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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. PIXL Optical Fiducial System

NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD):
  1. ATHLETE Low Gravity Testbed
  3. Surface Exploration Analysis and Simulation

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

JPL Internal Research Programs funded:
  1. Adaptive Resolution Stereo-Vision (ARES-V)
  2. Autonomous Small UAVs for In-situ Observation of Ecosystem Properties from Leaf to Canopy
  3. Cave Robot
  4. Gecko-like Adhesives for Orbital Debris Applications
  5. ISS Remote Inspection System (IRIS)
  6. Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies (MOSTT)
  7. Mars Sample Transfer Testbed (MSTT)
  8. Planetary Aerial and Surface Access Systems
  9. Sampling Chain for Primitive Body Surface Sample Return
  10. STABLE
  11. Wearable Interface for Natural Gesture Control and Tele-Operation of Robotic Systems

Non-NASA funded:
  1. Active Night-Time Stereo and Localization
  2. ACTUV - Advanced Sensing and Behaviors for Covert Operations
  3. ACTUV - Autonomy Algorithms for Navigation in High Sea States
  4. Autonomy and Situational Awareness for UMS
  5. CODE - Collaborative Ops in Denied Environment
  6. Coordinated Tactical Behaviors
  7. DECODE Autonomy and Simulation
  8. Detailed ASV/USV Modeling and Simulation System (DAMS)
  9. DRC - DARPA Robotics Challenge, RoboSimian (Track A)
  10. Micro Autonomous Systems Collaborative Technology Alliance (MAST CTA)
  11. Mobility Testbed for Army Unmanned Ground Vehicles
  12. Prime Focus Spectrograph Positioner Software
  13. Project Tango – Visual SLAM Development
  14. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)
  15. Sea-Based Automated launch and Recovery System (SALRS)
  16. Sensor Fusion for Low-Cost Perception
  17. Supervised Remote Robot with Guided Autonomy/Teleoperation (Surrogate)
  18. Test and Evaluation of AVM Tools for DARPA FANG Challenge

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