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Invited Talk: Designing Complex Systems to Apply Space Technology for Sustainable Development

14 Juni 2018

What: Invited Talk by Prof. Danielle Wood (MIT)
Where: Lecture Hall H.004, Bavarian School for Public Policy (HfP), Richard-Wagner-Straße 1
When: Today, 14.06.2018, 17 Uhr/5 p.m.

The presentation outlines the research agenda of the new Space Enabled Research Group of the MIT Media Lab. Space Enabled is built on the premise that technology from the space sector has the potential to contribute profoundly to reaching the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Six space technologies are already being used to support sustainable development. The Space Enabled Research Group implements projects with development leaders at the multi-lateral, national, regional and local scale. During these projects, Space Enabled implements an integrated design process that includes techniques from engineering design, art, social science, complex systems modeling, satellite engineering and data science. This work includes creating new applications of space for development, new methods to apply complex systems modeling and new approaches within satellite engineering.

Professor Danielle Wood serves as an Assistant Professor in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences within the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Within the Media Lab, Prof. Wood leads the Space Enabled Research Group which seeks to advance justice in earth’s complex systems using designs enabled by space. Prof. Wood is a scholar of societal development with a background that includes satellite design, earth science applications, systems engineering, and technology policy. In her research, Prof. Wood applies these skills to design systems that harness space technology to address development challenges around the world. Most recently, Prof. Wood worked as the Applied Sciences Manager within the Earth Science Division of Goddard Space Flight Center. Previously, she served as Special Assistant and Advisor to the Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters. Prior to working at NASA, Prof. Wood held positions at the Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. Prof. Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a PhD in engineering systems, SM in aeronautics and astronautics, SM in technology policy, and SB in aerospace engineering.


14 Juni 2018