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Khawaja Shams, Manager, Data Services for Planning and Execution, NASA

 Khawaja  Shams

Khawaja Shams is a member of the Operations Planning Software (OPS) Lab at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He manages the Data Services team in the Planning and Execution Section. Khawaja develops software that contributes to the operations of robotic assets including ground, airborne, and waterborne robots, as well as Mars rovers. He leads several software projects, and he serves as the Cognizant Engineer of server side components for the Activity Planning and Sequencing Subsystem (APSS) for the Mars Science Laboratory. Khawaja works closely with the Office of the CIO at JPL to co-lead the efforts to securely deliver the benefits of cloud computing to missions across NASA. He serves as an advisor on the CIO Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) at JPL. Khawaja obtained his bachelors in computer science from UC San Diego, and his Masters in Computer Science from Cornell. He is currently pursuing a PhD in robotics at USC.

Presentation: "Conference Intro and Track Introduction"

Time: Monday 09:00 - 09:20

Location: Salon A, B, C, D

Abstract: Floyd Marinescu Introduces: Sadek Drobi, Chris Matts, Randy Shoup, Dionysios Synodinos, Khawaja Shams

Presentation: "Keynote: MythBusters 2.0 - Mission Critical Cloud Computing @ NASA"

Time: Monday 09:20 - 10:20

Location: Salon A, B, C, D


Cloud computing continues to generate tremendous buzz across numerous sectors. It has been a true challenge for organizations to determine how quickly to mobilize themselves towards cloud computing. What are the risks with moving too quickly? Cost of moving too slowly? The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has made significant investments in cloud computing over the last four years through an exemplary partnership between missions and IT.  This keynote will uncover prevalent myths about cloud computing and objectively evaluate them MythBusters style.

Presentation: "Tuesday's Introduction"

Time: Tuesday 09:00 - 09:20

Location: Salon A, B, C, D

Abstract: Floyd Marinescu Introduces: Arm Elssamadisy, Frank Greco, Werner Schuster, Khawaja Shams, Steve Vinoski

Presentation: "Wednesday's Introduction"

Time: Wednesday 09:00 - 09:20

Location: Salon A, B, C, D

Abstract: Floyd Marinescu Introduces: Amr Awadallah, Dave Hussman, Dionysios Synodinos, Jim Webber and Ari Zilka