Dr. Siva S. Banda
Chief Scientist, Aerospace Systems Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory
Siva S. Banda is the Chief Scientist of the Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. The directorate consists of a workforce of 1,800 people executing an annual budget in excess of $700 million. In his role as the Chief Scientist, he is the primary science and technology advisor to the Director for assessing the quality and relevance of the Directorate’s broad technical portfolio which includes air breathing propulsion, missile and rocket propulsion, aircraft power & thermal management, hypersonic platforms, aerospace structures, vehicle aerodynamics, and autonomous flight control. Dr. Banda has been with AFRL since 1981 and has held various positions of increasing responsibilities before assuming his current role, which includes advising the leadership at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office, and the National Science Foundation. For sustained exceptional performance he has twice received the prestigious Presidential Rank Award, in 2004 and 2009. Throughout his career, he has been very active in professional societies, having served on the Editorial Boards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Control Systems Technology, the International Journal of Robust & Nonlinear Control, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal of Guidance, Control & Dynamics. He is a recipient of the IEEE Control Systems Technology Award, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Silver Medal, and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Nathaniel Nichols Medal. He is a Fellow of the AIAA, IEEE, and IFAC. Dr. Banda was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2004.
The US Air Force believes that autonomous UAVs are a game changing technology for future military missions. While UAVs may seem like a new technology, they have actually been around since before World War I. While today’s UAVs are much more sophisticated than those of the past, they still lack the ability to perform fully autonomous missions. For example, defense surveillance missions with UAVs require constant human control of the aircraft, which imposes limitations on their potential operational environments. This presentation will cover how the Department of Defense is leveraging its foundation in control science to enable increased autonomy for UAVs in several key mission areas, including Automatic Collision Avoidance, State Awareness & Real-Time Response, Trust & Certification, Airspace Integration, Tactical Autonomy, and Enhanced Mobility Operations.
Dr. Hal Berghel
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow
Hal Berghel is currently Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he has previously served as Director of both the Schools of Computer Science and Informatics, and as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. He created and directed the first CyberSecurity degree programs (Bachelors, Masters and PhD) in Nevada in 2005. This program became an NSA Center for Academic Excellence two years later. He was the founding Director of the Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Research and Operations Center and CyberSecurity Research Center. His research interests are wide-ranging within the binary and digital ecosystem, ranging from logic programming and expert systems, relational database design, algorithms for non-resolution based inferencing, approximate string matching, digital watermarking and steganography, and digital security and privacy. Since the mid-1990's he has applied his work in digital security to law enforcement and intelligence gathering, particularly with respect to digital crime, digital money laundering, information warfare and trusted identities. His research has been supported by both industry and government for over thirty years. His most recent work in secure credentialling technology was funded by the Department of Justice. In addition to his academic positions, Berghel is also a popular columnist, author, frequent, talk show guest, inventor, and keynote speaker. For nearly fifteen years he wrote the popular Digital Village column for the Communications of the ACM, and has written the Out-of-Band column for IEEE Computer since 2011. His columns have been recognized as the \"Best Columns\" of 2014 and 2015 by the IEEE CS, and have been recognized as Notable Articles by ACM Computer Reviews in 2013 and 2014. He has chaired the editorial panel of the Aftershock column in Computer since its inception in January, 2016.
Berghel is a Fellow of both the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery, and serves both societies as a Distinguished Visitor and Distinguished Lecturer, respectively. He has received the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Service Award, the ACM Distinguished Service Award, the ACM Outstanding Contribution Award, the ACM Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Award (four times) and was recognized for Lifetime Achievement in 2004. He is also the founder and owner of Berghel.Net, a consultancy serving government, business and industry. Berghel is a member of the Nevada Technology Crimes Advisory Board and Chairs the Nevada Privacy Subcommittee.
VP at NV Energy
Walter Spansel is vice president and transmission officer, responsible for all real time operations, accountable for transmission strategy, services, system planning, engineering, asset management, operations, reliability and project delivery for NV Energy, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company.
Mr. Spansel was previously an executive with Southern California Edison, serving as director of transmission and also served as director of operations at Entergy Corporation, having progressed through several management assignments. He was also previously president and chief executive officer of a consulting firm and partner of an electrical engineering firm.
Mr. Spansel earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and a master in business administration from the University of New Orleans, a Louisiana State University system school. He also participated in an Executive Development Program of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Spansel currently serves on the board of trustees of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. He previously served on the board of directors of the North American Transmission Forum. He was Chairman of the nominating committee and serve on the finance committee.
Mr. Spansel has been involved in community service through his participation in Kiwanis club. He served as president of the Metairie toastmasters and was elected division governor of toastmaster’s international region 68. He is a distinguished toastmaster. He has actively participated in habitat for humanity in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Program of the Conference
The detailed conference program will be available at the beginning of August, 2017.