Artificial Intelligence in Space

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Artificial Intelligence is making significant inroads in the space sector.  AI systems are contributing to numerous space missions such as Hubble Space Telescope, Mars Exploration Rovers, the International Space Station, and Mars Express.

The proposed workshop, co-organized by the Advanced Concepts Team ( of the European Space Agency and the Artificial Intelligence Group ( of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is meant to look at the most recent applications and proposals related to artificial intelligence and space, reviewing the current state of the dialogue between the two areas. The workshop will be part of the larger IJCAI conference (

In order to achieve these goals, the workshop will place emphasis on AI topics, which already are, or may be of particular interest in the future from the space applications point of view, that is:

  • Intelligent search and optimization methods in aerospace applications
  • Image analysis for Guidance Navigation and Control
  • Autonomous exploration of interplanetary and planetary environments
  • Implications of emerging AI fields such as Artificial Life or Swarm Intelligence on future space research
  • Intelligent algorithms for fault identification, diagnosis and repair
  • Multi-agent systems approach and bio-inspired solutions for system design and control
  • Advances in machine learning for space applications
  • Intelligent interfaces for human-machine interaction
  • Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining and presentation of large data sets

The topics covered in this workshop will be of particular interest to scientists involved in space engineering, in Artificial Intelligence, and also to those who work in other, non space-related disciplines, which intersect with the AI. The intention of the workshop organizers is to stimulate the exchange of ideas between these groups, providing the former with new tools, and the latter two with incentive for continuing their research with space applications in mind.