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Khalil Michael Dalal is a member of the Planning and Scheduling group within Autonomous Systems and Robotics. His principal work is applied research and software development of autonomy for crewed and robotic space exploration and aviation. He currently leads the Ocean Worlds Autonomy Testbed for Exploration Research and Simulation (OceanWATERS). He has worked on the Autonomy Operating System (AI-based UAS architecture), CHAP-E (onboard decision support for pilots), the Resource Prospector lunar rover (now VIPER), EDSN and Nodes nanosatellite missions, the Apex intelligent agent system, the MIDAS human/machine simulation environment, and the development of PLEXIL, an open-source plan execution language and executive. Prior to NASA, Mike held software engineering positions at Reasoning Systems and Xerox. He has a BS in Computer Science from Syracuse University.


Lowry, M., Pressburger, T., Dahl, D.A. and Dalal, M., 2019. Towards Autonomous Piloting: Communicating with Air Traffic Control. In AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum (p. 2207).

Lowry, M., Bajwa, A.R., Pressburger, T., Sweet, A., Dalal, M., Fry, C., Schumann, J., Dahl, D., Karsa, G. and Mahadevan, N., 2018. Design Considerations for a Variable Autonomy Exeuctive for UAS in the NAS. In 2018 AIAA Information Systems-AIAA Infotech@ Aerospace (p. 1633).

Morris, P., Schwabacher, M., Dalal, M. and Fry, C., 2013. Embedding temporal constraints for coordinated execution in habitat automation.

Frank, J., Aaseng, G., Dalal, K. M., Fry, C., Lee, C., McCann, R., ... & Garner, L. (2013). Integrating Planning, Execution and Diagnosis to Enable Autonomous Mission Operations. SPARK 2013, 545, 181-6.

Wang, L., Molin, A., Dalal, M., Garner, L., Fry, C., Russell, C., & Frank, J. (2011). Electronic Procedure Systems for Remote Space Operations. In Infotech@ Aerospace 2011 (p. 1652).

K. M. Dalal, J. Frank, "Bridging the Gap between Human and Automated Procedure Execution," presented at IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2010.

D. Kortenkamp, K. M. Dalal, R. P. Bonasso, D. Schreckenghost, V. Verma, L. Wang, "A Procedure Representation Language for Human Spaceflight Operations," presented at iSAIRAS, 2008.

V. Baskaran, M. Dalal, T. Estlin, C. Fry, M. Iatauro, R. Harris, A. Jonsson, C. Pasareanu, R. Simmons, V. Verma, “Plan Execution Interchance Language (PLEXIL) Version 1.0”, NASA Technical Memorandum, Nov 2007.

M. Freed, P. Bonasso, K. M. Dalal, W. Fitzgerald, and R. Harris, "An Architecture for Intelligent Management of Aerial Observation Missions," presented at Proceedings of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Arlington, Virginia, 2005.

J. D. Smith, B. F. Gore, K. M. Dalal, R. Boyle, "Optimizing Biology Research Tasks in Space using Human Performance Modeling and Virtual Reality Simulation Systems here on Earth," in 32nd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), 2002.

S. G. Hart, D. Dahn, A. Atencio, K. M. Dalal, "Evaluation and Application of MIDAS v2.0," Proceedings of the 2001 Aerospace Congress, SAE International, 2001.


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