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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay is a Robotics Technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he develops novel algorithms for future multi-agent and swarm missions. He was recently named a NIAC fellow for his work on the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope on the far-side of the Moon. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, where he specialized in probabilistic swarm guidance and distributed estimation.

Dr. Geoffrey A. Landis is a scientist and a science-fiction writer. As a scientist, he works for NASA on developing advanced technologies for spaceflight. He has a Ph.D. in experimental physics, holds ten patents and has been involved in a number of space missions, including the Mars Pathfinder mission, the Mars Exploration Rovers, and the Parker Solar Probe, and is a fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts and a member of the advisory group for the Breakthrough Starshot project.

Katherine Reilly is a senior communications expert and award winning scientific and medical illustrator with a diverse background in biology, molecular biology, strategic communications, outreach and education. She developed communications and partnerships for the external NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC), and is currently the Strategic Partnerships Manager to the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA HQ. Email Kathy at katherine.reilly@nasa.gov.