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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 most of our current efforts, linked to short descriptions of the work content and the name of the lead researcher.

NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) funded:
  1. BiBlade Sampler for Small Body Sample Return
  2. FreeClimber
  3. PIXL Optical Fiducial System
  4. Underwater Mobile Manipulation
  5. VolcanoBots

NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD):
  1. A Microspine Gripper for the proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission
  2. COMPASS
  3. Surface Exploration Analysis and Simulation

NASA Space Exploration Technology Directorate (STMD):
  1. PUFFER Concept Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots

NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT):
  1. Orbiting Rainbows

JPL Internal Research Programs funded:
  1. Adaptive Analysis for Underwater Autonomy
  2. Autonomous Small UAVs for In-situ Observation of Ecosystem Properties from Leaf to Canopy
  3. Cyber Security Visualization
  4. Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies (MOSTT)
  5. Mars Sample Transfer Testbed (MSTT)
  6. Next-Gen Autonav Concept

Non-NASA funded:
  1. Autonomy and Situational Awareness for UMS
  2. Coordinated Tactical Behaviors
  3. Demonstration Wave Detection, Prediction, and Reaction System (WDPRS)
  4. Intent Recognition for On-Water Dynamic Maritime Domains
  5. Learning Homogeneous Knowledge Representation from Heterogeneous Data for Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning in Autonomy
  6. Mechanically Uncoupled Stereo EO (MUSE)
  7. Risk-Aware Human-Cooperative Planning
  8. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)
  9. Supervised Remote Robot with Guided Autonomy/Teleoperation (Surrogate)



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