Al Globus' NASA Related Work (Albert-Globus-1 @ nasa.gov)

"For me the single overarching goal of human space flight is the human settlement of the solar system, and eventually beyond. I can think of no lesser purpose sufficient to justify the difficulty of the enterprise, and no greater purpose is possible." Mike Griffin, former NASA Administrator, in 2004 testimony before Congress

If the dinosaurs had a space program they'd still be here. Anon

Interests and accomplishments:

Also, see my home page.

Nanogears, my most well-known work. Grey spheres are carbon atoms, white hydrogen. You can see images like this all over the scientific and technical world. They were computationally designed and tested by myself, Jie Han, and Richard Jaffe. See "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Carbon Nanotube Based Gears," Jie Han, Al Globus, Richard Jaffe and Glenn Deardorff, Nanotechnology, Volume 8, Number 3, 3 September 1997, pages 95-102.

Publications

Space Settlement

This is a partial list. For the full list see
my space settlement web page.
  • "Paths to Space Settlement," Al Globus, NSS Space Settlement Journal November 2012.
  • "Our Solar System, Our Galaxy, then the Universe," Al Globus, March 2012. A short paper on how Life can expand throughout the universe using orbital space settlements co-orbiting with small bodies such as asteroids and comets.
  • "Towards an Early Profitable PowerSat," Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement, NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA, October 29-31, 2010. This paper examines a new design that, using technologies proven in space and on the ground, may be profitable or nearly so given optimistic but reasonable assumptions for near term R&D results.
  • Space Solar Power and the Environment makes the argument that Space Solar Power (SSP) is one of, if not the, most environmentally sound source of energy if the space segment is built from lunar materials.
  • "Space Solar Power Via Prizes," Al Globus, September 2009.
  • "Fifteen Years of NASA Student Space Settlement Design Contests: Some Lessons," Al Globus, Ruth Globus, Tugrul Sezen, Hami E. Teal, Wenonah Vercoutere, Bryan Yager, International Conference On Environmental Systems, June 2008, San Francisco, CA, USA, Session: Education Outreach.
  • "The Kalpana One Orbital Space Settlement Revised," Al Globus, Ankur Bajoria, Nitin Arora, Joe Strout, April 2007.
  • "Contest-Driven Development of Orbital Tourist Vehicles," Al Globus, AIAA Space 2006, San Jose, California, 19-21 September 2006.
  • "Kalpana One: A New Orbital Space Colony Design," Al Globus, Ankur Bajoria, Nitin Arora, 25th Internatioal Space Development Conference, National Space Society and the Planetary Society, Los Angeles, California, 4-7 May, 2006.
  • "A U.S. Space Program for Space Settlement," Al Globus, 25th Internatioal Space Development Conference, National Space Society and the Planetary Society, Los Angeles, California, 4-7 May, 2006,.
  • "Kalpana One: Analysis and Design of a Space Colony," Nitin Arora, Ankur Bajoria, and Al Globus, 47th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics & Materials Conference, AIAA-2006-2183, Newport, Rhode Island, 1-4 May, 2006
  • "Kalpana One: A New Space Colony Design," Ankur Bajoria, Nitin Arora, Al Globus, Earth and Space 2000, 10th ASCE Aerospace Division International Conference on Engineering, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments, Houston, Texas, 5-9 March 2006.
  • "Radiation Passive Shield Analysis and Design for Space Applications," Horia Mihail Teodorescu and Al Globus, SAE 2005 Transactions Journal of Aerospace, 2005-01-2835, March 2006, pages 179-188; and International Conference On Environmental Systems, Rome, Italy, 11-14 July 2005.
  • "Teleoperated Modular Robots for Lunar Operations," Al Globus, Greg Hornby, Greg Larchev, Matt Hancher, Howard Cannon, Jason Lohn AIAA 4th Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations (ATIO) Forum, Chicago, Illinois, 20 - 23 Sep 2004.
  • "AsterAnts: A Concept for Large-Scale Meteoroid Return and Processing," Al Globus, Bryan Biegel, and Steve Traugott, NAS technical report NAS-99-006. Presented at Space Frontier Conference 8.
  • "Space Settlement, Education, and the Information Super-Highway," Conference on Space Manufacturing, Space Studies Institute, Princeton, NJ, May 1995.
  • "The Design and Visualization of a Space Biosphere," Space Manufacturing 8, Energy and Materials from Space, Space Studies Institute, Princeton, NJ, May 1991, pages 303-313.
  • "Remote Teleoperation Earth to Moon - An Experiment," Fifth Princeton/AIAA Conference on Space Manufacturing, 1981.
  • Evolvable Systems

    Evolving Antennas

  • "Automated Antenna Design with Evolutionary Algorithms" Gregory S. Hornby, Al Globus, Derek S. Linden, and Jason D. Lohn, AIAA Space 2006, San Jose, California, 19-21 September 2006.
  • "Evolutionary Design of a Phased Array Antenna Element," Al Globus, Derek Linden and Jason Lohn, IEEE AP-S International Symposium and USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 9-14 July 2006.

    Evolving Earth Observing Satellite Schedules

  • "A Comparison of Techniques for Scheduling Earth Observing Satellites," Al Globus, James Crawford, Jason Lohn and Anna Pryor, The Sixteenth Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference (IAAI-04), sponsored by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, San Jose, California, July 25-29, 2004.
  • "Scheduling Earth Observing Satellites with Evolutionary Algorithms," Al Globus, James Crawford, Jason Lohn and Anna Pryor, International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT), Pasadena, CA, July 2003.
  • "Evolvable Systems for Space Applications," Jason Lohn, James Crawford, Al Globus, Gregory Hornby, William Kraus, Gregory Larchev, Anna Pryor and Deepak Srivastava, International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT), Pasadena, CA, July 2003.
  • "Scheduling Earth Observing Fleets Using Evolutionary Algorithms: Problem Description and Approach," Al Globus, James Crawford, Jason Lohn, and Robert Morris Proceedings of the 3rd International NASA Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space, Houston, Texas 27-29 October 2002.

    Evolving Molecular Force Field Parameters

  • "Evolving Molecular Force Field Parameters for Si and Ge," Al Globus, Ecleamus Ricks, Madhu Menon, and Deepak Srivastava Proceedings of the 2003 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, February 23-27, 2003, San Francisco, California.
  • "JavaGenes: Evolving Molecular Force Field Parameters with Genetic Algorithm," Al Globus, Madhu Menon, and Deepak Srivastava, Computer Modeling in Engineering and Science, Volume 3, Number 5, pages 557-574, 2002.
  • "JavaGenes: Evolving Molecular Force Field Parameters," Al Globus, Charles Bauschlicher, Sandra Johan, and Deepak Srivastava, oral presentation at the Ninth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, 9-11 November 2001 in Santa Clara, California.

    Cycle Scavanging Evolutionary Computation

  • "Enabling Computational Nanotechnology through JavaGenes in a Cycle Scavenging Environment," Al Globus, Madhu Menon, and Deepak Srivastava, July 2002. Available in MS Word, pdf and html; the pdf and html versions have problems caused by bugs in the MS conversion software.
  • "Towards 100,000 CPU Cycle-Scavenging by Genetic Algorithms," Al Globus, NAS technical report NAS-0-011, October 2001.
  • "JavaGenes and Condor: Cycle-Scavenging Genetic Algorithms," Al Globus, Eric Langhirt, Miron Livny, Ravishankar Ramamurthy, Marvin Solomon, and Steve Traugott, Java Grande 2000, sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN, San Francisco, California, 3-4 June 2000.

    Evolving Molecules

  • "Graph Crossover," Al Globus, John Lawton, Todd Wipke, Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO-2001, Spector, L., E. Goodman, A. Wu, W.B. Langdon, H.-M. Voigt, M. Gen, S. Sen, M. Dorigo, S. Pezeshk, M. Garzon, and E. Burke, editors, San Francisco, CA, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, page 761.
  • "JavaGenes: Evolving Graphs with Crossover," Al Globus, Sean Atsatt, John Lawton, and Todd Wipke, NAS technical report NAS-00-018, October 2000.
  • "Automatic molecular design using evolutionary techniques," Al Globus, John Lawton, and Todd Wipke, Sixth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, Sunnyvale, California, November, 1998 and Nanotechnology, Volume 10, Number 3, September 1999, pp. 290-299.

    Nanotechnology

  • "Molecular Nanotechnology in Aerospace: 1999," Al Globus, Space 2000: The Seventh International Conference/Exposition on Engineering, Construction, Operations and Business in Space, 27 February through 2 March 2000, Albuquerque, New Mexico, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • "NASA applications of molecular nanotechnology," Al Globus, David Bailey, Jie Han, Richard Jaffe, Creon Levit, Ralph Merkle and Deepak Srivastava, The Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Volume 51, pp. 145-152, 1998.
  • "Machine Phase Fullerene Nanotechnology," Al Globus, Charles Bauschlicher, Jie Han, Richard Jaffe, Creon Levit, Deepak Srivastava, Nanotechnology, 9, Number 2, September 1998, pages 192-199.
  • "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Carbon Nanotube Based Gears," Jie Han, Al Globus, Richard Jaffe and Glenn Deardorff, Nanotechnology, Volume 8, Number 3, 3 September 1997, pages 95-102. This paper is discussed in a NASA Tech Brief, Volume 29, Number 2, page 59.
  • "NanoDesign: Concepts and Software for a Nanotechnology Based on Functionalized Fullerenes," Al Globus and Richard Jaffe, First Electronic Molecular Modelling & Graphics Society Conference, 1996.
  • "Formation of Carbon Nanotube Based Gears: Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Electrophilic Addition of o-Benzyne to Fullerenes, Graphene, and Nanotubes," Richard Jaffe, Jie Han, and Al Globus, First Electronic Molecular Modelling & Graphics Society Conference, 1996.
  • "Computational Nanotechnology at NASA Ames Research Center, 1996," Al Globus, David Bailey, Steve Langhoff, Andrew Pohorille and Creon Levit, First Electronic Molecular Modelling & Graphics Society Conference, 1996.
  • Scientific Visualization

  • "Evaluation of Visualization Software," A. Globus, S. Uselton, Computer Graphics, Volume 29, Number 2, May 1995.
  • "A Software Model for Visualization of Time Dependent 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics Results," AIAA 33rd Aerospace Sciences Meeting & Exhibit, Reno, NV, AIAA-95-0115, January 9-12, 1995.
  • "Initial User Reaction to the Virtual Windtunnel," S. Bryson, S. Johan, A. Globus, T. Meyer, C. McEwen, AIAA 33rd Aerospace Sciences Meeting & Exhibit, Reno, NV, AIAA-95-0114, January 9-12, 1995.
  • "Principles of Information Display for Visualization Practitioners," NAS technical report NAS-94-002, , November 1994.
  • "Spinning a Useful Weblet," A. Globus, C. Beaumont, Second International WWW Conference - Mosaic and the Web, Chicago, IL, October 1994.
  • "14 Ways to Say Nothing with Scientific Visualization," A. Globus, E. Raible, IEEE Computer, July 1994.
  • "Optimizing Particle Tracing in Unsteady Vector Fields," IS&T/SPIE Symposium on Electronic Imaging Science & Technology, San Jose, CA, 6-10 Feb. 1994.
  • "Direct Manipulation of Isosurfaces and Cutting Planes in Virtual Environments," T. Meyer, A. Globus, NAS technical report RNR-93-019 and Brown University Technical Report 93-54, December 1993.
  • "C++ Class Library Data Management for Scientific Visualization," OON-SKI '93, Proceedings of the First Annual Object-Oriented Numerics Conference, Sunriver Oregon, April 25-27, 1993.
  • "Perspectives on the IRIS Explorer Visualization Environment," NAS technical report RNR-92-021, 1992.
  • "Gridigrator: A Very Fast Volume Renderer for 3D Scalar Fields Defined on Curvilinear Grids," NAS technical report RNR-92-001, 1992.
  • "Visualization Verification and Benchmark Suites," NAS technical report RNR-91-28, 1991.
  • "The Design and Visualization of a Space Biosphere," 10th Biennial Space Studies Institute/Princeton University Conference on Space Manufacturing, Princeton University, May 15-18, 1991.
  • "A Tool for Visualizing the Topology of Three Dimensional Vector Fields," A. Globus , C. Levit and T. Lasinski, Visualization '91, IEEE Computer Society/ACM SIGGRAPH, San Diego, CA, October 22-25, 1991.
  • "Octree Optimization," SPIE/IS&T Symposium on Electronic Imaging Science and Technology, San Jose, CA, February 24 - March 1, 1991.
  • "FAST: A Multi-Processing Environment for Visualization of CFD," G. Bancroft, F. Merritt, T. Plessel, P. Kelaita, R. McCabe, A. Globus, Visualization '90, IEEE Computer Society/ACM SIGGRAPH, San Francisco, CA, October 23-26, 1990.
  • Misc. Papers

  • "Rapid Generation and Utilization of Four-Dimensional Trajectories for Air Traffic Control and Management Applications in MACS," Al Globus, Richard H. Jacoby, Thomas Prevot, James K. Wong, Infotech@Aerospace Conference, 29-31 March 2011, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • "Studying NextGen Concepts with the Multi-Aircraft Control System," Joey Mercer, Thomas Prevot, Richard Jacoby, Al Globus, and Jeffrey Homola, AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit, 18-21 August 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • "Extending the Information Power Grid Throughout the Solar System," Al Globus, AIAA Space 2000, Long Beach, CA, September 2000. Also, NAS technical report NAS-00-017.
  • "CFD Data Sets on the WWW for Education and Testing," Sixth International Symposium of CFD, Incline Village, NV, September, 1995.
  • "AIDDE - The Ames Interactive Dynamic Display Editor," AIAA Conference on Computers in Aerospace, 1983.
  • "Computer-Assisted Image Analysis of Cross-Sectional Bone Growth," A. Globus and E. Morey-Holton, Calc. Tiss. Internat., 34: S7, 1982.
  • Grant Proposals

    Presentations

    Invited Talks (partial)

    Panels

    Software

    I've also done quality assurance work on the Hubble Space Telescope software and worked on the Space Station user interface.

    Professional Activities

    Awards

    Media Experience

    I've been interviewed for several space settlement and nanotechnology documentaties and radio programs over the years. Here is a very partial list (I didn't start keeping records right away):

    Employment

    Academics