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Research Groups

Advanced Control and Evolvable Systems
The main focus of the Advanced Control and Evolvable Systems (ACES) Group is to research, develop, implement, test, and deliver next-generation control architectures and avionics hardware. The core competency within the group spans across various intelligent Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) technologies as well as avionics hardware and software system disciplines. ACES conducts foundational and applied research in adaptive, robust, and optimal control, trajectory guidance and planning, avionics architectures and processes, and evolvable systems towards automated design.
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Deployable Autonomy Technologies
The Deployable Automation Technologies (DAT) Group conducts applied research and development in automated planetary and small-body sample acquisition and handling systems, instrument automation, and health monitoring. Light speed communication delays require that space sample acquisition systems, such as drills, be autonomous and able to self-recover from faults. The focus of the group is in instrument and sampling automation technologies for realizing this need.
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Intelligent Robotics
The Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) is dedicated to exploring extreme environments, remote locations, and uncharted worlds. IRG conducts applied research in a wide range of areas, including computer vision, geospatial data, human-robot interaction, interactive 3D visualization, and robot software architecture.
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Planning and Scheduling
The Planning and Scheduling Group (PSG) builds automated planning and scheduling systems for NASA missions. These planning and scheduling systems are essential components of autonomous spacecraft, deep space probes, planetary rovers, and autonomous vehicles.
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