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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.

This episode is carbon neutral.
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: jpl.nasa.gov
Nature: A vision for data science: nature.com
Open source at JPL: github.com
Apache Nutch: nutch.apache.org
7 Minutes of Terror: The Challenges of Getting to Mars: youtube.com
tqdm package: pypi.org
Panama Papers: wikipedia.org

Chris Mattmann
Chris Mattmann
Chris Mattmann is the Division Manager for the Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Innovation Development Organization in the Information Technology and Solutions Directorate (ITSD) at NASA JPL. Dr. Mattmann is also JPL's first Principal Scientist in the area of Data Science.
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