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Technical Research Areas

Autonomous Systems and Robotics
Overview The Exploration Vision calls for closer cooperation between humans and robots than ever before. Creating robust robotic assistants, as well as making key spacecraft systems self sufficient, requires building ...
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Collaborative & Assistant Systems
Overview As NASA missions become longer and more scientifically complex, so will the ongoing participation of and cooperation between individuals in many different locations. At the same time, human/machine interactions ...
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Discovery and Systems Health
Overview The Discovery and Systems Health (DaSH) technical area focuses on challenges in understanding engineering and science data. The engineering data understanding work is centered around the emerging systems engineering ...
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Robust Software Engineering
Overview We are the Robust Software Engineering technical area, based in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California. Our goal is to dramatically increase ...
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Highlights

Dr. Kristin Y Rozier Gives Invited Lectures at the University of Miami
Dr. Kristin Y. Rozier gave two invited lectures for the graduate course on Software Design and Verification at the University of Miami. The course was newly designed this year by ...
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Yildiray Yildiz Gives Talk on Predicting the Evolution of Complex Systems with Human Elements
Yildiray Yildiz gave a talk titled “A Game Theoric Framework for Predicting the Evolution of Complex Systems with Human Elements” at the University of Nevada at Reno on September 20, ...
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Integration of Automated Planning And Scheduling with Integrated Systems Health Management Successfully Demonstrated
The Habitat Automation (HA) team integrated three existing tools that were previously developed in Code TI: The Advanced Caution and Warning System (ACAWS), the Extensible Universal Remote Operations Planning Architecture ...
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Vytas Sunspiral and Adrian Agogino Win Phase II NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Award
Vytas SunSpiral and Adrian Agogino have been awarded funding for a Phase II study for their NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) proposal, “Super Ball Bot - Structures for Planetary Landing ...
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Dr. Kristin Y. Rozier Wins AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Kristin Y. Rozier has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the Intelligent Systems Technical Committee (ISTC) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for “Significant contributions ...
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Nhan Nguyen Elected AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee Chair
Nhan Nguyen has been elected by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Intelligent Systems Technical Committee (ISTC) to be the ISTC Chair at the August meeting in Boston. ...
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Geometry Calculation Tool (WebGeocalc) Released For Alpha Test
The Planetary Data System (PDS) User-Centered Design team recently concluded an Alpha test period of a new tool for calculation of spacecraft, body geometry, and events, currently called WebGeocalc. The ...
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Ames-Industry Team Uses the Rapid ‘Ice’ Method to Assess Synthetic Biology Applications to NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge
Under the leadership of Dr. John Cumbers, Dr. John Chachere, Dr. S. Pete Worden, and Luke Idziak, a team of dozens from the NASA Ames Offices of the Director, Exploration ...
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Autonomous Mission Operations Software Review and Management Demonstration Helps Fine-Tune AMO Software
The Autonomous Mission Operations (AMO) project conducted a series of formal evaluations of a crew autonomy experiment to take place onboard the International Space Station (ISS) next summer (March - ...
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Intelligent Robotics Group Lead Dr. Terry Fong Wins Silver Snoopy Award
Dr. Terry Fong has won a Silver Snoopy award for outstanding and sustained contributions over the last ten years in innovating and pushing the boundaries of how intelligent robotics can ...
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Physics Based Methods Group Successfully Demonstrates Chafing Fault-Detection Technology on C-17 Jet Engine
Electronic chafing fault-detection technology developed by members of the Physics Based Methods Group was successfully demonstrated on a cable connected to the Electronic Engine Controller (EEC) of a live C-17 ...
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Surface Telerobotics Team Successfully Conducts Second K10 Rover Test with the International Space Station
The Intelligent Robotics Group successfully conducted the second “Surface Telerobotics” test session with the International Space Station (ISS) on July 26, 2013. During the test session, Expedition 36 Astronaut Luca ...
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John Kanishege and Shivanjli Sharma Win Air Traffic Management R&D Seminar’s Best Paper
A joint Aerospace High Density Operations Branch (AFH) / Human Systems Integration Division (TH) / Intelligent Systems Division (TI) paper titled “An Investigation of Flight Deck Data Link in the ...
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Ames Surface Telerobotics Team Successfully Conducts First Surface Telerobotics Test With ISS
The Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET) Surface Team successfully conducted the first Surface Telerobotics test session with the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, June 17th, 2013. During the test session, ...
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NASA’s Springer Journal Publishes Ashok Srivistava and Johann Schumann’s Paper on Software Health Management
Ashok Srivastava and Johann Schumann’s “Software Health Management: A Necessity for Safety Critical Systems” was published by NASA’s Springer Journal’s Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering. The paper addresses the ...
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Tactical Flight Management System Experiment on the Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator
The Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) project is evaluating Tactical Flight Management System (T-FMS) technologies, within a simulated Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) environment, on the Advanced Concepts Flight ...
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IRIS Ground Data and Mission Operations Systems Teams Prepare for Launch
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Ground Data Systems (GDS) team successfully verified and validated final release of the IRIS GDS on May 19, in preparation for launch on June ...
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Ames Intelligent Systems Division Renews CMMI Maturity Level 2 Rating
The Intelligent Systems Division successfully completed a SCAMPI A appraisal and renewed its CMMI Maturity Level 2 rating, first achieved in 2010. The appraisal preparation was a collaborative effort involving ...
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Planetary Data System User-Centered Design Team Demonstrates New Data Preparation Tool
The Planetary Data System (PDS) User-Centered Design team recently conducted a very successful demonstration of a new data preparation tool that is being developed for the PDS community. The LACE ...
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Intelligent Systems Division Researchers volunteer at Synopsis Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair
Intelligent Systems Division Researchers volunteered at the Synopsis Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair (SCVSEFA) on March 13, 2013. Anupa Bajwa was a member of the Castro Family Prize ...
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