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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. Ocean Worlds Mobility and Sensing Concepts
  2. 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. Browser-based Exoplanet Visualization for Education, Public Outreach and Engineering
  4. Cyber Security Visualization
  5. Fast Optimal Motion Planning with High Fidelity Dynamics
  6. Gecko Gripper
  7. Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies (MOSTT)
  8. Mars Sample Transfer Testbed (MSTT)
  9. Next-Gen Autonav Concept
  10. Wearable Interface for Natural Gesture Control and Tele-Operation of Robotic Systems

Non-NASA funded:
  1. Active Night-Time Stereo and Localization
  2. ACTUV Phase II
  3. Algorithm for Advanced CDAS for USV Autonomy
  4. Autonomy and Situational Awareness for UMS
  5. Coordinated Tactical Behaviors
  6. Demonstration Wave Detection, Prediction, and Reaction System (WDPRS)
  7. Intent Recognition for On-Water Dynamic Maritime Domains
  8. Learning Homogeneous Knowledge Representation from Heterogeneous Data for Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning in Autonomy
  9. Mechanically Uncoupled Stereo EO (MUSE)
  10. Mobility Testbed for Army Unmanned Ground Vehicles
  11. Project Tango – Visual SLAM Development
  12. Risk Reduction for Robotic In Space Telescope Assembly Concept
  13. Risk-Aware Human-Cooperative Planning
  14. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)
  15. Smart Wells
  16. Supervised Remote Robot with Guided Autonomy/Teleoperation (Surrogate)
  17. Wall Climbing Robots



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