May 21-23, 2019 | Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim, CA

2019 Keynote Presentations

MARS HELICOPTER — Adding Autonomous Aerial Mobility to Open Doors to New Classes of Planetary Exploration

MiMi Aung, Project Manager for Mars Helicopter, NASA

MiMi Aung is the Project Manager for Mars Helicopter at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology.  Mars Helicopter is a project currently developing a Helicopter to perform the first time ever demonstration of aerial flight at Mars.  The Helicopter is planned for launch onboard NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover in July of 2020. 

Ms. Aung has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  At JPL, she has applied her Engineering background in multiple areas of space exploration, including Deep Space Autonomous Systems; Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation & Control; multiple-spacecraft Formation Flying; Optical Communications; and Deep Space Signal Processing & Communications.  She has worked on space flight projects, Deep Space Network, technology development for autonomous systems, and line management of technical organizations.  She is passionate about space exploration, especially to advance the autonomous capability of spacecraft exploring deep space.

Jon Snoddy, R&D Studio Executive, Walt Disney World

Jon is currently the SVP of Disney Research Los Angeles and the Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development Studio Executive. He oversees a cross-disciplinary group of scientists, artists and engineers inventing the future of entertainment. His teams work across robotics, AI, displays, visual computing, materials and interactive storytelling to create the next generation of Disney characters, rides, experiences and more.

Jon Snoddy has lived on the leading edge of entertainment technology his entire career. Prior to heading up Research & Development for Walt Disney Imagineering, Jon worked at NPR and Lucasfilm, started his own companies, and pulled a previous stint at Imagineering. There he developed ride concepts such as the Indiana Jones™ Adventure and founded the original Disney VR Studio.

Jon’s work spans industries as well as continents. Starting off as a recording engineer for NPR, he went on to help launch the THX system at Lucasfilm, and installed Captain EO at Disneyland. As an entrepreneur, Jon spearheaded GameWorks LLC with DreamWorks, Sega, and Universal Studios. Additionally, he’s led redevelopment projects like Centum City in Pusan, Korea; created a movie theater game business with TimePlay Entertainment; and enabled personalized video sharing with Big Stage Entertainment.

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