7th Palantir Government Conference

We wish to thank conference attendees for helping to make this year’s GovCon a remarkable event. With nearly a thousand attendees—most of them first-time GovCon-goers—this was a tremendous occasion to showcase our engineering developments, deployment efforts, and the exceptional work we’re contributing across a broad swath of domains.

For those of you who were able to join us, we hope you enjoyed the program. For those of you who were not able to be with us for the event, we’re posting the day’s presentations for you to enjoy at your leisure and we hope to see you at next year’s Government Conference.

Welcome And Introduction Dr. Alex Karp, Co-Founder & CEO, Palantir

Palantir 101 Saad Abdali, Forward Deployed Engineer, Palantir

For those who are completely new to the Palantir Platform or could simply use a refresher, this talk will start from scratch and provide a broad overview of Palantir’s origins and mission. A live demonstration of the product will help to familiarize newcomers with Palantir’s intuitive graphical interface and revolutionary analytical functionality, while highlighting the major engineering innovations that make it all possible.

Palantir Government: Version 3.5 and Beyond Bob McGrew, Director of Engineering, Palantir

In September 2011 we released Palantir Version 3.5, a release marked by major advancements and entirely new applications. With Version 3.5 we introduce Palantir for the mobile device, as well as new applications motivated by our particular focus on usability and collaboration. We also present Phoenix, a distributed data store that has been applied to work with massive data scales, and we present leaps forward in our groundbreaking Nexus Peering technology that was introduced in our last government conference. These and many other new features make the release of Version 3.5 an exciting event that paves the way for Palantir Version 4.

Harnessing Petabyte-Scale Data For Efficient Analysis Eric Lee, Forward Deployed Engineer, Palantir Rob Giardina, Forward Deployed Engineer, Palantir

Most organizations with limited analytical resources have a need to objectively score and prioritize leads based on domain-specific heuristics. However, running even basic computations across multiple large-scale data sources often entails prohibitively difficult data integration. This presentation introduces a novel technique for algorithmically processing and presenting complex, real-world, terabyte- and petabyte-scale data sources that are designed to run across hundreds or thousands of servers. The final output is a dashboard that allows the analyst to focus on those cases requiring the most immediate attention.

The Impact of the Palantir Platform Shyam Sankar, Director of Business Development, Palantir

Palantir Government has made incredible strides over the last several years. Amongst our achievements, the expansive scope of our impact across industries is perhaps rivaled only by the breadth of exceptional technical innovations from our engineers (though the two are no doubt causally related). What enables the continued success of Palantir is our commitment to building and executing a solution that serves—off the shelf—as a complete integration and analysis platform, rather than as a limited component of a cobbled architecture. This talk will highlight some of our recent deployment successes in expanding the analytical capabilities and visions of our customers by addressing the emergent challenges of immense data scales and complex operational structures, while doing it all for a fraction of the cost of the bespoke alternative.

Combating Emerging Threats Through Information Analysis And Intelligence Michael Chertoff, fmr. Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Co-Founder of the Chertoff Group

While our nation has made tremendous strides over the past decade to prepare for and defend against future terrorist attacks and other damaging national security threats, we must understand that we can never eliminate all threats. Today, we must be smarter in how we manage these threats and ensure we have the most effective tools in place to respond to the ever evolving security challenges and other significant dangers around the world. Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and now co-founder of the global security advisory firm, Chertoff Group, will discuss the kinds of information and intelligence we must collect, as well as the technologies and tools we need to be able to use this information effectively in order to minimize our risk in the 21st Century.

Friction In The Machine: How Fluid Processes Allow Optimal Human-Computer Interaction Asher Sinensky, PhD, Forward Deployed Engineer, Palantir

It is well understood that humans and computers have different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to solving problems. But what happens when they need to work together? Is computational power, human ingenuity, or some mix of the two the key factor in arriving at the most efficient solution? This talk will explore a surprising example from the world of chess that helps to explain why Palantir chooses to build software in the way it does.

Accelerating Foodborne Outbreak Response At The CDC Melody Hildebrant, Forward Deployed Engineer, Palantir Casey Ketterling, Forward Deployed Engineer, Palantir

The Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses Palantir to monitor and rapidly investigate the causes of foodborne illness events across the country. This session will cover the techniques used by the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, including Palantir’s Dashboard and Map Trends technologies, which were specifically developed for the CDC and are soon to be utilized at several other Palantir deployments. This talk will also cover Palantir’s early work within other public health disciplines.

The Palantir Design Experience Dan Cervelli, Software Engineer, Palantir Michael Lopp, Special Projects Engineer, Palantir

Bringing a focus on amazing user experience to data analytics is one of the more unique aspects of Palantir’s products. In this talk, we’ll take a look at the process the Palantir engineering team uses to create the beautiful, easy-to-use interfaces that reduce user friction and lead to better, faster, more in-depth decision making.

Global Defense Update Doug Philippone, Palantir

Palantir continues to extend its presence in defense deployments around the globe, in both the US and the broader Allied community. This update will provide a brief view into the information sharing and collaboration, reach-back support, and massive cost savings to coalition members enabled by the Palantir Platform.

Understanding The Libyan Revolution Through Palantir Marissa Sullivan, Deputy Director, Institute for the Study of War Lieutenant General James Dubik, Senior Fellow, Institute for the Study of War

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a non-partisan, non-profit research organization, provides the U.S. military, Congress, business leaders, the media, and the general public with open-source, granular, and real-time information and analysis on current military operations and emerging threats. ISW’s work on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and the broader Middle East fills a critical gap in the policy debate, ensuring that leaders have an accurate understanding of current and evolving conflicts. They utilize Palantir to integrate and analyze ISW’s rich data on wide-ranging topics that include money-flows in corruption networks, temporal battlefield developments, and enemy activity. ISW will demonstrate how it has used Palantir to capture the developments of the Libyan revolution over the past eight months.

Using Palantir To Uncover Hidden Links In Missing And Exploited Children Cases Linda Krieg, Assistant Executive Vice President, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Michael Geraghty, Executive Director, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization which was created in 1984. The mission of the organization is to serve as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children (including child victims), as well as other professionals. Recently, Palantir partnered with NCMEC, integrating the Center’s disparate case management systems, databases, and other structured and unstructured data sources into the Palantir Platform. Using custom developed helper applications, Palantir has been adapted to meet the work flow needs of NCMEC. Today, the Center’s case analysts can make sense of a plethora of seemingly unrelated information, finding previously hidden links, critical in investigating missing and exploited children cases.

Palantir Motion While the typical analyst engages Palantir with a keyboard and mouse, Oxford University engineering interns Quentin Spencer-Harper and Benjamin Duffield demonstrate the extensibility of the Palantir platform through a plugin interface with the Microsoft Kinect™ motion sensing input device. The system bathes its user in thousands of dots of infrared light and uses the reflections to build up a 3D model of the scene. From this, it locates and calculates the position of each of the user’s skeletal joints. Next, this data is fed through a hierarchical logic at twenty five times a second, allowing the computer to recognize human gestures. Palantir then responds to these gestures, letting the user direct Palantir with the movement of his or her hands. Engineered over the course of a summer internship, the demo gives an alternative, motion-based mode of interacting with the Palantir Application