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Thursday, July 19
 

10:00am

Anatomy of a Robot
Physical effects crew Weta Workshop (Blade Runner 2049, Elysium, Chappie, District 9, Lord of the Rings trilogy) and director Grant Sputore along with Michael Green (writer, I Am Mother) share how the titular robot of I Am Mother was brought to life. From designing and prototyping to the filming experience, discover one of the most complex builds that Weta Workshop has ever attempted. See Grant and the crew reveal the robot for the first time.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:30am

Blade Runner: Revelations: Storytelling in VR
The team behind Blade Runner: Revelations, a new VR experience set in between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 reveal their creative approach and behind-the-scenes process to expanding the narrative and characters in this iconic neo-noir world. Featuring Eric "Giz" Gewirtz (CCO, Seismic Games), Trevor Sands (narrative director, Seismic Games), George Collins (executive producer, Alcon Interactive), Tyler Moore (actor), Valerie Arem (actor/PCB VO producer), and Jonathan Krusell (publishing producer, AR & VR, Google), with moderator Jennie Kong (creator, The Game Makers series).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6BCF

11:00am

When Earthlings Become Martians: National Geographic's Mars, Season 2
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 03:29PM
The prospect of colonizing Mars and becoming an interplanetary species has never been more palpable. As the second season of National Geographic's Mars, the hybrid event series, returns this November to explore this reality and whether humanity is doomed to repeat the same mistakes once we get there, join the show's foremost experts on terraforming the Red Planet along with new and returning cast as they give an exclusive sneak peek at what's to come. The panel, moderated by author and Forbes.com contributor Jennifer Kite-Powell, will feature experts including Dr. Stephen Petranek, award-winning author of How We'll Live on Mars; Andy Weir, bestselling author of The Martian; Susan Wise Bauer, historian and author of the History of the World series; former NASA astronaut and author Leland Melvin, cast members JiHae (Mortal Engines) and Jeff Hephner (Chicago Med, Code Black), and series showrunner and executive producer Dee Johnson. In addition, they'll discuss the major conflicts ahead and get real about repercussions of every singular action and decision Earthlings will make when they become Martians-from having babies, to catching colds . . . even to experiencing love and sex on Mars.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Shattering Stereotypes: Badass Female Scientists in the Lab and on the Screen
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 03:18PM
With the success of Black Panther and television shows such as Timeless, The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., female scientists are becoming more and more prominent in pop culture. The Fleet Science Center, local female scientists, and the creative teams behind some of the most popular movies and television shows discuss what it means to be a woman in science and how important it is to give future generations of scientists and creative minds the opportunity to see themselves represented in different roles in society. Panelists include Monica Owusu-Breen (producer, writer, Midnight Texas, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe, Alias), Sarah Tarkoff (writer, executive story editor, Arrow, Sinless), Nora Zuckerman (co-executive producer, writer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Suits, Haven, Human Target, Fringe), Maria Ferrari (executive producer, writer, The Big Bang Theory), Dr. Alison Coil (professor of physics, Ingrid and Joseph W. Hibben chair, associate dean for Equity, diversity, and inclusion and faculty equity advisor, division of physical sciences, University of California San Diego), Dr. Elena Blanco-Suarez (research associate, post-doctoral researcher, neuroscience), and Shirley Deese (engineer senior engineer of systems and software in aerospace systems and chairperson, San Diego professional chapter: National Society of Black Engineers).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm

Creating the Future at the MIT Media Lab: How Comics Inspire Students' Work (and Vice Versa)
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 03:27PM
MIT and their Media Lab are prominent fixtures in the Marvel Universe. Tony Stark, Otto Octavius, Reed Richards, Riri Williams, and Sue Storm are all MIT alums. While MIT has inspired Marvel, the reverse is even more the case. Many of the real-world students, faculty, and alumni of the school are inventing amazing technologies (not to mention creative media) based on what they've seen from comic book characters on screen and in print. Panelists Dr. Katy Croff Bell (director of the Media Lab Open Ocean initiative), Dr. Danielle Wood (director, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab), Alexis Hope (creative director, TEN FWD; MIT Media Lab alum), Selam Gano (MIT Media Lab undergraduate researcher) and moderator Cady Coleman (NASA astronaut, retired) will profile the cutting-edge technologies and storytelling coming out of this Cambridge MA think-tank.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Snoopy Space Traveler: The History and Future of Snoopy and NASA
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 12:04PM
Discover how cartoonist Charles M. Schulz partnered with NASA to bring everyone's favorite beagle Snoopy to the moon in this retrospective panel about the history and future of Snoopy in space. The panel will feature talking heads from the Schulz Museum, Schulz Studio, NASA, and beyond! Moderated by Damian Holbrook and and featuring panelists Stephanie Betts (SVP of development and current series DHX), Aimee Crane (NASA consultant), Lex Fajardo (Charles M. Schulz creative associates), Rachel Fellman (Charles M. Schulz Museum archivist), Ginger Kerrick (NASA flight director), and Robert Pearlman (editor of CollectSPACE).

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Westworld: Further Beyond Frontier Law
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 01:14PM
The revelation of five additional parks makes it clear that there is far more to Westworld than initially meets the eye, and the continued exploration of this fantastic yet twisted Delos Destination depicted in the HBO hit Westworld presents an ever-growing bundle of legal questions and conundrums. The all-star posse of speakers from last year's standing-room-only program returns. Ninth Circuit Justice John B. Owens, professor Betsy Rosenblatt, attorney and adjunct professor Paul Burns, attorney Farah Bhatti, and moderator Michael Lovitz discuss the top legal questions posed in the second season of HBO's groundbreaking show, including numerous criminal activities by humans and hosts alike, corporate malfeasance and misappropriation of corporate assets, what is (and isn't) intellectual property in these Delos parks, and even parsing out the question of the ownership of one's own thoughts and dreams. And this year perhaps they'll settle the question of just who really owns the intellectual property created by the robot hosts. [This program is approved for one (1) credit of California MCLE.]

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 5AB

5:00pm

The Science of Cool
An all-star panel of scientists and innovators discuss how the rise of immersive technologies, robotics, rocketry, and AI have made science cool again and continue to bring us closer to solving some of the greatest challenges and mysteries we face. Come check out this incredible tech and innovation, in person, at the Future Tech Live! Pavilion at the Omni Hotel. Join the first annual SDCC Hackathon too!

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

5:45pm

The Science of Star Trek
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 09:16AM
To go boldly where no one has gone before . . . but human eyes may have. If you believe that elsewhere in this galaxy, familiar worlds from Star Trek and sci-fi exist, this is the panel for you. Dr. Morgan Cable (NASA scientist for Europa Lander mission concept), Dr. Jessie Christiansen (NASA scientist at Exoplanet Archive/Caltech), Phil Plait (SYFY's The Bad Astronomer and Bill Nye Saves the World), Hallie Lambert (writer for The Expanse), and André Bormanis (science consultant for Star Trek and The Orville) discuss the real science behind sci-fi's most beloved universe.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Room 6DE

6:00pm

Going Crypto: How Digital Coin Technology Is Changing How We Live Our Lives
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Dash, LiteCoin . . . cryptocurrency or digital currency or digital coin or blockchain or whatever you want to call it is arguably the most talked-about topic in the ether right now. Beyond the speculation of altcoins, tokens, and ICOs, at the heart of it all is an innovative tracking technology that is now also impacting gaming, entertainment, animation, video, and everyday life. Come find out what is coming down the pike in the world of crypto! Get further into blockchain at the Future Tech Live! Pavilion in the Omni Hotel.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

6:00pm

Up Your Game: Create Live Animated Avatars!
Hear how animators successfully created animated avatars that changed their interactions and increased their viewership on Twitch and beyond. Christopher Eriksen Bøe (Scribbleh), Jennifer Chiu (Motion Sickness) Keith Stevens (Critically Awkward), and Jacob Mercy (24 Hour Comic movie) talk about the tools they use and give tips on how you can animate your own avatar while responding to viewers. Moderated by Erica Schisler (Adobe) and partnered with Dan Ramirez (Adobe), who will show you how to create walking and talking characters that can be animated with a webcam and a mic using Adobe Character Animator, plus preview new technology, Project Puppetron, that will help you quickly animate your own characters.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

6:30pm

A Light in the Void
Composer Austin Wintory (Journey, Abzu, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate) and filmmaker Anthony Lund (Through the Wormhole, National Geographic's Breakthrough) explore unforgettable scientific quests set to sweeping original music. Also on hand are renowned NASA planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, voice actor Troy Baker (The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Shadow of War), and surprise panelists.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:00pm

Popular Science: Beyond Entertainment
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 11:41AM
Since its launch in 2003, the MythBusters television show has entertained audiences around the world. But MythBusters was never intended to be solely for entertainment purposes. Rather, the show and its iconic pop-culture hosts have sought to highlight the science involved in discovering the truth behind popular urban legends. Kari Byron (Mythbusters), Tory Belleci (Mythbusters), and Grant Imahara (Mythbusters) discuss MythBusters and compare notes with local scientists Dr. Angela Kemsley (scientist, Marine Protected Area Watch program coordinator, WILDCOAST biology, citizen science, ecology, animal behavior), Dr. Tiffany Chow (Neuroscientist, professor, clinical neurology, USC), Dr. Brian Keating (scientist and writer, professor astrophysics, University of California San Diego), and Dr. Steven Snyder (moderator, president and CEO of the Fleet Science Center) on the scientific methodology for experiments and why failure is not only encouraged but also a necessary part of research and discovery.

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6DE

8:00pm

Innovation in Animation with VRV
Technology has changed everything! Listen as your favorite creators talk about how they push the envelope creatively, how they challenge themselves and each other, how they integrate technology into their animation pipelines and creative process, and how they try to stay ahead of the curve to keep their work innovative. Attendees will get a sneak peek at upcoming projects and a special gift from VRV.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

8:00pm

More Science in Your Fiction with the League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers
Writers, directors, sci-fi fans, and kids: get ready to ask your questions about the real science in your fiction! Jeane Wong (founder & educator, LXS) is joined by her LXS panelists Dr. Tom Darlington (chief scientist, NanoComposix), Ben Frable (marine biologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Dr. Sunny Fugate (artificial intelligence and cyber defense research, Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center SPAWAR),Dr. Nicholas Galitzki (edge of the universe explorer/cosmologist, University of California, San Diego), Bethany Kolody (deep ocean genomics explorer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Jasmine L. Sadler (senior quality engineer, Solar Turbines), Dr. Lisa Zeigler (viral ecologist, J. Craig Venter Institute), and Angela Zoumplis (international extremophile explorer, National Science Foundation). Together, they discuss how comics and science fiction push scientists and engineers to rocket past what we know is possible at any given moment and into an otherwise unimaginable future.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 5AB

8:00pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 5
A team of actors, TV writers, and psychologists discuss the psychology of your favorite TV shows, such as Supernatural, Star Wars Rebels, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Doctor Who, and many others. Psychologists Dr. Janina Scarlet (Harry Potter Therapy; Dark Agents) and Dr. Travis Langley (Supernatural Psychology), actors Ruth Connell (Supernatural) and Rachel Miner (Supernatural), TV writers Christine Boylan (The Punisher, Once Upon a Time), Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice), and Deric Hughes (Flash, Beauty and the Beast) discuss your favorite TV shows. Dr. Billy San Juan (Doctor Who Psychology) moderates.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:30pm

The Robotech Panel
Harmony Gold USA will display the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from new products to the live-action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Stephen King's It.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC
 
Friday, July 20
 

4:00pm

The Science of Star Wars
Ever wondered if lightsabers could one day be a reality? Curious about which Star Wars droid NASA would take into space? Is there a form of fuel that could keep The Resistance out of reach from a First Order fleet? Expert panelists Kim Steadman (systems engineer, NASA-JPL), Emily Manor Chapman (systems engineer, NASA-JPL), Kieran Dickson (editor, CometTV.com, MGM Studios), Fon Davis (Star Wars production designer), Travis Langley (editor, Star Wars Psychology), Steve Huff (fight choreographer and weapons expert), Eliot Sirota (VFX expert), and host Jenna Busch (creator, Legion of Leia) act as your Bor Gullet into the mind of Star Wars creators and break down the science behind a galaxy far, far away. Q&As, surprises, and giveaways will follow.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

4:00pm

To Infinity & Beyond: Our Dreams for the Future Take Flight
For generations-from Copernicus to Jules Verne to Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos-visionaries have offered their dreams of the future and in doing so inspired mind-blowing innovation. An all-star panel of creators and innovators discuss their greatest influences and what they envision for the future. You can experience dreams made real at the Future Tech Live! Pavilion in the Omni Hotel following the panel.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

Handling Challenges: Bans and Challenges to Comics
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:20PM
Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges and bans, especially those for young readers. Learn what you can do if they're challenged in your school or library from panelists Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicArts), and Candice Mack (teen services manager, Los Angeles Public Library). Moderated by Alea Perez (2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens chair).

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm

Mold/Resin/3D Printing & FX Techniques
Fon Davis (model maker, SFX expert on Star Wars episodes), Don Westos (mold/resin production expert), and Sam Girgis (BiggerBoxModels) discuss all aspects of garage kit modeling and utilizing 3D printing techniques for new and existing home business ideas.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

Moonbase and Beyond: The New Push to Deep Space
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 16, 11:34AM
Since SDCC 2017, a new era of discovery has emerged. Budget priorities have dramatically changed and resources for space exploration have surged. This means the most powerful rocket ever launched (the SLS) is now on track to deliver a 25-metric-ton payload (including humans) to the moon. The moon will serve as a stepping stone toward eventual missions to Mars and deeper into the solar system. Panelists Cady Coleman (retired NASA astronaut), Kathleen Coderre (habitat systems engineering lead, Lockheed Martin Space), and Marshall Smith (director of cross-program systems integration/exploration systems at NASA), along with moderator Steve Broback (cofounder, Dent the Future), will discuss the goals, the timing, and the logistical needs for this exciting new age of exploration.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 4

6:45pm

Catching Up with Adam Savage
If you haven't heard, Tested.com's Adam Savage is heading back to Discovery Channel! He'll be appearing in both MythBusters Jr., as well as his own solo series. Hear (and in some cases, see previews of) everything Adam's up to right now, which may or may not include a short film with Peter Jackson (okay, it does).

Friday July 20, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

8:00pm

"Crazy" Together: The Future of Mental Health and Pop Culture
Mental health is everywhere you look in pop culture. From the Upside Down to the MCU, entertainment media depictions of mental health are increasingly common. But while Stranger Things and Jessica Jones help to normalize mental health challenges, some inaccurate and stigmatizing portrayals persist. How do we further encourage diversity and sensitivity without stifling creativity? Felicia D. Henderson (The Punisher TV series; Teen Titans) will discuss how depictions of trauma and PTSD inform the characterization of Frank Castle. Joseph D. Reitman (Happy! TV series) will talk about his approach to making his character Very Bad Santa more than just a two-dimensional villain. Should the entertainment industry be concerned about how their properties represent mental illness? Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought, All We Ever Wanted) discusses some of his successes and struggles as a forensic psychiatrist advocating for more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health media representation. Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) will contextualize the discussion and encourage the audience to become more mindful consumers of mental-health-themed media. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company), this panel will encourage creators, clinicians, and fans to get "crazy" together, shaping the future of mental health and pop culture.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC
 
Saturday, July 21
 

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference #10: Chasing Captain America: Physiology and Philosophy from Stem Cells to Socrates
What if we could really create Captain America-should we? We are now approaching the point where the Super-Soldier Serum and Vita-Rays meet the reality of bioengineering. Thanks to the convergence of biology, engineering, and technology, we can now alter our abilities through surgery, pharmaceutical enhancement, technological fusion, and genetic engineering. E. Paul Zehr (Chasing Captain America: How Advances in Science, Engineering and Biotechnology Will Produce a Superhuman), Mark D. White (The Virtues of Captain America: Modern-Day Lessons on Character from a World War II Superhero), Daniel H. Wilson (Amped, Robopocalypse), and G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, Alif the Unseen) discuss the physiology and philosophy of superhumanity with moderator Andrea Letamendi (Under the Mask).

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 26AB

11:30am

Advanced Computer Graphic Techniques
Brian Haberlin will demonstrate advanced cutting-edge 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your storytelling, using a wide range of programs from ZBrush to iClone to SketchUp and many more. Learn all the tricks that have been used in the industry for years that no other pro will show you, and learn how to use this information for print, web, AR, or VR.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

The Power of Story: Graphic Novels and Technology Inspiring Young Readers
STEM educators, students, and public librarians discuss how innovative technologies such as 3D design and animation bring graphic literature and the reading experience to life. Featuring Amy Pitotti (EdTech educator, DAB Lake Elsinore), Lisa Harrison (STEM educator, RMMS, Vista), Nichole Santangelo (STEAM specialist, RMMS, Vista), Andrew Hudson (educator, RMMS, Vista), Lisa Ferneau-Haynes (senior librarian, youth services, Oceanside Public Library), Beth Duncan (STEM specialist, RMMS, Vista), Bryan Pitotti (graphic design specialist/cinematography), and Joanna Murray (EdTech educator, RMMS Vista).

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Explore the Wonders of the Universe with Cosmos: Possible Worlds
The Emmy Award-winning worldwide phenomenon Cosmos returns to Fox and National Geographic in Spring 2019. At this panel, get an exclusive sneak peek of Cosmos: Possible Worlds as host Neil deGrasse Tyson along with executive producer/writer/director/creator Ann Druyan and executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, and Jason Clark discuss more on cosmic evolution and the great minds who've contributed to our understanding of the universe, and get a first look at the new season.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:30pm

Alien Worlds: NASA's Quest for Life
E.T., Jabba the Hutt, Predator. You've seen aliens in science fiction, but did you know NASA missions are really looking for extraterrestrial life? Dr. Morgan Cable (NASA's Europa Lander concept), Dr. Cynthia Phillips (NASA's Europa mission), Dr. Tiffany Kataria (NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program), and Dr. Robert Hurt (visualization scientist at Caltech) will describe missions to icy moons and planets outside our solar system as they look for signs of life on alien worlds. From science discoveries to iconic images to visualizations, find out how NASA is bringing these intriguing worlds to life.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:00pm

Master Successful Observational Drawing in Two Steps
Wei Xu, Ph.D. (artist/mathematician/computer scientist/author/professor)will talk about his [+SM]Art approach and simple tricks for mastering observational drawing skills efficiently. These secrets will enable average people, from kids to seniors, to learn drawing with ease.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

Teaching Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum
Dr. Katie Monnin (education director, Pop Culture Classroom), Tracy Edmunds, M.A., Ed. (Graphic Novels Are Elementary), Erin Hill (language arts teacher, Ramona High School), Derek Heid (English/drama teacher, Temecula Valley High School), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone, Impostors), and Aron Steinke (Mr. Wolf's Class) explore a number of approaches and blended models for comics in the classroom by connecting these texts and lessons across subject matter areas (math/science/history/English/business, etc.). Pulling input from both educators and creators, the panel will discuss which titles work well across curricular lines, how educators can collaborate to make them effective learning and teaching tools, and how creators can tailor their works to find audiences that span multiple areas of interest for readers. Moderated by Adam Kullberg (education program manager, Pop Culture Classroom).

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:30pm

Decentralization for the Win: Putting Gamers First with Digital Ownership on the Blockchain
From true ownership of digital property, to radical transparency, to decentralized game logic, blockchain technology is rapidly changing the way that developers produce and players interact with video games and eSports. Learn how game industry veterans from WAX (founders of OPSkins), Robot Cache (led by Brian Fargo of Interplay and InXile Entertainment), Decentraland (first virtual platform owned by its users), and Beeline Interactive (worldwide mobile game developer and publisher) are creating new types of games and business models with this disruptive technology. You can get further into the blockchain at Future Tech Live! Pavilion in the Omni Hotel.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 5AB

6:00pm

Genetic Mutations: Will We All Be Metahumans One Day?
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 09:13AM
From Marvel's X-Men to television shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Gifted, Runaways, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Stranger Things, people with genetic mutations are featured as having superpowers. How realistic is the science behind these superpower-creating mutations? The Fleet Science Center, geneticists, and the creative teams behind some of these popular shows discuss the possibility of humans one day having superpowers. Panelists include Craig Titley (executive producer, writer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Akela Cooper (producer, writer Luke Cage), Dr. Frances Barron (scientist, VP, R&D and regulatory affairs at Nanomedical Diagnostics), Dr. Brett Goldsmith (scientist, CTO Nanomedical Diagnostics), Troy Sandberg (bioengineer, Siebel Scholar at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego), and Dr. Steven Snyder (president & CEO, Fleet Science Center, moderator).

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

MSE and Extreme Droid Building
From feisty astromechs to diminutive mouse droids, master builders Doug Dobyns, Michael Wheeler, Kevin Holme, Tom Hellwig, Michael Kelly, and John Boisvert discuss some of the extreme ways that droid builders have brought the magic of the droids of the Star Wars Universe to life and gone way beyond. Moderated by Guy Vardaman.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:45pm

HISTORY: Project Blue Book
From Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact), Project Blue Book is based on the true, top-secret investigations into unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969. Series stars Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Michael Malarkey (The Vampire Diaries), Neal McDonough (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow), and Laura Mennell (Alphas, Watchmen), along with producers, share what's to come in this highly anticipated new drama series and reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the first season. Cast subject to change.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A
 
Sunday, July 22
 

10:00am

R2-Builders Panel
Get all the information you need to build your own fully functional droid character from the Star Wars universe. Moderator Victor Franco and panelists Mike Senna, Michael McMaster, William Miyamoto, Chris Romines, and Thomas Roeoesli share their knowledge and expertise to help your build a success.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 11

10:00am

The Science of Comic Vampires and Zombies
In a panel moderated by Jonathan Bacon-Liu (host of All the Time We Have podcast), Jonathan Maberry (author, V-Wars, Marvel Zombies Return) will bring his expertise in all things scary, as he is joined by Ronald Coleman, Ph.D. (regenerative medicine) and Sharon Schendel, Ph.D. (immunology) to talk about how these monsters might work in the real world and where science and imagination intertwine.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

Diversity in Tech and Gaming: An Evolving Conversation
Inclusion and equality is a hot topic everywhere, and that includes the tech and gaming worlds. These sectors are making major inroads, and these panelists are part of the vanguard leading the way. Presented in concert with the "We Are" ESA Diversity Gallery located at Future Tech Live! in the Omni Hotel. Moderated by the executive director of the ESA Foundation, Anastasia Staten.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars
David Rosing (NASA JPL Mars Sample Return system engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), Robert Lock (JPL Mars Sample Return Orbiter manager), Kobie Boykins (JPL mechanical division engineer), and Laura Kerber (NASA JPL Mars research scientist) discuss how they go boldly where there's no one around to fix it. Hear stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:45pm

Starship Smackdown XXV: The Final Countdown
A panel of experts determine who will win the highly coveted Smackdown title. Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Will the Milano be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathars? And will the Jefferson Starship disappear forever after Thanos snaps his fingers? Only if you're lucky. This panel of sage spaceshipologists includes Ashley E. Miller (Red Sonja, Thor), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance), Kay Reindl (Freakish, Millennium), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Daren Dochterman (Westworld, Real Steel), and your jocular host, the Mr. Rourke of the stars, Mark A. Altman (Tor Books' upcoming So Say We All, The Fifty-Year Mission). Finish your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all-time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. And 'zis combat will be to the death.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

The Science of Westworld: Violent Insights
Past and future collide when Wild West fantasy requires robots with advanced A.I. What is the appeal of live-action role playing? When is artificial intelligence simply intelligence? Where is Westworld? And how far will people go in pursuit of violent delights? For a look at mysteries of human nature past, present, and future, see this posse of experts wearing both white and black hats: Dr. Travis Langley (Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights; Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box), Fon Davis (Fonco Creative, Star Wars), Steven Huff (fight choreographer and weapons expert), Allen Pan (Sufficiently Advanced, MythBusters), Sarah Petkus (Robohemian, Robotic Arts), Tamara Robertson (SciJinks, MythBusters), and Dr. Martin Lloyd (Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights). Moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, SYFY) asks: How is the Westworld won?

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina