Kiri L. Wagstaff

Kiri Wagstaff
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Cornell University, 2002
  • Intelligent Clustering with Instance-Level Constraints
  • M.S. in Geological Sciences, University of Southern California, 2008
  • Biogenicity Analysis of Stromatolite Structures
  • Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, 2017
  • Automated Classification to Improve the Efficiency of Weeding Library Collections
  • Private pilot's license (airplane single-engine land), 2016

    My background is in Computer Science, Planetary Science, and Geology. I am most interested in problems that lie at the interfaces between these fields, such as automated methods (artificial intelligence, machine learning) to investigate science questions using planetary data (orbital and in situ).

    I work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, as a researcher in the Machine Learning and Instrument Autonomy Group, investigating ways that machine learning can be used to increase the autonomy of space missions. From 2013 to 2017, I also served as a tactical planner and uplink lead for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Since 2018, I have also served as the PDS Imaging Node Technologist.

    I am also a Senior Instructor at Oregon State University, where I have the pleasure of teaching classes in Computer Science.

    My research projects at JPL have included:

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