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Panel Discussion Explores the Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Space Industry

Date:

04/26/2021


Panel Discussion Explores the Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Space Industry

The Italian Embassy in Washington, in partnership with the Consulate General in Houston, hosted the third event in a series of discussions exploring the role of artificial intelligence (AI) across numerous industries and areas of research. Today’s webinar featured a panel of experts focused on AI and its uses in advancing the space industry and technology. The event is part of a year-long series of celebrations commemorating 160 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States.

"The recent impressive and successful landing of Nasa’s Perseverance Rover on Mars has demonstrated that AI will play a crucial role in designing autonomous rovers to roam the surface of other planets. […] In all these fields, we see an opportunity of collaboration between Italy and the United States, based on shared values, and technological capacity'' noted Italy's Ambassador to the US, Armando Varricchio.

Armando Varricchio and Giorgio Saccoccia, President of the Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana – ASI) delivered opening remarks. The panel discussion, moderated by Jeff Foust, senior staff writer for SpaceNews, included remarks from noted leaders in the field of artificial intelligence and space technology:

- Chris Mattmann, Division Manager for Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology and Solutions Directorate – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
- Anna Ronalds, Vice President of Operations and Chief of Staff – Intuitive Machines, Houston (Texas)
- Michele Lavagna, Professor of Flight Mechanics, Politecnico di Milano
- Lorenzo Feruglio, Founder and CEO – AIKO (Autonomous Space Missions)
- Jeffery Manber, Co-founder, Chair and CEO – Nanoracks

Artificial intelligence will significantly impact space exploration, with applications ranging from image analysis for classifying galaxies, planets and stars, to developing autonomous rovers that roam the surface of other planets. It is also expected that some AI-based technologies developed in the space sector might affect other fields, such as aviation, mapping and surveying, and urban mobility.

2021 marks 160 years of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States. The year-long celebration will include discussions and events highlighting opportunities for cooperation around innovation, technology, research, culture, economic and trade relations and will examine the past, present, and future ties between the two countries. Many events will feature collaborations and partnerships with universities, museums, companies, and concert halls in both Italy and the U.S.

For a list of events and public diplomacy activities please visit our social media accounts @ItalyInUS, our official website at www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it and the official portal for the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations at www.italyus160.org


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