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Jeremy Frank to Give an Arizona State School of Earth & Space Exploration Talk on AI: Powering Exploration of the Moon & Mars
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Jeremy Frank to Give an Arizona State School of Earth & Space Exploration Talk on AI: Powering Exploration of the Moon & Mars

Planning & Scheduling group Lead Jeremy Frank will speak to the Arizona State School of Earth and Space Exploration; the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering; and School of Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy on February 18th. The talk is enitled, “Artificial Intelligence: Powering Exploration of the Moon and Mars”. The talk will cover human spaceflight mission operations capabilities and the NASA Autonomous Systems and Operations (ASO) project, including the demonstrations performed by ASO since 2011. The talk describes the AI techniques behind each of these demonstrations, which includes a variety of symbolic automated-reasoning and machine-learning-based approaches, and presents an assessment of future development needs for AI to enable future NASA Exploration missions.

BACKGROUND: Over the past decade ASO has developed and demonstrated numerous autonomy-enabling technologies employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. This work has employed AI in three distinct ways to enable autonomous mission operations capabilities: Crew Autonomy gives astronauts tools to assist in the performance of mission operations functions; Vehicle System Management uses AI techniques to turn the astronaut's spacecraft into a robot, allowing it to operate when astronauts are not present, and to reduce astronaut workload; and Autonomous Robots enable stand-ins to perform as proxies for crew when crew are not present, and as crew assistants.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

POINT OF CONTACT: Jeremy Frank, jeremy.d.frank@nasa.gov

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