Technical Short Courses have been announced for the 2023 AMOS Conference offering attendees a rich array of unique opportunities to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge technologies and trends in SDA. Courses are to be presented either in-person on Maui on September 19; or online on September 18, 2023.

Thomas Schildknecht leads a short course on Observing and Characterizing Space Debris

The annual AMOS Conference, now in it’s 24th year, is renowned for bringing together leading experts, researchers, and practitioners from the fields of space domain awareness serving as a hub for exchanging knowledge and fostering collaboration.

“With the growth of the AMOS Conference and the space industry, we are seeing increasing numbers of short course proposals with the Call for Papers that is launched annually in January.” said Sandy Ryan, Conference Director. “Though it’s tough to say no to a number of high caliber presenters and courses that apply, we are excited about the courses offered this year with a mix of familiar presenters and new.”

The short courses cover diverse topics, from space domain awareness and machine learning to high-speed imaging and space object characterization. By attending these courses, conference participants gain practical insights and skills that contribute to advancements in optical and space surveillance technologies.

In-person courses

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 interactive courses, and the presenters are:

  1. Satellite Photometry for Non-resolved Object Characterization – Presented by Tamara Payne, Principal Scientist, Altamira Technologies Corp.
  2. Introduction to Event-Based Sensors for SDA: A Hands-On Tutorial – Presented by Brian McReynolds, PhD Student, U.S. Air Force; Gregory Cohen, Associate Professor, Western Sydney University; Rachel Oliver, Doctoral Student, U.S. Space Force; Zachry Theis, Chemist, AFRL Space Vehicles; Michael Dexter, Director, Air Force Institute of Technology.
  3. 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
  4. Joint Task Force Space Defense Commercial Operations (JCO) – Course 100 – Presented by Joseph Gerber, JCO Lead Integrator, KBR.
  5. Telescopes and Optics: An Introduction to Ground-based Optical SDA – Presented by Peter Zimmer, Astronomer; J.T. McGraw and Associates, LLC; and and Mark Ackermann, Systems Analyst, Sandia National Labs.
  6. CA Risk Assessment – Presented by Francois Laporte, CAESAR Team senior expert, CNES; Lauri Newman, Conjunction Assessment Program Officer, NASA Headquarters; and Matthew Hejduk, Chief Engineer, NASA Robotic CARA, Aerospace Corporation
  7. CyberRoll Space – A Space Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise – Presented by Molly Cooper, Associate Professor, Ferris State University.
  8. Deep Learning Methods for Space Domain Awareness – Presented by Roberto Furfaro, Professor, University of Arizona; Richard Linares, Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  9. Observing and Characterizing Space Debris – Presented by Thomas Schildknecht, Vice Director, Head Optical Astronomie, Director Zimmerwald Observatory, Astronomisches Institut Universität Bern
  10. Hands-on, Interactive Astrodynamics Education in the Metaverse – Presented by Daniel Stouch, Director, Space & Airborne Systems and Rob Hyland, Director of Program Transition, both of Charles River Analytics

Virtual Courses

Three technical short courses will be presented virtually on Monday September 18. The presentations are “live” (no recording) and participants will have the ability to interact with the instructor and attendees in real-time.

A. ‘The Agile Regulator’ – Regulation, On-Orbit Tracking, and the Law – Presented by Ralph Dinsley, NORSS Senior Advisor, Space Sustainability Solutions Northumbria (3S Northumbria); Christopher Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy, Northumbria University

B. Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Workshop– Presented by Pamela Magee, Editor, Space Technology Series; Wiley Larson, Managing Editor, CEI.

C. Optical Modeling and Simulation for SSA/SDA– Presented by Patrick North, Chief Remote Sensing Engineer, Image and Computer Scientist; and Alexander Lam, Application Engineer II; both of AGI, Ansys Government Initiatives.

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

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