Seminars and Events

Visual Intelligence and Multimedia Analytics Laboratory

The State of Space and Opportunities for AI – A First-Hand Perspective

Event Details

It is our utmost pleasure at the Visual Intelligence and Multimedia Analytics Laboratory (VIMAL) to host Astronaut Dr. John Daniel (Danny) Olivas as part of VIMAL’s Distinguished Speaker seminar series. Dr. Olivas is a true spacewalker and hero, and it is our honor at VIMAL to host him.

POC: Wael AbdAlmageed

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The commercialization of traditional (national) space has presented new opportunities as well as challenges for innovation and technology infusion. Additionally, “new space” has provided greater access to new users as well as an avenue for innovative technological development of an untapped sector of space. Dr. Olivas will present, from first-hand experience, the challenges, risks, opportunities, and rewards of the future of space. He will also provide insight into artificial intelligence opportunities and applications which can take advantage of the new commercial space sector, to reduce risk while increasing safety, reliability, and mission assurance.

Speaker Bio

Dr. John D. "Danny" Olivas is presently a member at large of the NASA Advisory Council.  He is a 12-year veteran NASA Astronaut and has flown space shuttle missions in 2007 and 2009.  During his two flights, Dr. Olivas completed a total of five spacewalks, totaling over 34 hours outside of the International Space Station.  He has served as a Director of Engineering for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research at the University of Texas at El Paso, Program Manager of the Advanced Interconnect and Manufacturing Assurance Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and is presently President of Olivas & Associates Inc., providing subject matter expertise in the areas of accident and incident investigation consultation in the civil litigation sector.  Dr. Olivas has served as a space sector consultant for private and government space organizations, including the nations of Mexico, Russia, and Portugal in addition to his continued support within the United States.