Steve Chien - Participant

Dr. Steve Chien is a Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Artificial Intelligence Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology where he leads efforts in autonomous systems for space exploration. Dr. Chien is also Adjunct Faculty with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Southern California and previously was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Computer Science of the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Economics, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, all from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Chien has received numerous awards for his research in space autonomous systems. Dr. Chien was a recipient of the 1995 Lew Allen Award for Excellence, JPLs highest award recognizing outstanding technical achievements by JPL personnel in the early years of their careers. In 1997, he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work in research and development of planning and scheduling systems for NASA. He is the Team Lead for the ASPEN Planning System which received Honorable Mention in the 1999 Software of the Year Competition and was a contributor to the Remote Agent System which was a co-winner in the same 1999 competition. In 2000, he received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for service and leadership in research and deployment of planning and scheduling systems for NASA. He was the Principal Investigator for the Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment which was a co-winner of the 2005 NASA Software of the Year Award. In 2007, he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for outstanding technical accomplishments in the development of the Autonomous Sciencecraft deployed on the Earth Observing One Mission and the development of the Earth Observing Sensorweb. In 2011 He was awarded the innaugural AIAA Intelligent Systems Award, for his contributions to Spacecraft Autonomy. In 2011, he was the team co-lead for the Sensorweb Toolbox team, which was awarded Honorable mention in the 2011 NASA Software of the Year Competition. 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.

Dr. Chien has led the deployment of ground and flight autonomy software to numerous missions including the Autonomous Sciencecraft/Earth Observing One, WATCH/Mars Exploration Rovers, Earth Observing Sensorwebs, the Intelligent Payload Experiment Cubesat, and ESA’s Rosetta mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. He currently leads efforts to deploy advanced Artificial Intelligence Scheduling Software to the ECOSTRESS and OCO-3 missions and is a member of the team deploying AI scheduling software flight and ground for the Mars 2020 rover.

Dr. Chien has contributed to several outside ventures, most recently he was the Chief Scientist for Virgin Charter which aimed to create an electronic marketplace for charter aviation.

Background

Organization

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Title

Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Artificial Intelligence Group