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WORLDCOMP'10 Featured Keynote Lecture - Dr. Firouz Naderi

Last modified 2010-02-01 23:21

Search for Life in the Universe
Dr. Firouz Naderi
Associate Director, Project Formulation and Strategy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CalTech/NASA;
Head, NASA Mars Exploration Program (2000-2005);
Fellow, AIAA;
Recipient of NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal & Space Technology Hall of Fame
Medal & NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal.

Date: July 12, 2010
Time: TBA
Location: Lance Burton Theater


    Are We Alone in the Universe? "The Search for Our Galactic Cousins"

    Have you stared up at the stars in a dark night and wondered if anyone out there was staring back at you? Dr. Firouz Naderi will talk about NASA’s search for life beyond the confines of Earth and the advances in robotics and astrophysics that suggest we might not be alone after all.


    Dr. Naderi is the Associate Director of NASA’s JPL responsible for project formulation and strategy. He has spent most of the last decade managing programs in pursuit of a most fundamental question – are we alone in the universe?

    He led the Mars Exploration Program at JPL for five years – a period that saw successful launch of three missions to Mars including the much heralded twin Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. This program has the goal of determining if Mars is, or if it ever was, a habitat for life.

    Prior to becoming the head of the Mars program he spent four years as the program manager of the Origins Program—NASA’s ambitious plan to search for other Earths around other Suns.

    Dr. Naderi who was borne in Shiraz Iran, received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) and has been with JPL for 30 years a career which spans program and project management for satellite communications systems, Earth remote sensing observatories, astrophysical observatories and planetary systems.

    He is the recipient of a number of awards including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Technology Hall of Fame medal and, NASA’s highest award the Distinguished Service Medal. Other awards include the Liberal Prize in 2004 and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and in 2005.

    Dr. Naderi is Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Academic Co-Sponsors
The Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations (CACS)
University of Southern California, USA

Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis Laboratory
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA

Harvard Statistics Department Genomics & Bioinformatics Laboratory
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

BioMedical Informatics & Bio-Imaging Laboratory
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Hawkeye Radiology Informatics, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
University of Minnesota, USA

Center for the Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Medical Image HPC & Informatics Lab (MiHi Lab)
University of Iowa, Iowa, USA

The University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA

Knowledge Management & Intelligent System Center (KMIS)
University of Siegen, Germany

UMIT, Institute of Bioinformatics and Translational Research, Austria
SECLAB of University of Naples Federico II
University of Naples Parthenope, & Second University of Naples, Italy

National Institute for Health Research
World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies
High Performance Computing for Nanotechnology (HPCNano)
Supercomputer Software Department (SSD), Institute of Computational Mathematics & Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences

International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine

The International Council on Medical and Care Compunetics

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

VMW Solutions Ltd.
Scientific Technologies Corporation
HoIP - Health without Boundaries

Space for Earth Foundation
Medical Modeling and Simulation Database (EVMS) of Eastern Virginia Medical School & the American College of Surgeons

Corporate Sponsor

Other Co-Sponsors
Manjrasoft (Cloud Computing Technology company), Melbourne, Australia

Hodges' Health


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