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Friday, November 8
 

6:00pm EST

Autonomous Vehicles
How the systems work, what their limitations are, and how much of what you've seen on television about them is accurate vs hype. Presented by Paul Calhoun.

Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

6:00pm EST

The Strange Biology of Multipartite Viruses
Multipartite viruses have one of the most puzzling genetic organizations found in living organisms. These viruses have several genome segments, each containing only a part of the genetic information, and each individually encapsidated into a separate virus particle.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman earned his AB degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College, and his Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After a post-doc at the National Institutes of Health, he started his laboratory at the Rutgers Medical... Read More →
avatar for James Prego

James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
JS

John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

From Corvus to Keyhole: Shipyards Past, Present, and Science Fiction
Stories of fighting captains and admirals fill histories and novels alike but, though ships and fleets may win battles, shipyards win wars.

Speakers

Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Looking for Life in Our Solar System
What’s the latest evidence that we’ve found? Where are the best places to look?

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
EB

Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Executive Director Emeritus, The SETI League Inc.
Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar... Read More →
JS

John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Just How Big a Problem is Overpopulation, Anyway?
Join us as we discuss a problem that has the potential to make all other human problems worse.

Speakers
BL

B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →
avatar for Bob Hranek

Bob Hranek

Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Six years of computer programming started my professional career, followed by 28 years as an intelligence analyst, systems engineer, and program analyst. I’m a vocal Space Exploitation Advocate, read hard-SF whenever I have time, give blood five times a year (200 pints & counting... Read More →
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Saturday, November 9
 

10:00am EST

Gadget Show-and-Tell
A meetup for makers, tinkers, and inventors who want to show off their creations.

Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

11:00am EST

Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness
Does “I think, therefore I am” apply to AI? Could it ever? How could we tell if it happens?

Speakers
avatar for Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
avatar for Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →
RR

Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →
avatar for David Walton

David Walton

David Walton is an award-winning science fiction author, a space industry engineer, and the father of eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL (Pyr, 2019), takes on the future of the self-driving car industry, with its legal and social ramifications, while exploring the... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Home-Scale Biodiesel Production Lecture & Demo [Family Friendly]
Learn about the ins and outs of making biodiesel in your garage. From negotiating for waste vegetable oil from restaurants, to the engineering of a biodiesel process, to the chemistry of Transesterification.

Speakers
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, STEM, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant A Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

The Future of Synthetic Biology and Public Biohacking
Synthetic biology aims to create organisms that maintain and propagate themselves while producing a desired outcome, whether that is flowers that glow in the dark, cells that produce rare drugs, or architectural organisms that serve as living homes. We'll discuss technologies that are available now, illustrative examples, and possible dangers of synthetic life.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman earned his AB degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College, and his Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After a post-doc at the National Institutes of Health, he started his laboratory at the Rutgers Medical... Read More →
avatar for Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina

Anna Kashina's writing draws on her diverse backgrounds as a Russian-born scientist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and a fan of martial arts, history, and folklore. She is the author of the award-winning “Majat Code” series featuring adventure fantasy, medieval politics, assassins... Read More →
JS

John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →
avatar for Ronald C. Taylor

Ronald C. Taylor

senior bioinformatics scientist, General Dynamics Information Technology
A senior bioinformatics scientist with the NCI-funded Institute of Systems Biology Cancer Genomics Cloud (ISB-CGC) project, Dr. Taylor currently helps cancer researchers integrate their data with large public omics data sets on a cloud platform, and perform analytics on such. He has... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Workshop: Intro to Basic Electrical Soldering [$10 Fee] [Family Friendly]
Learn basic soldering techniques for circuit board work. Students will be provided with some simple, practice soldering boards and instruction on assembly. The fee covers several kits. Volunteer assistants welcomed. Ages 10+

Speakers
BJ

Ben Jorritsma

Ben's interests include Anime, STEM, promoting DIY/Maker culture, and promoting agricultural awareness.


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

4:00pm EST

Time Dispersion in Quantum Mechanics
We know from quantum mechanics that space is fuzzy- that particles don't have a well-defined position in space- and we know from special relativity that time and space are interchangeable. So shouldn't time be fuzzy as well? Thanks to recent technical advances in measurements at "short times," we can now put this to the test!

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

The Blurry Line Between Cutting Edge and Pseudoscience
Niels Bohr famously said, “Your theory is crazy but it’s not crazy enough to be true”.  How do we keep an open mind but not one so open that our brains fall out?  A look at how to tell strange-yet-true science from weapons grade balonium.

Speakers
JA

John Ashmead

John Ashmead has a BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine. Since then he has worked as a software and database developer, working in the medical, legal, advertising... Read More →
CF

Carl Fink

Carl Fink has worked for conventions on and off since 1979. He was the founding chair of LI-CON, a convention based on Long Island, in New York. He has also worked for several Worldcons. In real life he is an Instructional Designer, after periods as a science teacher, programmer... Read More →
LK

Lawrence Kramer

Dr. Lawrence Kramer has had a lifelong interest in science, sparked at a young age by avidly reading science fiction. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry followed by a career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 financial company. However, the lure of science was too great... Read More →
RR

Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →
CR

Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Executive Director Emeritus, The SETI League Inc.
Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

7:00pm EST

How Will Climate Change Affect Human Evolution?
Assuming our species survives long enough to adapt, what form might those adaptations take?

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman

Jonathan Dinman earned his AB degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College, and his Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After a post-doc at the National Institutes of Health, he started his laboratory at the Rutgers Medical... Read More →
avatar for James Prego

James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
RR

Ray Ridenour

Genius at work, Artist. Self-employed
I'm a long time fan (since 1966) and artist. At conventions I've exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass windows. I've acted and sang in fan-musicals, been on many panels and have also moderated quite a few. Outside of fandom, I've created commercial displays for department... Read More →
RR

Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →
JS

John Skylar

John Skylar, Ph.D. is an infectious disease scientist, medical writer, and writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in Strange Bedfellows (Bundoran Press 2014), The Future Embodied (Simian Publishing 2014), Perihelion SF, Mashable, and The Huffington Post. He lives... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Tabby’s Star
Does this astronomical oddity- dubbed "The Strangest Star in the Galaxy”- really have an alien megastructure around it?

Speakers
EB

Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
avatar for Bob Hranek

Bob Hranek

Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Six years of computer programming started my professional career, followed by 28 years as an intelligence analyst, systems engineer, and program analyst. I’m a vocal Space Exploitation Advocate, read hard-SF whenever I have time, give blood five times a year (200 pints & counting... Read More →
DH

Dr. H. Paul Shuch

Executive Director Emeritus, The SETI League Inc.
Dr. SETI is the name of the blatant exhibitionist who inhabits the body of noted author and educator Dr. H. Paul Shuch. A cross between Tom Lehrer and Carl Sagan, it is said that Dr. SETI sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer. Armed with a laptop computer and an acoustical guitar... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Sunday, November 10
 

10:00am EST

Rosie or the Roomba?
Modern science fiction frequently depicts advances for the spaces we live in as dependent on the technology inside of them. What are some advances in the technology of the actual buildings around us today?

Speakers
avatar for Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook

Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, generally in that order but not always. Eric's most recent work is being published in the Defending the Future series from E-spec books. He has been part of the team running the Watch The Skies science fiction and fantasy group and... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

3-D Printing Basics
An overview of 3-D printing software and hardware, with samples of various 3-D printed materials to examine.

Speakers
CR

Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

12:00pm EST

Black Holes: A Traveler's Guide [Family Friendly]
A beginner's introduction to the life and death of stars, the makings of black holes, and what happens when you cross the event horizon.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

Dr. Valerie J. Mikles

I'm a PhD astronomer who defected from academia to work on weather satellites for NOAA. Ask me about being a scientist. I wrote/produced a series of short, comedic films about asexuality, because I'm asexual and wanted to see aces in action. I recently came out as agender and I got... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

The AI Revolution
Your phone is hooked up to learning algorithms 24~7, and their capabilities grow weekly. Are we on our way to the Ian Banks Culture? Or will it be more Ellison's "I have no mouth..."?

Speakers
GC

Gil Cnaan

By day, Gil works as a data scientist at DuPont, working not only with big data, but AR/VR, and other emerging technologies. By night, he works as an event promoter and DJ, both with his own company, Storykeeper Events, and as a coproducer of the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He... Read More →
BD

Bruce Dykes

Bruce has been a long time gamer and an SFF reader for even longer. His writing career has actually achieved negative time flow.


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Drop-In Workshop: Playing with Synthesized Sound [Family Friendly]
Use modules that snap together magnetically to create your own synthesizer constructions, experiment with how oscillators, filters, and sequencers affect the audio output, and learn how the result could be recorded for future use!

Speakers

Sunday November 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
The Gallery, Quadrant B

1:00pm EST

Will WE Be The Robots??
Advances in medical technology are leading to more mechanical parts inside of a humans, while simultaneously robots are becoming more human-like. Are we about to meet in the middle?

Speakers
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Consultant, Risky Content Media
Chris is a professional digital marketer who has been active in fandom since 1984. He has sat on panels related to tabletop RPGs, anime and digital marketing at Metatopia, Lunacon and other events. He ran the Lunacon anime program from 2010 to 2012 and in 2014. Chris is the social... Read More →
EB

Earl Bennett

I was a product engineer on devices for the blind and deafblind individuals for twenty six years. I am currently working on production and q.c. test for Data Display Systems a producer of point of sales systems and in-store advertising devices and systems. I am now Lead Technician... Read More →
avatar for James Prego

James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
TP

Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom's first published story appeared in the August, 1957 issue of a magazine called Fantastic Universe His latest can be found in the November-December issue of Asimov's, now on sale. His contributions to the science fiction scene include novels, short stories and novelettes... Read More →
RR

Rebecca Robare

Dr. Rebecca Robare has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and has worked as a college professor, camp counselor, science writer, library book-shelver, dishwasher, brain wave recorder, and cognitive simulation builder, and statistical analyst. She currently works as a research analyst... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002