Kiri Wagstaff

  • Office: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Phone: 818-393-6393
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Dr. Kiri Wagstaff is a senior researcher in artificial intelligence and machine learning at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her focus is on developing new machine learning and data analysis methods, particularly those that can be used for in situ analysis onboard spacecraft such as orbiters, landers, rovers, and so on. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California. She received a 2008 Lew Allen Award for Excellence in Research, with which she investigated the ability of machine learning methods to operate correctly in high-radiation space environments, and a 2012 NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement award. Her current projects include automated change detection in Mars orbital images, texture-based characterization of rover images, and interactive discovery methods for large data sets from radio telescopes, hyperspectral imagers, and more.