SpaceCHI 3.0 Tentative Program


Day 1: June 22, 2023 – MIT Media Lab | E14-240 (Second Floor)

9:00 Welcome & Opening
9:15 Keynote 1: Professor Dava Newman, Director of the MIT Media Lab and a former Deputy Administrator of NASA
10:15 Session 1: Mission Support Tools
11:15 Short Break
11:30 Session 2: Human-Environment Interactions
12:00 Lunch Break
1:30 Keynote 3: Dr. Ariel Ekblaw, Founder & CEO of Aurelia Institute & Director of MIT Space Exploration Initiative 
2:30 Workshop/ Collective Paper Planning Session
4:00 Day 1 wrap up
5:15  MIT Media Lab tour

Reception/Dinner (15 min walk from MIT Media Lab)


Day 2: June 23, 2023 – MIT Media Lab | E14-244 (Second Floor)

9:00 Welcome & Opening
9:15 Keynote 4: Dr. Scott Davidoff,  Research Manager at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
10:15 Session 3: Humanizing Space
11:15 Short Break
11:30 Session 4: Augmented Astronauts
12:30 Lunch Break
1:30 Keynote 5: Melodie Yashar, Space Architect, Researcher, Technologist & VP of Building Design and Performance at ICON
2:30 Workshop/ Collective Paper Planning Session
4:00 Day 2 wrap up




Session 1: Mission Support Tools

Facilitating Crew-Computer Collaboration During Mixed-Initiative Space Mission Planning

Jimin Zheng (SJSURF)*; Shivang Shelat (SJSURF); Jessica Marquez (NASA)

How to Keep Your Space Vehicle Alive: Maintainability Design Principles for Deep-Space Missions

Kaitlin McTigue (NASA Ames Research Center)*; Megan Parisi (San José State University); Tina Panontin (San José State University); Shu-Chieh Wu (San José State University); Alonso Vera (NASA Ames Research Center)

Compositional Human-Agent Teams for Spaceflight

Kazuhiko Momose (Florida Institute of Technology)*; Rahul Mehta (Florida Institute of Technology); Josias Moukpe (Florida Institute of Technology); Troy Weekes (Florida Institute of Technology); Thomas Eskridge (Florida Institute of Technology); Daniel Kidwell (US Department of Defense)

Leveraging Emotion Tracking for Enhanced Group Dynamics

Yasin Erdal (Lufthansa Systems)*

Leveraging Docker Containers for Azure Kinect Integration in Space Robotics: An Overview of the Azure Kinect a La Luna (AKALL) Framework

Don D Haddad (MIT Media Lab)*

Session 2: Human-Environment Interactions

Mobile Plant Health Visualizer Based on SI-NDVI Imaging and Augmented Reality Visualization for Space Greenhouses

Conrad Zeidler (DLR)*; Lennart Kuhr (Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology, Technical University of Braunschweig); Jordan B Callaham (University of Florida, Department of Horticultural Sciences); Johannes Schöning (Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of St. Gallen)

EarthBot: A Virtual AI-powered Chat Assistant for Enhancing Virtual Reality Experiences for Climate and Beyond

Phillip I Cherner (MIT Media Lab)*; Dava Newman (MIT)

Modular Outfitting Systems for Lunar Habitation

Marina Konstantatou (Foster + Partners)*

Operational Geology In a Virtual Environment (OGIVE): Novel Approaches to Virtualizing Geological Expeditions for Planetary Exploration

Cody A Paige (MIT)*; Don D Haddad (MIT Media Lab); Ferrous Ward (MIT); Trent Piercy (MIT); Jessica Todd (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Joseph Paradiso (MIT Media Lab); Dava Newman (MIT)

Session 3: Humanizing Space

Designing Beyond Current Conceptualizations of Spaceflight Experiences

James C Cole (The University of Texas at Dallas)*; Kathryn Hays (UNT); Ruth West (University of North Texas)


Space-Grounded: Developing an Antidepressant Inhalation Device Using Natural Materials to Enhance Crew Well-being

Chang Hee Lee (KAIST)*; Tibor Balint (Royal College of Art); Bo Ram Chin (Royal College of Art); Manoj Kumar (Imperial College London); Yoonji Lee (KAIST); Haena Cho (KAIST); Yuqian Sun (Royal College of Art, Computer Science Research Centre); Bjorn Sommer (Royal College of Art); Fernando Galdon (Royal College of Art); Ali Asadipour (Royal College of Art, Computer Science Research Centre)

Spatial Presence: Towards Creating Real and Virtual Spaces Interaction for Space Exploration

Sylvia T Tzvetanova Yung (Kingston University)*

Out of this World Design: Bridging the Gap between Space Systems Engineering and Participatory Design Practices

Tommy Nilsson (European Space Agency (ESA))*; Leonie Bensch (German Aerospace Center (DLR) ); Florian Dufresne (Arts et Métiers Institute of Technology); Flavie Rometsch (European Space Agency (ESA)); Paul de Medeiros (European Space Agency); Enrico Guerra (Fachhochschule Dortmund); Florian Saling (European Space Agency (ESA)); Andrea Casini (German Aerospace Center (DLR)); Aidan Cowley (European Space Agency (ESA))

Session 4: Augmented Astronauts

MetaFit – Towards Soft, Safe and Effective Body Interfacing for Health in Space

Emanuele Pulvirenti (University of Bristol)*; Richard Diteesawat (University of Bristol); Mohammad Zadeh (University of Bristol); Marina Konstantatou (Foster + Partners); Jonathan Rossiter (University of Bristol)

Smart Knitted Spacesuit: The implementations of E-textile on future Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)

Ruo-Xuan Wu (The University of Sydney)

Gamification in AR/VR/MR of Astronauts Training through a Space Meal App

Valentina Sumini (COESIA)*; Marco Ghini (COESIA); Stefano Sinigardi (COESIA); Luca Cerati (COESIA)


Towards Balanced Astronaut-Oriented Design for Future EVA Space Technologies

Leonie Bensch (German Aerospace Center (DLR) )*; Tommy Nilsson (European Space Agency (ESA)); Paul de Medeiros (European Space Agency); Florian Dufresne (Arts et Métiers Institute of Technology); Andreas Gerndt (German Aerospace Center (DLR)); Flavie Rometsch (European Space Agency (ESA)); Georgia Albuquerque (german aerospace center (DLR), Braunschweig); Frank Flemisch (IAW Aachen / Fraunhofer FKIE); Oliver Bensch (German Aerospace Center (DLR)); Michael preutenborbeck (RWTH IAW Aachen ); Aidan Cowley (European Space Agency (ESA))