Mudd Talks: “Artificial Intelligence: Powering Human Exploration of the Moon and Mars,” Jeremy Frank

February 24, 2022 Add to Calendar

5–6 p.m.



NASA’s Autonomous Systems and Operations (ASO) project develops and demonstrates numerous autonomy enabling technologies employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. This work has employed AI in three distinct ways to enable autonomous mission operations capabilities. Crew autonomy gives astronauts tools to operate space vehicles or systems without assistance from Mission Control. Vehicle system management uses AI techniques to turn the astronaut's spacecraft into a robot, allowing it to operate when astronauts are not present, or to reduce astronaut workload. AI technology also enables autonomous robots to act as crew assistants or proxies when the crew are not present. NASA computer scientist Jeremy Frank POM ’90 will discuss human spaceflight mission operations functions and classify these functions as monitoring, planning, plan execution and fault management. He will describe the AI techniques behind each of these demonstrations, which include a variety of symbolic automated reasoning and machine learning based approaches. He will conclude with a description of several demonstrations of these capabilities motivating future development needs for AI to enable NASA's future exploration missions.

This event is open to everyone. Students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni are welcome to join.

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Jeremy Frank POM ’90 (mathematics) is the group lead of planning and scheduling group, in the Intelligent Systems Division, at NASA Ames Research Center. He received his PhD from the Department of Computer Science, at the University of California, Davis, in June 1997. Frank’s work involves the development of automated planning and scheduling systems for use in space mission operations, the integration of technologies for planning, plan execution, and fault detection for space applications and the development of technology to enable astronauts to autonomously operate spacecraft. He has published over 40 conference papers, six journal papers and two book chapters, and received more than 30 NASA awards, including the Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Silver Snoopy, and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center Award.