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NASA Ames Scientist Finds Aviation Safety in Numbers
December 18, 2012

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Ashok Srivastava.
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Ashok Srivastava, a scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., is dedicated to making aviation safer through data science.

Srivastava leads the Data Sciences Group at NASA Ames whose 12 members develop large-scale machine learning and data mining algorithms for a wide variety of NASA applications. For creating data mining algorithms that improve aviation safety, Srivastava has been honored by his peers as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

"This is a great honor and an extremely positive reflection of my entire team," Srivastava said. "I am fortunate to work with a remarkably talented and dedicated group of people. It's also a positive reflection of NASA as an organization for giving us the opportunity to explore new ways to advance data sciences in areas of national importance, such as aviation, Earth and space sciences, and human exploration of space."

However, Srivastava believes that our entire society is becoming more aware of the importance of data-driven decisions made with thoughtful analysis.

"Data science is definitely one of the hottest professions in technology. As a society, we are gathering data at unprecedented rates, and it is more important than ever to understand the information present in the data," said Srivastava.

Srivastava is looking to the future of data science and what we can expect for the coming decades in this area.

"I envision a time where machines gather data and make scientific discoveries on their own. We need to develop technologies so that the machines can make scientific discoveries autonomously," said Srivastava.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association's 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

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