A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

2002 MAPLD International Conference

Technical Program

Kossiakoff Conference Center
The Johns Hopkins University- Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, Maryland 20723-6099

September 10-12, 2002


AIAA Chapter Meeting

Technical Sessions

Invited Speakers

Dinner Speaker

Panel Session

Abstracts by Author


Dr. John Sommerer
Director, Research and Technology Development
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Rich. Katz
Grunt Engineer
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


AIAA Chapter Meeting
Monday Evening, September 9, 2002.  Hors D'oeuvres/Cash Bar: 6:30 pm.  Talk begins at 7:15 pm

Invited Speaker
Dr. Nancy Leveson
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Do You Know What Your Software is Doing Right Now?  Accidents and Mishaps Involving Software

Technical Sessions:

A. Applications: Military and Aerospace
Tuesday Morning, September 10, 2002.  Session starts at 9:00 am
Session Chair: Ralph Kohler - Air Force Research Laboratory
Invited Speaker: Ed Euler and Steven Jolly, Lockheed Martin Astronautics Operations
Recovery from the Mars Surveyor '98 Failures: Lessons Learned and Applied

B. Design 1: Logic Design and Programmable Devices
Tuesday Afternoon, September 10, 2002.  Session starts at 1:30 pm.

Session Chair: Rich Katz - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Introduction: Dr. Roger D. Launius, NASA Chief Historian
Invited History  Talk: Allan J. McDonald, ATK Thiokol Propulsion
The Challenger Accident

C. Reliability: Devices and The Effects of the Radiation Environment
Wednesday Morning, September 11, 2002.    Session starts at 8:45 am.

   We will start with 9/11 memorial events.
Session Chairs: Ken LaBel - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

D. Design 2: Systems and Platforms
Wednesday Afternoon, September 11, 2002.    Session starts at 1:45 pm.

Session Chairs: Dr. Tanya Vladimirova, University of Surrey; Agustin Fernandez-Leon, European Space Agency

E. Design 3: Evolvable Hardware and Other Systems and Architectures
Thursday, September 12, 2002.
    Session starts at 9:00 am.
   Note that this session will run into the afternoon.  Pizza lunch will be provided.
Session Chair: John McHenry - National Security Agency

P. Poster Session
Posters will be up throughout the Conference.  There will be a dedicated
   Poster Session Wednesday Afternoon, September 11, 2002, from 3:00 - 3:45 pm.
Session Chair: Dr. Mark Martin - JHU/APL

Keynote Address and Dinner Speaker
Major General Richard A. Hack, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Materiel Command
Cocktails and Dinner from 6:00 - 7:45 pm, Tuesday, September 10, 2002.
Keynote Address starts at 7:45 pm.
Entertainment: Jackie Capecci Music_TuxedoPark.jpg (53010 bytes)

Panel Session  panel_2.jpg (57267 bytes)
Why Is Mars So Hard?
A Discussion of the Technical, Programmatic, and Political Factors
That Have Lead To Failures at Mars over the Last 40 Years
Trivia Contest, Cocktails and Dinner from 5:00 - 6:30 pm, Wednesday, September 11, 2002.
Entertainment: Jazz by the Barry Dove Orchestra
Panel Session starts at 6:30 pm.

Conference Ends
Thursday, September 12, 2002, 2:40 pm.

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