Steve Ankuo Chien

Dr. Steve Chien is a Head of the Artificial Intelligence Group at JPL and a Senior Research Scientist. He has led the deployment of AI software to a wide range of missions including: Autonomous Sciencecraft on EO-1, Earth Observing Sensorweb, WATCH on MER, the IPEX cubesat, and Decision support for Science planning and Automated Data/Downlink Management for ESA’s Rosetta. He is currently supporting the development of an onboard scheduler for the Mars 2020 rover mission as well as mission analysis and scheduling technologies for the Europa Clipper mission. Beyond his Dr. Chien’s individual involvement as highlighted above, the Artificial Intelligence Group he heads has played a key role in AI-based scheduling for NASA’ Deep Space Network and the AEGIS autonomous targeting system onboard the MER and MSL rovers.

Dr. Chien has received numerous awards for these efforts. In 1995 he received the Lew Allen Award for Excellence, JPLs highest award recognizing outstanding technical achievements by JPL personnel in the early years of their careers. He has been recognized four times in the NASA Software of the Year competition (1999, 1999, 2005, and 2011). He has received four NASA Medals for his work in AI for Space (1997, 2000, 2007, 2015). In 2011 He was awarded the inaugural AIAA Intelligent Systems Award, for his contributions to Spacecraft Autonomy. In 2015 He was awarded a JPL Magellan Award as well as the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his contributions to automated science scheduling for ESA’s Rosetta mission.


International Astronautical Congress 2018

1–5 October 2018

Bremen, Germany