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Caltech Interactive Map


Due to unforeseen construction scheduling, parking on the Cal Tech campus will be extremely scarce the week of the conference. Attendees are encouraged to Uber, Lyft, ride share, or take public transportation to Cal Tech. There is additional parking at the Pasadena City College Lot 10 on the corner of Holliston and Green Street. The enclosed map outlines the walking route from PCC to Cal Tech along Hill Avenue. The map also indicates the best spots for Uber drop offs.

Note that if you must park on the Cal Tech campus be sure to buy the $6 daily pass for each day attending which can be purchased from machines in the lots 1,2,3,4 (http://parking.caltech.edu/Parking/Permits). Be sure to follow the signs/directions for any other public lot or street parking.


November 19, 2018 Call for Full Papers and Working Group Proposals
January 2, 2019 Author Submission Website Open
April 3, 2019 Final Submission for Papers and Working Group Proposals
April 27, 2019 Authors Acceptance Notification
May 29, 2019 Early-bird Registration opens
June 28, 2019 Final Paper Manuscripts Due (incorporating reviewer comments)
July 30 - August 1, 2019 Conference - View Schedule
August 2, 2019 Morning closed session at Aerospace Corporation near LAX
Email douglas.p.enright@aero.org for more information on this session

NOTE: This year's conference on Space Computing, 2019 will be associated with SMC-IT 2019.

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Dr. Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf

Google, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist

Dr. Malina Hills

Dr. Malina Hills

The Aerospace Corp, Senior Vice President Space Systems Group

Dr. Gerard Holzmann

Dr. Gerard Holzmann

Nimble Research, Founder and Researcher

Rob Manning

Rob Manning

NASA/JPL, Chief Engineer

Jay Trimble

Jay Trimble

NASA/ARC, Intelligent Systems Division

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James

NASA/JPL Deputy Director


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  • David Henríquez, General Chair

David is the Deputy Manager for Flight Electronics at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is responsible for managing the development of the command and data handling electronics and motion control electronics used on JPL robotic missions. He manages workforce of nearly 200 employees that innovate, design, test, verify and validate the high reliability electronics that enable the unique mission portfolio at JPL. David has worked on a broad portfolio of missions over his twenty-year career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that included Cassini, Deep Space 1, Spirit and Opportunity Rovers, Curiosity Rover, Europa Clipper and Psyche.

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  • Martha F. (Marti) Bancroft, Co-General Chair

For over four decades, Marti has contributed to the architecture, development, verification, and deployment of best-in-class integrated solutions for extreme storage and computation needs of USG agencies, universities, and commercial enterprises. Starting with the challenges of spectroscopic instrumentation data acquisition and real-time data analysis, her work with computing technology began with operating systems, but her focus soon grew to encompass total systems behavior including global scheduling, discrete event modeling of complex systems, and system performance optimization challenges. Highlights include extreme performance heterogeneous shared file systems for distributed HPC, architecting real-time and time-critical HPC systems, exploiting parallel architectures using a variety of programming models, and management of large and complex software development programs. Marti was of direct service to the USG for more than a decade as an in-house SME contractor, prior to her retirement. Since 2007 she has been her own sole proprietorship, Marti Bancroft Consulting. Now retired, she continues to support medieval equestrian re-creation activities as an equestrian safety officer in the Society for Creative Anachronism. Marti has been on the organizing committee of the Space Computing conference since its second year.

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  • Prof. George Djorgovski, Vice Chair

Prof. George Djorgovski is a Professor of Astronomy at Caltech. He has worked on a broad variety of topics, including structure and dynamics of globular clusters, fundamental properties of galaxies and their evolution, gamma-ray bursts, early phases of galaxy and structure formation, distant quasars, dark energy, etc. More recently, he has been concentrating on large digital sky surveys and Virtual Observatory, and how these large and complex data sets can be used to explore systematically the observable parameter space, and possibly even discover new types of astrophysical objects and phenomena. He is currently focusing on synoptic sky surveys, where large areas of the sky are imaged repeatedly, looking for highly variable sources and transient events. Their follow-up and interpretation pose many interesting challenges and scientific opportunities.

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  • Larry Bergman, SMC-IT Liaison

Larry Bergman is a retired Program Manager of the Autonomous Systems and Flight Computing Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Over his 40 year career in NASA, he has held a variety of roles in mission engineering, research, and management, in such areas as fiber optics, photonic systems, flight computing, computer and satellite networks, and supercomputers. He contributed to a number of flight missions including Viking, Galileo, Space Shuttle, and Voyager, which just recently left our solar system for interstellar space, and whose flight computer is still operational after 41 years. He has over 100 technical publications and six patents, serves on a number of university industry advisory boards, and is the co-General Chair of the IEEE International Conference series on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT). Among his numerous honors, he accepted the prestigious Radio Days Award from the Japanese Minister of Telecommunications for his leadership on the first Japan-U.S. Trans-Pacific HDTV ATM Satellite Experiment. He holds a Ph.D. from Chalmers University of Technology, a M.S. from California Institute of Technology, and a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, all in electrical engineering.

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  • James Oyama, Financial Chair

Jim is a Business Administrative Manager for Flight Electronics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is responsible for managing the administrative operations that support the development and delivery of command and data handling electronics and motion control electronics for JPL's flagship robotic missions.

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  • Erik Debenedictis, Advisor to the General Chair

Erik is a member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories for Computing Research. He's a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of ACM and APS. Erik is leading a 'petaflops' initiative at Sandia, tasked with advance identification of technical issues involved in building a Petaflops scale supercomputer. Erik is also deputy project lead for the ASCI Red Storm supercomputer and is leading Sandia's participation in the DOE SciDAC Scalable Systems Software effort.


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  • Mitch Fletcher, Founder & Chief Architect - Arrowhead System Engineering

After four decades of corperate engineering and leadership roles with a fortune 50 company, Mitch founded Arrowhead System Engineering, a multi-disciplinary business and technology consulting firm specializing in system engineering and avionics architecture. Mitch held various engineering and management roles, with the most recent being the corperate Chief Engineer for Honeywell Human Space. In this role, Mitch lead the development of the Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) architucture used on the NASA MCSV (Orion). Throught his career, Mitch lead award winning product development and execution of systems and products including avionics architecture, data management systems, and momentum control systems. Mitch has in-depth knowledge and experience with systems, hardware, software, and test engineering with a proven track record of innovation with superior schedule and cost performance. Four decades of expertise in space systems with on-orbit deployment of fault-tolerance, system architectures, communications protocols, space environments, special parts and material, along with extensive experience with the government and aerospace development processes. Mitch's expert knowledge design, production, and manufacturing was gained from deployment of over 10 unique on-orbit deployed systems. Mitch graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1978. He holds over 22 patents, and is a certified Green Belt for Growth.

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  • Stephen Horan, Principal Technologist for Communications, Navigation, and Avionics - NASA

Stephen Horan, PhD has been with NASA Langley Research Center since 2009 where he currently is the Principal Technologist for Communications, Navigation, and Avionics within the Space Technology Mission Directorate of NASA where he works on communications and avionics projects for future NASA needs. He is also the Spectrum Manager for LaRC. Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Horan was with the faculty of New Mexico State University where he held the Frank Carden Chair in Telemetering and Telecommunications.

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  • Robert Hodson, Technical Fellow for Avionics - NASA

Dr. Robert Hodson is currently Technical Fellow for Avionics for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center. Prior to that he served as the Chief Engineer for the NASA Game Changing Development Program and as the Deputy Chief Engineer for NASA Langley Research Center. He was the Chief Engineer for the Langley's Electronics Systems. His experience at NASA includes crewed vehicles, science systems, and advanced technology development. Prior to working at NASA, Dr. Hodson was an associate professor and the Director of the Computer Engineering at Christopher Newport University. Dr. Hodson also worked as an engineer with the General Electric Company for 5 years. His work at GE included hardware and real-time software design for the F-16 flight simulator and Digital Landmass RADAR simulator. Dr. Hodson holds a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from Florida State University, a M.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a dual bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Connecticut.

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  • Dr. John R. Samson, Jr.
  • Research Associate, Department of Space Science at Morehead State University; Independent aerospace consultant

John is currently working on research projects and consulting. Prior to this, he was a Principal Engineering Fellow with Honeywell Aerospace, Defense and Space, in Clearwater, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, his Master of Science degree and the Degree of Electrical Engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Science with Specialization in Computer Science from the University of South Florida. During his 49-year career, John has worked at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon Company Equipment Division, and Honeywell Space Systems. His work has encompassed multiple facets of ground, airborne and space-based surveillance system applications. He has spent most of his career developing onboard processors, onboard processing architectures, and onboard processing systems for real-time and mission critical space applications. He was Principal Investigator for DARPA's pioneering Space Touchstone study investigating the feasibility of migrating high-performance COTS processing to space. Dr. Samson was the Principal Investigator for the ST8 Dependable Multiprocessor project and is currently the Principal Investigator for the DM CubeSat and for the DM portion of the SMDC TechSat efforts. He provided technical support for the Gumstix ISS Flight Experiment Project. He is co-Principal Investigator for the DM ISS Flight Experiment project. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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  • Jesse K. Mee, PhD.

Jesse is the Deputy Program Manager for the Space Electronics Technology program in the Air Force Research Laboratories, Space Vehicles Directorate. In this role, Jesse co-leads a team of 22 (Military/Civilian/Contractors) to execute a technical portfolio of ~$50M in core and contracted efforts, providing leading edge radiation-hardened processor & memory technology, reducing risk to integrated circuit supply chain, and funding R&D on game changing electronics technologies for national security space systems. Jesse is the co-founder of the Spacecraft Performance Analytics and Computing Environment Research (SPACER) architecture testbed that enables detailed exploration into the pairing of mission applications with available commercial and space-grade processing resources, providing valuable insight into on-orbit processing technology gaps and requirements. Jesse received his PhD degree (awarded with distinction) and his M.S. degree (awarded with distinction) in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2013 and 2010, respectively.

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  • Craig Vineyard, PhD.

Craig M. Vineyard, PhD received the B.S., M.S., and PhD. degrees in computer engineering from the University of New Mexico with a concentration in computational intelligence. He has been at Sandia National Laboratories for over 10 years conducting research at the intersection of machine learning and neuroscience. This expertise includes work on neural network modeling and simulation, the development of information theoretic analysis techniques, complex systems modeling, neuromorphic computing architecture development, machine learning algorithms, and game theory research. He has authored over 25 papers in those respective fields.

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  • John Bellardo, PhD.

Dr. John M. Bellardo is a Professor of Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is the senior faculty advisor for the school's CubeSat research program. He is actively involved in researching satellite technologies and ground systems to increase CubeSat capabilities, streamline development, minimize spacecraft size, and reduce costs.

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  • Keith Schubert, PhD.

Keith is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Baylor University.