Sean Michael Anklam

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Chief Executive Officer


Professional Profile

Founder and Chief Executive Officer - Exogenesis Corporation
Sep 2013 - Present

Sean leads a team of highly talented data scientists, computer scientists, information technology professionals and geospatial and remotely sensed data engineers in confronting the most difficult problems in the commercial, academic and defense and intelligence earth observation consumers.

Sean’s vision for Exogenesis is to transform all earth observations into practical insight, with no human or manual software intervention between observations and products-in real time. His research is focused on new imaging modalities, artificial intelligence/machine learning, signals processing, computer vision, algorithm deployment at scale, and creating globally fused data-sets into structured and actionable information.

Adviser - National Intelligence Council
Aug 2012 - Jan 2014

Sean served as a technical adviser to the National Intelligence Council of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on emerging remote sensing technologies and global climate change threats as a national security concern.

Chief Technology Officer - SpecTIR Corporation
Sep 2010 - Sep 2013

Sean led all science and technology research and development and problem solving for the SpecTIR Corporation. Sean's primary responsibilities were focused on long term hyperspectral image collection, processing and analysis cost reduction strategies and the acquisition of new technologies.

Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance Consultant - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
May 2012 - Mar 2013

Sean designed and developed a fully automated electro-optical data fusion system in order to streamline analysis products into structured, actionable information with precedence placed on scalability, timeliness and data agnostic capabilities.

Director of Analytics - SpecTIR Government Solutions
Feb 2008 - Sep 2010

Sean led a team that designed and deployed automated data fusion software products primarily derived from hyperspectral and thermal imagery and successfully marketed and sold these products to commercial and government customers. Sean established innovative spectral image processing best practices and developed an advanced remote sensing training curriculum for new employees.

Research Fellow - Defense Intelligence Agency
Feb 2007 - Feb 2008

Sean was the principle investigator of the Super Spectrum Visualization initiative for the Defense Intelligence Agency. His duties were focused on rapidly identifying and solving complex problems related to automating and integrating multi-modal and multi-platform space and airborne surveillance and reconnaissance imaging systems and delivering their most powerful insights directly to war-fighters.

Spectral Scientist - Ball Aerospace
Sep 2006 - Feb 2007

Sean designed, specified, tested and deployed an end-to-end fully automated hyperspectral imaging software package for tasking, collecting, processing, exploiting and disseminating analysis products to Intelligence Officers deployed to combat zones.

Research Fellow - Rice University
Jul 2006 - Sep 2006

Sean developed and optimized machine learning and computer vision systems for both ground camera facial recognition applications and object extraction from multi-modal earth observation data.

Remote Sensing Scientist - Earth Signatures LLC
Jun 2005 - Sep 2006

Sean conducted cutting edge research experiments and rapid prototyping efforts for state of the art ground and airborne hyperspectral and thermal imaging systems for the US Government.

Geospatial Intelligence Specialist - United States Marine Corps
Aug 2000 - Aug 2005

Sean led ground and air missions while twice deployed to combat zones for developing valuable sources and methods in support of both strategic and tactical military intelligence objectives and operational integration with war fighters and Intelligence Officers.


Master of Science, May 2013 - George Mason University
Major: Applied Physics and Mathematics (emphasis in signals processing and optics)
Thesis: Holographic Data Storage and Optical Computation
Academic Activities and Societies: Complexity Science Group, The Santa Fe Institute

Bachelor of Science, May 2012 - George Mason University
Major: Physics (emphasis in optics)
Significant Course Work: Hyperspectral Holography
Minor: Classics
Significant Course Work: Collapse of Complex Civilizations
Academic Activities and Societies: GMU Machine Learning and Inference Laboratory


The Edge of Chaos: Non-Linear Dynamic Adaptive Complex Systems
Space 2.0 Symposium - May 15th, 2015

Geospatial Big Data - Automated Change Detection
DigitalGlobe Engage - May 14th, 2015

Sensor Fusion: Deriving Information from Electro-Optical Signals
Earth Imaging Journal - Feb 2015

Hyperspectral, LIDAR, Thermal and Polarimetric Image Fusion
Proceedings of the Geologic Remote Sensing Group - Nov 2013

Cutting Costs in Aerial Surveying by Combining LIDAR and Hyperspectral Imagery
GeoConnexion Magazine - Aug 2013

Seeing More with Hyperspectral Imaging
Geospatial Intelligence Forum - Mar 2013

Alice Through the Scanning Mirror
Proceedings of the Exxon Mobile Technology and Engineering Seminar - Nov 2012

Ontological Geospatial Object Modeling for Creating Emergent Intelligence Systems
Processing of the Environmental Systems Research Incorporated User's Conference - Jul 2012

Complex Event Processing Using Remotely Sensed Imagery: An Oil and Gas Perspective
Proceedings of the Geologic Remote Sensing Group - May 2012

Scanning the Spectrum with Hyperspectral Imaging
Geospatial Intelligence Forum - Mar 2012

Estimating Surface and Electromagnetic Properties and Corresponding Effects on Radio Frequency Signatures
Proceedings of the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference - Apr 2010

Novel Geo-Database Development Using Hyperspectral Imagery and Light Detection and Ranging
Proceedings of the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference - Apr 2010

Adaptive Algorithms for Optimal Hypperspectral Imagery Classification and Compression
NASA AISRP - Feb 2008

A Hybrid Classification Driven Feature Extraction Method
Annual Proceedings of the Advanced Signatures Technology Symposium, vol. II - Sep 2007

Image Fusion Using Complex Wavelets
Defense Software Serial DIA-DD-60-30 - Nov 2006

Creating Geo-Databases from Hyperspectral Imagery and LIDAR for Military Operations in Urban Terrain
Annual Conference Proceedings of ASPRS - Oct 2006

Static Horizontal Hyperspectral Scanning and Interpretation of Vertical Targets: Hydro-thermal Alteration and Mineralization Along Geiger Grade, NV
Annual Conference Proceedings of ASPRS - Oct 2006

A Spectrally Screened Independent Component Analysis Algorithm
Defense Software Serial DIA-DD-47-11 - Oct 2004


Photo-Electric and Optical Sensor Instrumentation Calibration Certification - SI International

Certified Mapping Scientist: Remote Sensing - ASPRS

Hyperspectral Data Feature Extraction Certification - SPIE

Advanced Hyperspectral Data Processing and Analysis Certification - ASPRS

ASD Field Spectroscopy Instrument Certification - Analytical Spectral Devices

Advanced Remotely Sensed Imagery Analysis Certification - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College

Hyperspectral Data Exploitation Certification - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College

Post Disaster Analytics Certification - Joint Warfare Analysis Center

Basic Geodetic Survey and Ground Control Certification - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College

Basic Geospatial Intelligence Certification - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College


Machine Learning for Artificial Neural Networks Course - Stanford University

R Programming for Data Science - Johns Hopkins University

Spatiotemporal Data Science Course - Johns Hopkins University

Interactive Python Programming Course - University of Michigan

IDL Programming Courses (100, 200, 300) - Harris Corporation

Toast Masters Course - Toast Masters International

ASD Instrumentation Course - ASD Inc

Hyperspectral Image Processing and Feature Extraction Course - ASPRS

Hyperspectral Data Exploitation Course - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College

Advanced Remotely Sensed Imagery Course - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College

Advanced Geodetic Survey Course - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College

Tactical Spectral Imagery Course - Defense Intelligence Agency College

Post Disaster Analytics Courses - Joint Warfare Analysis Center

Basic Geospatial Intelligence Course - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College

Basic Geodetic Survey Course - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency College