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Current Projects

Planning Technology



Automated Scheduling and Planning ENvironment is a software framework which provides a reusable, reconfigurable library of components for typical P/S applications. + Read More


Continuous Activity Scheduling Planning Execution and Replanning uses iterative repair to support continuous modification and updating of a current working plan in light of changing operating context. + Read More
Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye uses new planning and scheduling techniques to generate a schedule of satellite instrument slews and pointings to fulfill user provided Earth Observation requests. + Read More


The Compressed Large-scale Activity Scheduling and Planning (CLASP) project generates optimized observation coverage plans for push-broom instruments. + Read More


MEXEC is lightweight, multi-mission flight software for activity scheduling and execution developed to increase the autonomy and efficiency of a robotic explorer. + Read More

Spacecraft Autonomy



The Intelligent Payload Module (IPM) concept for the Hyperspectral Infra-red Imager (HyspIRI) focus on moving the functions of event detection and product generation onboard spacecrafts. + Read More
Agile Science

Agile Science

Agile Science Flight Software uses new techniques for onboard target detection, geometric reasoning and planning to autonomously generate contingency plans that adapt to the intrinsic uncertainty in primitive bodies and deep space exploration. + Read More

Volcano Sensorweb

Volcano Sensorweb uses a network of sensors linked by software and the internet to an autonomous satellite observation response capability. + Read More
Distributed Spacecraft

Distributed Spacecraft

uses new technologies to control constellations of spacecraft with collective mission goals instead of command sequences for each individual spacecraft.

Rover Autonomy

Cave Rovers

Mars/Moon Cave Rovers

The project aims to develop technologies for multi-rover coordination and simulation for Mars and Moon Cave exploration. + Read More

Aerial and Marine Autonomy



Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperature Radar(UAVSAR) desmonstrates onboard processing and interpretation of radar data and autonomous response to retask vehicle and instrument based upon interpretation of this data + Read More


Surface Water and Ocean Topography(SWOT) will conduct a global survey of Earth's surface water with unprecedented resolution, allowing scientists to better understand subjects from water supply to oceanic circulation to climate change. + Read More
Oases for Life Beneath Ice-covered Oceans

Oases for Life Beneath Ice-covered Oceans

The project aims to develop techniques for the localization of hydrothermal venting sources for future exploration and the search for life on Ocean Worlds. + Read More
Keck Marine Autonomy

Science-driven Autonomous and Heterogeneous Robotic Networks

The project aims to develop a framework and develops the algorithms required for a fleet of heterogeneous ocean robots to autonomously and efficiently sample oceanographic phenomena. + Read More

Deep Space Network Operations



SSS focus on developing and deploying automated scheduling techniques for the Deep Space Netowrk (DSN) services and operations. + Read More

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Technical Questions

Steve Chien
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4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099
steve.chien at
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