Panel: The Next Frontier of AI Will Be In Space

Abstract: AI is everywhere. In our phones, in our homes, where we work, where we play. The “new industry revolution” in AI and machine learning, fueled by the “new oil” - massive amounts of data - has spread globally with alarming speed. But, AI has rarely left earth’s orbit, and it’s non-existent in deep spacecraft. The most recent Mars Rover runs on 15 year old CPU technology. Recently launched spacecraft lack the ability to navigate themselves, requiring constant communication with ground control. Meanwhile, back on earth, humans are already riding in self-driving vehicles, and earthlings routinely run billion-parameter neural networks at real-time speeds.

Disruptive change is on its way, and it’s happening at the intersection of space and artificial intelligence. Our panelists are ushering in a new golden age of space exploration, one that is embracing cutting edge AI at all layers of the technology stack. In this session, you will hear from experts from industry, government, and academia - and they will talk on a broad range of topics - from new AI hardware that can survive the harsh conditions of space, to new deep learning algorithms that can locate new galaxies and dark matter, to robotic virtual assistants that monitor astronauts and keep them company on deep space missions.

Get ready. AI is soon going where no AI has gone before!

Bio: Dr. Ian Troxel is the Founder and CEO of Troxel Aerospace Industries, Inc., a firm developing autonomous fault mitigation software and performing radiation testing services for migrating commercial technology to space systems. He earned a masters and doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida with a focus on aircraft and spacecraft onboard processing, mission assurance for big-data movement and computation (before it was called cloud computing), processor-in-memory architectures, and optical networking technologies. Dr. Troxel served as the Principal Engineer for Processor and Memory systems at SEAKR Engineering where he developed system-level fault mitigation strategies and designed next-generation processor and data management systems for several high-end space missions. He was selected for the NRO Technology Fellowship program in 2009-2010 to shape development of new technologies for image processing. Dr. Troxel formed Troxel Aerospace in 2015 to focus on product development, which has seen significant growth since 2017 through a NASA SBIR Phase 2 award selection and several commercial engagements.