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Nikunj Oza and Jeremy Yagle Present 'Spotlight' on NASA's AI R&D at Interagency Meeting
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Nikunj Oza and Jeremy Yagle Present 'Spotlight' on NASA's AI R&D at Interagency Meeting

Nikunj Oza, Ph.D. (Data Sciences Group Lead), and Jeremy Yagle (Assistant Head, Information Management Branch, NASA Langley Research Center - LaRC, Office of the Chief Information Officer - OCIO) presented an overview of machine learning Research and Development (R&D) performed at ARC and LaRC at an Artificial Intelligence Interagency Working Group (AI IWG) meeting of the Networking and Information Technology Research Directorate (NITRD). Ames projects presented in this forum included the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s (ARMD) System-Wide Safety (SWS) research on anomaly detection and precursor identification using commercial flight-recorded and radar-tracked data. Additionally, Ames Research Innovation Award- (ARIA) funded work on machine learning to generate virtual ground sensor pollution data in developing cities that lack physical sensors was presented. Another Ames-led project presented was funded by the Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) program and focused on the use of symbolic regression and genetic algorithms to learn relationships between vegetation and climate variables.

From LaRC, brief overviews of various projects in data visualization and machine learning were presented. One such project included an evaluation of platforms such as Watson Explorer for text analytics, with another project spotlighting algorithmic work on neural network representations of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) operations that can be compared to Central Processing Units (CPUs) using a prescribed set of benchmarks.

BACKGROUND: NITRD is an interagency group that facilitates the technical interchange of information technology work among U.S. government agencies. One of its working groups is focused on AI. This working group allows each member agency to present a ‘spotlight’ describing work that it is engaged in that involves one or more areas of AI. Nikunj Oza and Rupak Biswas are the two NASA representatives within this working group.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: System-Wide Safety (SWS) project, Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP), and the Transformational Tools and Technologies (TTT) program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate; Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) program, Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO); ARC and LaRC Center Innovation Funds (CIFs); the Ames Research Innovation Award (ARIA); and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC).

POINT OF CONTACT: Nikunj Oza, nikunj.c.oza@nasa.gov

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