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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. Advanced Development Team Extraction, Insertion, and Manipulation Testing
  2. BiBlade Sampler for Small Body Sample Return
  3. FreeClimber
  4. Recurring Slope Lineae Exploration and Sampling
  5. Research Rover Test Bed
  6. Underwater Mobile Manipulation

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

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. Next-Gen Autonav Concept

Non-NASA funded:
  1. Autonomy and Situational Awareness for UMS
  2. Coordinated Tactical Behaviors
  3. Learning Homogeneous Knowledge Representation from Heterogeneous Data for Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning in Autonomy
  4. Mechanically Uncoupled Stereo EO (MUSE)
  5. Project Tango – Visual SLAM Development
  6. Risk-Aware Human-Cooperative Planning



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