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    New Horizons Forum

    New Horizons Forum

    The New Horizons Forum has gained significant attention from leaders and managers in the aerospace industry and government research labs. This event features renowned keynote speakers with companion interactive panel discussions that address critical aerospace issues and opportunities. Specially selected panel participants from government, industry, and academia will engage in timely topical discussions to enlighten the aerospace community about the issues, solutions, and opportunities that are likely to impact their professional lives.  At least four keynotes and three panels are being scheduled during the four days of the events … so plan to attend the entire series. Check back here frequently to find the latest updates.

    Aerospace Science—We Push the Envelope, We Solve Hard Problems, We Build the Future


    Monday, 7 January, 1330-1430 hrs, Texas A&B

    Air Force ISR in a Networked World

    Keynote: Lt General Larry D. James, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force (bio)


    Monday, 7 January, 1500-1700, Texas Ballroom 3

    Panel Discussion: Perspectives in DoD Autonomy and ISR S&T

    Moderator: Dr. Mark Lewis, Director, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Institute for Defense Analyses (bio)


    • Jeffrey Eggers, Defense Intelligence Senior Level Executive, Chief Technology Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force (bio)
    • Dr. Jeffrey Bradshaw, Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) (bio)
    • Dr. Robin Murphy, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M and Director, Center for Emergency Informatics and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (bio)


    Tuesday, 8 January 0800-0900, Texas A&B

    "Big Bets" in USAF Research and Development

    Keynote: Maj General William Neil McCasland, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB (bio)


    Wednesday, 9 January, 0800-0900 hrs, Texas A&B

    Establishing Trust in Autonomous Aerosystems: V&V of Complex Adaptive Cyber-Physical Systems

    Keynote: Dr. Werner J.A. Dahm, Director, Security & Defense Systems Initiative, Arizona State University (bio)


    Wednesday, 9 January, 0930-1130 hrs, Texas Ballroom 3

    Panel Discussion: Information Technology – Spin-On Technology for Aeronautics and Space

    Moderator: Rupak Biswas, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division Chief, NASA Ames Research Center (bio)


    • Paul Giangarra, IBM Distinguished Engineer (bio)
    • Charles Bess, Fellow, HP Services and Solutions Lab, Next Generation Business Value Generation, HP Laboratories (bio)
    • Kent Cunningham, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft (bio)
    • Nick Skytland, Program Manager, Open Innovation Program, NASA (bio)

    In the aeronautics and space profession, we often highlight "spin-offs"— technologies with origins in aerospace that find their way into other aspects of our society. On this panel, we will examine the promise of "spin-on" technologies from the future of the Information Technology community, and how these technologies can influence the development of future aerospace systems. The potential impact is very broad—it can influence everything from aerospace vehicle design, to air traffic management, to human and robotic space exploration. Speakers will highlight emerging technologies—both hardware and software—in development within the IT community that have the potential for civil, military and commercial aeronautical and space applications. Speakers will also explore how aerospace and IT companies are currently collaborating to bring these applications to market.

    Thursday, 10 January, 0800-0900 hrs, Texas A&B

    International Space Station: Journey from Construction to Capabilities

    Keynote: Joy L. Bryant, Vice President and Program Manager, International Space Station Boeing Defense, Space, and Security (bio)


    Thursday, 10 January, 0930-1130 hrs, Texas Ballroom 3

    Panel Discussion:  Systems of Systems Engineering and Integration Focus - How to Bring it all Together

    Moderator: Mike Kirkland, Vice President, The SI Organization (bio)


    • Mark Visco, Director of Business Development for Enterprise Modeling, Simulation & Analysis Solutions, AGI (bio)
    • Dr. Satoshi Nagano, Senior Project Leader, The Aerospace Corporation (bio)
    • Ronald J. Kohl, President, R.J.Kohl and Associates (bio)
    • Dr. Douglas Cairns, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University (bio)
    • Dr. Yuan Chen, NASA AST - Aerospace Technologist (bio)