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Debus Conference Facility

*All Times in EDT

9:00 AM
Event Registration 
9:30 AM
Welcome and Introduction

Speaker: Justin PattonAuburn University RFID Lab, Executive Director of RFID Lab

9:45 AM
Deep Space Logistics and the Need for Industry Collaboration

Getting tools, parts and other materials to remote platforms in space is critical to the success of all missions. With virtually no room for error, it’s critical that partners within the industry share logistic information in near-real time. This session will explore the need to develop new standards for inventory identification and supply chain, and deploy new sensor fusion technologies to capture information that can be shared to ensure the success of every mission.

Speaker:  Mark Wiese: NASA Kennedy Space Center, Manager, Deep Space Logistics

10:15 AM
Panel Discussion: Public-Private Partnership – What do Space and Commercial Aviation Have in Common with Inventory Supply Chains

Commercial Aviation is rapidly deploying serialized identification technologies to standardize, track, and identify aircraft parts, maintenance logs, passenger bags, and cargo in hundreds of airports and manufacturing facilities and on thousands of aircraft around the world daily. The space supply chain, thanks to Gateway, Artemis, and private station operators is rapidly expanding as well, and has parallel needs for inventory tracking and identification. This panel will examine how these industries can create a public-private partnership through Auburn University to develop and deploy serialized identification technologies to advance and benefit supply chain inventory and safety in space, and here on Earth.


Justin Patton: Auburn University RFID Lab, Executive Director of RFID Lab and Professor of Practice


Bianca Rhym: NASA Kennedy Space Center, Electrical Engineer, Gateway Deep Space Logistics

Gena Morgan: GS1 US, Vice President, Standards

Demetra Daniels: Delta Air Lines, ACS Tools, Infrastructure and Hardware

John Yu: Boeing, General Manager and Former Head of Automated Identification

11:00 AM
Bringing Advanced Technologies Together to Deliver Value

Advances in artificial intelligence systems, holographic projection and next-generation asset tracking technologies need to work together to create true digital transformation. Lockheed Martin is leading the way. In this session, you will hear how the firm overcame supply chain challenges, including complex dynamic work environments and significant security requirements, to achieve unparalleled supply chain visibility. Hear the newest developments at Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) Orlando, including integration with autonomous systems, augmented reality, holographic visualization, and self-sensing platforms.

Speaker: Corey Cook: RMS Orlando, Lockheed Martin, Chief of Advanced Technologies Concepts for Logistics and Sustainment

11:45 AM
Lunch (provided)
12:45 PM
UPS – Smart Package / Smart Facility

Tracking United Parcel Service (UPS), a multinational shipping and receiving and supply chain management company, is in the process of rolling out their Smart Package, Smart Facility (SPSF) initiative. The firm is deploying SPSF technology into 100 buildings in its network. Learn how the firm is enhancing customer experience while improving productivity by eliminating millions of manual scans every day.


Jon Gurney Bell: UPS Advanced Technology Group Innovation & Strategy

Jeff Walp: UPS Advanced Technology Group, Director, Smart Sensor IOT

1:30 PM
Passenger Baggage, Cargo Sensor Tracking, and Lunar Surface Cargo Carriers

One of the first successful applications of sensor fusion technologies in airlines has been the use of RFID to track baggage, which has resulted in a reduction of costs and customer complaints. Through the REALM program, NASA has been tracking Cargo Transfer Bags to the International Space Station. Also, tracking assets that are made of metal, subject to harsh conditions and reused over a significant period can be a challenge. This session explains how each of these industries approach a similar problem, and how we can learn from each other to develop best practices for cargo, baggage, and reusable assets from commercial aviation, orbital operations, and the lunar surface.


Brandon Woodruff: Delta Air Lines, Manager, ACS Tools, Infrastructure and Hardware

Victor Alvarez: NASA Kennedy Space Center, Strategy & Architecture Office Lunar Architecture Logistics Lead 

Patrick Fink: NASA Johnson Space Center, REALM (RFID Logistics) Principal Investigator, Chief Technologist, Wireless and Communication Systems Branch

2:15 PM
Theoretical Tech Stack for Deep Space Manufacturing and Material Classification

A theoretical tech stack to manifest engineering schematics from real-world objects by scanning them with a mobile device in space to then be manufactured on site in a 3D printer. A theoretical approach to fuse RF reflectivity with spectrometry for material classification. 

Speaker: Keith Dugas: Air Canada, Director, Maintenance AI and Connected Operations 

2:45 PM
How to Stay Involved

The purpose of the AeroID Summit is to bring together executives from across the aviation and aerospace industries to explore ways sensor fusion technologies and data standards can benefit all players in these sectors. Each of the topics presented are the beginning of ongoing collaborative research workstreams of the Auburn University Aviation & Aerospace ID Lab.  This session will discuss how new companies can participate in this public-private partnership and be a part of the Lab and industry research communities.

Speaker: Tara Jones: Auburn University, Executive Director of Development

2:55 PM
3:10 PM
Panel Discussion: Retail and Restaurants - How Other Industries Are Using Sensor Fusion Technologies to Track and Manage Inventory

Apparel retailers, big box stores, quick-service chains and other firms have been piloting and using sensor fusion technologies to boost supply chain efficiencies and reduce costs. During this session, you will hear from companies in these sectors and learn how sensor fusion technologies are delivering benefits in their supply chains. 


Justin Patton: Auburn University RFID Lab, Executive Director of RFID Lab


Matt Alexander: Walmart, Senior Director, E2E Acceleration and Support GM Salesfloor
Sue Fangmann: McDonald's Corp., U.S. Supply Chain Services 

3:40 PM
Auburn RFID Lab Advisory Board Discussion

Getting Started in Food and the Inventory Accuracy Study

Updates on the Recruiting and Advancement activities in the Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) workgroup, including info for onboarding and advancing current pilots and deployment. Additionally, the research team for inventory accuracy to sales lift will discuss current updates and next phases of the research project.

5:10 PM-7:00 PM
Cocktail Reception

AeroID Summit:

Creating Standards for
Supply Chain Efficiencies


Sept. 14, 2023

Kennedy Space Center

Merritt Island, FL


The RFID Lab at Auburn University is a research institute focusing on the business case and technical implementation of RFID and other emerging technologies in retail, aviation, supply chain and manufacturing. 


Auburn University RFID Lab


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