Planetary robotics

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1001 Page Mill Road

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Palo Alto, CA 94304

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We will discuss robotics, rovers for planetary and asteroid missions. Speakers:

Terry Fong (intelligent robotics group director, NASA Ames Research Center);
Liam Pedersen (head of autonomous mobility, Nissan; former NASA Ames robotics researcher);
Don Pickering (CEO, Olis Robotics);
Gordon Roesler (president, Robots In Space);
Michael Sims (founder & CEO, Ceres Robotics);
Kris Zacny (VP exploration technology group, Honeybee Robotics).


Schedule (Thursday, January 23):
6:00-6:30 pm -- networking;
6:30-8:15 pm -- panel discussion;
8:15-9:00 pm -- networking.
Snacks and beverages served.

Location: Baker Botts LLP, Building One, Suite 200, 1001 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA. The entrance is close to Hansen Way.

The event is sold out to full venue capacity. Unfortunately, we cannot accept more people to attend.

About speakers:

Terry Fong is NASA's Senior Scientist for Autonomous Systems and the Chief Roboticist at the NASA Ames Research Center. Terry is also the Deputy manager for NASA's "VIPER" rover, which will prospect for water ice on the Moon in early 2023. Terry previously led development of the Astrobee free-flying robot, which was recently deployed to the International Space Station and will serve as NASA's micro-gravity robotics testbed for the next decade. Terry has published more than 150 papers in space and field robotics, human-robot interaction, virtual reality user interfaces, and planetary mapping. Terry received his B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Liam Pedersen is Deputy Director for Robotics at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Silicon Valley Lab, where he works on autonomous driving and urban mobility. Prior to this he worked on robotic systems for planetary exploration at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, looking particularly at rovers for the exploration of Mars and permanently shadowed Lunar craters. He holds a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University (for the first robotic discovery of a meteorite), and is the recipient of NASA's Public Service Medal and the NSF Antarctic Service Medal.

Donald Pickering is CEO of Olis Robotics, a Seattle based software company focused on ocean, space and remote industrial telerobotics. Olis's OS provides real-time 3D and machine learning capabilities for high precision remote robotics. Don has been a long time pioneer in software and applications and has launched and developed 5 companies over his 23 year career. His prior companies include Cosmix (sold to US Web), Altrec.com, Widemile (sold to Webtrends) and most recently OneOcean, a cloud technologies company focused on organizing and reselling ocean map data. Don has extensive experience in applications, analytics, geospatial, big data and unmanned systems.

Gordon Roesler is a nationally recognized authority in the application of robotics technologies to space missions. At the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, he created and led the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program, which will result in the first operational multi-mission robotic servicer when it launches in 2022. During his previous term at DARPA, 2002-2006, he originated the Spacecraft for the Universal Modification of Orbits (SUMO) and Front-End Robotics Enabling Near-term Demonstration (FREND) programs. Gordon has authored articles in The Space Review, the European Space Journal, Aviation Week and Space Technology, and Aerospace America. He is a co-author of the multi-organization Commercial Lunar Propellant Architecture study and NASA’s In-Space Assembled Telescope study. He provides consulting services in space infrastructure and business concepts to industry, government and academia. Gordon holds a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT and is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Michael Sims is founder and CEO of Ceres Robotics, that was on-boarded in the NASA CLPS program with SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Sierra Nevada to be future suppliers of lunar landers. Prior to Ceres Robotics, Sims was Senior Scientist at Mars Institute, Vice President at Moon Express and a 20+ year veteran of NASA. During that time, he worked on artificial intelligence and robotics principally focused on planetary rovers, including Mars Pathfinder, and Mars Spirit and Opportunity missions.

Kris Zacny is VP of Exploration Technology Group at Honeybee Robotics. His expertise includes space mining, In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), and geotechnical systems. He is currently developing hardware for the missions to the Moon (VIPER, PRIME1, CLPS), Phobos (MMX), and Titan (Dragonfly). Prior to his graduate studies he worked in the underground gold, diamond, and coal mines in South Africa. Dr. Zacny received his PhD (UC Berkeley, 2005) in Geotechnical Engineering with an emphasis on Extraterrestrial Drilling and Mining, ME (UC Berkeley, 2001) in Petroleum Engineering, and BS cum laude (U. Cape Town, 1997) in Mechanical Engineering. Zacny participated in several Antarctic, Arctic, Atacama, and Greenland expeditions and has over 300 publications.

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