We are proud to announce that Charles McMinn, IMSL’s Intelligence Director, was recently recognised for the role he played in the Niteworks SPAES project when the project team won both a Business Leader and an Executive Committee award in the 2015 Chairman’s Awards.
The project – SPAES (Social Media Prediction Analysis and Exploitation Service) – achieved a world first in delivering predictive analysis of real-time, big-data Social Media dataset, as an operational service within a single 90 day innovation cycle. It solved an incredibly complex technical problem that had never successfully been achieved before – predictive analytics applied to a near real time internet-scale dataset – through a data-led approach.
We are also delighted to announce that Steve Johnson and Roger Davies, also both directors here at IMSL, were recently included in the UN list of Counter Terrorist Advisers, instigated by the UN Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT). This initiative by the UNCCT deploys experts based upon requests by UN member States to strengthen counter-terrorist capability. Mr Johnson’s expertise in CBRNE, forensics and disaster response, and Mr Davies’ expertise in Counter-IED issues have been established over decades of hard-won international experience, and this selection by the UNCCT reflects great credit to their personal experience that they provide on a daily basis to IMSL operations. Background to the UNCCCT is here.
Andy Green, Managing Director, said “I am hugely proud of the part that Charles played in the SPAES project. The rapidity, agility and innovation with which this service was delivered are testimony to the IMSL approach of maximising the effectiveness of exploitable intelligence. That Roger and Steve have been appointed to the UN panel of advisors also acknowledges the diversity, breadth and depth of experience that IMSL’s intelligence professionals can bring to bear to contemporary problems”