Monthly Archives January 2018


January 26, 2018
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Hello everyone,

It is with much sadness and regret that due to a series of unforeseeable events, we have unfortunately been forced to cancel the 15th Annual ASX Symposium, originally planned for February 2nd…

Yesterday, Dr. John B. Charles informed us that due to the recent US government shutdown and new laws put in place by the US State Department, that he is unable to travel to Canada for the event. We discussed with him to participate in the Symposium through Skype or some other form of video conferencing in order to still proceed with the event as planned. However, just today Professor Soon Jo Chung informed us that he has a serious family emergency and will also be unable to attend the event. Thus, because of the inability of both speakers to attend the event and the close proximity to the date of the event, we have been forced to cancel the event outright.

For all of those who purchased a ticket through Eventbrite, we will provide you with a refund, which should appear within 5-7 days.

We at ASX were extremely excited to host this event for everyone, and we are extremely saddened to bring you this unfortunate news. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

– The 2017-2018 ASX Executive Team

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ASX 15th Symposium Schedule

January 21, 2018
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Hello everybody! It’s your friendly neighbourhood astronomy & space exploration club here to give you another update on our upcoming symposium. This time we have for y’all the event’s schedule, so without further ado…


Event Schedule
5:30: Doors open
5:30 – 6:00: Ticketing
6:00 – 6:10: Opening Remarks
6:10 – 7:00: 1st speaker: Dr. John Charles
7:00 – 7:10: Q&A
7:10 – 7:20: Intermission
7:20 – 8:10: 2nd speaker: Prof. Soon-Jo Chung
8:10 – 8:20: Q&A
8:20 – 8:30: Closing Remarks
8:30 – 8:40: Raffle
8:40 – 9:30: Reception (food and drinks)


Once again we cannot wait to see everybody there!

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Star Talk: Computer Vision on Mars REDUX

January 15, 2018
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computer_vision_on_mars“Computer Vision on Mars “, with Professor Jonathan Kelly

Hey everybody! As you may have remembered in November this Star Talk was cancelled due to some unforeseen events, so we’re gonna give this one more go!

Abstract: Modern computer vision technologies have been key to improving our understanding of the Red Planet over the past 15 years. Vision systems are deployed on-orbit (e.g., the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter), on the surface (e.g., the vision sensors on the rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity), and have also been used for safe entry, descent, and landing of recent robotic platforms reaching the surface. In this talk, I will review the design and use of several of these vision systems, including, for example, how the Curiosity rover makes use of visual navigation methods when wheel odometry is unreliable (rolling over sandy terrain).


About the speaker: Professor Jonathan Kelly is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies and the Director of the Space & Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems (STARS) Laboratory. Before joining the University of Toronto, he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Robust Robotics Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he completed his Ph.D. in the Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory at the University of Southern California.


Date and Location: 7:10 PM Jan. 24th, McLennan Physical Laboratories (MP), Room 137

Telescope observing: 8:00 PM on 14th floor of McLennan Physical Laboratories (MP) (weather permitting) — you will be guided to the telescopes.

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ASX 15th Annual Symposium “Into the Unknown: The Future of Space Exploration”

January 3, 2018
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Hey everybody! As posted before, this year’s ASX Symposium will tackle the challenges of human space exploration. The Symposium will feature two speakers, Dr. John B. Charles (NASA Human Research Program) and Prof. Soon-Jo Chung (CalTech; Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and will be held on February 2nd, from 6:00pm-9:00pm in the JJR MacLeod Auditorium (1 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A8) Earth Sciences Centre (33 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S) room 1050.

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite.

And for more instantaneous updates on the Symposium please checkout our Facebook event page.

See y’all there!

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