ITM/PTTI Plenary Session


Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Beacon Ballroom (4th Floor)
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9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Dr. Sherman Lo, ION President, Stanford University

Dr. Sabrina Ugazio, ITM Program Chair, Ohio University 

Dr. Daphna Enzer, PTTI Program Chair, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


NASA Satellite-Aided Search and Rescue for the Artemis Program

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Mr. Cody Kelly,NASA's National Affairs Mission Manager

With NASA’s return to the moon and resurgence of exploration missions, global search and rescue aided by GNSS systems becomes paramount to astronaut rescue and recovery. Use of the international Cospas-Sarsat program for crew safety was demonstrated on Artemis – I and provides the worldwide safety net for NASA’s explorers and all those engaged in risky adventures. This presentation focuses on the contributions modern GNSS systems provide to the Cospas-Sarsat program and their combined use for Artemis mission support and safe astronaut return.

Cody Kelly serves as the NASA Search and Rescue Office National Affairs Manager focused on human spaceflight rescue and SAR-enabling R&D within the US Sarsat program at the Goddard Spaceflight Center. His role includes the coordination and leadership of NASA’s national-level work in research and development of search and rescue technologies for use by those in distress anywhere in the world. He is the current lead for all Human Spaceflight SAR operations activities and supports SpaceX, Boeing and Artemis/Orion HSF missions with dedicated search and rescue data for locating crew capsules and astronauts following landing. For future exploration missions, Cody is leading the development of Lunar Search and Rescue (LunaSAR) requirements and systems for human exploration of the lunar south pole and sustained lunar surface presence. Mr. Kelly graduated from Texas A&M in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Certificate in Advanced International Affairs.


Quantum-Enhanced Clock Synchronization: It’s About Time

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Prof. Paul G. Kwiat, John Bardeen Chair in Physics and Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

There are many applications requiring shared time-keeping, including synchronizing distributed quantum processors. Several protocols relying on entangled photon pairs or quantum interference have been proposed, and in some cases demonstrated. Here we’ll give an overview of some of these and try to highlight their potential advantages and disadvantages compared to classical methods. 

Paul G. Kwiat is the Bardeen Chair in Physics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and was the inaugural Director of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST). A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, he has given invited talks at numerous national and international conferences, and has authored over 160 articles on various topics in quantum optics and quantum information, including several review articles. His research focuses on optical implementations of quantum information protocols, particularly using entangled—and hyperentangled—photons from parametric down-conversion. He received the Optical Society of America 2009 R. W. Wood Prize, as the primary inventor of the world’s first sources of polarization-entangled photons from down-conversion, which have been used for quantum cryptography, dense-coding, quantum teleportation, quantum metrology, and realizing optical quantum gates. He has also done pioneering work on all-optical quantum memories and quantum-enhanced sensing. Prof. Kwiat received his BS in Physics from MIT ('87) and his PhD in Physics from University of California at Berkeley (1993).


11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Moderated and organized by Dr. Michael Coleman, Naval Research Laboratory
Exhibitors shall have three minutes each to describe new commercial applications available for viewing in their exhibit booth. 

1. Search and Rescue: Getting Explorers Home Safely
Cody Kelly, NASA's National Affairs Mission Manager
2. Quantum-Enhanced Clock Synchronization: It's About Time
Prof. Paul G. Kwiat, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Attendee Lunch Buffet Served