given the need for data for input into AI/ML infrastructures, society is facing the downside of serving up their data, of relying so heavily on technologies to tell us what we think we want to know. Government agencies are investing in research on advancing trustworthy AI and the multi-faceted aspects of social sciences, policy, legal, privacy, civil rights and civil liberties, and ethics to develop technical and governance approaches that build trust in these solutions. This panel will discuss various approaches companies should consider when developing products relying on machine learning and how explainable AI tech could enhance trust with their customers and create a stronger product-market fit.

Moderator: Dr. Sean Warnick, DHS S&T Advanced Computing Branch Senior Technical Advisor


  • Dr. Ryan Alimo, National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Lab Lead Machine Learning Scientist
  • Dr. Tom Lu, National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Senior Researcher, AI, Machine Learning and Computer Vision
  • Dr. Farrokh Vatan, DHS S&T Advanced Computing Branch AI/ML Research Area Lead

Day 2 | May 4


Speaker: Dr. Karen Myers, Ph.D., Lab Director for SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center

Dr. Myers’ research focuses on intelligent systems that facilitate man-machine collaboration. Her expertise includes autonomy, multi-agent systems, automated planning and scheduling, and intelligent assistants. She has led the development of several AI technologies that have been successfully transitioned into operational use in areas that span collaboration tools, task management, and end-user automation. Dr. Myers has served on the Executive Council for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). She was on the editorial boards for Artificial Intelligence and the Journal for AI Research and the advisory board for ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology. She is the conference chair for the Innovative Applications of AI conference for 2019. She was elected SRI Fellow in 2016.

Startup Technology Demonstrations:

  • Deep North is an AI video analytics company that converts video footage from physical locations into actionable insights. Deep North has been working with TSA to apply AI and Computer Vision based solutions to increase security effectiveness at airports while reducing wait times to improve passenger experience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary social distancing requirements.
    • Speaker: Rohan Sanil, Co-founder, CEO, Products
  • mesur.io is continuing to evolve their Earthstream Platform to provide DHS with quantitative data related to outbreaks and emergence of new or existing biological threats. The platform finds and processes both structured and unstructured data and uses ML to automatically identify, extract and link case related data with other relevant information, such as demographics and travel, for easy analysis and improved surveillance.
    • Speaker: Mike Prorock, CTO & Founder
  • myLanguage is a mobile language translation company developing technology that enables people to have a fluent spoken conversation with someone who speaks a different language, without requiring an Internet connection. With over 7 million downloads and a 4.7 star rating in the iOS App Store, myLanguage is also the winners of TechCrunch Disrupt's Best Mobile App & Audience Choice Awards.   
    • Speaker: Andrew Lauder, CEO
  • Kynamics Founded by experienced Silicon Valley Engineers, Kynamics’ mission is to empower intelligent voice-based interfaces for day-day software applications. Their first product, called Talkbox, brings the power of a voice-based assistant to an enterprise team thereby improving productivity. TalkBox provides high performance offline natural language understanding in multiple popular languages to support voice-based interactions with smartphone or browser based apps. It supports language translation, actions and question-answering based on iterative construction of a knowledge-base. 
    • Speaker: Julie Debadarshini, Founder and CEO 

Networking Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout #1: Are you a VC or investor?  Learn more about SVIP  
  • Breakout #2: Are you a startup?  Learn more about SVIP
  • Breakout #3: Can you help us forecast future investments?

About SVIP

On behalf of DHS Operational Components, SVIP invests in startup companies from across the nation and around the world, with viable technologies suitable for rapid prototyping projects to adapt, develop and harness cutting-edge capabilities that are commercially sustainable, while simultaneously meeting the needs of DHS operational components and programs. For more information on current and future SVIP solicitations, visit Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) or contact dhs-silicon-valley@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 05/04/2022
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