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

MAPLD 2001 Technical Program

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

September 11-13, 2001


Technical Sessions

Invited Speakers

Dinner Speaker

Panel Session



Rich. Katz
Grunt Engineer
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Arthur F. Obenschain
Director, Applied Engineering & Technology Directorate
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

AIAA Chapter Meeting

Invited Speaker
Eric Sundberg
National Reconnaissance Office
NextGen - a New Way of Doing Business


Technical Sessions:

A. Applications: Military and Aerospace
Session Chair: Ralph Kohler - Air Force Research Laboratory
Invited Speaker: Dr. David A. Bearden, The Aerospace Corporation
When is A SATELLITE mission too fast and too cheap?

B. Design 1: Processors, Logic, and Programmable Devices
Session Chair: Rich Katz - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Introduction: Dr. Roger D. Launius, NASA Chief Historian
Invited History  Talk: Dr. James E. Tomayko, Carnegie Mellon University
From Sequencers to Processors on Early U.S. Spacecraft

C. Reliability: Devices and The Effects of the Radiation Environment
Session Chairs: Dr. James W. Howard, Jr. - Jackson and Tull Chartered Engineers
Ken LaBel - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Invited Ethics Talk: Dr. C. Dianne Martin, The George Washington University
Recipe for Disaster: Engineering without Ethics

D. Design 2: Systems
Session Chair: Hans Tiggeler - University of Surrey
Invited Speaker: Dr. Don Bouldin, University of Tennesee
Platform System-on-Chip Design

E. Design 3: Fault Tolerance
Session Chair: John McHenry - National Security Agency
Invited Speaker: Dr. Steven Guccione, Xilinx Corporation
FPGAs for Fault Tolerant Circuits

P. Poster Session
Session Chair: David Hepner - US Army Research Laboratory

Dinner Speaker (Tuesday Evening)

Keynote Address: Lt. General Paul J. Kern
United States Army
Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command (nominated)
Military Deputy/Director, Army Acquisition Corps, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)
Advanced Technologies in Military Applications

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Panel Session: (Wednesday Evening)       Click Here for Further Panel Information

Design and Analysis vs. Test and Verification
A Discussion of the Technical, Programmatic, and Ethical Issues in Military & Aerospace Systems

  1. How Good Does It Need To Be?"

  2. How Bad Can It Be And Still Be Acceptable?

  3. How have things changed over the last 40 years with new generations of engineers and technology?

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