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: Roberto Carlino is an Aerospace Engineer at NASA Ames, currently working as a hardware/flight software engineer for the Astrobee Free-flyers project.
Before that, he was working at the Science Processing Operation Center (SPOC) for the mission Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) (follow-on mission of the Kepler Space Telescope), which is searching for exoplanets around the closest and brightest stars to our Sun.
Roberto started at NASA Ames around 4 years ago, working on small flight projects and mission proposals.
He got his Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II, in Italy, and Delft University of Technology, in The Netherlands. After that, he got his second Master degree in ‘Space Systems and Services’ from the University of Rome, La Sapienza.