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Decision Support Systems Overview

The Decision Support Systems (DSS) Group creates systems that assist NASA scientists and engineers to acquire, monitor, visualize, analyze, and model mission-related information essential to making informed decisions. These systems may include components that facilitate communication and collaboration across distributed decision-making teams. DSS works across the autonomy spectrum, building support systems that range from solely advisory to fully autonomous. These systems speed up the decision-making process, giving users more time to act in critical situations, or enabling autonomous systems act as surrogates in remote environments. The group has created systems for autonomous mission operations, autonomous medical operations for exploration, decision support for air traffic management, and mission tools for tactical decision-making and situational awareness for airborne science field campaigns, such as those that monitor hurricanes and other critical weather phenomena.


  • Autonomous Medical Operations for Exploration: A remote crew-decision support tool featuring computer-aided medical image analysis and deep learning

  • Autonomous Systems and Operations (ASO): Develops crew-support and vehicle systems autonomy technologies and techniques for long-range spaceflight missions

  • Decision Support for Air Traffic Management: Developing data mining and fast simulation tools to support decision-making in Air Traffic Control

  • Mission Tools Suite (MTS): Decision support and situational awareness system for suborbital mission monitoring and execution [+ More]


Group Lead
David Thompson

Group Members
Gordon Aaseng
Aaron Duley
Hassan Eslami
Jeremy Frank
Michael Iatauro
Sandra Johan
Chris Knight
Deepak Kulkarni
Rich Levison
Andrew Lindsay
Tony Lindsey
Masoud Mansouri-Samani
John Ossenfort
Pegah Sarram
Mike Scott
Keith Swanson
Adam Sweet
Eugene Turkov
Yao Wang
Mei Wei
Shawn Wolfe
Jane Yuan

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