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CHIPS Articles: SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Scientist Recognized by DON for Innovation

SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Scientist Recognized by DON for Innovation
By DON Innovation - April 3, 2017
Dr. Lucas Overbey, a research engineer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic and the lead for the SSC Atlantic Analytics Research Center (ARC), was recently featured on the Secretary of the Navy’s innovation website.

As the principal investigator on multiple ongoing and previous data analytics projects and a leading data analytics innovator, Dr. Overbey contributed greatly to basic and applied research and workforce development.

Supported by the Naval Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE) program, he conceptualized and led the establishment of the SSC Atlantic ARC. The ARC was created to bring together researchers from computer science, statistics, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and engineering disciplines to jointly write proposals, support and coordinate training in relevant subject areas, hold topical seminars, and allow members to present their current work for review and feedback by other ARC members.

Dr. Overbey proposed and was awarded NISE funds to research new approaches to automatic analyses of social media data with a focus on extracting relevant geographic information. He developed a novel approach to automatically extracting precise information using message content and social connections between users.

This led to the development of several related innovative natural language processing and network analytic capabilities, including sentiment analysis, entity extraction, topic modeling, mixed-language parsing, and identification of influencers.

His research is being transitioned to U.S. European Command and U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. As they are implemented, his projects are expected to greatly improve a primarily manual analysis process by filtering task-pertinent information and turning data into actionable knowledge. This automation will increase efficiency and allow people to focus on inherently human tasks.

SSC Atlantic is a Navy IT and cyber engineering command that provides information warfare solutions to the warfighter. The SSC Atlantic team rapidly delivers and supports information warfare solutions that enable naval, joint, national and coalition warfighters. SSC Atlantic develops, acquires, and provides life cycle support for Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, Information Technology (IT), and Space Capabilities. A leading edge Navy engineering center, SSC Atlantic designs, builds, tests, fields and supports many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned for the future. Visit for more information.

Dr. Lucas Overbey
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