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June 2, 4:00-5:00, JPL Story: How to Select a Landing Site on Mars

JPL Story – How to Select a Landing Site on Mars

On June 2nd, 2015 at 4:00pm Dr. Matt Golombek, Senior Research Scientist, will present:

How to Select a Landing Site on Mars


In the past 20 years, five successful landing sites on Mars have been selected based on a wide variety of remote sensing information and ground truth provided by surface observations. This talk will describe the challenges (what you don’t know can hurt you), the responsibilities (are you willing to risk hundreds of millions to billions of dollars on that interpretation?), and the joys (assuming the lander works and your predictions are correct) of selecting landing sites on Mars.

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JPL Stories is organized by the JPL Library, Archives and Records. For additional questions, please contact the reference desk at or call ext. 4-4200.

May 21, 12:00-1:00, TED Talk Thursday

JPL has several groups devoted to the research on artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomous systems. We welcome members from these groups, and all interested employees to come to our upcoming TED Talk session that will focus on AI. Within the last six months, several well-known scientists and technology entrepreneurs have expressed their concerns about certain developments within the AI field. How has the field grown? Can a machine learn from itself? The May TED Talks Thursday will show several recent TED Talks giving specific examples of AI development. Come to the Hub (111-104) to watch the Talks and exchange your opinions with colleagues.

JPL Library’s ebook collection contains several books addressing the impact of technologies to the society. Check here to see a list of these books.



Here are a few Q&A’s about TED Talk and TED Talk Thursday at the Hub:

Q: What is TED? What are TED Talks?

A: TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TED Talks are short (usually less than 18 minutes), powerful presentations.

Q: What is TED Talk Thursday?

A: The JPL Library sponsors this event. A host selects three to four TED Talks to show, and moderates discussions related to any of the Talks. The whole event will last less than 60 minutes, and everyone at JPL is welcome to attend.

Q: Who is the host for the presentations?

A: Any JPLer can be a host for the TED Talk Thursday. All one needs is the desire to share interesting presentations to others, and there is no need to be expert in the topic of the presentations.  Please contact Dudee Chiang ( at JPL Library for more details.

Q: What if I am interested in doing a TED-Talk like presentation? Can I do that at the Hub?

A: Sure, please contact Dudee to set up your presentation.

Q: Since the TED Talks are videos accessible from anywhere, why can’t I watch them from my office?

A: The idea of TED Talk Thursday is to have face-to-face meeting with other JPLers outside of your immediate work group. You never know what new ideas may come out of the encounters.

Q: Since it will be lunch time, can I eat at the Hub?

A: Sure.

May 7, 10:00-11:00, IEEE Xplore: Recent Features & Future Developments

George Plosker, IEEE Client Services Manager, will be onsite at JPL in Pasadena on Thursday May 7th.  George will be present an onsite briefing on the latest content and features coming to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.  The presentation will include a review of 2014 and a sneak peek of what’s new and what’s coming in 2015.

Some new things you will learn about include:

  • New IEEE content and products coming soon
  • 2015 IEEE Journal titles with descriptions
  • Exciting new collaborations with other publishers
  • New and upcoming features of the IEEE Xplore digital library
  • A sneak preview into how IEEE Xplore will continue to evolve in the future and much more!
  • We will also be sharing insider tips and tricks to make your research easier and faster.

In addition, George will be on hand in the Hub from from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm for information and informal Q&A.  IEEE literature and other “goodies” will be available.  Please stop by to meet George and bring your IEEE questions.

Apr 23, 9:00-11:00, Bring Our Children To Work Day

Rolling Robots will be at the Hub, space is limited, come early.