The Short Courses for the 2022 AMOS (Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies) Conference are a blend of old and new – with a host of new presenters and topics joining those familiar to AMOS. Taught by highly regarded industry experts on a variety of subjects, courses have been scheduled to be presented either in-person on Maui on September 27; or online on September 26, 2022.

Renowned as the premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space situational awareness/space domain awareness, short courses add an opportunity to upgrade technical job skills and remain abreast of recent development in fields of interest.

“The number and quality of submissions for short courses was a positive challenge for the organizing committee after initially planning to have only courses presented in-person this year,” said Sandy Ryan, Conference Director. “Adding the virtual courses help us to be more inclusive of both the short course topics and the audience who may not be able to attend in person due to travel restrictions.”

Ten short courses will be presented on-site at the AMOS Conference venue at the Wailea Beach Resort over two sessions. All participation will be in-person with no live streaming available. The courses, and the presenters are:

  1. Conjunction Assessment (CA) Risk Assessment – Presented by Francois Laporte, CAESAR Team Leader, CNES; Lauri Newman, Senior Engineer, Goddard Space Flight Center – NASA; and Matthew Hejduk, Chief Engineer, NASA Robotic CARA, Astrorum Consulting LLC
  2. The Dynamic Co-Evolution of Space Policy and Technology: Historical Overview and Lessons for Assessing Future Trends – Presented by Nancy Hayden, Distinguished Member Technical Staff; Mark Ackermann, Senior Analyst; both of Sandia National Laboratories; and Victor Gamiz, Senior Scientist, Tau Technologies
  3. Deep Learning Methods for Space Domain Awareness – Presented by Roberto Furfaro, Professor, University of Arizona; Richard Linares, Charles Stark Draper Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Weston Faber, Senior Research Scientist, L3Harris.
  4. Optical Modeling and Simulation for SSA/SDA– Presented by Patrick North, Sensing Engineer, Image and Computer Scientist; and Novarah Kazmi Policht, Application Engineer; both of AGI, An Ansys Company.
  5. Navigating the Sea of Space Law – Presented by Liberty Shockley, Engineer, U.S. Space Force
  6. Demystifying Machine and Deep Learning – Presented by Joseph Coughlin, Associate Director, The Aerospace Corporation; Rohit Mital, Chief Technologist, KBR, Inc.
  7. Observing and Characterizing Space Debris – Presented by Thomas Schildknecht, Vice Director, Head Optical Astronomie, Director Zimmerwald Observatory, Astronomisches Institut Universität Bern
  8. An Introduction to Event-Based Sensors for SDA: A Hands-On Tutorial – Presented by:
    Gregory Cohen, Associate Professor, Western Sydney University; Mike Hawks,Air Force Institute of Technology; Peter McMahon-Crabtree, Senior Research Physicist, AFRL/RVSW; Brian McReynolds, PhD Student, U.S. Air Force; David Monet, Senior Research Astronomer, AFRL/RVSW; Rachel Oliver, Doctoral Student, U.S. Space Force; Zachry Theis, Chemist, AFRL; Grant Thomas, PhD Student, Air Force Institute of Technology.
  9. Space Law & The Space Law Games: Legal Liability and Mapping the Future in LEO Operations – Presented by Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space and Security Ltd
    Christopher Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy, Northumbria University
    Lauren Napier, Northumbria University
  10. Astrodynamics for xGEO Space Domain Awareness – Presented by Aaron J. Rosengren, Assistant Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego; Shane D. Ross, Professor, Virginia Tech

Six technical short courses will be presented virtually on Monday September 26. The presentations are “live” and participants will have the ability to interact with the instructor and attendees in real-time.

A. Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Workshop– Presented by Wiley Larson, CEI; Pamela Magee, Editor, Space Technology Series; Moriba Jah, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
B. Space Weather Impacts on Orbital Operations – Presented by Thomas Berger, Executive Director; and Vishal Ray, Postdoctoral Research Associate, both of University of Colorado University of Colorado / Space Weather Technology, Research, and Education Center (SWx TREC)
C. Telescopes and Optics for Ground-Based Optical SSA – Presented by Peter Zimmer, Astronomer; and Mark Ackermann, Optical Lead; both of J.T. McGraw and Associates, LLC
D. LeoLabs Cloud-based SDA Platform – Presented by Victor Gardner, Technical Director, Space Domain Awareness; Edward Lu, VP Strategic Projects; Darren McKnight, Senior Technical Fellow; all of LeoLabs
E. The International Framework for Space Behavior: Present Foundations and Future Prospects – Presented by Mark Skinner, Senior Project Leader for Space Traffic Management; Angie Buckley, Principal Engineer/Senior Scholar; Robin Dickey, Space Policy and Strategy Analyst; all of the Aerospace Corporation
F. In-orbit data processing – Writing SpaceCloud applications – Presented by Fredrik Bruhn, Chief Evangelist, Unibap;
Miguel Nunes, Deputy Director, Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory

Full descriptions of all the short courses are available at . Separate registration fee is required for each course and courses can be added to existing registrations. Places will be limited due to space and to ensure an interactive experience for all.

The Tuesday short courses are followed by a Welcome Reception, sponsored by The Boeing Company, to kick-off the main AMOS program that runs September 28-30. The AMOS Conference brings together policymakers and technical experts from the private sector, academia, military, and government, attracting papers and presentations from the world’s foremost scientists working in Space Domain Awareness.

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