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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

Rodney Martin Wins 2015 NASA T&I Data Challenge Award for Smart Building Software Infrastructure Development
A proof-of-concept project titled “IT Solution Deployment and Testing for Next Generation Zero-Net-Energy Intelligent Buildings” was one of 10 projects that won the 2015 NASA Technology & Innovation (T&I) Labs ...
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Ames Prognostic Hardware to be Included in the Third Phase of Armstrong’s Vehicle Integrated Propulsion Research Project
George Gorospe (Code TI, SGT Inc.) will travel to Armstrong Flight Research Center to operate Ames-developed prognostic hardware during the third phase of the Vehicle Integrated Propulsion Research (VIPR) project. ...
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“Enabling Future Autonomy” Workshop to be Held at Ames on August 5-7, 2015
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Intelligent Systems Technical Committee (ISTC) is sponsoring the second AIAA Intelligent Systems Workshop to be held at NASA Ames on August 5-7, ...
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New Software Verification Package Developed for ACAS X
Robust Software Engineering researcher Ritchie Lee and collaborator Dr. Mykel Kochenderfer (Stanford University) developed a new software package to help in the verification of the next-generation Aircraft Collision Avoidance System ...
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Numerical Aerodynamic Simulation Parallel Benchmarks Wins Supercomputing’s 2015 Test of Time Award
The Numerical Aerodynamic Simulation (NAS) Parallel Benchmarks, developed in the early 1990’s by the NAS Program (now NASA Advanced Supercomputing, Code TN), has won the Supercomputing 2015 (SC15) Test of ...
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Susan Frost Wins USGS Director’s Innovation Award for Sensor Development
Susan Frost has won a United States Geological Survey (USGS) Director’s Innovation Award to develop a bio-inspired optical sensor for earthquake fault monitoring and will serve as a Co-I on ...
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Autonomous Missions Software Experiment Successfully Completed
The Autonomous Mission Operations (AMO) project completed an extensive human spaceflight autonomy test onboard the International Space Station (ISS). From late August of 2014 until May 12 of 2015, the ...
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International Space Orchestra Record Currently Aboard ISS
The International Space Orchestra’s first record, Ground Control: An Opera in Space, is currently orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. ...
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Media Spotlight On NASA International Students
NASA International Internship (NASA I2) students Jason Renwick and Stefan Hosein, fall 2014 interns in Discovery and Systems Health (DaSH), were featured on Trinidad and Tobago’s TV6 Morning Edition, where ...
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Air Force Research Lab Funds Airfield Terminal Autonomous Control Architecture
The Intelligent Systems Division has received funding from the Air Force Research Lab to develop a control architecture that allows for autonomous taxiing of commercial aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ...
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Wireless Sensor Network Hardware Passes Soarex-8 Flight Qualification Thermal Vacuum Test
The Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) hardware passed its first flight qualification test during Thermal VACuum (TVAC) testing in the Electronics Evaluation Lab at Ames Research Center. The WSN will be ...
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Diagnostics And Prognostics Group Members Open Source X-Plane Communications Toolbox
Research software titled, “X-Plane Communications Toolbox (XPC),” by Chris Teubert and Brian Bole, has been released under an Open Source agreement. The X-Plane Communications Toolbox (XPC) is a research tool ...
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Revamping NASA’s Technology Transfer Web Portal
In an effort to bring NASA technologies from “lab to market,” and to support the President's mandate that all federal agencies commercialize technologies and add more transparency to the general ...
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Tensegrity Robot Project Covered in Popular Science and by Discovery Channel Canada
Popular Science released an article on the Intelligent Systems Division’s NASA Innovative Advanced Technology (NIAC) tensegrity robot project named “Super Ball Bot,” which is being developed in collaboration between the ...
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Dr. Rozier Gives Workshops on Mathematical Logic for “Wow! That’s Engineering”Dr. Kristin Y. Rozier was invited to give two work
Dr. Kristin Y. Rozier was invited to give two workshops on mathematical logic and knowledge reasoning by the Society of Women Engineers as part of their program for high school ...
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Robust Software Engineering Members Organize International Spin Symposium on Model-Checking SoftwareRobust Software Engineering
Robust Software Engineering members Neha Rungta and Oksana Tkachuk organized the 21st International SPIN Symposium on Model Checking of Software, held in San Jose on July 21-23, 2014. SPIN is ...
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Smart SPHERES Satellites Employ Smartphone Software for Navigation Demonstration
On Thursday, January 8, 2015, International Space Station (ISS) crew successfully conducted the Human Exploration Telerobotics (HET) Smart Synchronize Position, Hold, Engage, and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) free-flying navigation demonstration. ...
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Human Exploration Telerobotics Smart SPHERES Face Tracking on the International Space Station
Mike Hopkins tested face detection and tracking code with the Smart Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage, and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) on the International Space Station (ISS). An Android smartphone was ...
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Jay Trimble Receives AIAA Spaceops 2014 Best Paper Award
Jay Trimble presented three papers, one winning a Best Paper Award, at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SpaceOps 2014. The first paper, “Reconfigurable Software for Mission Operations,” ...
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Human Exploration Telerobotics Project Conducts Smart SPHERES Zero-G Testing on a Parabolic Flight
The Smart Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage, and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) team conducted zero-g testing of a new Android smartphone connected to SPHERES on a parabolic flight out of Ellington ...
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