The Growing Role for Artificial intelligence for Space Exploration and the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Friday, April 5, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDTiCal
1016 (10th floor class room on eastside)
This event is open to the public.
AI Seminar
Steve Chien, JPL
Video Recording:
Artificial Intelligence is playing an increasing role in our everyday lives and the business marketplace. This trend extends to the space sector, where AI has already shown considerable success and has the potential to revolutionize almost every aspect of space exploration. I first highlight a number of success stories of the tremendous impact of Artificial Intelligence in Space: over a dozen years of operations of the Autonomous Sciencecraft on EO-1, the Earth Observing Sensorweb tracking volcanoes, flooding, and wildfires and automated targeting onboard the MSL Curiosity rover. Next, I describe several search and optimization formulations of space planning and scheduling problems: data management for spacecraft, coverage scheduling for a non-agile instrument, and mapping for agile instruments. Finally, I discuss why AI is critical to search for life beyond Earth, highlighting the role of AI in Europa Submersible and Interstellar mission concepts.
Dr. Steve Chien is a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology where he leads efforts in autonomous systems for space exploration. Dr. Chien has received numerous awards for his research in space autonomous systems including NASA Medals in 1997, 2000, 2007, and 2015; he is a four-time honoree in the NASA Software of the Year competition (1999, 1999, 2005, 2011); and in 2011 he was awarded the inaugural AIAA Intelligent Systems Award. He has led the deployment of ground and flight autonomy software to numerous missions including the Autonomous Sciencecraft/Earth Observing One, WATCH/Mars Exploration Rovers, Earth Observing Sensorwebs, IPEX, and ESA’s Rosetta. Currently, he is leading AI scheduling for the ECOSTRESS and OCO-3 missions and is contributing to onboard and ground scheduling for the M2020 rover mission.
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