June 3-5, 2020 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

2019 Keynote Presentations

Wednesday, May 22, 2019  |  9:00am – 10:00am


MARS HELICOPTER: Adding Autonomous Mobility to Open Doors to New Classes of Planetary Exploration

MiMi Aung, Project Manager, NASA

NASA is sending the Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, on its Mars 2020 rover mission to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet. MiMi Aung, Project Manager for Mars Helicopter, will present an overview on logistics and technology used. Learn more

Quantum Computing: A View to the Future

Dr. Bob Sutor, Vice President, IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, IBM Research

Dr. Sutor will explore how quantum computing will change how, and what types, of data will be processed, and the currently intractable challenges it may solve. Learn more

Thursday, May 23, 2019  |  9:00am – 10:00am

Collaborative Design

Jon Snoddy, R&D Studio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

Jon explains how working collaboratively with scientists, artists and engineers, they are developing and inventing new forms of entertainment. His teams work across robotics, AI, displays, visual computing, material science and interactive storytelling to create the next generation of Disney characters, rides, experiences. Learn more

Virtual 3D Technologies for Immersive Archeological Experiences

Kathryn Keane, Vice President, Public Programming & Director – National Geographic Museum

Fredrick Hiebert, Archaeologist and Explorer – National Geographic

As an archeologist and explorer, Fred is keenly interested in sharing the wonders of his many fascinating explorations from the Tomb of Christ to Egyptian pyramids as well as underwater marvels globally. New technologies offer enticing means of accomplishing these goals. He’s worked with his colleague Kathryn on immersive experiences at the National Geographic Museum, and together they’ll share the possibilities for sharing the world’s archeological treasures. Learn more

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