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Intelligent Systems Division

The NASA Ames Intelligent Systems Division provides leadership in information technologies by conducting mission-driven, user-centric research and development in computational sciences for NASA applications. We develop ground and flight software systems and data architectures for data mining, analysis, integration, and management; integrated health management; systems safety; and mission assurance. We transfer these new capabilities for utilization in support of NASA missions and initiatives.

The Division is part of Ames Research Center’s Exploration Technologies Directorate, which provides advanced technologies for NASA’s Aeronautics Research, Science, Human Exploration and Operations, and Space Technology Mission Directorates, as well as mission support organizations within the Agency. Over 400 NASA civil servant employees, contractors, and student interns work at the division.

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Moffett Field, CA


Ames Research Center

Division Chief

Dave Alfano

Focus Areas and Capabilities

Located at Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Division comprises four concentrated areas of computer science and information technology research and development: * Autonomous Systems and Robotics * Collaborative and Assistant Systems * Discovery and Systems Health * Robust Software Engineering.

K-Rex rover

Autonomous Systems and Robotics (ASR)

Enabling complex systems through the development of technologies that can adapt in response to changing conditions, knowledge, and constraints

VIPER Mission Operations Systems

Collaborative and Assistant Systems (CAS)

Providing collaborative technologies and data systems to manage specialized technical information for NASA Missions, Programs, and projects

Space Launch System (SLS)

Discovery and Systems Health (DaSH)

Understanding, modeling, and reasoning with engineered systems and science data to meet the needs of aerospace missions. Building resilient systems and conducting foundational research in quantum computing, machine learning, and computational materials

NASA F-18 airplane

Robust Software Engineering (RSE)

Increasing systems safety and performance by enhancing software quality, reliability, and productivity through research done in the context of NASA applications in space, aviation, and wildfire management

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