• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

James Bellingham

Johns Hopkins University

Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy

Dr. Bellingham is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Exploration Robotics and Executive Director for the Institute for Assured Autonomy at Johns Hopkins University. He is a pioneer in the development, operation, and commercialization of autonomous marine robots, with a track record of leading research expeditions around the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Jim's research activities span from fundamental research on marine autonomy to at-sea operations in harsh environments. He spearheaded the development of small, high-performance Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), resulting in a class of systems now widely used within the military, industry, and scientific communities. Jim has extensive experience with early-stage technology ventures. He was the founding Director of the Center of Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, co-founder of Bluefin Robotics, and founder of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Laboratory at MIT. He also served as Director of Engineering and Chief Technologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Jim's leadership extends to his roles on the Board of Directors of Nauticus Robotics and Innovasea Systems. He has served on high-impact advisory committees, including Chairing the Naval Research Advisory Committee, serving on the Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel, and various international advisory committees. He is also highly active in marine technology entrepreneurship, mentoring startups, and founding community building events such as the Marine Robotics Entrepreneurs Forum. As a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Jim has received numerous awards for his contributions, including the Lockheed Martin Award and the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award. He earned his S.B. and Ph.D. in physics from MIT.

Sessions With James Bellingham

Wednesday, 8 March

Thursday, 9 March

Friday, 10 March

  • 08:50am - 09:35am (CST) / 10/mar/2023 02:50 pm - 10/mar/2023 03:35 pm

    How Fast Can Innovation Scale?

    Innovation & Technology
    Last year taught us that our global energy system still does not have the resilience to sustain a sudden and forced transition to a net-zero world. The International Energy Agency estimates that about half of the technologies needed to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050 are not currently commercially competitive. What is needed to accelerate the journey from laboratories to commercial application to financing to deployment? Should multiple tracks—such as hydrogen; carbon capture, utilization and storage; and fusion—move forward in parallel to mitigate risk? What new vulnerabilities will come with innovation, from supply chain to cyber risks? How can innovation create an agenda for resilience?