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September 24-26, 2024
Baltimore, Maryland

Nemertes [Next] examines nascent technologies and their implications for both enterprises and the world at large in the next 5-15 years. It is the successor to the TTI/Vanguard conference series, continuing the exploration of diverse topics they pioneered. This fall’s sessions will range from “Protecting Humanity from AI Overreach” to “How to Train Your Robot” to “Building the Next Generation of Quantum Information Scientists”—and beyond.

For the first time, an Adaptive Leadership Training (ALT) workshop will be part of the conference agenda! This workshop will focus on strategies for “Making the Case for Innovation Within the Enterprise.”


The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

550 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

A limited block of rooms has been set aside at The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, at a discounted rate of $199.00 plus taxes per room, per night.


September 24–26, 2024, Baltimore, Maryland
All times EDT

Tuesday, September 24

8:00 AM Workshop Check-in and Breakfast (Royal Sonesta—Brightons)

8:30 AM Adaptive Leadership Training Workshop: Selling Innovation within the Enterprise (Royal Sonesta—Brightons)

12:15 PM Field Trip Check-in and Lunch (Royal Sonesta—Explorers)

1:00 PM Bus Departs Hotel Lobby for Field Trip, Johns Hopkins University (Homewood Campus)

5:00 PM Return from Field Trip to the Hotel

5:30 PM Welcome Reception and Dinner (Royal Sonesta—Brightons)

Wednesday, September 25

All meals in Royal Sonesta Explorers; all sessions in Royal Sonesta Hamptons

7:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Conference Welcome
Johna Till Johnson, CEO, Nemertes
Tony Shaw, Nemertes [Next]

8:45 AM Photobatteries: Integrating Energy Capture and Storage
Susanna Thon, Professor, Johns Hopkins University

9:25 AM The Connectome and Implications for Machine Learning and Artificial Brains
Joshua Vogelstein, Professor, Johns Hopkins University

10:05 AM Telling Stories about Science: How to Do It, Why It Matters
Erin Bow, Author

10:45 AM Coffee Break

11:10 AM Individualized Business Productivity Automation through AI Observation
Bella Liu, Cofounder and CEO, Orby AI

11:50 AM Malleable Software in the Age of AI
Geoffrey Litt, Senior Researcher, Ink & Switch

12:30 PM Lunch

1:40 PM Defense in Depth Action Plan: Protecting Humanity from AI Overreach
Edouard Harris, Cofounder and CTO, Gladstone A

2:20 PM Beyond AI: The Next Security Frontier
Don Means, Jr., CIO and Director of IT, Defense Finance and Accounting Service

3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:25 PM Secure Computation during the Classical-to-Quantum Transition
Atul Mantri, Professor, Virginia Tech

4:05 PM Building the Next Generation of Quantum Information Scientists
Elisa Torres Durney, Founder and CEO, Girls in Quantum

4:45 PM The Day’s Reflections
Johna Till Johnson, CEO, Nemertes

5:00 PM End of Sessions

5:30 PM Reception and Dinner Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen (10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore)

Thursday, September 26

All meals in Royal Sonesta Explorers; all sessions in Royal Sonesta Hamptons

7:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Welcome
Johna Till Johnson, CEO, Nemertes
Nancy Kleinrock, Content Director, Nemertes [Next]

8:35 AM Robots That Anticipate Human Facial Expressions
Yuhang Hu, Doctoral Student, Columbia University

9:15 AM How to Train Your Robot
Dinesh Jayaraman, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
TBD, Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania

9:55 AM Smart Computer Interfaces
Cheng Zhang, Professor, Cornell University

10:35 AM Coffee Break—with Demos

11:15 AM Dragonfly: NASA’s Drone to Titan
Luke Becker, Systems Assurance Manager, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

11:55 AM Nemertes Reports on Emerging Technologies Research
John Burke, CTO, Nemertes
Jerry Murphy, Senior VP of Research and Consulting, Nemertes
Johna Till Johnson, CEO, Nemertes

12:25 PM Conference Reflections
Johna Till Johnson, CEO, Nemertes

12:45 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Close of Event

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