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Fall 2007 Series
Wednesday, September 12,
Building 3 Auditorium - 3:30 PM
(Refreshments at 3:00 PM)
The Role of Direct Readout (DR) in Near-Real-time Remote Sensing Applications
Patrick Coronado
2007 IS&T Award Recipient


Abstract: Satellite Direct Broadcast (DB) has been with us since the early 60's, and since then ground Direct Readout (DR) - or on-site processing of direct broadcast data, has been at the cornerstone of near real-time environmental monitoring. Beginning in the mid 80's NASA GSFC's Direct Readout Laboratory's (DRL) primary interest in DR has been the demonstration of practical applications of DR ground system technologies, including real-time data distribution, data mining, distributed processing and data archiving, and dynamic data management. These technologies combined with access to DR science processing algorithms (SPA)s have been playing an increasing role in temporal studies and tactical applications such as volcanic eruptions and plume tracking, sand storm dust distribution, snow and ice distributions, fire detection, weather forecasting and polar winds, to mention a few. Since the launch of NASA's Terra satellite, the DRL has been providing aforementioned tools and select SPAs to enable the acquisition and processing of the directly broadcasted instrument data. the DRL has been able to do this through a model which allows access to NASA developed technologies, SPAs and information by the user community as well as a portal for the user community to provide feedback to the direct broadcast Earth science missions on their needs and concerns. This presentation will highlight DR's increasing role in temporal remote sensing research and tactical remote sensing applications using science processing algorithms provided by NASA and other research organizations worldwide.

Bio: Patrick Coronado received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering – Space System and a Masters in Engineering Management from The George Washington University. He has been working in the field of remote sensing for the past 17 years in providing image processing techniques, spectral instruments and satellite data acquisition and processing systems in support of NASA’s Earth science missions and applications. He is currently the Senior Engineer and manager of the Direct Readout Laboratory in the Computational & Information Sciences & Technology Office. He manages research and development efforts in high data-rate satellite ground systems and, information and multi-sensor data processing systems.


Enabling the Mission Through the Ages: Information Security
Joshua Krage
Abstract: Information security has been in use in some from since the dawn of mankind. As our goals have evolved into modern business, information security has evolved along with it. This short talk will discuss some of the history and trends in information security, including current challenges to ensuring our mission goals are met.

Bio: Mr. Krage is the GSFC Associate CIO for Information Security in the IT & Communication Directorate. He has been working on Center information security issues for the past eight of nine years spent at GSFC. In a prior role, he was responsible for commissioning and operating the network security monitoring and incident response functions for the Center.

Goddard's Integrated Lunar Information Architecture for Decision Support (ILIADS)
Julia Loftis
Abstract: Recognizing the need to apply lunar Science data to critical Exploration decisions, Goddard scientists and engineers conceived of an evolutionary architecture and GIS-like tool to offer ESMD. As an IRAD-funded effort, ILIADS leverages GSFC's unique breath and depth of scientific knowledge, and proven capabilities in developing applied scientific information systems. It is unique in its extensibility: the shareware desktop "xGIS" can be extended by scientists developing models and derived products in whatever tool(s) they choose. ILIADS has been called a "model-based" or "what-if" GIS, because it will allow exploration engineers to interactively explore various alternatives. ILIADS is designed to evolve and grow over time as our knowledge of the moon increases, and as new exploration needs come up.

Bio: As Assistant Chief for Technology of the Information Systems Division, Julia Loftis was involved in the conception of ILIADS. For ten years prior to that she led the Advanced Architectures and Automation Branch, developing such technologies as the "Adaptive Sensor Fleet (ASF)", the "Scientist's Expert Assistant (SEA)", the "Science Goal Monitor (SGM)", and the "Interoperable Remote Component (IRC) architecture". She is currently working in Goddard's New Opportunities Office

IS&T Colloquium Committee Host: Ben Kobler