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Kai Goebel was the area lead of the Discovery and Systems Health Technology Area at NASA Ames Research Center through 2019. He also coordinated the Prognostics Center of Excellence and was a Technical Lead in the System-Wide Safety Project. He was Technical Lead for Prognostics and Decision Making in NASAs SMART-NAS project, System-wide Safety and Assurance Technologies project, and Associate Principle Investigator for the IVHM project. He is member of the Autonomy Capability Leadership Team; technical monitor of the ULI project on "Information fusion for real-time national air transportation system prognostics under uncertainty". Prior to joining NASA in 2006, he was a senior research scientist at General Electric Corporate Research and Development center since 1997. Dr. Goebel received his Ph.D at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. He has carried out applied research in the areas of real time monitoring, diagnostics, and prognostics and he has fielded numerous applications for aircraft engines, transportation systems, medical systems, and manufacturing systems. He holds 18 patents and has co-authored more than 300 technical papers in the field of IVHM. Dr. Goebel was an adjunct professor of the CS Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY, between 1998 and 2005 where he taught classes in Soft Computing and Applied Intelligent Reasoning Systems. He was a visiting professor at University of Cincinnati (2015-2017) and is an adjunct professor at Lulea Technical University. He has been the co-advisor of 8 Ph.D. students. Dr. Goebel is a member of several professional societies, including ASME, AAAI, AIAA, IEEE, VDI, SAE, and PHM. He was the General Chair of the Annual Conference of the PHM Society, 2009, has given numerous invited and keynote talks and held many chair positions at the PHM conference and the AAAI Annual meetings series. He is currently member of the board of directors of the PHM Society and associate editor of the International Journal of PHM.

Academic Background

  • Diplom-Ingenieur in ME , Technische Universität München, 1990
  • M.S. in ME, University of California at Berkeley, 1993
  • Ph.D. in ME, University of California at Berkeley, 1996


  • Capability Leadership Team Member for Autonomy, 2018 - present
  • Technical Monitor, University-Led Initiative "Information fusion for real-time national air transportation system prognostics under uncertainty", 2017-present
  • Roadmapping Member, Aeronautics Thrust 5 (Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance, 2016-2017
  • Technical Lead - In-Time Safety Nets for Emerging Operations, System-Wide Safety Project, AOSP Program, 2017-present
  • Sub-Project Manager - Real-Time Safety Modeling, SMART NAS Project, AOSP Program ARMD, NASA, 2015 - 2017
  • Technical Lead - Prognostics and Decision Making, SSAT Project, AvSP Program ARMD, NASA, 2010 - 2015
  • Associate Principal Investigator - Prognostics, IVHM Project, AvSP Program, ARMD, NASA, 2008 - 2011
  • SBIR Subtopic Manager for various ISHM related topics, 2007 - present
  • Senior Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center, Group Lead, Diagnostics & Prognostics Group, 2007 - present
  • Senior Scientist, RIACS, NASA Ames Research Center, Prognostics Center of Excellence, 2006 - 2007
  • Senior Research Scientist, GE Global Research – Niskayuna, NY, Project Management and Algorithm development. Focus on AI for Monitoring, Diagnostics & Prognostics. 1997-2006

Professional Memberships

  • SAE International, since 2011
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO), since 2008
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), since 2008
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), since 2007
  • International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) since 2002
  • International Society for Information Fusion (ISIF) since 1999
  • American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) since 1994
  • Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC) since 1994
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 1991
  • Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) since 1989

Adjunct Professorship

  • Lulea Technical University, Maintenance and Operations Department, Adjunct Professor
  • University of Cincinnati, Visiting Professor, 2015-2017
  • Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Computer Science Department, since Fall 1998. Instructor for class “Soft Computing” and “Automated Intelligent Reasoning Systems”
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, instructor, short course on Fault Diagnostics/Prognostics for Machine Health Maintenance, since 2001
  • Ph.D. thesis committee member for Weizhong Yan (RPI, 2003), Wenhui Liao (RPI, 2006), Kalyan Veeramachaneni (Syracuse, 2009), Tianyi Wang (U Cincinnati, 2010), Chetan Kulkarni (Vanderbilt, 2012), Brian Bole (Georgia Tech, 2013), Surajit Roy (Stanford, 2013), Victor Castano (London Metropolitan University, 2014), Gina Sierra (University of Chile, 2018), Madhav Mishra (Lulea Technical University, 2018)

Professional Committee Work


Principal Scientist
Palo Alto Research Center

Tech Area Lead
Discovery and Systems Health
Intelligent Systems Division
Prognostics Center of Excellence

Ames Research Center
Mail Stop MS 269-1
Moffett Field, CA 94035

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