Senior Advisor, Information Access Programs
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory
John Garofolo has been with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory since 1987 leading the development of human language-, computer vision-, and multimedia technology research and evaluation activities. As the Senior Advisor for Information Access Programs, he provides strategic leadership for the development of new research and measurement science programs focused on unstructured data analytic technology challenges, especially in the area of video analytics. He brings his knowledge of analytic technologies, data- and evaluation-driven research, and a techno evangelist interdisciplinary perspective to bear to bring diverse communities of interest together to create innovative approaches that address critically important national needs.
Over the last 10 years, he has worked in developing R&D programs and collaboration activities for a variety of emerging video analytic technologies. In 2009-2010, he co-developed the VISITORS program and symposium to bring the computer vision research community together with the retail loss prevention community to develop new approaches to the fast-growing shoplifting problem. In 2010, he created the ALADDIN video and multimedia analytics R&D program at ODNI IARPA to create video/audio understanding technology with search-engine-like capabilities to assist analysts in triaging enormous amounts of unconstrained video clips. In 2012-2013, he brought attention to the need for technologies to address the fast-growing physical security video area with the Video Tracking Analytics for Physical Security (VTAPS) workshop focused on the development of technology to analyze the data from massive networks of CCTV cameras.
He is now working with the public safety community to develop a multidisciplinary community strategy for R&D, collaboration, measurement, and standards related to video analytics. As part of this effort, he organized the groundbreaking Video Analytics in Public Safety (VAPS) Workshop in 2016 to foster R&D collaboration between the research community, industry, and public safety community. In 2017, he followed VAPS with a joint multidisciplinary workshop with Disney International to explore the development and use of video analytics to protect large entertainment venues.
He created and continues to lead the OSTP NITRD Video and Image Analytics (VIA) Interagency Working Group which is focused on both developing Federal interagency strategy for video and image analysis technology R&D and fostering collaboration across agencies and with state and local governments. He currently serves as the analytics portfolio lead for the NIST Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program to foster the development of critical analytic technologies for future public safety communications systems. He also serves on the leadership team of the DHS-led Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) collaboration and outreach program and participates in the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council Video Technology Advisory Group (NPSTC VTAG).
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