Sep 12th - Sep 14th 2018
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Arlington, VA

Technology tries to do something that has never been done before, which is often a matter of doing more with more. To create a market opportunity—and to save the planet—things have to be made simpler, easier, or more affordable. Businesses therefore need to raise the question of whether or not some new thing that can be done, ought to be done, which often comes down to whether we can now do more with less. We’ll look at efficiencies of all kinds, whether it’s creating or using power and energy better; better materials; or better communication, logistics, and markets


Smart infrastructures. Measurement and control. Advanced manufacturing. Technology-driven sustainability. The plummeting cost of solar energy. Wind energy. New materials. Physical resiliency. Prevention. Third-world solutions to first-world problems. Earth systems engineering. Batteries and fuel cells. Carbon capture: fact vs fiction. Efficient space travel. Smart buildings, homes, cities, farms. Urban hydroponics. The sensor economy. Health care.



Pete Warden, Staff Research Engineer, Google
AI on IoT: The Future of Machine Learning is Tiny

Amitabh Chandra, Harvard Kennedy School
Cost Effective Healthcare

Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Resilient
Click Here to Kill Everybody

Tian Li, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Member, Energy Research Center, University of Maryland 
Making Wood Stronger Than Steel or Clear Like Glass

Dan Work, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University
Controlling Traffic with a Small Number of Autonomous Cars

Lotfi Belkhir, McMaster University 
The Impact of ICT on the Global Carbon Footprint

Gen. Michael V. Hayden (Ret.), Chertoff Group and George Mason University School of Public Policy
The Assault on Intelligence

Armando Solar-Lezama, MIT
Computer-Aided Programming

Michael McAlpine, University of Minnesota 
3-D Printing to Bridge the Biological–Electronic Gap

Canan Dagdeviren, MIT
Harvesting the Body’s Energy via Piezoelectric Systems Inside the Body

Chris Eliasmith and Peter Suma, Applied Brain Research
Tools For Extending Moore’s Law With Neuromorphic Computing

Maggie R. Jones, U.S. Census
Upward Mobility, Race, and Economic Opportunity

Stephen Wicker, Cornell University
Life in the Panopticon: What Amazon Knows, Just from Our Kindles

Daniel Kahn Gillmor, ACLU
Life in the Panopticon I: Fixing the Facebook Privacy Problem 

Douglas Guilbeault, Doctoral Student, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania 
Amplifying and Reducing Partisan Bias in Social Networks

  • Wednesday September 12
  • Thursday September 13
  • Friday September 14
Field Trip

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center

September 12, 2018

The USDA’s BARC facility spreads across 6600 acres and hosts world-class research in all facets of agriculture to fulfill its mission to “improve knowledge and technologies that enhance the capacity of the nation—and the world—to provide its people with healthy crops and animals; clean and renewable natural resources; sustainable agricultural systems, and agricultural commodities and products that are abundant, high-quality, and safe.

This field trip will explore a broad sampling of what BARC has to offer. Home base will be the Civilian Conservation Corps-era Log Lodge. In the morning, we will branch out by bus to tour the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Lab, which focuses its variety of lenses and 3-D-rendering capability on mites; the Human Nutrition or Food Quality Labs; and the Soil–Plant–Atmospheric Research Chambers. The Human Nutrition and SPAR Chambers assess all inputs and outputs to the respective system (human or crop) and evaluate their influence on growth and development. After lunch—brought to you courtesy of agriculture—visits will cover robotic and sensing technologies applied to a range of applications: food safety, large animal health and production, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed—assessed both aquatically from an instrumented pontoon boat (which we will examine on dry land) and through the long-term evaluation of runoff from the OPE3 (Optimizing Production inputs for Economic and Environmental Enhancement) crop fields.

You’ll definitely want to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather, but no worries: You won’t need your Muck Boots.

7:30 am: Breakfast at Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

8:30 am: Buses depart hotel

9:30 am: Arrive at BARC

Lab tours, lunch, and more lab tours

3:45 pm: Buses depart from BARC

4:45 pm: Arrive at hotel

Evening receptions and welcome dinner to follow at the Ritz-Carlton


The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202
+1 703.415.5000


Reservations and Travel

August 13, 2018

TTI/Vanguard Group Rate
TTI/Vanguard has arranged a discounted block of rooms for USD$299 per night at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City.

Online Reservations
CLICK HERE for the TTI/Vanguard group rate at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City.  Group Code:  TTNTTNA.


Reservation Notes

• The group rate is available through August 13, 2018, and is subject to availability. 
• The rate does not include taxes or additional charges that may apply. 
• Check-in time: 4:00 pm 
• Check-out time: 11:00 am 
• All changes/cancellations to reservations are responsibility of the attendee.

Telephone Reservations
Please contact central reservations at +1 800.241.3333 (toll-free). Please mention you are with the TTI/Vanguard conference to receive our group rate.


U.S. Government Attendees

To receive the government rate and to guarantee your reservation, please contact Robin Lockett with your check-in and check-out dates. Robin can be reached at +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245 or rlockett@ttivanguard.com. This rate is valid through August 13 or until the government room block fills, whichever comes first. Reservations made after that date are on a space available basis. We recommend booking your room early! 

Reagan National Airport (DCA) is 2 miles/4 km from the hotel. 

Ground Transportation
Taxi: Approximately USD$15 one-way.
Metrorail: USD$2.10 one-way; take the blue line towards Largo Town Center Metro Station and exit at the Pentagon City stop next to the hotel.

Dulles International Airport (IAD) is 26 miles/41 km from the hotel. 

Ground Transportation 
Taxi: Approximately USD$65 one-way.

Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is 36 miles/57 km from the hotel.

Ground Transportation:
Taxi: Approximately USD$105 one-way. 

Supershuttle is also available from each airport. One-way rates range from USDx$14–$48. This is a shared ride and requires advance reservation. For reservations, click on Supershuttle or call +1 800.258.3826.

TTI/Vanguard gladly welcomes your guest/spouse to any of our reception/dinner functions. Guests/spouses may attend breakfasts but only after the conference has begun (8:30 am–9:30 am). Please note: Guests/spouses cannot be accommodated inside our conferences, workshops, on field trips, or at our working breakfasts and lunches.

Dress for TTI/Vanguard conferences is business casual.

Internet connectivity, both Ethernet and wireless, will be provided during the meeting.

For questions about reservations and logistics for this event, please contact: Robin Lockett at rlockett@ttivanguard.com or +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245.


For questions about reservations and logistics for this event, please contact Robin Lockett at rlockett@ttivanguard.com or +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245.