SLU to Host Conference on Artificial Intelligence, National Security – Saint Louis University

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ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University will host a leading-edge conference focused on
educating the next generation on AI practice in national security. 

The event will feature top industry experts, government leaders, and researchers.
The panels will include “AI” as a panelist, allowing participants to experience how
users interact with the technology.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at SLU. 

This is the second conference hosted by SLU’s Intelligence Community Center for Academic
Excellence. The inaugural conference in 2023 focused on social media and national security

The event will feature keynote presentations from Robert Rahmer, director of the Office
of Analysis Research, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and
Dennis Eger, U.S. Army Senior Open-Source Advisor. 

Rahmer joined IARPA in 2014. His prior research has focused on cybersecurity, cyber-event
forecasting, threat intelligence and event detection. Eger advises on the development
of OSINT capabilities, policy, doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures as they
relate to intelligence. 

The Midwest Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (MW-IC CAE) at Saint
Louis University sponsors the conference. The event will provide an opportunity to
explore how various disciplines can be applied to artificial intelligence and national
security. Students will also be able to learn about career pathways in the intelligence

Panel topics include:

  • Modern Analytical Tradecraft and AI – Panelists will include representatives from
  • Data Infrastructure – What is the current state of common data architecture across
    and among the intelligence community, the military, and the rest of government? How
    are different government agencies coordinating on data architecture and what careers
    are available for students with a background in data science? Panelists will include
    representatives from NGA, ESRI, SCALE AI.
  • AI and Higher Education – As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to become a burgeoning
    trend within higher education, Students from local universities provide insight into
    several use cases, benefits, and challenges of leveraging AI in a postsecondary education

The event will also feature a GEOINT, defense and intelligence career fair sponsored
by Taylor Geospatial Institute (TGI).  

The conference is free and open to the public.

Register to Attend

MW-IC CAE was formed in 2022 with a grant from the Office of the Director of National
Intelligence. It is dedicated to preparing students for professional positions in
the 18 U.S. intelligence agencies. The Center supports the design and development
of intelligence-related STEM curricula and programmatic training opportunities to
prepare students for careers in the field of intelligence.

Symposium Details

  • When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Lunch will be provided.
  • Where: Saint Louis University’s Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Boulevard, St.
    Louis, Mo., 63103.  

The event is sponsored by SLU, the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence
and Taylor Geospatial Institute. 

Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious
Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first
university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers more than 15,200 students a rigorous,
transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse
community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares
students to make the world a better, more just place.

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