Neural Pathways and Neuroplasticity in Geospatial Expertise Acquisition
Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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Application Deadline
2/26/2021 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Advances in geospatial analysis are forcing rapid expertise development across a spectrum of technologies and analytical methods. However, the unique neural pathways associated with this expertise development across the geospatial domain call for exploration. While the generic construct of expertise has been investigated in a wide array of disciplines (e.g., medical imaging, aviation, chess), it has gone relatively unstudied in the field of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). The acquisition, development and assessment of expertise in remotely sensed image analysis (e.g., photogrammetry or raster analysis), geospatial analysis (e.g., cartographic or vector analysis), and data literacy (e.g., data structures and algorithms) are of prime interest.

Example Approaches:

  • Visual expertise in medical image analysis;
  • Novice and expert performance on radiologic diagnosis

Relevance to the Intelligence Community:

Understanding the unique neural pathways will facilitate further exploration of training, tools, and techniques that could increase the Intelligence Community’s ability to identify optimal environments for rapid training and retraining of analysts in emerging novel geospatial analytical methodologies. A deeper understanding of the neural correlates associated with GEOINT expertise may also lead to improvements in human performance.

Key Words: Expertise Acquisition; Neural Expertise Assessment; Perception and Cognition, Imagery Analysis, Geospatial Analysis, Data Literacy


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Academic Level(s): Postdoctoral.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (2 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (27 )

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