Advisory board

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The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) provides advice and feedback to the Project Management Team on the directions, policies, development and outreach of the ERC Space and Robotics Event project

The PAC has the following objectives:

  1. To act as a resource to the Project Management Team on international networking for the project,
  2. To serve as a mechanism to develop, clarify, and exchange ideas and concerns related to the Project as identified by committee members

Regular Members Of The Committee Are:

Lucas Wilczynski

President, European Space Foundation (Chair)

PR and Communication expert in new technologies and space sector. President of the Planet Partners, author and co-organizer of the European Rover Challenge project. Professionally, he has been associated with the communication industry for 15 years. Specializes in strategic creation, brand communication and measurability of the effects of activities. Commentator and expert on the space sector in media. Laureate of the award of Tiuterra Crystal 2017 (a crystal containing fragments of Earth and Mars) presented annually by the Austrian Space Forum to the personalities of the space sector for merits in the promotion and development of space topics in the world. In the years 2008 – 2013 European Coordinator of the organization The Mars Society.

Maria Antonietta Perino

Head of Advanced Exploration Programs, Thales Alenia Space

Maria Antonietta Perino got a Degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. In 1988 she attended the first Summer Session of the International Space University (M.I.T., Boston, USA) and then she became a Faculty member. She has been recently elected member of the Academic Council.  Since 1986 she has been working at Thales Alenia Space – Turin, as Program Manager of major ESA and ASI activities related to exploration like ExoMars, Mars Sample Return and the Aurora Core Program. In 2010 she was appointed Director for Advanced Exploration Programs. In the last years she has been Director of Marketing & Sales for the ESA Exploration & Science Programs, and Director of System Supplies Operations. Currently she is Director of Relations with Space Associations. Maria Antonietta Perino is involved in different activities promoting the development of young professionals in the space industry. She is author of several publications, papers and reports, and Acta Astronautica Co-Editor. Maria Antonietta Perino is a member of different scientific committees of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) and the Women in Aerospace. She is member of the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace and the International Academy of Astronautics, and former Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation Bureau responsible for Technical Activities and IAC Evolution.

Gerald Steinbauer

PhD Computer Science, Graz University of Technology

Gerald Steinbauer is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Software Technology at the Graz University of Technology and leads there the research group on autonomous intelligent systems. His primary research interest is the development of robust autonomous robots including complete navigation systems (mapping, self-localization, path-planning, environment modelling, path execution) for autonomous robots in structured and unstructured environments as well as dependable onboard intelligence. He conducted several basic and applied research projects that received funding by FWF, FFG and industry. His research group possesses a long experience in the realization of the hardware, software, and control architecture of autonomous robots. He published several dozen papers in journals, conferences and workshops and organized a number of workshops and other scientific events.

Armin Wedler

PhD Engineering, German Aerospace Center Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, German Space Agency DLR

Dr. Armin Wedler received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor in Robotics from Leibniz University of Hanover in 2004 and his PhD on “Adaptive passive compliant systems for use in robotics” in 2010. Starting in 2006, he worked for Leibniz University of Hanover until he joined DLR-RM in 2008. Since then, he has been focusing on the design and development of planetary exploration, space robotics and mobile systems. He has worked as project manager, technical manager and member of project teams for numerous industrial and scientific robotic projects including ExoMars, DEXHAND (2010-2012) and overall project leader of ROBEX (2013-2017). He is the head of the planetary exploration group at DLR-RM.

Alexander Nawrocki 

PhD Aerospace Engineering, NXT Robotics, Airspeed Equity, Ameritege Technology Partners, Neubloc

Focusing on technology and the international development infrastructure, Dr. Alexander Nawrocki brings more than 20 years of technology leadership, management and industry experience in many areas. He has been acting CEO and chairs several companies’ Board of Directors.  Dr. Nawrocki was responsible for managing all aspects of space operations for the Canadian-built, Space Station Robotics, among them systems used to maintain and operate the International Space Station and Space Shuttle. He staffed and managed a team of 1,200 engineers in multiple geographies with responsibility for designing, developing, and maintaining embedded, real-time, safety critical robotic systems. Dr. Nawrocki also led the NASA/CSA team that implemented Ground Control for Robotic devices on the International Space Station program. He was the NASA point of contact for the Space Station Control Center and Mission Operations Directorate (participated as a Flight Controller on NASA Space Shuttle flights) working with Canada, US, Europe, Japan and Russia. Dr. Nawrocki was a leading member of the NASA Shuttle Tiger Team for the first Endeavor flight.

Piotr Weclewski

GNC Robotics R&D Lead, Airbus Defence and Space

Professional R&D Engineer at AIRBUS with several years of experience in academy and industry, working on many topics involving rovers navigation, simulation and control. Mainly interested in emerging technologies and robotics for space exploration and utilisation. Lifelong learner, mentor driven by passion, always open to share knowledge, discuss and cooperate towards ambitious goals. Believing in ERC as an excellent opportunity to connect creativity and passion with experience and expertise to advance field of space exploration and utilisation towards sustainable bright future.

Associate Members of the Committee (appointed for the ERC 2019 edition) are:

Anna Karahan

PhD Biology Plant Genetics, European Space Foundation, ERC 2019 coordinator


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