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Gary J. Toth - Office of Naval Research (ONR) - U.S. Navy (U.S.A.)

Gary J. Toth Gary J. Toth - Office of Naval Research (ONR) - U.S. Navy (U.S.A.)

Title: Big Data Analytics and Information Fusion Challenges


Since the creation of the microprocessor the reality of decision-makers and analysts is that they are drowning in data but starving for information. The problem is aggravated exponentially as systems become more automated and more devices are injected into society. Dealing with these huge amounts of data requires a new end-to-end data management and analysis paradigm in which methods need to be efficient not just as stove-pipe processes, but as part of a well-integrated system. Big data analytic solutions need to be designed with an appreciation of the significant tradeoff that exists between Computational Time and Quality of Solutions. This tradeoff between time and accuracy requires big data analytic architectures to support both Batch Data Analytic Processes (for latent but quality solutions) as well as Streaming Data Analytics (for near real time situation awareness). This exponential explosion has a tremendous effect to the information fusion community that constantly deals with Big Streaming Data. The Office of Naval Research works on a number of programs that take a System Approach in maximizing throughput while allowing for complex fusion analytics to discover critical information in a huge amount of data. This talk will show some examples of technologies that can be used in dealing with large of sets of data in all aspects of the information fusion workflow.


Gary Toth has been at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for fifteen years serving in numerous including: program manager for Command and Control and Combat Systems Discovery and Invention applied research; program manager for “Knowledge Superiority and Assurance” Future Naval Capabilities where he helped invest significant resources in information fusion for the United States Navy. During his tenure in this position, he executed numerous projects related to information integration of disparate information including advancing the state of technology in areas pertaining to information sciences, computing, applied mathematics, statistics and semi-supervised automated learning algorithms. Research efforts sponsored by Mr. Toth have paved the way for serviced-oriented architecture information gathering and analyses, semantic interoperability and representation, and the creation for community of interest data models needed for fusion. The service-oriented architecture research has led to advancements in distributed computing and data fusion on large, distributed, cloud-based information systems leading to big data analytics and fusion which you will hear about today.

Mr. Toth has served on many technical panels within the community and has also served as the Navy’s lead representative on Decision Making, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) and Cyber communities of interest sponsoring numerous research topics including Multiple University Research Initiatives (MURI), Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) topics, and international research grants furthering the state of technology in information systems. Prior to joining ONR, Mr. Toth had frontline experience as the U.S. Navy’s Commander, Sixth Fleet Science Advisor, with efforts that spanned several warfare areas including — but not limited to — Joint Command and Control, Joint Littoral, Joint Surveillance/Reconnaissance, Joint Strike and Joint Intelligence mission areas. He applied his operational C4I expertise towards a myriad of issues involving new/prototype communication systems, coalition interoperability and new emerging technologies including computer aided pointing systems installed in tactical aircraft deployed in theater and advanced algorithms for predicting radar system propagation over the terrain. He has also been the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and Commander, U.S Fifth Fleet Science Advisor where he had the opportunity to apply his C4I expertise towards real world operations improving the coalition operational picture feeding Gulf Cooperative Council nations permissible subsets of the tactical picture in near real time.

Mr. Toth began his career at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command working a range of programs, including serving as the Cryptologic Unified Build Software Development Program Manager, a C4I Technical Advisor to Commander, Sixth Fleet and assisting Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe developing concepts in working coalition/allied C4I initiatives at Allied Forces Southern Europe.

Mr. Toth is a recipient of (2) Superior Civilian Service Awards and (2) Meritorious Civilian Service Awards. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and had completed additional graduate work in Biomechanical and Industrial and Operational Engineering at the University of Michigan.