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GCE Subsea/Subsea Valley - Technology Breakfast

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Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria

2626 Sage Road

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Focus on crossover between subsea and other industries

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The Important and Valuable Relationship Between Space and Deepwater Exploration & Production
Mark Gittleman, Executive Vice President, Intuitive Machines

Space and deepwater oil & gas exploration & production have more in common than most people realize. This presentation will provide a short survey of some of the ties and relationships between the people, the technologies, and the challenges of the two industries, and a look at how this important relationship continues to work in both directions today.

The Technology Collaboration Center of Houston (TCC)
Bob Prochnow, Executive Director, Technology Collaboration Center of Houston

The TCC concept arose after a series of high level meetings, focusing on how the community can more fully utilize the technological capabilities in the greater Houston region. A shared interest among our communities is in the development of more efficient interdisciplinary approaches to real world problems, with the goal of bringing those solutions into practice and to the market. And, while the initial focus on planning for the collaboration center was on building more partnerships within the Space, Medicine and Energy communities in the Houston area, the mission of the TCC was expanded to provide support for any technology and industry, involving organizations from any location.

Robonaut 2: Technology for Earth and Space
Dr. Julia Badger, Project Manager Robonaut Project, NASA Johnson Space Center

Robonaut 2 is a humanoid dexterous robotic system that was developed through a partnership between NASA, General Motors, and Oceaneering. This machine pushed the state-of-the-art in robotics technology for space exploration as well as for Earth-bound industrial applications. This talk will focus on the technology advances, spin-offs, and cross-cutting developments that the Robonaut has enabled.

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Charles D. McConnell, Executive Director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative

Mark Gittleman is currently Executive Vice President for Intuitive Machines. Intuitive Machines is a product development think tank specializing in developing autonomous intelligent systems. IM focuses on applying NASA and university-derived technologies, tools, and techniques to challenges in the oil &gas and space industries, particularly in the areas of physics-based modeling, simulation, and trainers; guidance, navigation, & control systems; software development; cyber security; fixed-wing, long duration drone systems; and data analytics. As EVP, Mr. Gittleman is responsible, among other things, for IM’s commercial and business operations and assisting the CEO in developing IM’s strategic direction.


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Charles D. McConnell is Executive Director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative, a university-wide integration of science, engineering, economic analysis, policy and social sciences to address the diverse issues and challenges associated with energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability. The effort is designed to partner with industry and external stakeholders and position Rice as an impartial broker that combines technology and policy to create a sustainable energy platform for excellence in resource utilization and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Julia Badger is the Project Manager for the Robonaut Project at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. She is responsible for the research and development of humanoid robotic capabilities, both on the Earth and on the International Space Station, that include dexterous manipulation, robotic autonomy, and human-robot interfaces. She has previously worked at developing autonomous control and planning algorithms for the various robotics projects in her group, including the Space Exploration Vehicle and Robonaut 2. Julia has a BS from Purdue University, and an MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology, all in Mechanical Engineering.

Bob Prochnow serves as the Executive Director of the Technology Collaboration Center of Houston, a non-profit formed as a partnership between industry, universities, area non-profits and the NASA Johnson Space Center. The primary mission of the TCC is to encourage new joint technology development partnerships between industry, academic and federal research organizations.

Breakfast served from 08:30

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