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Keynote speakers

  • AVM Mel Hupfeld

    Head Force Design, Australian Departement of Defence

    Speaking Topic: Force Design: Evolution not revolution

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    Air Vice Marshal Mel Hupfeld was born in Sydney in 1962. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1980, graduating from the RAAF Academy in 1983. Air Vice Marshal Hupfeld’s flying career began on the venerable Dassault Mirage IIIO before transitioning to the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F/A 18 Hornet. He has exercised command at all levels, including time as the Director of the Combined Air Operations Centre in the Middle East Area of operations, the Commanding Officer of Air Combat Group, and the Air Commander Australia. Air Vice Marshal Hupfeld was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for his performance as Commanding Officer 75 Squadron on Operation FALCONER, and in 2015 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments.
    On 1 April 2016, Air Vice Marshal Hupfeld took up his current role as Head Force Design in the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group. Force Design Division provides an enduring force design cycle that ensures a joint force by design. Force Design Division manages: Joint concepts; preparedness; lessons; and doctrine to enable the joint force to achieve Defence objectives. Force Design develops and test force options in order to deliver a balanced and affordable Future Force that protects Australia and its national interests.

     
  • Dr Tomohiko Taniguchi

    Special adviser to the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
    Professor at Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management

    Speaking Topic: The Japanese Bullet Train "Shinkansen" System: Its Genesis and Safety Assurance.

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    Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi has a doctorate in national security and 20 years of experience in business journalism, including a stint in London for three years. He is the former president of the Foreign Press Association in London. Dr. Taniguchi did sabbaticals at Princeton University as a Fulbright Visiting Fellow, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, and the Brookings Institution as CNAPS Fellow before joining the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Press Secretary. Since August 2008, Dr. Taniguchi has held professorships at Keio University and Meiji University where he has taught international political economy and media studies. On 1 February 2013, Dr. Taniguchi rejoined the government as Councillor, Cabinet Secretariat. He assumed current position both at the Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management and at the Prime Minister’s Office effective 1 April 2014.

  • Paul Nielsen

    Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute,
    Carnegie Mellon University

    Speaking Topic: Systems Engineering and Autonomy: Opportunities and Challenges

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    Paul is a retired Air Force General; spent 32 years in the US Air Force principally working as an engineer/program manager. He ended his USAF career in 2004 as the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory; a unit that included about 6,000 men and women and a budget of $3.5 billion (US). In this position, Paul was responsible for all science and technology for the Air Force—basic research, applied research and tech demonstrations.

    Paul came to SEI, Carnegie Mellon in 2004 which concentrates on software engineering and cybersecurity. He is a fellow of IEEE and AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He has also served on several boards and advisory panels including currently the US Defense Science Board.

  • Bill Murtagh

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Speaking Topic: Space Weather: Understanding and Mitigating Impacts on Our Interconnected and Interdependent Critical Infrastructure

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    Bill Murtagh currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colorado. In November 2016, he completed a 26-month assignment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as the Assistant Director for Space Weather, Energy and Environment Division. In his position at OSTP he oversaw the development and implementation of the National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan.
    Bill is NOAA’s space weather lead in coordinating preparedness and response efforts with industry, emergency managers, and government officials around the world. He regularly briefs the White House, Congress, and other government leadership on vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to space weather storms. Bill is also a key contributor in U.S. government efforts to advance international cooperation in space weather-related activities.
    He is a regular guest speaker at universities, government agencies, and national and international conferences. He has provided numerous interviews to major media outlets and is featured in several documentaries on space weather.
    Before joining NOAA, Bill was a weather forecaster in the United States Air Force. He coordinated and provided meteorological support for national security interests around the world. Bill transferred to the SWPC in 1997 as a space weather forecaster and liaison between NOAA and the U.S. Air Force. He joined NOAA in 2003 after retiring from the Air Force with 23 years of military service.