Our international Symposium brings together an international array of key thinkers in the fledgling academic study of unidentified aerospace phenomena (UAP) to discuss fundamental methodological, epistemological, and ontological questions surrounding the UAP phenomenon.
It will include an exploration and critical assessment of crucial social, political and cultural issues connected with this elusive phenomenon. In addition to talks presented by a subset of our distinguished participants, there will be several panel discussions on a variety of impactful UAP-related topics.
Major UAP research organizations and data-gathering teams will be hosting virtual booths in the exhibition hall, giving attendees a chance to directly connect with the exhibitors. In doing so, Limina hopes to encourage a cross-fertilization of ideas and an ecosystem of exchange among groups dedicated to the empirical study of UAP.
We would like to thank EnigmaLabs for their generous financial support, as well as a number of private donors whose contributions have helped make this event happen.
Our Symposium brings together a unique blend of distinguished scholars and researchers from the sciences, the humanities and social sciences, along with accomplished non-academic professionals who have an abiding interest in the serious study of unidentified aerospace phenomena.
Philippe Ailleris Board Member UFODATA Project
Hussein Ali Agrama, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology University of Chicago
Andreas Anton, Ph.D. Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health IGPP, Freiburg
Babette Babich, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy Fordham University
Raul Berenguel, MSc, PhD Affiliated to CTEC, University Fernando Pessoa STELLAR
Michael Bohlander, Dr. jur. Chair in Global Law and SETI Policy Durham University, UK
David Clarke, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. of Media Arts & Communications Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Daniel Coumbe, Ph.D. Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology Niels Bohr Institute
Silvano Colombano, Ph.D. Sr. Researcher (Ret.) NASA
Jörg Matthias Determann, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. of History VCUarts, Qatar
Alan DiCenzo, Ph.D. Contributing Member Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies
Greg Eghigian, Ph.D. Professor of History Penn State University
Joaquim Fernandes, Ph.D. Professor of History University Fernando Pessoa | STELLAR
Stephen Finley, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. of Religious Studies Louisiana State University
Jacob Haqq-Misra, Ph.D. Sr. Research Investigator Blue Marble Space Institute of Science
Rich Hoffman Executive Board Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies
Hakan Kayal, Ph.D. Professor of Space Technology University of Würzburg, Germany
Kevin Knuth, Ph.D. Professor of Physics State Uni. of NY, Albany | UAPx
Jeffrey Kripal, Ph.D. Chair & Dist. Prof. of Religious Studies Rice University
Sarah Little, Ph.D. Science Advisor Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies
Gabriel de la Torre, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist University of Cadiz, Spain
Beatriz Villarroel, Ph.D. Research Fellow Nordic Institute for Physics, Sweden
Wesley Watters, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. of Astronomy Wellesley College | Galileo Project
Alexander Wendt, Ph.D. Prof. of Int'l Security & Political Science Ohio State University
Mick West Independent Researcher Unaffiliated
Jinwoo Yu Founder Korean UAP Research Network (KURN)
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy University of Colorado, Boulder
Ralph Blumenthal Former reporter, NY Times Author of "The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack"
Ross Coulthart Award-winning investigative journalist Author of “In Plain Sight: An Investigation into UFOs and Impossible Science”
Leslie Kean Independent journalist Contributor, NY Times Author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record
Andreas Müller Independent journalist Editor of grenzwissenschaft-aktuell.de Author of “Deutschlands UFO-Akten” (Germany's UFO-files)
Christopher Mellon Fmr. Minority Staff Director of the Senate Intelligence Committee Fmr. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Since 2017, Mr. Mellon has tirelessly advocated for government transparency on and engagement with the UAP issue.
George Knapp Long time reporter and investigative journalist for KLAS-TV (Las Vegas) Frequent host of the show Coast To Coast AM Peabody award winner and Recipient of Edward R. Murrow awards for his journalism
Daniel Coumbe received a PhD in theoretical particle physics from the University of Glasgow in the UK. He has since held research positions in the USA, Poland, and Denmark. Daniel has 14 peer-reviewed publications on the topic of quantum gravity and general relativity, including articles in world-leading journals such as Physical Review Letters and Classical and Quantum Gravity.
He is the author of Magnifying Spacetime: How Physics Changes With Scale and Anomaly: A Scientific Exploration of the UFO Phenomenon.
Mick West is the author of Escaping the Rabbit Hole - How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect. A retired software engineer, he is the creator of the site Metabunk which utilizes crowdsourcing and technical analysis to investigate UAP cases. Mick uses his background in coding 3D graphics, physics, and linear algebra, honed by decades in the videogame industry, to create custom tools to recreate, simulate, visualize, and analyze various UAP videos.
Mr. Robert M. Powell Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies
Mr. Robert M. Powell
Robert has a BS in Chemistry and is a former collegiate debater. He has 28 years experience in engineering management in the semiconductor industry. While working at Advanced Micro Devices he has taken numerous internal courses related to device physics, design of experiments, and statistical analysis. He helped Advanced Micro Devices develop its first flash memory technology that is used in today’s flash cards for cameras, PCs, video cameras, and other products. His experience includes managing a state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory and managing a Research and Development group that worked on nanotechnology using atomic force microscopes, near-field optical microscopy, and other techniques. Robert is also a co-holder of four patents related to nanotechnology.
Robert Powell is a founding Board member of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU). He was the Director of Research at MUFON from 2007-2017 and created MUFON's Science Review Board in 2012. Robert is one of two authors of the detailed radar/witness report on the “Stephenville Lights” as well as the SCU report "UAP: 2013 Aguadilla, Puerto Rico". He is also the primary author on the recently published paper, “A Forensic Analysis of Navy Carrier Strike Group Eleven’s Encounter with an Anomalous Aerial Vehicle” and a secondary author of a paper published in the journal Entropy entitled, “Estimating Flight Characteristics of Anomalous Unidentified Aerial Vehicles.” Robert is a member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, the UFODATA project, and the National Space Society. Robert is a co-author of a book published in July 2012: UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry and is an author of a book designed for children published in Nov. 2020 entitled, The Truth About UFOs: A Scientific Perspective. Robert currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Prof. Dr. Karl Svozil Technical University, Vienna
Prof. Dr. Karl Svozil
Karl Svozil is a Viennese physicist who works at TU Wien. After completing his studies in Vienna and Heidelberg, he attended the University of California at Berkeley and the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
Throughout his career, Karl has gained a wealth of professional experience, including working at the Austrian Ministry for Science & Research and visiting academic institutions and research centers in countries such as the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Russia, Italy, Denmark, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine and India. He has also serves as an associated editor for journals in Physics and Computer Science and has been an organizer and co-organizer for various scientific conferences in Physics and Computer Science. Additionally, he has been a panel member for the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, Bergium and has served as the President of the International Quantum Structure Association.
His research interests include foundations of quantum mechanics, space-time physics and quantum field theory of the vacuum.
Dr. Massimo Teodorani Independent Researcher | SCU
Dr. Massimo Teodorani
Massimo Teodorani (PhD., Bologna University) is an astrophysicist from North Italy. His Ph.D. in Astronomy from Bologna University is with a specialization in stellar physics. He has been carrying out research on eruptive phenomena in astrophysics, such as supernovas, novas, high-mass close binary stars with neutron star component, black hole candidate binary star systems, strongly eruptive protostars (FU Orionis type), and cataclysmic and pre-cataclysmic stars. He is an expert in photometric and spectroscopic observational techniques. He has been working as a researcher at the INAF Naples Astronomical Observatory and at the INAF Radioastronomic Observatory in Medicina (Bologna). Being experienced both in optical and radio astronomy, in a subsequent phase Dr. Teodorani carried out research on extrasolar planets (search for 22 GHz water MASER line in 57 stellar candidates) and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
Dr. Teodorani takes an observational/experimental and interpretative/theoretical approach to his research. He is also an expert in the physics of anomalous plasma phenomena of geophysical interest such as the Hessdalen phenomenon in Norway and similar recurrent phenomena in the world, on which he carried out and published a lot of observational and theoretical research using astronomy-like strategies and observational techniques.
The philosophy of his research involves simultaneous multi-wavelength and multi-instrument measurements. He is presently working on new instrumental strategies in this specific field. He is presently an “affiliate researcher” of the Galileo Project led by Prof. Avi Loeb.
Recently Dr. Teodorani taught physics at the Bologna University, and he is a well-known science divulger in Italy about subjects such as astrophysics, quantum physics and anomalistics.
He is author of 18 science-oriented books, including the two following important textbooks: (1) L’Atomo e le Particelle Elementari – Manuale per Studenti e Ricercatori (Macro Edizioni, Cesena, Italy, 2007); (2) Raccontare l’Universo – Introduzione Divulgativa all’Astrofisica (Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche, Trento, Italy, 2020).
Dr. Teodorani also is very knowledgeable about military-like technology, whose knowhow – especially optoelectronic systems – he wants to implement into the physical study of anomalous aerial phenomena.
In his free time, Dr. Teodorani enjoys composing music with synthesizers and sequencers under the pseudonym of Totemtag.
Prof. Kevin H. Knuth State University of NY, Albany | UAPx
Prof. Kevin H. Knuth
Prof. Knuth is a Professor of Physics at the University at Albany (SUNY), and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Entropy (MDPI). He is a former NASA research scientist having worked for four years at NASA Ames Research Center in the Intelligent Systems Division designing artificial intelligence algorithms for astrophysical data analysis. He has over 20 years of experience in applying Bayesian and maximum entropy methods to the design of machine learning algorithms for data analysis applied to the physical sciences.
His current research interests include the foundations of physics, quantum information, autonomous robotics, the search for and characterization of extrasolar planets, and unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has been invited to give over 100 presentations in 17 countries.
Leslie Kean is an independent investigative journalist who has been reporting on UFOs in the mainstream for over two decades. She is the author of the 2010 New York Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record (Crown Publishing Group/Random House) which has been translated into eleven additional languages. Her book was the basis for a History Channel documentary in 2011.
In December 2017, Kean co-authored a groundbreaking story for the front page of The New York Times about a secret Pentagon UFO program, which included two Navy videos. She co-authored a series of additional New York Times stories on UFOs from 2019 - 2022. Kean’s journey as a reporter bringing credibility to this taboo subject was profiled in The New Yorker in May, 2021.
Kean is a consulting producer for the 2023 five-part documentary series UFOs: Investigating the Unknown, produced by Break Thru Films for CNN. Due to the unexpected shuttering of CNN’s documentary division late last year, the series will premiere on NatGeo/Hulu on February 13/14.
Kean is also the author of the 2017 award-winning Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife (Crown Archetype/Random House). The 2021 six-part documentary series “Surviving Death,” a Netflix original produced by Break Thru Films, is based on her book.
Before writing UFOs, Kean was the plaintiff in a landmark five-year Freedom of Information Act federal lawsuit against NASA concerning the 1965 crash of an unexplained object in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, settled in her favor. In 2007, she and filmmaker James Fox organized a large Washington, D.C. international press conference on official UFO investigations, covered by media around the world.
She has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NBC, CBS, The Colbert Report, Science Fantastic with Michio Kaku, and NPR; her work has been covered by USA Today, Vanity Fair, US News & World Report, Columbia Journalism Review, Scientific American and The Guardian among many other broadcast and print media.
In the 1990’s, before taking on UFOs full time, Kean was a producer and on-air host for public radio and contributed freelance articles to newspapers here and abroad. While spending many years reporting on Burma, she coauthored Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit: The Struggle for Democratic Freedom and Dignity (Aperture, 1994; White Orchid Press, 1995, Thai and Burmese Editions).
Ralph Blumenthal Former reporter, NY Times | Author of "The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack"
Ralph Blumenthal, a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College of the City University of New York, and summer journalism instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy, was an award-winning reporter for TheNew York Times from 1964 to 2009, and has written seven books on organized crime and cultural history. He led the Times metro team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the 1993 truck-bombing of the World Trade Center. In 2001, Blumenthal was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to research the progressive career and penal reforms of Warden Lewis E. Lawes, “the man who made Sing Sing sing.” The book on Warden Lawes, Miracle at Sing Sing, was published by St. Martin’s in June, 2004.
During the coronavirus pandemic he has contributed articles to TheTimes and other publications, worked from home on his Baruch Archives blog, “An Adventure in Democracy”, and given talks on his new book, “The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack.” He and his wife, Deborah, have co-authored a children's picture book," "UFOhs!: Miracles in the Sky" coming out April 15, 2023.
For more than 45 years, Blumenthal led an extensive and illustrious career at TheTimes as Texas correspondent and Southwest Bureau Chief (2003-8); arts and culture news reporter (1994-2003); investigative and crime reporter (1971-1994); foreign correspondent (West Germany, South Vietnam, Cambodia, 1968-1971); and metro and Westchester correspondent (1964-1968). He began his journalism career as reporter/columnist for The Grand Prairie Daily News Texan in 1963.
Blumenthal earned a Guggenheim Fellowship (2001), a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Award (2001), and the Nieman Foundation’s Worth Bingham Prize for distinguished investigative reporting on USAir crashes. (1994.) He was named a Townsend Harris medalist of the City College Alumni Association in 2012 and inducted into the C.C.N.Y. Communications Alumni Hall of Fame in May 2010. Since 2010 he has taught journalism in the high school international summer program of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and in 2010 was named a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College where he taught journalism and currently oversees historic collections in the Newman Library Archives.
Ross Coulthart Award-winning investigative journalist | Author of “In Plain Sight: An Investigation into UFOs and Impossible Science”
Ross Coulthart is an Australian author, investigative journalist & filmmaker. He is the author of six bestselling books, covering true crime, history & UFOs/UAPs. He is also investigative reporter for the public affairs TV show SPOTLIGHT on Australia’s number 1 TV network, The Seven Network. His latest book is IN PLAIN SIGHT: An Investigation Into UFOs & Impossible Science (HarperCollins 2021). An updated new edition of IN PLAIN SIGHT will be published in the US in August 2023.
Ross also co-hosts the NEED TO KNOW podcast/vodcast with fellow author, producer and journalist Bryce Zabel. www.NeedToKnow.Today
Ross has worked as an investigative journalist for over three decades in TV and newspapers, including on Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, ABC TV Four Corners, and The Sunday Program and 60 Minutes on Channel Nine. He has won five of Australia’s top journalism award, the Walkley Awards, for his investigations, including the top Australian award for journalism, the Gold Walkley. He also won a Logie (Australia’s equivalent of the Emmy Awards) for his investigative journalism.
He has written three war histories, including the international bestseller, The Lost Diggers, the story of his discovery of a hitherto hidden collection of photographs of allied soldiers behind the Somme Valley WW1 frontlines. His biography of Australia’s Official First World War historian Charles Bean won the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian History. His other books, best-sellers Dead Man Running and Above The Law have explored organised crime in outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Andreas Müller Independent journalist | Editor of grenzwissenschaft-aktuell.de | Author of “Deutschlands UFO-Akten” (Germany's UFO-files)
George Knapp Long time reporter and investigative journalist for KLAS-TV (Las Vegas) | Frequent host of the show Coast To Coast AM | Peabody award winner | Recipient of Edward R. Murrow awards for his journalism
Prof. Dr. Hakan Kayal Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Prof. Dr. Hakan Kayal
Hakan Kayal is a professor for space technologies since 2008 at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg (JMUW), Germany. His main research interests are in the fields of design, construction and operation of space systems, especially highly autonomous nano satellites for scientific applications, search for extraterrestrial intelligences (SETI) and research on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). (https://go.uniwue.de/hk)
At JMUW he is responsible for several projects, amongst them the nano satellite SONATE-2, which is a technology demonstration mission for artificial intelligence aboard of a nano satellite to be launched in 2024. Prof. Kayal is also responsible for the development of UAP detection systems and related work. He is the founder and head of the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Extraterrestrial Studies of the University of Würzburg (IFEX) since 2016, which is dedicated to space exploration and UAP & SETI. (https://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/ifex/)
After his study of aeronautics and astronautics at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB), prof. Kayal worked at the satellite control center of the geostationary communications satellite TÜRKSAT 1B in Ankara/Turkey as a satellite controller. He moved back to Berlin and worked at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin-Adlershof, finally as the deputy project leader of DLR’s first small Satellite BIRD. He changed to TUB where he was the leader of BEESAT, a pico satellite, which was launched in 2009 and was successfully operated for several years.
Philippe Ailleris is a Senior Project Controller at the Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA), in the Netherlands. He is currently working in the Earth Observation Projects Department, for the Sentinel-1 and CO2M satellite missions of the EU Copernicus Programme. Being a French citizen, he has been interested by the UAP topic since the creation in 1977 of the French UAP research and information group (CNES/GEIPAN). His research focuses on the scientific examination of UAP observations and in particular on the creation of a systematic and rigorous science of the UAP phenomena.
In 2009, he founded the UAP Observations Reporting Scheme Project, which he initiated autonomously under the framework of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.
Since 2015, he has been actively involved in the project UFODATA, related to the definition and development of a large international network of automated surveillance stations with sophisticated sensors that will monitor the skies 24/7 for detecting and measuring the physical characteristics of UAPS.
His latest research project focuses on the potential use of Earth Observation civilian satellites as a way to mine for anomalous aerial events.
Dr. Beatriz Villarroel Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics
Dr. Beatriz Villarroel
Dr. Beatriz Villarroel (www.beatrizvillarroel.com) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita) in Stockholm. She obtained her astronomy PhD in 2017 from Uppsala University in Sweden.
In 2017 she went on a postdoc to ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and between 2018 - 2022 she had an international postdoc shared between Nordita and the Institituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in Spain, funded by the Swedish Research Council. B.V. leads the Vanishing & Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations (VASCO) project (www.vascoproject.org), an international SETI/transient astronomy project searching for anomalies in the sky during a 70 years time span.
In 2021, Beatriz Villarroel won the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science prize in Sweden for her work with the VASCO project. In 2022, she was selected as one of 15 women also receiving the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science ”International Rising Talents” prize. B.V. is committed to search for extraterrestrial probes orbiting the Earth with the VASCO project.
VASCO webpage: http://www.vascoproject.org VASCO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vascoproject VASCO blog: https://vasconsite.wordpress.com/blog/
Break 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
February 4, 2023 12:30 pm
STELLAR – International Observatory of Anomalous Phenomena
Prof. Joaquim Fernandes CTEC | University Fernando Pessoa
Prof. Joaquim Fernandes
Joaquim Fernandes is a retired professor at the University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, co-founder of the Center of Consciousness Studies Transdisciplinary (CTEC) at this institution and co-editor of the journal Cons-Sciences, published by that Center at the UFP. Graduated in History, he has a M.A. degree in History and Modern History, with a work on “Religiosity and Spirituality in Portugal in the XVII Century”. He got its PhD in History of Science with a thesis on the "Extraterrestrial Imaginary in Portuguese Culture – from the Modernity until the mid-XIX Century", presented in 2005 to the Faculty of Arts, University of Porto.
"Silenciados e silenciosos. Religiosidade e espiritualidade em Portugal (século XVII). Edições Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto, 2005.
"Fatima Revisited. The apparition Phenomenon in Ufology, Psychology and Science "(co-editor with Fernando D. Fernandes and Raul F. Berenguel). San Antonio, Texas, Anomalist Books, 2008.
Moradas Celestes. O Imaginário Extraterrestre na Cultura Portuguesa. Da Modernidade até meados do século XIX. Lisboa, Âncora Editora, 2008.
Mr. Francisco Mourão Corrêa STELLAR
Mr. Francisco Mourão Corrêa
Born in 1973, Francisco Mourão Corrêa, MiM, has been involved in different research projects dealing with anomalous phenomena, having been a speaker in several conferences in countries like Brazil, Spain, UK, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic and San Marino.
He has also featured in different documentaries in the History Channel and National Geographic.
Mr. Mourão Corrêa is affiliated to CTEC (Center for Transdisciplinary Studies of Consciouness, Fernando Pessoa University, Porto). He’s one of the founders of ICER (International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research), an international association, registered in Porto, that currently has members from 30 countries in 6 continents.
He’s also part of the coordination of project STELLAR, which has members from several universities in Portugal.
Prof. Raul Berenguel STELLAR
Prof. Raul Berenguel
Raul Berenguel has a PhD summa cum laude in History. He had also a background in Physics and Electronics. Belongs to Scientific Council of the CTEC - Fernando Pessoa University, is an Integrated Researcher at Clepul - University of Lisbon and invited researcher at CITCEM - University of Porto.
Prof. Berenguel participated in several international symposiums, published a number of books as single-author and co-author, and has dozens of diverse articles.
He held his first conference on UAP’s in 1971, having more than 50 years of research on this subject. He participated in the creation of partnerships with the Portuguese Air Force through the Chiefs of the Major State of Portuguese Air Force, General Lemos Ferreira and later on with General Conceição e Silva.
Prof. Matthew Szydagis State University of NY, Albany | UAPx
Prof. Matthew Szydagis
Dr. Matthew Szydagis, who is a practicing Roman Catholic, grew up with Star Trek: The Next Generation and after watching Lt. Cmdr. Data he realized that science officer was the position for him. He received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2005, 2006, and 2011 respectively, then continued his work in physics as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Davis (2010-14).
Since 2014, he has been a member of the physics faculty at the University at Albany SUNY, pursuing experimental particle astrophysics, in particular direct laboratory detection of dark matter particles, underground. He works on the liquid-Xenon-based LZ experiment and with supercooled water (the “snowball chamber”), and is the developer of the NEST (Noble Element Simulation Technique) computer software.
Since 2019 he has also been a member of UAPx, helping to seek answers regarding the true nature of UAP from a scientific perspective.
Prof. Wesley Watters Wellesley College | Galileo Project
Prof. Wesley Watters
Wes Watters is a planetary scientist who uses spacecraft observations to study the evolution of planetary surfaces, with a focus on the effects of high-speed impacts. He is also chair of the Department of Astronomy at the Whitin Observatory of Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, USA, where he also teaches as an associate professor. He serves as lead of Science Planning and Implementation for the Galileo Project's UAP investigation, and directs an effort at Wellesley College to develop relatively inexpensive and portable instrumentation for the study of UAP.
Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra Blue Marble Space Institute of Science
Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra
Jacob Haqq Misra is a senior research investigator at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. His research focuses on understanding the conditions that allow life to survive on Earth and the possibility of detecting signatures of biology or technology on other planets. He also studies the possible futures of life in the solar system and is the author of the book Sovereign Mars.
Dr. Silvano Colombano received an M.A. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Biophysical Sciences from the University at Buffalo. He has spent most of his working career at NASA-Ames Research Center first as a researcher in Closed Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS) and later in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
He began the development work on the first AI advisory system deployed in space: the Astronaut Science Advisor (a.k.a. PI-in-a-box), and managed the project until its deployment on SLS-2 (Space Shuttle STS -58) in 1993.
He continued doing research and development work in Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms and Fuzzy Logic in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA-Ames. He is author or co-author of over 80 technical publications.
He led a group in “Evolutionary Biotronics”, comprising projects in Evolutionary Hardware, Modular Cooperative Robotics and Artificial Life, and organized a workshop on Self-Sustaining Robotic Ecologies called “Robosphere “ in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
He worked in Systems Engineering for the Orion space capsule flight S/W and a Fault Management System for the Deep Space Habitat.
The last project he led at NASA (2019-20) was the development of Autonomous Medical Operations (AMO), a machine learning system for providing autonomy in medical care for astronauts during deep space missions.
He is now retired and active in consulting and teaching projects.
February 3, 2023 09:00 am
Dr. Michael C. Cifone Editor-In-Chief of Limina: The Journal of UAP Studies | Founder & President of the Society for UAP Studies
Greg Eghigian is Professor of History and Bioethics at Penn State University, specializing in the history of science and medicine. He has written extensively about the ways in which scientific and medical institutions have understood and treated those deemed mad, abnormal, or delinquent. His most recent book is The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health. He serves on the editorial boards of the periodicals Psychiatric Times and the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences and he is co-founding Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly blog h-madness. More recently, he has turned his attention to the history of the UFO and alien contact phenomenon, research for which he has received funding from NASA, the American Historical Association, the American Philosophical Society, and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. His global history of UFO and alien encounters should appear soon with Oxford University Press. He is presently working on a new book that chronicles the history of the alien abduction phenomenon.
Prof. Gabriel G. de la Torre University of Cadiz, Spain
Prof. Gabriel G. de la Torre
Prof. de la Torre is Director of the Neuropsychology and Experimental Psychology Lab, Associate professor of Psychology and Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs at University of Cadiz, Spain where he has worked full time since 2010. He graduated from the University of Seville, Spain (1998), where he also finished his Master's degree in Neuropsychology (2000) and PhD on Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology (2010). Currently, Prof. de la Torre is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA) and expert reviewer for the Skolkovo Foundation in Russia (Space Sciences). He is a permanent member of the International Academy of Astronautics (Life Sciences). He has been involved in different space related projects as a PI and in research teams with national (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation) and also collaborated in other international projects (ESA and NASA). He is author of more than 30 peer reviewed scientific publications, several transfer activities with industry partners and media appearances focused in space sciences. Prof. de la Torre’s main areas of research are psychosocial and neuropsychological aspects of space analogs and human spaceflight; neuropsychological assessment in neurological diseases; and human factors. He also does research on SETI, specifically the role of cognitive bias and consciousness.
Jeffrey J. Kripal is the Associate Dean of the Faculty and Graduate Programs in the School of the Humanities and the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He also helps direct the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and sits on numerous advisory boards in the U.S. and Europe involving the nature of consciousness and the human, social, and natural sciences.
Jeff is the author of ten single-authored books, including, most recently, The Superhumanities: Historical Precedents, Moral Objections, New Realities (Chicago, 2022), where he intuits an emerging order of knowledge that can engage in robust moral criticism but also affirm the superhuman or nonhuman dimensions of our histories and futures.
He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in the sciences, modern esoteric literature, and the hidden history of science fiction collectively entitled The Super Story: Science (Fiction) and Some Emergent Mythologies.
Prof. Tim Murithi Member, International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research (ICER) and Professor, University of Free State and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Prof. Tim Murithi
Professor Tim Murithi is the South African Representative to the International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research (ICER), and is an academic researcher with three decades of research experience in the field of peacebuilding in Africa.
He is currently a Professor of African Studies with the University of the Free State, University of Cape Town, and Stellenbosch University, in South Africa. He is an author and editor of 12 academic books on peace and transitional justice in Africa. He has also authored a number of newspaper articles in South Africa on the UFO/UAP phenomenon, including in the Mail and Guardian and Daily Maverick available online.
He has also been interviewed on the UAP/UFO phenomenon on television by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and on radio by the CapeTalk 567 which are available on YouTube. He is an active member of the Cape Town UFO Meet-Up Group and is currently researching on Pan-African Ufology.
Babette Babich is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, NYC. Her research emphasizes philosophy of science and technology (from a continental perspective) in addition to ancient philosophy and philosophical aesthetics, esp. sculpture and music.
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Case Western Reserve University
- U.S. Certified Public Accountant
Prof. Sunglyul Maeng Chairman of the Korean Ufological Society: KUFOS
Prof. Sunglyul Maeng
Sunglyul Maeng is the professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Woosuk University in Korea. He received a BS degree in Physics from the Seoul National University in 1988. He received a MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the KAIST in 1995. He received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 2001.
He was the regular member of American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS).
He worked for the LG Display (1988-1995) and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI, 2001-2008). He was the director of the Cambridge-ETRI Collaboration Centre (2005-2007). He has authored and co-authored over 60 publications. His main research topics are thin and transparent film transistor for flat panel display, nano-devices & nano-materials and gas sensors for e-nose.
His career as a UFO researcher is as follows: * Research Director of the Korean UFO Research Association (1991-2009) * Chairman of the Korean UFO Research Association (2010-2022) * Chairman of the Korean Ufological Society (2022-present) * Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Korean UAP Research Network (2022-present)
February 3, 2023 04:45 pm
Closing Panel Discussion | Humanities and STEM Approaches to UAP Studies: A Dialogue
Mr. Bryan Sentes Dawson College, Montreal Canada
Mr. Bryan Sentes
Bryan is a scholar and poet based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I hold a B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy from the University of Regina, Canada, and an M.A. (English literature) from Concordia University, Canada. Since 1995 I have taught at Dawson college Cegep in Montreal, where I have been a full time member of the English department since 1999.
With Susan Palmer, I have published a well-received study of “Flying Saucer Religions”, the most recent version of which is included in The Cambridge Companion to New Religious Movements (eds. Hammer and Rothstein, 2012).
As of 2018, I have published three trade editions of poetry. Grand Gnostic Central (1998) and Ladonian Magnitudes (2006) contain explicitly ufological poems; these are related to a chapbook published by Pneuma Press in 1994 On the Phantom Air Ship Mystery, a poetic retelling of the Phantom Airship flap of the late Nineteenth Century, itself part of a larger, epic-length work, tentatively titled Orthoteny.
As an extension of that project, I have maintained a website/blog Skunkworks (skunkworksblog.com), which develops the insights first articulated by Palmer and myself in 2000 and ranges over the cultural and social significance of the UFO phenomenon.
Prof. Michael Zimmerman University of Colorado, Boulder
Prof. Michael Zimmerman
Michael E. Zimmerman is emeritus professor of philosophy at Tulane University and at the University of Colorado Boulder. His areas of research include 19th and 20th century German philosophy (Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger), environmental philosophy, philosophy of technology, philosophy of religion, Buddhism, and integral philosophy.
In addition to four books and three edited collections, Zimmerman has published more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Winner of several teaching awards, Zimmerman loved introducing students to the many different ways in which philosophers have conceived of reality, knowledge, and moral value. An excellent and most enjoyable way to do was through his course on philosophy and science fiction, which always began by having students view the first Matrix film.
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