D2K Sponsors 2017 PHM Society Conference

The ninth annual PHM Society conference was held in St. Petersburg Florida from October 2 – October 6, 2017. The annual PHMS conferences bring together the global community of Prognostic Health Management experts from industry, academia, and government organizations specializing in such diverse applications as energy, aerospace, transportation, automotive and industrial automation. Leading companies and research institutions present and share their latest work, products, and predictive technologies.

For the second year in a row, D2K was not only a participant, but a featured sponsor. Attending this year were Mark Walker, VP Engineering, Joshua Broberg and Michael Walker, Software Engineers, and William Walker Chief Operations Officer.

D2K displayed their most recent work among which included examples of Model Based System Engineering; Applied Artificial Intelligence; Autonomous Software Control of Mission Critical Systems; Synergistic Software Engineering; and Prognostic Health Management.

William Walker commented, “Even though our most recent successes have been our working relationships in the space and defense sectors, we are well positioned now to provide similar service to the industrial and energy sectors. One of our objectives this year is to begin the development of similar relationships with potential clients in these areas.”

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D2K Attends the 31st Annual Small Satellite Conference, Logan Utah

Michael Walker updates his notes after visiting NASA's several exhibits.

Michael Walker updates his notes after visiting NASA's several exhibits.

During the week of August 5th-10th, two members of the D2K team, Michael Walker, Associate Software Associate & Technical Marketing, and Jamie Riley, Administrative Assistant, headed to Utah to attend the 31st Annual Small Satellite Conference at the State University in Logan. Along with 2,500 other attendees, they sat in on many of the presentations and visited most of the 200 plus exhibits. D2K is exploring ways they can provide solutions requiring autonomous software control for mission or safety critical applications in this fast-growing industry. As the numbers of small satellite missions grow exponentially, artificially intelligent autonomous software and prognostics systems will allow less ground control maintenance as well as being vital for deep space exploration.

The many presentations included some amazing innovations in the aerospace industry. Our team was fascinated in the experiments to harness water power for thrusters, a paper thin small satellite to remove space debris, and NASA’s ongoing goal to send swarms into deep space.

University exhibits.

University exhibits.

While busily seeking government and industrial applications requiring our design methodology, the team also spent time in lengthy conversations with the students at their university exhibits in quest of technical patners for potential small business innovative technology research and development projects with the Department of Defense and NASA. It was an opportunity to collect resumés for future recruitment, as well.

Our team returned excited about future possibilities in the small satellite industry.

D2K Attends NASA Industry Day Gathering

 

 

The annual NASA Industry Day was held at NASA Ames Research Labs from June 25-27, 2017. This three-day event was dedicated to bringing the small businesses community, Industry at large, and experts across NASA together to explore and share ideas and innovations. Industry Day is sponsored by the NASA SBIR and STTR programs, funding the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA's needs as described in the annual Solicitations and have significant potential for successful commercialization.

D2K Administrative Staff attended to obtain in-depth information about the SBIR/STTR processes and to interact directly with SBIR/STTR program experts, NASA technologists, and fellow industry partners.

Bill Walker, Chief Operating Officer for D2K, reported, “The announced need for innovative autonomous AI software solutions applicable to NASA Deep Space programs is directly in line with current research and work underway by our engineering staff.”

Jamie Riley, Administrative & Marketing Assistant for D2K, remarked, “NASA’s Industry Day far exceeded my expectations; we discovered there are a wealth of opportunities for small businesses. We are looking forward to participating in the 2018 SBIR/STTR solicitations opening in January.”

 

D2K Takes a Mountain Retreat for New Software Training

 

            During the week of June 18-23, 2017, D2K staff met at a remote retreat in the Pine Mountain resort area north of Los Angles. The primary objective of this retreat was to provide five days of intensive training for the engineering team in preparation for the projected 2018 development requirements. The team also took the opportunity for several strategic planning sessions. Maria Walker, D2k President and CEO, said, “We are looking forward to serving our customers with an even greater level of professional dedication.”


            Joining the team was UReason’s Senior Consultant, Jean-Marie Fort. Thanks to his extensive and insightful training, all ten of our engineers became equipped to employ additional Artificial Intelligence software from UReason. With this freshly gleaned knowledge, D2K will excel towards the upcoming 2018 goals they have set in the expanding Aerospace, DOD, and Energy Exploration markets.  “With these new platforms added to our existing G2 software from Ignite Technologies, we are now prepared for the challenging opportunities in 2018.” Said, D2K Chief Software Architect, Jon Morris.

            When the team was not taking in the excellent training and information, they took the time to relax and socialize with one another. Between sharing meals and conversation, playing engaging games, and experiencing the beautiful scenery surrounding the cabin, all members of D2K grew closer creating a better teamwork connection.

            The development of comradery and the efficient training from UReason truly made everyone at D2K that much more equipped to hold true to our main idea and company motto: Transforming Data Into Knowledge.

The D2K Team (from top left): Brian Rey, Vicente Camarillo, Michael Biczo, Jean-Marie Forêt, Neal Gross, Michael Walker, William Walker, Joshua Broberg, Jon Morris, Mark Walker, Peggy Riley, Jamie Riley, Christian Walker, Maria Walker, Quentin Oswald

The D2K Team (from top left): Brian Rey, Vicente Camarillo, Michael Biczo, Jean-Marie Forêt, Neal Gross, Michael Walker, William Walker, Joshua Broberg, Jon Morris, Mark Walker, Peggy Riley, Jamie Riley, Christian Walker, Maria Walker, Quentin Oswald

D2K's Mark Walker Provides Humanitarian Support to the Philippines

Mark, Founder and Vice President of Engineering, and D2K support humanitarian efforts throughout the world as a high priority. Mark is presently serving on a medical team in the Philippine Albay district on the Island of Luzon during the week of May 28 – June 7, 2017.

His first exposure to the people of the Philippines was while he was temporarily stationed there in the US Navy aboard the USS Long Beach. He stayed in touch with many of these friends even after he left the Navy and returned to begin his college education toward becoming a Computer Software engineer.

In 2002, he joined a Christian medical missions’ organization, His Healing Hands, as a volunteer project manager for the pacific rim which included the Philippines.  He organized and led medical teams to the Philippines for several years and helped provide medical care to many of the remote areas in Leyte near Antipolo and Tacloban. By 2006 more than 10,000 people had received critical medical care from these teams including the few survivors of a giant mudslide near Saint Bernard in February of that year.

IEEE Aerospace Conference Wrap-up

     The trip was great for the D2K Team in attendance! The conference was full of interesting and cutting edge topics to learn about, and tons of snow. Mark Walker give a couple presentations as well as participated in a technical panel discussion relating to the Diagnostics, Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) track of the conference. We have it on good authority he did a phenomenal job!  As far as the conference in general, there were 14 different tracks that held daily sessions that attendees were able to join.  Unfortunately, there would be times where you had to pick and choose between several events, because so much was going on at once.  Here are the D2K Team highlights:

Science and Aerospace Frontiers, Space Missions, Systems and Architectures, Government Plans, Policies and Education, Emerging Technologies for Mars Exploration, Astronaut - Robot Cooperation, Mission Options and Technologies for Human Exploration, Data Production on past and Future NASA Missions, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC), Access to Space and Emerging Mission Capabilities, Operational Uses of Consumer-Class UAVs

Software and Computing
Agile Methodology for Spacecraft Ground Software Development: A Cultural Shift, Flight Software Verification Methods, NSF GENI Cloud Enabled Architecture of Distributed Scientific Computing
Data Processing Unit Using COTS Micro-controllers, Classification of Multi-failure Mechanisms in Space Operations Using Novel PLS-DA Approach, SOFIA Observatory Automated Scheduling after 5 Years of Operations, Multilateral Quality Mission Planning for Solar-Powered Long-Endurance UAV, FPGA Architecture for Deep Learning and Its Application to Planetary Robotics

Diagnostics, Prognostics and Health Management (PHM)

Machine Learning for Improved Diagnosis and Prognosis in Healthcare, Mutual Information-based Heartbeat Similarity Measurement for Crew Health Monitoring in Space, System Based Monitoring of a Neuromusculoskeletal System Using Divide and Conquer Type Models, Novel Approach of Satellite Health Monitoring, Diagnosis and Prediction via PLS Batch Modelling, Aircraft On-Condition Reliability Assessment Based on Data-Intensive Analytics, Estimation of Wing Flexure Deformation in Transfer Alignment Based on Inertial Sensors Network, Aircraft Containment and Leak Detection Sensor System for Condition Based Maintenance, PHM Enabled Autonomous Propellant Loading Operations, PHM from a Practitioner's Perspective - Experiences and Lessons Learned

Management, Systems Engineering and Cost

Progression of the NASA Flight Software Estimation Model: A Web-Based Cost Analysis Tool, Data-mining Turbofan Engine Performance to Improve Fuel Efficiency

Just to name a few...

D2K Presents @ IEEE Aerospace Conference

  • PHM Enabled Autonomous Propellant Loading Operations
  • Paper Details :
  • SCHEDULED ON:Thursday Evening, March 09 @ 08:55, in Cheyenne
  • AUTHOR(S):Mark Walker
  • SYNOPSIS:The demand for autonomous management and control of aerospace systems for both ground and flight operations is increasing at a fervent pace. This includes systems that are required to perform according to mission objectives when there are no humans available for making decisions. The demand is also driven by manned systems which can be operated more safely, more cost-effectively, or more conveniently when operated without direct human intervention. Because autonomous operations systems are responsible for acting on decisions based on what is happening externally (external awareness), as well as what is happening internally (internal awareness), the artificial intelligence technologies associated with system level Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) have emerged as key enabling technologies for delivering autonomous operations. This paper describes ongoing research at Kennedy Space Center that has focused on leveraging generic, model-based reasoning systems for providing autonomous decision support during cryogenic spacecraft propellant loading. The generic approach and architecture are not restricted to hydraulic systems, but can readily be applied to the delivery of PHM enabled autonomy for any mission critical system.