Keynote Speakers

MIT Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Joint Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Computing Fabrics

Fabrics cover a truly valuable real estate – the surface of our bodies. Exposed to troves of data, important health insights would be revealed if only fabrics could compute: sense, store, analyze, infer, alert, and act while retaining their aesthetics, comfort, and resilience. A fiber-centric blueprint for appreciating fabrics will be presented leading to the transformation of fabrics from a “goods” to a “services and experiences” industry.

The James Webb Space Telescope Mission

The James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It is the largest space telescope ever constructed, and will extend humanities’ high definition view of the universe into the infrared spectrum. The Webb will observe early epochs of the universe that the Hubble cannot see to reveal how its galaxies and structure have evolved over cosmic time. The Webb will explore how stars and planetary systems form and evolve and will search exoplanet atmospheres for evidence of life. The Webb’s science instrument payload includes four sensor systems that provide imagery, coronagraphy, and spectroscopy over the near- and mid-infrared spectrum. NASA developed the JWST in partnership with the European and Canadian Space Agencies, with science observations proposed by the international astronomical community in a manner similar to the Hubble. Launch of the Webb occurred during 25 December 2021. The Webb is currently undergoing in-flight commissioning in preparation for the start of science operations. Short biography:
University of California, Berkeley

Distributed fiber optic sensing to realize smart infrastructure

Recent advances in sensor systems offer intriguing possibilities to radically alter the condition assessment methods of our infrastructure systems. Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) is one of the promising tools for structure health monitoring. Rich data obtained from such systems can act as a catalyst for new design, construction, operation and maintenance processes. The quantification of system resilience is a challenge for both stakeholders and service providers in the civil engineering industry. However, describing the contributions in a way that brings the provider and consumer together is critical to the widespread adoption of emerging technologies developed for improving infrastructure resilience. This talk introduces the recent advances in DFOS technologies for infrastructure sensing, identifies several barriers to adoption, and proposes a methodology that systematically explores how DFOS can contribute to systems resilience.

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