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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. Prime Focus Spectrograph Positioner Software

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

JPL Internal Research Programs funded:
  1. In-Space Telescope Assembly
  2. ISS Remote Inspection System (IRIS)
  3. Planetary Aerial and Surface Access Systems
  4. STABLE

Non-NASA funded:
  1. ACTUV - Advanced Sensing and Behaviors for Covert Operations
  2. ACTUV - Autonomy Algorithms for Navigation in High Sea States
  3. ACTUV Phase II
  4. Algorithm for Advanced CDAS for USV Autonomy
  5. Angel Fire Phase II
  6. Bioelectric Sensor Arrays for Reliable Prosthetic Interface
  7. DRC - DARPA Robotics Challenge, RoboSimian (Track A)
  8. Micro Autonomous Systems Collaborative Technology Alliance (MAST CTA)
  9. Perception For High-Speed Legged Vehicles
  10. Phoenix Gecko Gripper
  11. Project Tango – Visual SLAM Development
  12. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)
  13. Sensor Fusion for Autonomous Navigation
  14. Supervised Remote Robot with Guided Autonomy/Teleoperation (Surrogate)
  15. Test and Evaluation of AVM Tools for DARPA FANG Challenge
  16. USSV - Autonomy For Littoral Combat Ship Missions
  17. USSV - Autonomy for Unmanned Sea Surface Vehicles
  18. USSV - Operations in Challenging Environments
  19. Wall Climbing Robots



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