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Python and ML at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Episode #286, published Fri, Oct 16, 2020, recorded Fri, Aug 14, 2020

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)'s primary function is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA's Deep Space Network.

On this episode, you'll meet Chris Mattman. He's the Division Manager for the Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Innovation at NASA JPL and he's JPL's first Principal Scientist in the area of Data Science. We cover a wide range of topics, and dive into how Python and open-source are growing in the space exploration field. And he answers the question of whether he thinks we'll have Python running on robots and rovers in space.
Links from the show

Chris on Twitter: @chrismattmann
Chris at JPL:
Nature: A vision for data science:
Open source at JPL:
Apache Nutch:
7 Minutes of Terror: The Challenges of Getting to Mars:
tqdm package:
Panama Papers:
Episode transcripts:

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