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COMPLETED RESEARCH TASKS
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Research efforts at JPL are called tasks, and fall into four broad categories by sponsor: NASA science, NASA exploration, JPL internal, and non-NASA (typically DoD). Below is a list of completed efforts with completion dates, linked to short descriptions of the work content and the name of the lead researcher.

NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) funded:
  1. 08/20/2020 - Multimodal Locomotion Enabling Ocean Worlds Science Operations
  2. 03/31/2020 - Ocean Worlds Lander Autonomy Testbed (OWLAT)
  3. 09/30/2018 - BiBlade Sampler for Small Body Sample Return
  4. 09/30/2018 - FreeClimber
  5. 09/30/2018 - Advanced Development Team Extraction, Insertion, and Manipulation Testing
  6. 09/30/2018 - Research Rover Test Bed
  7. 09/30/2016 - PIXL Optical Fiducial System
  8. 09/25/2016 - VolcanoBots
  9. 09/28/2014 - Mars Rover Fast Traverse
  10. 09/28/2014 - Mars Sample Tube Sealing
  11. 09/28/2014 - Structured Light Imaging Module for Rover Navigation
  12. 09/29/2013 - Sample Acquisition and Caching for a Potential Mars Caching Mission
  13. 09/30/2012 - Combined EDL-Mobility Analysis Trade Study Tool (CEMAT)
  14. 09/29/2012 - MSL Mobility and Manipulation Planning
  15. 08/31/2012 - Multi-mission EDL Reconstruction
  16. 09/30/2010 - Multi-modal Image Registration and Mapping
  17. 09/30/2010 - Tactical Rover-Based Geologic Mapping
  18. 09/30/2009 - Telesupervised Adaptive Ocean Sensor Fleet
  19. 09/30/2008 - ROAMS Interface for Rover Technologies
  20. 09/30/2008 - AMASE: Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition
  21. 09/30/2008 - Reusable Robotic Software - CLARAty
  22. 09/30/2008 - Rock Hazard Detection Analysis
  23. 09/30/2008 - Large-Scale Terrain Support in ROAMS
  24. 09/28/2008 - High-Resolution Terrain Database for DSENDS
  25. 01/31/2008 - SHERPA System
  26. 12/31/2007 - DSENDS for AutoNav IPP
  27. 10/31/2007 - Rover Maintenance and Upgrades
  28. 10/31/2007 - Multi-Sensor Hazard Assessment and Safe Site Selection
  29. 10/31/2007 - Passively Imaged, Multi-Cue HDA for Safe Landing
  30. 10/31/2007 - DSENDS Enhancement
  31. 09/30/2007 - SCAIP: Integrated System for Single Command Approach and Instrument Placement
  32. 09/30/2007 - Mars Superpressure Balloons
  33. 09/30/2007 - Spacecraft Pin-Point Landing
  34. 09/30/2007 - Multi-Sensor Terrain Classification and Terrain-Adaptive Navigation for Rovers in Very Rough Terrain
  35. 09/30/2007 - Very Rough Terrain Nonholonomic Trajectory Generation and Motion Planning for Planetary Rovers
  36. 09/30/2007 - COTS Terminal Descent Sensor Flight Test
  37. 08/31/2007 - Whole Rover-Arm Coordination
  38. 07/31/2007 - Distributed Spectroscopy for Mobile Science Laboratories
  39. 07/30/2007 - Long-range Autonomous Rover Localization
  40. 05/31/2007 - Rock Detection Study for Phoenix
  41. 03/31/2007 - D* Integration into MER
  42. 01/31/2007 - Distributed Motor Controller for Flight
  43. 12/31/2006 - Athena Rover Development
  44. 12/31/2006 - DSENDS Validation
  45. 09/30/2006 - Instrument Placement Algorithm Validation
  46. 09/30/2006 - Aerocapture Systems Definition
  47. 09/30/2006 - Machine Vision Algorithm Toolbox
  48. 09/30/2006 - Moulin Ice Probe Deployment
  49. 09/30/2006 - In Situ Hydrothermal Vent Probing and Sampling Device for Microbial Analysis
  50. 09/30/2006 - Robust Autonomous Instrument Placement for Rovers
  51. 07/31/2006 - Rover-based Manipulation Technology
  52. 06/30/2006 - Rover Technology Integration - CLARAty
  53. 06/30/2006 - Rover Navigation Algorithm Validation
  54. 06/30/2006 - Visual Tracking Integration into MER
  55. 09/30/2005 - ROAMS: Rover Modeling and Simulation
  56. 09/30/2005 - SHPE/Landmark Models
  57. 09/30/2005 - MAESTRO for MSL
  58. 09/01/2005 - FIDO 5 Development
  59. 09/30/2001 - Nano Rover
  60. 09/30/1999 - PDM: Planetary Dexterous Manipulators
  61. 09/30/1998 - Long Range Science Rover

NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD):
  1. 09/30/2017 - A Microspine Gripper for the proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission
  2. 12/31/2016 - Surface Exploration Analysis and Simulation
  3. 12/31/2015 - ATHLETE Low Gravity Testbed
  4. 09/30/2013 - Prototype Grapple Arm for Space Exploration Vehicle

NASA Space Exploration Technology Directorate (STMD):
  1. 09/30/2020 - Autonomous PUFFER
  2. 08/03/2020 - Integrated Communication and Controls for Swarms of Small Satellites
  3. 01/30/2020 - Dasher
  4. 09/30/2019 - Titan Precision Landing
  5. 03/31/2017 - PUFFER Concept Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots
  6. 09/25/2016 - Ocean Worlds Mobility and Sensing Concepts

NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT):
  1. 02/28/2019 - SPARROW: Steam Propelled Autonomous Retrieval Robot for Ocean Worlds
  2. 09/30/2016 - Orbiting Rainbows
  3. 03/31/2015 - Comet Hitchhiker
  4. 06/30/2014 - Transformers for Extreme Environments
  5. 09/23/2012 - Spacecraft/Rover Hybrids for the Exploration of Small Solar System Bodies

NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) funded:
  1. 01/01/2011 - Lunar Surface Operations Simulator (LSOS)
  2. 10/31/2010 - ALHAT: Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology
  3. 09/30/2010 - ATHLETE: Rough and Steep Terrain Lunar Surface Mobility
  4. 09/30/2009 - Rover for Steep Terrain Access
  5. 09/30/2007 - Lunar Wheel
  6. 12/31/2006 - Launchable and Retrievable Tetherbot Exploration System
  7. 09/30/2006 - HABBOT Two Arms Coordination
  8. 09/30/2006 - Humanoid Robot for Intelligent Handling and Assembly Tasks
  9. 04/30/2006 - A Plug-and-play Architecture for Real-time Intelligent Avionics
  10. 03/31/2006 - Telepresense for Remote Supervision of Robots
  11. 11/30/2005 - An Analytical Configuration Model for Modular Cooperative-repair Robot Teams Given Mission Constraints
  12. 11/30/2005 - Autonomous Robotic Manipulator Control
  13. 11/30/2005 - Automated Assembly and Reconfiguration of Future Large-Scale Space Systems
  14. 11/30/2005 - SimScape: Autonomy Infusion Simulation Environment
  15. 11/30/2005 - DARE: Distributed & Re-Taskable Electronics
  16. 11/30/2005 - AWIMR: Autonomous Walking Inspection and Maintenance Robot
  17. 11/30/2005 - Ultralightweight, Inflatable, Thin Film Ballutes for Earth Return from the Moon
  18. 11/30/2005 - JTARS: Joint Technical Architecture for Robotic Systems
  19. 11/30/2005 - In Space Robotic Assembly and Maintenance
  20. 11/30/2005 - SuperBot: Modular, Multifunctional, Reconfigurable Robot
  21. 11/30/2005 - PRoSPECT: Wide Area Prospecting Using Supervised Autonomous Robot
  22. 09/30/2005 - Autonomous Robotic Construction
  23. 09/30/2005 - Spiderbot: Robotic Colonies

NASA Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology (Code R):
  1. 09/30/1997 - RAMS: Robot Assisted Microsurgery
  2. 09/30/1995 - Remote Surface Inspection
  3. 09/30/1995 - Hazbot: Ground Emergency Response Vehicle
  4. 09/30/1993 - STELER: Supervised Telerobotics Laboratory
  5. 09/30/1992 - Shared and Traded Control for Remote Teleoperation
  6. 09/30/1991 - Exoskeleton
  7. 09/30/1989 - Telerobot Testbed

JPL Internal Research Programs funded:
  1. 09/30/2020 - Unified Processing for Robotic Icy Terrain Exploration (UPRITE)
  2. 09/30/2020 - Technologies for International Science Space Station (TISSS)
  3. 09/30/2020 - Mars On-site Shared Analytics, Information & Computing (MOSAIC)
  4. 09/30/2020 - Assessment of Terrain Trafficability Using the Mars 2020 Abrading Bit
  5. 09/30/2020 - An Ultra-Light Weight Perching System for Sloped or Vertical Rough Surfaces on Mars
  6. 09/30/2020 - Machine learning-based Analytics for Autonomous Rover Systems (MAARS)
  7. 07/01/2020 - Autonomous Drone-Based Sampling of Volcanic Gas
  8. 09/30/2019 - Underwater Mobile Manipulation
  9. 09/30/2019 - Recurring Slope Lineae Exploration and Sampling
  10. 09/30/2019 - Autonomous Approach of Small Unknown Bodies
  11. 09/30/2019 - Ice Worm
  12. 09/30/2019 - Swarm Autonomy
  13. 08/30/2019 - Safety-critical Autonomy for Prototype Mars Helicopter and Mars Rover
  14. 06/30/2019 - Enabling Precision Flyby and Close-up imaging with UAVs
  15. 06/30/2019 - Ultra-Low Mass and Power Gas Sensor for Planetary Exploration and Earth Science Monitoring
  16. 10/01/2018 - Cyber Security Visualization
  17. 09/30/2018 - Tactile Wheels
  18. 09/30/2018 - Ranger: Browser-based Visualization System for Engineering and Public Outreach
  19. 08/30/2018 - Autonomous Coordination/Navigation of the Prototype Mars Helicopter and Mars Rover
  20. 05/28/2018 - Risk-Aware Machine Learning for Resilient Space Exploration
  21. 09/30/2017 - Autonomous Small UAVs for In-situ Observation of Ecosystem Properties from Leaf to Canopy
  22. 09/30/2017 - Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies (MOSTT)
  23. 09/30/2017 - Next-Gen Autonav Concept
  24. 09/30/2017 - Adaptive Analysis for Underwater Autonomy
  25. 09/28/2016 - Mars Sample Transfer Testbed (MSTT)
  26. 09/25/2016 - Wearable Interface for Natural Gesture Control and Tele-Operation of Robotic Systems
  27. 09/25/2016 - Gecko Gripper
  28. 09/25/2016 - Browser-based Exoplanet Visualization for Education, Public Outreach and Engineering
  29. 09/25/2016 - Fast Optimal Motion Planning with High Fidelity Dynamics
  30. 10/01/2015 - Cave Robot
  31. 10/01/2015 - Gecko-like Adhesives for Orbital Debris Applications
  32. 09/30/2015 - Adaptive Resolution Stereo-Vision (ARES-V)
  33. 09/29/2015 - Sampling Chain for Primitive Body Surface Sample Return
  34. 09/27/2015 - Planetary Aerial and Surface Access Systems
  35. 09/27/2015 - ISS Remote Inspection System (IRIS)
  36. 09/27/2015 - STABLE
  37. 05/31/2015 - In-Space Telescope Assembly
  38. 09/30/2014 - Rapid Forest Triage by Sub-canopy Micro Air Vehicle
  39. 09/28/2014 - A Minimalistic Robot for In-situ Exploration of Small Bodies
  40. 09/28/2014 - Small Body Surface Sampler and Explorer (SmalBoSSE)
  41. 09/30/2013 - Robotic Reconnaissance Systems – Micro Air Vehicles
  42. 09/30/2013 - Robotic Reconnaissance Systems – Dynamic Micro Ground Vehicle
  43. 09/30/2013 - Axel Rovers for Exploring Extreme Terrains
  44. 09/29/2013 - Robotic Reconnaissance Systems – Aerial Reconnaissance
  45. 09/30/2012 - Mars Ascent Vehicle Front End and Payload
  46. 09/30/2012 - Gripping Foot Mechanisms for Anchoring and Mobility in Microgravity and Extreme Terrain
  47. 09/30/2011 - Power Efficient Fast Traverse for Mars Rovers
  48. 09/30/2010 - Planetary Sample Sealing for Caching
  49. 09/30/2007 - SOOPS: Science Operations on Planetary Surfaces
  50. 09/30/2007 - Rover Testbed for Technology Infusion to JPL
  51. 09/30/2007 - Robotic Arm Design Process
  52. 09/30/2006 - Real-time Landmark Tracking
  53. 09/30/2006 - Tumbleweed Rover Concept for in situ Martian Exploration
  54. 09/30/2006 - Adaptive Human-Machine Interfaces for Collaborative Construction
  55. 09/30/2006 - Biosleeve: Multi-electrode EMG Sleeve Human-Machine Interface
  56. 09/30/2006 - Cluster-Based MSL Simulation Data Manager For Design & Performance Space Exploration
  57. 06/30/2006 - Towards a New Generation of Spacecraft Landing Testbeds: Emulating Spacecraft Landing Dynamics on a Helicopter
  58. 09/30/2005 - Cluster-Based Large Scale Surface Rover Simulations
  59. 09/30/2005 - Distributed Rover Avionics Software
  60. 09/30/2005 - Titan Aerobots
  61. 12/31/2000 - Innovative Mobility Systems: Hopping Robots

Non-NASA funded:
  1. 12/31/2020 - GNEIMO
  2. 12/31/2020 - Algorithm for Advanced CDAS for USV Autonomy
  3. 12/31/2020 - Mechanically Uncoupled Stereo EO (MUSE)
  4. 12/31/2019 - Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)
  5. 12/31/2019 - Next Generation NATO Reference Mobility Model for Intelligent Vehicles
  6. 12/31/2019 - Robotic Inspection of Tanks (RIOT)
  7. 09/30/2019 - Streamlined Quick-Unfolding Investigator Drone (SQUID)
  8. 12/31/2018 - ACTUV Phase II
  9. 12/31/2018 - Wall Climbing Robots
  10. 12/31/2018 - Coordinated Tactical Behaviors
  11. 12/31/2018 - Risk-Aware Human-Cooperative Planning
  12. 12/31/2018 - Intent Recognition for On-Water Dynamic Maritime Domains
  13. 12/31/2018 - Autonomous Perception and Hazard Avoidance for Navy USVs
  14. 11/30/2017 - Project Tango – Visual SLAM Development
  15. 09/30/2017 - Autonomy and Situational Awareness for UMS
  16. 09/30/2017 - Learning Homogeneous Knowledge Representation from Heterogeneous Data for Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning in Autonomy
  17. 05/31/2017 - Autonomy and Situational Awareness for UMS
  18. 05/31/2017 - Autonomy and Perception for Uncrewed Sea Surface Vehicles
  19. 10/01/2016 - Supervised Remote Robot with Guided Autonomy/Teleoperation (Surrogate)
  20. 09/30/2016 - Demonstration Wave Detection, Prediction, and Reaction System (WDPRS)
  21. 09/25/2016 - Active Night-Time Stereo and Localization
  22. 09/25/2016 - Smart Wells
  23. 09/25/2016 - Mobility Testbed for Army Unmanned Ground Vehicles
  24. 09/25/2016 - Risk Reduction for Robotic In Space Telescope Assembly Concept
  25. 06/30/2016 - Detailed ASV/USV Modeling and Simulation System (DAMS)
  26. 03/31/2016 - CODE - Collaborative Ops in Denied Environment
  27. 01/01/2016 - DECODE Autonomy and Simulation
  28. 12/31/2015 - Micro Autonomous Systems Collaborative Technology Alliance (MAST CTA)
  29. 12/31/2015 - Prime Focus Spectrograph Positioner Software
  30. 12/31/2015 - Sensor Fusion for Low-Cost Perception
  31. 12/31/2015 - Sea-Based Automated launch and Recovery System (SALRS)
  32. 09/27/2015 - DRC - DARPA Robotics Challenge, RoboSimian (Track A)
  33. 09/27/2015 - Test and Evaluation of AVM Tools for DARPA FANG Challenge
  34. 09/27/2015 - ACTUV - Autonomy Algorithms for Navigation in High Sea States
  35. 09/27/2015 - ACTUV - Advanced Sensing and Behaviors for Covert Operations
  36. 04/30/2015 - Fixational Automated Target Extraction
  37. 12/31/2014 - USSV - Autonomy for Unmanned Sea Surface Vehicles
  38. 12/31/2014 - Perception For High-Speed Legged Vehicles
  39. 12/31/2014 - USSV - Autonomy For Littoral Combat Ship Missions
  40. 12/31/2014 - Bioelectric Sensor Arrays for Reliable Prosthetic Interface
  41. 12/31/2014 - Angel Fire Phase II
  42. 12/31/2014 - USSV - Operations in Challenging Environments
  43. 09/30/2014 - Phoenix Gecko Gripper
  44. 09/28/2014 - Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Software (ARM-S)
  45. 09/28/2014 - ACTUV - Adversarial Game Theory Enhancements
  46. 06/30/2013 - Autonomous Rotorcraft Operations from Unprepared Sites (Phase II)
  47. 06/30/2013 - DRC - DARPA Robotics Challenge (Track B)
  48. 04/28/2013 - Terrain Ontology and Massively Parallel Granular Media Models for Mobility
  49. 04/08/2013 - Night-Time Perception and Visual Odometry for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles
  50. 02/24/2013 - UUV Dynamic High Level Planner
  51. 01/27/2013 - Real-time High-Fidelity Simulation for Autonomous Ground Vehicles
  52. 12/30/2012 - Autonomy For Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
  53. 09/25/2012 - Aerial Processing
  54. 12/31/2011 - Mobility Mechanics Modeling Toolkit (M3Tk)
  55. 10/02/2011 - Rapid 3D Object Visualization For Mobile Robots
  56. 10/01/2011 - Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST)
  57. 09/25/2011 - Medium Array Camera Calibration
  58. 07/17/2011 - Advanced Behaviors and Sensing for Unmanned Surface Vehicles
  59. 03/01/2011 - Autonomous Stair Climbing for Portable Unmanned Ground Vehicles
  60. 01/02/2011 - Autonomy Integration For The US Navy Griffin Demonstration
  61. 12/26/2010 - High-Resolution, Continuous Field-Of-View (FOV), Non-Rotating Imaging System Advanced Demonstration Model
  62. 10/03/2010 - Perception System Design for FCS ANS
  63. 09/26/2010 - Integrated Mission, Vehicle, and Sensor Control of the iPuma AUV
  64. 06/13/2010 - Visual Navigation of a Small Rotorcraft
  65. 01/31/2010 - Implementation and Automation of Imaging Technologies for Angel Fire
  66. 12/27/2009 - Integrated Mission, Vehicle, and Sensor Control of the I-PUMA AUV
  67. 10/25/2009 - Intelligent Autonomy for Maritime Navigation on Unmanned Surface Vehicles
  68. 09/30/2009 - Water Detection
  69. 09/30/2009 - Human Detection
  70. 09/30/2008 - Learning Perception for Autonomous Navigation
  71. 09/30/2008 - Vision System Development for BigDog
  72. 09/30/2008 - Robotic Perception Technology Transfer
  73. 12/31/2007 - DARPA Urban Challenge
  74. 09/30/2007 - Implementation and Automation of Imaging Technologies
  75. 12/31/2006 - Robotics Technology Transfer
  76. 09/30/2006 - Elasmobranch Brain-Machine Interface
  77. 09/30/2006 - Enhancements for Stereo Obstacle Detection
  78. 09/30/2005 - Vision System for Autonomous Helicopter
  79. 12/31/2004 - PAUSE: Picosat and UAV Systems Engineering
  80. 09/30/2004 - JSC ISS Cell Growth Experiments with JPL Micro-Imagers
  81. 09/30/2001 - Urbie: Urban Robot
  82. 09/30/2001 - Automated Plant Micro-Propagation
  83. 09/30/1996 - MACS: Multifunction Automated Crawling System



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