Charles Elachi Award for Oustanding Early Career AchievementMichael A. Trowbridge For exceptional technical accomplishments in developing automatic methods for accurately assessing observation capabilities to achieve areal coverage.
Explorer Award for Stategic LeadershipRussell L. Knight For exceptional leadership in the development of mission analysis capabilities for accurate assessment of observational capabilities of missions.
USV Swarm II Team Bonus AwardDavid Brown, Steve Schaffer, and the SwarmII Team For designing, developing, and demonstrating state-of-the-art multi-agent autonomy for ONR's "Swarm" maritime robotics program. Achieved on the 2nd of October, 2016.
Exceptional Public Service MedalDaniel Tran For exceptional service in technology development and deployment, advancing NASA's autonomy capabilities for space missions and the Deep Space Network.
JPL Explorer AwardDaniel Tran For development and infusion of autonomy technology for Rosetta Orbiter science planning and Deep Space Network requirements-based scheduling.
ESTD Team Bonus AwardDan Gaines, Gregg Rabideau, Steve Schaffer, and the SRR Team For outstanding contributions to the Mars Science Laboratory case study resulting in an increased understanding of productivity challenges and opportunities.
IND Team AwardDaniel Tran, Martina Troesch, and the SSS Team The team successfully completed the development and deployment of the next generation DSN realtime scheduling system.
ESTD Team Bonus AwardSteve Schaffer and the DARPA ACTUV Autonomy Team In recognition of your outstanding team accomplishments in supporting the highly successful FY 14-15 efforts to innovate, substanially improve, integrate and deliver a state-of-the-art motion planner to ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) DARPA supplier for integration into Sea Hunter, DARPA's new unmanned surface vehicle for the ACTUV program. JPL's motion planner for the first time ever provided for the ACTUV program both a novel deliberative planner for high-level navigation and also "rules of the road" behavior for open ocean interactions with other surface traffic as a Navy Force-Multiplier.
NASA Group Achievement AwardSteve Chien, Gregg Rabideau, Daniel Tran, Martina Troesch, Joshua Doubleday, and the rest of the US-Rosetta Team For support to Rosetta mission in environment characterization, science planning, and navigation leading to successful landing of Philae on the coment.
Magellan Award for Outstanding Senior JPL ManagementSteve A. Chien For outstanding leadership in the application of automated science planning technologies in partnership with ESA for the Rosetta Mission
NASA Exceptional Achievement MedalSteve A. Chien For exceptional achievement in developing science-scheduling automation enabling Rosetta science operations to adapt quickly to changing comet and mission.
NASA Exceptional Service MedalGregg R. Rabideau For outstanding and sustained contributions in technology development and deployment, advancing NASA's capabilities in ground-based and onboard spacecraft autonomy.
ESTD Team Bonus AwardSteve Schaffer and the Navy USV SWARM Demo Team In recognition of your outstanding team accomplishment in supporting the highly successful, first-time-ever, demonstrated JPL CARACaS Intelligent Autonomous Mission-level Control & Hazard Avoidance / Situational Awareness Architecture for the coordination of 5-8 Unpiloted Sea Surface Vehicles to prove out SWARM Technology as a Naval Force Multiplier for cost- and warfighter- effective ship defense for the US Navy in the high-profile ONR/OSD exercise August 2014 on the James River, VA.
Exceptional Technology Achievement MedalRussell Knight For revolutionary development of geometry-aware and coverage observation planning techniques, impacting numerous NASA missions.
NASA Group Achievment AwardJoshua Doubleday, Steve Chien, and the IPEX Team For outstanding performance in the development and operation of the IPEX/CP-8 Cubesat advancing new technologies for future autonomous science observations systems.
Exceptional Technology Achievement MedalTara Estlin For exceptional technological achievement in onboard rover autonomy leading to operational deployment on the Mars Exploration Rovers and further missions.
Exceptional Achievement MedalDaniel Gaines For outstanding contributions to the Mars Science Laboratory flight software, including key insights contributing to the resolution of the Rad750 reset anomaly.
NASA Group Achievement AwardMark Johnston, Daniel Tran, and the SSS development team For outstanding innovation in the development of new DSN scheduling software for web-based collaborative schedule creation and negotiation.
NASA Software of the Year Award (Winner)Tara Estlin, Robert C. Anderson, Benjamin Bornstein, Michael Burl, Rebecca Castano, Charles de Granville, Daniel Ganes, Michele Judd, David Thompson For the Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) technology and its implementation abord the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity.
NASA Software of the Year Award (Honorable Mention)Troy Ames, Matthew Handy, Vuong Ly, Daniel Mandl, Frederick Policelli, Donald V. Sullivan, Patrice Cappelaere, Steve Chien, Ashley G. Davies, Joshua Doubleday, Mark Johnston, David McLaren, Gregg Rabideau, Steven Schaffer, Daniel Tran, Linda Derezinski, Stuart Frye, Robert Sohlberg For the Sensorweb Toolbox and it's application to a wide range of Earth Science and disaster monitoring including volcanism, flooding, and wildfires.
AIAA Intelligent Systems AwardSteve Chien To recognize important fundamental contributions to intelligent systems technologies and applications that advance the capabilities of aerospace systems, presented to Steve Chien for pioneering achievement in deploying AI-based planners on spacecraft to enable event detection and response and sensorweb capabilities for earth-observing and planetary missions.
NASA Group Achievment AwardTara Estlin, Robert C. Anderson, Ben Bornstein, Michael Burl, Rebecca Castano, Charles de Granville, Daniel Gaines, David R. Thompson For the development of the Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) technology and its implementation on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity.
NASA Group Achievment AwardDaniel Tran, Gregg Rabideau, Steve Chien, Steve Schaffer, Daniel Mandl, Russell DeHart For outstanding technical achievement in developing automated mission planning techniques to substantially increase observation scene count capabilities of the EO-1 mission.
NASA Group Achievment AwardTerrance Huntsberger, Hrand Aghazarian, Christopher Assad, Harry Balian, Charles Bergh, Lorena Carrillo, Robert Chan, Tien-Hsin Chao, Tara Estlin, Carol Fisher, Daniel Gaines, Michael Garrett, Andrew Howard, Eric Kulczycki, Yoshiaki Kuwata, Thomas Lu, Lee Magnone, Curtis Padgett, Brandon Reese, Steve Schaffer, Robert Steele, Anna Stern, Robert Stirbl, Helen Tanabe, Julie Townsend, Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, David Trotz, Gabriel Udomkesmalee, Richard Volpe, Michael Wolff, Gail Woodward, David Zhu For exemplary performance in development and transition of first-of-its-kind intelligent autonomy technology derived from NASA flight missions to the US Navy maritime domain.
Best Applied Research PaperS. Chien, D. Tran, G. Rabideau, S. Schaffer, D. Mandl, S. Frye For paper entitled "Timeline-based Space Operations Scheduling with External Constraints" presented at May 2010 International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, Toronto, Canada.
NASA Honor AwardA. Castano, A. Fukunaga, J. Biesieadecki, L. Neakrase, P. Whelley, R. Greeley, M. Lemmon, R. Castano, B. Bornstein, S. Chien To the MER Onboard Dust Devil Cloud Detection Team for design implementation and deployment of algorithms for automated detection of dust devils and clouds onboard the Mars Exploration Rovers.
NASA Group Achievement AwardGregg Rabideau, Daniel Tran, Steve Chien To the Earth Observing One Sensorweb Team for outstanding achievement in the development of an operational 24/7 autonomous Earth Observing sensorweb integrating multiple space and ground sensors.
NASA Exceptional Achievement MedalSteve Chien In recognition of outstanding leadership of the Autonomous Sciencecraft and Sensorweb efforts on Earth Observing One.
Level A Bonus AwardSteve Chien In recognition of outstanding leadership of the Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment, enabling flight validation of autonomy software to enable increased science return and reduced operations costs.
Steve Chien, Daniel Tran, Ben Cichy, Gregg Rabideau The Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment software is a co-winner of the 2005 NASA Software of the Year Award, for its ability to monitor and respond to scientific events without ground intervention and the entailed increase in science return and reduction in operations costs. ASE is no longer an experiment: it is the primary mission operations software for EO1.