Defense and Aerospace Test and Analysis Workshop

March 31 – April 2, 2020

Waterford at Springfield, VA

Workshop Overview

Defense and Aerospace Test and Analysis (DATA) Workshop is the result of a multi-organization collaboration with the Director of Operational Test & Evaluation within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, NASA, the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), and the Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security (SDNS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The workshop is strategically designed to strengthen the community leveraging rigorous statistical approaches to test design and analysis of data in defense and aerospace. The three-day workshop will have a mix of applied problems, unique methodological approaches, and tutorials from leading academics. The goal is to facilitate collaboration among all involved, including expanding our impact to other government agencies.

Theme Description

The DoD and NASA continue to develop and acquire some of the world’s most advanced and sophisticated systems and technology. Together we face similar challenges in ensuring that these systems undergo adequate and efficient test and evaluation prior to use. Sessions will feature case study examples highlighting advancements in T&E methodologies we have made as a community. Topics covered may include modeling and simulation validation, uncertainty quantification, the use of design of experiments, Bayesian analysis, amongst others. Sessions will also discuss the current challenges and areas where continued research and advancement are needed. 

Theme Description

Sessions will discuss how we can quantify confidence that machine learning and/or artificial intelligence algorithms function as intended and are free of vulnerabilities, either intentionally or unintentionally designed or inserted as part of the data/algorithm.  Topics may include test and evaluation metrics and methods for AI algorithms. Threat portrayal for ML/AI algorithms. Designing robust ML/AI algorithms. Test and evaluation metrics and methods for cyber-physical systems that incorporate AI algorithms.

Theme Description

Sessions will discuss metrics and test methodologies for testing cyber-physical systems with an emphasis on characterizing cyber resiliency. Identification of cybersecurity threats (IP and non-IP) across the critical operational missions.  Methods for developing and testing secure architectures.  Methods for identifying critical system components that enable attack vectors. Development and testing of countermeasures to cyber-attacks. Test methods for cyber-physical systems that include machine learning algorithms.

Theme Description

Mission outcomes are determined by how effectively operators interact with systems under operational conditions. Sessions will discuss methods used to collect and model the quality of human-system interaction and its impact on operational performance.

Theme Description

Sessions will cover simulation, prediction, uncertainty quantification, and inference for physical and physical-statistical modeling of geophysical processes. Examples of topics that will be discussed include problems in Earth Science (models of ice sheet evolution, atmospheric and ocean processes, the carbon cycle, land surface processes, natural hazards), astronomy and cosmology (exoplanet detection, galactic formation, cosmic microwave background), and Planetary Science (planetary atmospheres, formation, etc.).

Mark Your Calendar

    • Registration Opens: December, 2019
    • Contributed Abstract Submission Closes: January 31, 2020
    • Notification of Contributed Abstract Acceptance: February 14, 2020
    • Registration Closes: March 20, 2020
    • DATAWorks: March 31 – April 2, 2020

Agenda Summary

Tuesday, March 31

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Workshop check-in begins at 8:00 AM

(Full-day short courses TBD – attendees pick one)

  • Short Course 1
  • Short Course 2
  • Short Course 3
  • Short Course 4
  • Short Course 5

Wednesday, April 1

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Workshop check-in begins at 8:00 AM

  • Morning Keynote
  • Breakout & Mini-Tutorial Sessions
  • Lunch Keynote
  • Breakout & Mini-Tutorial Sessions
  • Poster Session & Evening Reception

Thursday, April 2

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Workshop check-in begins at 8:00 AM

  • Morning Keynote
  • Breakout & Mini-Tutorial Sessions
  • Lunch Keynote
  • Breakout & Mini-Tutorial Sessions
  • Awards & Closing Remarks

Full Agenda Coming Soon!

Lauren McNamara

, Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Greg Zaharias


Yisroel Brummer

Deputy Director, Analysis and Innovation, CAPE


Waterford at Springfield

DATAWorks 2020 will be held in Springfield, VA at the Waterford at Springfield (6715 Commerce St, Springfield, VA 22150). The Waterford is an event and conference center, but not a hotel. However, there are many hotels close by the Waterford at Springfield.


Local Hotel Options


Room blocks have been reserved at the following hotels at the government rate. First come, first served bases. 30 days prior to the workshop unbooked rooms will be released and no longer available at a guaranteed rate.

Courtyard Springfield (0.1 mile)
6710 Commerce St, Springfield, VA 22150
Book a room at the Courtyard Springfield for DATAWorks

Hilton (0.4 mile)
6550 Loisdale Rd, Springfield, VA 22150
• Shuttle provided
Book a room at the Hilton Springfield for DATAWorks

Holiday Inn Express (0.5 mile)
6401 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150
• Room block provided till 2/19/2018
• Shuttle provided
Book a room at the Holiday Inn Express for DATAWorks


Homewood Suites (0.7 mile)
7010 Old Keene Mill Rd, Springfield, VA 22150
Book a room at the Homewood Suites for DATAWorks

TownePlace Suites by Marriot  (0.5 mile)
6245 Brandon Ave, Springfield, VA 22150
• Shuttle provided
Book a room at the TownePlace Suites for DATAWorks

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