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The Eighth International Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space (IWPSS)

Magazine article AI Magazine

The Eighth International Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space (IWPSS)

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The Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space (IWPSS) focuses on the technical challenges and opportunities facing the AI planning and scheduling community when addressing the needs of a wide range of space-based applications, from mission operations to autonomy in space exploration vehicles. There have been eight workshops in the series. At this year's workshop held March 25-26, 2013, at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, there were 26 technical papers and two invited talks on a wide range of topic areas relating to planning and scheduling, including: techniques and algorithms, applications to space or aerospace, planning, scheduling, plan execution, knowledge acquisition for planning and scheduling systems, embedded planning and execution systems, and other general topic areas. Applications included International Space Station payloads, space mission operations, human space flight, space observatories, planning for communications, airborne operations, and Earth observation scheduling. International researchers from space agencies, academia, and industry from Europe, America, Canada, and South America participated.

The two invited talks illustrated both the diverse applications of planning and scheduling technologies for space, as well as the degree to which these technologies have been successfully infused into space systems. Steve Chien from JPL presented a talk titled "Using Space, Air, Marine, and Ground Assets for Disaster Response and Environmental Monitoring." He described how space, air, Inin-situ, and marine assets have been integrated into sensor webs to enable detection, tracking, and response to a wide range of terrestrial phenomena. These techniques have been used to track flooding, cryosphere, volcanism, oceanographic events, and many other events of humanitarian, scientific, and environmental importance. …

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