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Professor Noa Zilberman, University of Oxford

Noa ZilbermanNoa leads the Computing Infrastructure Group at the Department of Engineering Science. Her group is engaged in a wide range of research aspects related to Computer Engineering, with a focus on building scalable, sustainable and resilient computing infrastructure. 

Their research uses micro-architectures to improve system-scale and application level performance. Examples include using programmable devices to design new data driven accelerator platforms, re-imagining server architectures, improving power-efficiency in cloud computing, and more. 

Before joining Oxford, Noa was a Fellow and an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge' Department of Computer Science and Technology.  Noa has over 15 years of industrial experience. In her last role before moving to academia, she was a Senior Principal chip architect in Broadcom's Network Switching Division. 

Professor Tam Vu, University of Oxford 

Tam VuProf. Tam Vu founded and directs the Mobile and Networked Systems (MNS) lab, where his team is focusing on building wireless, mobile and embedded systems to capture physical and human information, securing critical cyber-physical systems, and providing seamless network connectivity for CPS at the presence of mobility. The team designs and implements novel and practical hardware and software systems to make physiological sensing (e.g. brain signals, eye signals, breathing volume measurement, brainwave signal monitoring, muscle movement recording, and sleep quality monitoring) less intrusive at a lower cost. 

Dr Lars Kunze  

Lars KunzeDr Lars Kunze is a Departmental Lecturer in Robotics in the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. At ORI, Lars leads the Cognitive Robotics Group (CRG). He is a Programme Fellow of the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) and a Co-Editor of the German Journal of Artificial Intelligence (KI Journal, Springer) and the Journal of Responsible Technology (Elsevier).   

In May 2013, Lars was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Intelligent Robotics Lab at the School of Computer Science at Birmingham University. In March 2017, he joined the Oxford Robotics Institute. His areas of expertise lie in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. 

Lars studied Cognitive Science (BSc, 2006) and Computer Science (MSc, 2008) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and partly at the University of Edinburgh, UK. 

He received his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 2014.  

Giuseppe Reibaldi

Giuseppe ReibaldiGiuseppe Reibaldi is a Senior Space Policy Adviser. Apart from being President of the MVA he also acts as the Executive Secretary of the “The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group” which started under his initiative in 2015. Moreover, he is, since 2013, the Director of Human Spaceflight at the International Academy ofAstronautics. For 35 years (1977-2012) he worked for the European Space Agency covering different functions and fields. Reibaldi has introduced Space Policy in the Italian Universities in the 90s and he teaches in Turin for the 2017/2018 academic year. He is the author of more than 80 publications, as well a book about the International Space Station Utilization, translated in Italian, English and Greek. 

 

Barbara Belvisi 

Barbara BelvisiBarbara Belvisi is an entrepreneur and investor, passionate about nature, science and space. She is currently founder and CEO at Interstellar Lab whose mission is to design and build bioregenerative habitats for humans to live sustainably on any planet, starting with Earth.

Barbara started her carreer as investor first in a FoF, then Private Equity and finally Venture Capital, raising over $80M and participated in 40 deals. At 28, she left to focus on her passion: tech and science. She helped launching The Family, a Paris-based incubator and Hello Tomorrow, an event fostering scientific innovation. Then she founded her own asset management firm in 2013 which became in 2015 Hardware Club. A hybrid fund with offices in SF, Paris and Tokyo with a focus on robotics and hardware. It incubated 400 startups worldwide, total 150 corporate partners and a $50M seed-stage investment.  

Youngest women founder of a venture capital fund in Europe, Barbara was considered by Forbes as « the future of VC » in Europe, is among the Top-100 Forbes List Women to follow in Europe and the Top-10 Women to watch in Tech In France in 2018.  

Terry Virts 

Terry VirtsCol. Terry Virts (ret) served as a U.S. Air Force test fighter pilot, is a NASA veteran of two spaceflights and a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Harvard Business School. 

Terry recently directed his first film, ​One More Orbit​. His next book, ​The Art of Space Travel​, is due out in the fall of 2020. He is currently involved in several film and television projects, serves on corporate boards, consults to the entertainment industry, writes and promotes public policy. 

Terry is a celebrated thought leader, speaker and author whose ​seven months in space included: piloting the Space Shuttle; commanding the International Space Station; three spacewalks; and performing scientific experiments, while working closely with multiple international partners. Terry worked with Russian Space Agency cosmonauts during some of the most stressful U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War. 

While in space Terry took more than 300,000 photos – more than on any other space mission. The images are an integral component of the National Geographic IMAX film ​A Beautiful Planet​, which Terry also shot and stars in. His first book for National Geographic, ​View From Above​, combines his best photography with stories about spaceflight alongside his perspectives about life on earth and our place in the cosmos. 

An in-demand speaker at events across the globe, Terry​ inspires audiences with stories from space as well as his insights into life on earth. He brings his unique perspective to businesses worldwide on diverse topics such as our environment, global wealth, intercultural leadership, crisis and risk management, innovation, strategy and vision and decision making. 

Brent Sherwood, Blue Origin 

Brent SherwoodBorn the same year as NASA, Brent Sherwood has 32 years of professional experience in the civil and commercial space industry. Since childhood he has aimed to build cities on the Moon. He received a B.A. in liberal arts from Yale, a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture, and an M.S. in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland as a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Fellow. At the Boeing Company for 17 years, he led teams in concept engineering for human planetary exploration, space station manufacturing engineering, Sea Launch program development, and commercial and space science business development. Then at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 14 years, he consolidated JPL’s mission formulation and proposal methods into the JPL Innovation Foundry, and was Program Manager for solar system science mission formulation. He is currently Vice President, Advanced Development Programs for Blue Origin. He has served on NASA’s Human Exploration Framework Team and the board of the American Astronautical Society. He is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he has been Chair of the Space Architecture Technical Committee for the 5/2018 – 4/2020 term. He has published and presented over 50 papers on the exploration, development, and settlement of space; and co–edited the AIAA book 

Dr Greg Autry (moderator)  

Dr Greg AutryGreg Autry teaches space entrepreneurship and researches the roles that governments play in shaping the environment in which new industries emerge and he works in the context of commercial spaceflight. Greg currently serves as Chair of the Safety Working Group on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. He is the Vice President for Space Development at the National Space Society.   

Greg serves on the editorial boards of the New Space Journal and the Space Force Journal. He publishes prolifically on space related matters in mainstream outlets including Forbes, Foreign Policy and Space News. He is frequently cited or interviewed by leading new organizations including the BBC, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal and LA Times.  

Greg served on the Agency Review Team for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 2016 and was appointed as NASA’s White House Liaison in 2017. In 2020, Greg was nominated to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of NASA (Senate failed to hold a confirmation vote).   

Greg has taught entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Irvine. He currently teaches a graduate course in space entrepreneurship for the International Space University Center of Space Entrepreneurship at the Florida Institute of Technology. He directs the Pacific Commercial Spaceflight Initiative within the Aldrin Space Institute.   

Greg holds a BA in history from the California Polytechnic University at Pomona as well as an MBA and a PhD from the University of California at Irvine.