During each academic year, the International Space University (ISU) organizes a three-day symposium as an interdisciplinary, international forum to help both the users and the providers of space-related systems to move forward from the discussion of problems to the formulation of innovative solutions. As an independent organization, ISU has developed a winning formula for a “different kind of symposium”:
- Addressing all aspects of the subject – policy, business, legal, scientific, technical, etc.
- Creating ample time for discussion
- Fostering constructive dialogue among different sectors of the space community, or between different communities, that do not often interact in more specialized symposia.
At each of the past several events we have attracted close to 200 participants from agencies, industry and academia in around 30 different countries.
ISU’s next annual symposium will address ‘Tele-reach’ where we use this term to refer to technologies and applications which allow remote presence, participation, interaction or control. The emphasis here will be placed on exploring the role that space can play in broadening and sustaining the ‘reach’ of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems to benefit humankind in areas such as education, healthcare and environmental management. Looking beyond the socio-economic benefits here on Earth we will widen the scope to include fields such as tele-presence and tele-operation of remote equipment both on Earth and in space.
The program will include invited contributions from leading experts in the field plus presentations and posters selected on the basis of abstracts submitted in response to the attached Call for Papers (see www.isunet.edu/symposium by the deadline date of 26th October 2012.