• NITRD Coordination Areas

    The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program's member agencies coordinate their NITRD research activities and plans by Program Component Areas (PCAs) or program focus areas. For each PCA, agency representatives meet in an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to exchange information and collaborate on research plans and activities such as testbeds, workshops, and cooperative solicitations.

    NITRD Coordination Areas


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  • Video and Image Analytics
    Task Force

    Formed to ensure and maximize successful coordination and collaboration across the Federal government in the important and growing area of video and image analytics


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Video and Image Analytics (VIA)
Task Force


Video and imagery of the world that we see around us is an exploding challenge and opportunity in terms of the proliferation of devices used to create it, the vast amounts of video being created across a tremendous number of application domains, and the potential future applications. Unfortunately, technology to help us understand, organize, manage, act on, and interact with video and visible world imagery lags behind the quantities of data being generated. Video is now arguably the largest source of Big Data on the Internet and the greatest single Big Data challenge.

Given its enormous size and complexity, video is also one of the most significant analysis challenges for the Government for a variety of critically important Federal domains including public safety, physical security, urban infrastructure management, transportation, law enforcement, forensics, education, safety, first responder support, communication, medicine and health care, independent living, commerce, manufacturing, law enforcement, homeland security, defense, energy, records archiving, wildlife and natural resources management, space and oceanographic exploration, and other emerging areas or national importance.

Agencies across the Federal Government have begun a variety of R&D efforts for the creation of new analytic technologies to help make their video data more accessible, to make their video management systems more efficient, effective, and useable, and to explore new uses of video to advance science, enhance our health and quality of life, and keep the public safe, secure, and well-informed. The NITRD Video and Image Analytics Task Force was created to ensure and maximize successful coordination and collaboration across the Federal government in this important and growing area.


David Kuehn

David Kuehn
Program Manager
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

Richard W. Vorder Bruegge

Richard W. Vorder Bruegge


Provide a vehicle for visible world video and image analysis technology R&D strategy development, collaboration, and resource-sharing across the Federal Government and engagement mechanism with state, local, and tribal governments in applications spanning a variety of domains of national importance.