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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Monday, September 25 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Space Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Quantum Computing: Achieving the SDGs (250907)

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Multi-disciplinary experts in the use of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing to understand the potential of new forms of “big data analytics” associated with information received from remote sensing satellites and ancillary in-situ data. The session will explain the way in which this data is being managed now and how it can be enhanced to advance achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Improved use of the space system can aid relief from hunger to health and education from environmental goals to clean energy, better urban planning, emergency relief and more. This discussion will explore not only potential new efficiencies that can come from enhanced data analytics but also examine new types of risks to be overcome, new standards that are needed, as well as new training and capability building needs to be met.

This is a global panel of experts that will address key advances in AI, Quantum Computing and High-Speed Data Analysis to use advanced Space Systems to meet the U.N. 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Experts will indicate how the use of Qubits and new high speed data analysis as enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) can enable new advances to all aspects of global change. The combination of these advanced technologies can provide new and near real time insights into climate change, adverse impacts on land, the atmosphere, rivers and the oceans, city planning, support tele-education, tele-health and tele-medicine, support agriculture, farming, fishing, and forestry, and dozens of other dynamics of change across the globe. The effective use of these new tools can aid in the attainment of most of the U.N. 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). These satellite systems , when combined with new processing capabilities using AI and quantum computing, can enable high speed telecommunications and broadcasting, remote sensing and earth observation, navigation and precise timing, precise weather forecasting, emergency response and rescue, and many other space services. Space-based services can become significantly more powerful and rapidly responsive when assisted by high-speed data analysis provided by quantum computing and AI driven analytics. This process will allow the creation of a massive global databases that can allow in near-real time responses. These new capabilities can advise local, national, and international leaders as well as business, environmental, and safety officials of needed actions to be taken to lower pollution and protect the climate, produce more food, protect lives, increase safety, conserve vital resources, promote health and education, and aid development, planning, and conservation.

  1. Overview of existing and coming space technologies that will be improved by use of artificial intelligence and quantum computing to process big data derived from satellite systems of today and the future.
  2. New ideas to meet the need for capacity-development and training in many countries to be able to use the power of these technologies effectively and in an equitable manner.
  3. Risk assessment methods and improved cyber security to control and contain the application of artificial intelligence to quantum computing in super fast analysis of big data sets.
  4. Discussion of the advantages of open systems for the storage and access of space-derived big data ensuring access to all nations. Also addressing the issue of mechanisms to distribute this information without requiring payment of proprietary fees for information access, yet still provide protections against criminal or deceptive uses of such data.
  5. Methods to distribute processed data more efficiently, faster, and to remote/affected geographic areas, moving from systems to quantitatively report natural and climatic emergencies, to use of these data-processing technologies to predict occurrences.
  6. Identification of new standards or guidelines associated with these new applications that should be addressed by the International Telecommunication Union, the UN COPUOS, The World Meteorological Organization or others.

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Corey Jaskolski

CEO & Founder, Synthetaic
Corey Jaskolski is a National Geographic Fellow, explorer, and entrepreneur. Leveraging his expertise in deep AI and sensors, Corey has developed and deployed technologies for exploration and conservation missions in some of the world’s most beautiful and unforgiving environments.Corey... Read More →
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Dr. Joseph Pelton

Chairman, Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space
Dr. Joseph N. Pelton is Chairman of the Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space (ACES Worldwide https://acesworldwide.org He is also Director of Academics and Research for the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and chairman of IAASS... Read More →
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Dr. Seven Freeland

Western Sydney University, Professor of International Law
Steven Freeland is Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Australia where he specializes in International Criminal Law, Commercial Aspects of Space Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law. He was Dean of the School of Law at Western Sydney University... Read More →
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Kim E Degnan

Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space
International Satellite Regulatory expert; International Telecommunications Union specialist. Represented Papua New Guinea; Vietnam; and other developing countries to secure GEO orbit-spectrum rights. MS-Public Policy.  Orbit-Spectrum Engineer. GEO and MEO satellite systems-Communications... Read More →
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Dr. Scott Madry, Professor

Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Scott Madry is a research professor at the University of North Carolina. He is professionally trained as an anthropologist and archaeologist by formal education and a worldwide recognized expert in remote sensing, GPS, GIS and GEOMATICS specialist by training. He has worked for... Read More →
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Dr. Stella Tkatchova

EIC Programme Manager for Space systems & technologies, European Innovation Council-Executive Agency
Stella’s expertise is in the commercialization of space technologies. Previously she worked as a commercialization and project manager in the European space industry, managing a number of projects in the telecommunications (e.g. ESA ARTES INDIGO public private partnership, GOVSATCOM... Read More →
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Dr. Olga Sokolova

CTO-Risk Analyst, Space-Tech Researcher, Sirin Orbital Systems AG
Olga Sokolova is a Risk Analyst with expertise in the domain of ground- and space-based critical infrastructure risk assessment exposed to natural and man-made hazards. She obtained her PhD in 2017 for her research in the field of “solar storm impact on power grids in accordance... Read More →

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Kim E Degnan

Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space
International Satellite Regulatory expert; International Telecommunications Union specialist. Represented Papua New Guinea; Vietnam; and other developing countries to secure GEO orbit-spectrum rights. MS-Public Policy.  Orbit-Spectrum Engineer. GEO and MEO satellite systems-Communications... Read More →
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Dr. Upasana Dasgupta

Postdoctoral Fellow, Université Laval
Upasana Dasgupta is a Board member of ACES Worldwide and is heading the “Compact Agreements” for Space and Sustainability for the South Asian region.She is currently researching with the Canada Research Chair in International Political Economy, Université Laval on understanding... Read More →

Monday September 25, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT