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2021 Conference

AI in Space

Friday, August 13, 2021
Milwaukee School of Engineering


31st Annual Wisconsin Space Conference

Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall
1025 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Conference - Friday, Aug. 13, 2021
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Milwaukee School of Engineering will host the 31st annual Wisconsin Space Conference on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, in the Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall. The theme of this year’s conference is “AI in Space.”

The conference kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Friday with a continental breakfast and an opening keynote by Ashley W. Stroupe, Ph.D., Systems Engineer for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.  Throughout the day, attendees will hear about NASA partnerships, student research, Kf-12 outreach, academic and industry research, and WSGC team projects.  There will be a poster and networking session, and an awards ceremony.  

Download the 2021 Conference Brochure for conference registration and accommodation information. 

Friday Morning Plenary Speaker: Ashley W. Stroupe, Ph.D.

“Exploring Mars through Robotic Eyes”           

Systems Engineer, 397B - Planning & Sequencing Systems
MSL Rover Planner Team Lead, Tactical Uplink Lead
Deputy Team Lead, Supra-Tactical Lead Team Member
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Ashley W. Stroupe is a systems engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. She specializes in Mars Rover operations. She has performed many different roles over the last 16 years for the Curiosity, Opportunity and Spirit rovers.

Presently, Stroupe’s primary role is the team lead for the Curiosity Rover Planners, the team that drives and controls the robotic arm. She also works as a tactical uplink lead, managing the daily planning process for the rover, and as a supra-tactical lead, sketching out and modeling the activities for near-term plans. In addition to her flight work, Stroupe has conducted research focusing on cooperative multi-robot teams in complex environments with applications to exploration and mapping, cooperative manipulation and sampling.

Stroupe received a B.S. in Physics/Astronomy from Harvey Mudd College in 1990, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University in 1998, an M.S. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. She joined JPL in 2003.

To register to attend:

Costs to register are below. Attendees may select the in-person or virtual conference registration. The registration fee is the same for both options. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all in-person attendees.  You will be able to complete multiple attendee registrations using one payment. 


MSOE COVID-19 Policy

Student $35 $45
K-12 Teacher $45 $55
General $55 $65

If you need to modify your conference registration, please contact Vivian Mickelson at  

To register to present:  

Presenters should complete the online WSC21_Presenter Registration form by July 10, 2021.  Approximately 25 awardees will share the results of their project or program during the oral presentations.  All other student participants will participate in a dynamic Poster Session where peers will highlight some of the best STEM-related research taking place on Wisconsin campuses. For awardees who must join the conference virtually due to COVID restrictions, WSGC will make every effort to help you present your project through Microsoft Teams online format facilitated by Milwaukee School of Engineering. 


Free conference parking is available August 12-13 (including overnight) in MSOE State Street Lots A and B.  State Street Lot A is located on the SW corner of E. State Street and N. Jackson Street. (No sticker or temporary pass is required.)

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1230 Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 226-0122

Conference Rate (valid through July 10, 2021, regular nightly rate applies after):
$139 + tax (king or 2 queen beds). 
Book a hotel room.
Student Rate (valid through July 10, 2021, regular nightly rate applies after):
$89 + tax (double/2 queen beds). 
Book a hotel room at student rate.
Student ID required
Hotel Block Code: Wisconsin Space Conference
Hotel valet parking fee: $30

Homewood Suites by Hilton
500 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 563-1090
Conference Rate (valid through July 10, 2021, regular nightly rate applies after):
$129 + tax (king suite). 
Book a hotel room.
Street and lot parking is available.

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium apparel is available for pre-purchase during registration.

1/4 Zip Pullover: $40
Long-Sleeve Conference T-Shirt: $20
WSGC Hat: $15


For more information:
Contact the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium at or call 262-551-6054. 

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