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Dr. David Thompson

Mail Stop 306-463
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

Office: 306-469
Phone: (818) 354-2200
FAX: (818) 393-6141
Email: David.R.Thompson@jpl.nasa.gov
Web page: http://www.davidraythompson.com [External link]
Research interests
and projects:
Computer vision, including natural image analysis, segmentation, and object recognition for surface and remote imagery. Spatial statistics, graphical models. Autonomous measurement, navigation, and data collection strategies for exploration robots and spacecraft.

Publications:

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David R. Thompson, Abigail Allwood, Christopher Assad, David Flannery, Robert Hodyss, Emily Knowles, Lawrence Wade. Adaptive sampling for rover x-ray lithochemistry. Proceedings of the International Symposium on AI, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS) 2014. (Download PDF) (CL#14-1579)

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Dmitriy Bekker, David R. Thompson, William J. Abbey, Nathalie A. Cabrol, Raymond Francis, Ken S. Manatt, Kevin F. Ortega, Kiri L. Wagstaff. A Field Demonstration of an Instrument Performing Automatic Classification of Geologic Surfaces. Astrobiology. (Download PDF) (CL#14-1546)

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Raymond Francis, Kenneth McIsaac, David R. Thompson, and Gordon R. Osinski. Autonomous Mapping of Outcrops using Multiclass Linear Discriminant Analysis. Proceedings of the International Symposium on AI, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS) 2014. (Download PDF) (CL#14-1423)

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Raymond Francis, Kenneth McIsaac, David R. Thompson, and Gordon R. Osinski. Autonomous Rock Outcrop Segmentation as a Tool for Science and Exploration Tasks in Surface Operations. SpaceOps 2014 Proceedings. (Download PDF) (CL#14-1529)

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David R. Thompson, Robert O. Green, Didier Keymeulen, Sarah Lundeen, Yasha Mouradi, Rebecca Castano, Steve A. Chien. Rapid Spectral Cloud Screening Onboard Aircraft and Spacecraft. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. (Download PDF) (CL#14-0456)

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Kiri L. Wagstaff, David R. Thompson, William Abbey, Abigail Allwood, Dmitriy L. Bekker, Nathalie A. Cabrol, Thomas Fuchs, and Kevin Ortega. Smart, texture-sensitive instrument classification for in situ rock and layer analysis. Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 40, 2013. Link to publisher's page (CL #13-3846)

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David R. Thompson, Nathalie A Cabrol, Michael Furlong, Craig Hardgrove, Bryan K. Low, Jeff Moersch, and David Wettergreen. Adaptive Sensing of Time Series with Application to Remote Exploration. International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2013. Download PDF (CL #13-1817)

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Kiri L. Wagstaff, Nina L. Lanza, David R. Thompson, Thomas G. Dietterich, and Martha S. Gilmore. Guiding Scientific Discovery with Explanations using DEMUD. Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2013. Download PDF (CL #13-1525)

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David R. Thompson, Manuel de la Torre Juarez, Christopher M. Barker, Jodi Holeman, Sarah Lundeen, Steve Mulligan, Thomas H. Painter, Erika Podest, Felix C. Seidel, Eugene Ustinov. Airborne imaging spectroscopy to monitor the evolution of urban mosquito microhabitats. Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 137, Oct. 2013. Download PDF (CL#13-2620)

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Cathryn M. Trott, Steven J. Tingay, Randall B. Wayth, David R. Thompson, Adam T. Deller, Walter F. Brisken, Kiri L. Wagstaff, Walid A. Majid, Sarah Burke-Spolaor, Jean-Pierre R. Macquart, and Divya Palaniswamy. A Framework for Interpreting Fast Radio Transients Search Experiments: Application to the V-FASTR Experiment. The Astrophysical Journal, 767, 4, 2013. Link to publisher's page (CL #13-0721)

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David R. Thompson, Lukas Mandrake, Robert O. Green, Steve Chien. A Case Study of Subpixel Target Detection in Multimodal and Outlier-contaminated Scenes. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 10 no. 5, 2013. Download PDF (CL#12-5258)

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David R. Thompson, Benjamin J. Bornstein, Steve A. Chien, Steven Schaffer, Daniel Tran, Brian D. Bue, Rebecca Castaño, Damhnait F. Gleeson, and Aaron Noell. Autonomous spectral discovery and mapping onboard the EO-1 spacecraft. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 51 no. 6, 2013. (CL#12-5114)

David R. Thompson, D. C. Benner, Linda R. Brown, David Crisp, V. M. Devi, Yibo Jiang, Fabiano Oyafuso, Debra Wunch, Rebecca Castano, Charles E. Miller. Atmospheric Validation of High Accuracy CO2 Absorption Coefficients for the OCO-2 Mission. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, Volume 113, Issue 17, November 2012. (CL#12-3151)

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David R. Thompson, Benjamin Bornstein, Brian Bue, Daniel Tran, Steve Chien, Rebecca Castano. Hyperspectral Feature Detection Onboard the Earth Observing One Spacecraft using Superpixel Segmentation and Endmember Extraction. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, Turin Italy, 2012. Download PDF (CL #12-2768)

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David R. Thompson, William Abbey, Abigail Allwood, Dmitriy Bekker, Benjamin Bornstein, Nathalie A. Cabrol, Rebecca Castaño, Tara Estlin, Thomas Fuchs, Kiri L. Wagstaff. Smart Cameras for Remote Science Survey. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, Turin Italy, 2012. Download PDF (CL #12-2127)

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David R. Thompson, Steve Chien, Danel Tran, Melissa Bunte, Ron Greeley. Autonomous Onboard Science Data Analysis for Comet Missions. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, Turin Italy, 2012. Download PDF (CL #12-2433)

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Randall B. Wayth and Steven J. Tingay and Adam T. Deller and Walter F. Brisken and David R. Thompson and Kiri L. Wagstaff and Walid A. Majid. Limits on the event rates of fast radio transients from the V-FASTR experiment. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 753:L36 (5pp) 2012 July 10, 2012. Download PDF (CL #12-2791)

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Lukas Mandrake, Umaa Rebbapragada, Kiri Wagstaff, David Thompson, Steve Chien, Daniel Tran, Robert T. Pappalardo, Damhnait Gleeson, Rebecca Castano. Surface Sulfur Detection via Remote Sensing and Onboard Classification. Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, 2012. Download PDF (CL #11-3813)

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Crisp D., B. M. Fisher, C. O'Dell, C. Frankenberg, R. Basilio, H. Bosch, L. R. Brown, R. Castano, B. Connor, N. M. Deutscher, A. Eldering, D. Griffith, M. Gunson, A. Kuze, L. Mandrake, J. McDuffie, J. Messerschmidt, C. E. Miller, I. Morino, V. Natraj, J. Notholt, D. M. O’Brien, F. Oyafuso, I. Polonsky, J. Robinson, R. Salawitch, V. Sherlock, M. Smyth, H. Suto, T. E. Taylor, D. R. Thompson, P. O. Wennberg, D. Wunch, and Y. L. Yung. The ACOS CO2 retrieval algorithm - Part II: Global XCO2 data characterization, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 2012. Download PDF ()

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David R. Thompson, William Abbey, Abigail Allwood, Dmitriy Bekker, Benjamin Bornstein, Nathalie A. Cabrol, Rebecca Castano, Tara Estlin, Thomas Fuchs, Kiri L. Wagstaff. Smart Cameras for Remote Science Survey. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space. Download PDF (CL #12-2127)

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David R. Thompson, Walid A. Majid, Colorado J. Reed, and Kiri L. Wagstaff. Semi-Supervised Eigenbasis Novelty Detection. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining. Download PDF (CL #12-2014)

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David R. Thompson, Julie C. Castillo-Rogez, Steve A. Chien, Richard Doyle, Tara Estlin, David Mclaren. Agile Science Operations: A New Approach for Primitive Bodies Exploration. SpaceOps. Download PDF (CL #12-1687)

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David R. Thompson and Abigail Allwood and Dmitriy Bekker and Nathalie A. Cabrol and Tara Estlin and Thomas Fuchs and Kiri L. Wagstaff. TextureCam: Autonomous Image Analysis for Astrobiology Survey. 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2012. Download PDF (CL#12-0118)

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David R. Thompson and Melissa Bunte and Rebecca Castano and Steve Chien and Ronald Greeley. Image Processing Onboard Spacecraft for Autonomous Plume Detection. Planetary and Space Science. Download PDF (CL#11-5157)

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Wunch, D., P. O. Wennberg, G. C. Toon, B. J. Connor, B. Fisher, G. B. Osterman, C. Frankenberg, L. Mandrake, C. W. O’Dell, P. Ahonen, S. C. Biraud, R. Castano, N. Cressie, D. Crisp, N. M. Deutscher, A. Eldering, M. L. Fisher, D. W. T. Griffith, M. Gunson, P. Heikkinen, G. Keppel-Aleks, E. Kyrö, R. Lindenmaier, R. Macatangay, J. Mendonca, J. Messerschmidt, C. E. Miller, I. Morino, J. Notholt, F. A. Oyafuso, M. Rettinger, J. Robinson, C. M. Roehl, R. J. Salawitch, V. Sherlock, K. Strong, R. Sussmann, T. Tanaka, D. R. Thompson, O. Uchino, T. Warneke, and S. C. Wofsy. A method for evaluating bias in global measurements of CO2 total columns from space. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2011. Download PDF ()

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Umaa Rebbapragada and Kitty Lo and Kiri L. Wagstaff and Colorado Reed and Tara Murphy and David R. Thompson. Classification of ASKAP VAST Radio Light Curves. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (IAU 285). Download PDF (CL#12-0266)

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Dayton L. Jones, Kiri L. Wagstaff, David R. Thompson, Larry D'Addario, Robert Navarro, Chris Mattman, Walid Majid, Umaa Rebbapragada, Joseph Lazio, and Robert Preston. Fast Transient Detection as a Prototypical Big Data Problem. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (IAU 285). Link to Publisher (CL#11-4808)

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David R. Thompson and William Johnson and Robert Kremens. Multiple-Frame Subpixel Wildfire Tracking. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. Download PDF (CL#11-5172)

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David R. Thompson and William Johnson and Michael Mercury and Robert Staehle. Fire Detection Constellation Concept. Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee (TFRSAC). Download PDF (CL#11-5210)

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Brian Bue and David R. Thompson. Multiclass Continuous Correspondence Learning. NIPS workshop on Domain Adaptation. Download PDF (CL#11-5494)

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David R. Thompson and Walid A. Majid and Colorado Reed and Kiri L. Wagstaff. Semi-supervised novelty detection with adaptive eigenbases, and application to radio transients. Conference on Intelligent Data Understanding. Download PDF (CL#11-3456) Best Paper Award

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Martha S. Gilmore and David R. Thompson and Laura J. Anderson and Nader Karamzadeh and Lukas Mandrake and Rebecca Castaño. Superpixel segmentation for analysis of hyperspectral data sets, with application to Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars data, Moon Mineralogy Mapper data, and Ariadnes Chaos, Mars. J. Geophys. Res. vol. 116, E07001. PDF from JGR web site (CL#11-1799)

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Benjamin Bornstein and David R. Thompson and Daniel Tran and Brian Bue and Steve Chien and Rebecca Castano. Efficient Spectral Endmember Detection Onboard the EO-1 Spacecraft. IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Imagery and Signal Processing: Evolutions in Remote Sensing. Download PDF (CL#11-1486)

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Brian Bue and David R. Thompson and Martha Gilmore and Rebecca Castano. Metric Learning for Hyperspectral Image Segmentation. IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Imagery and Signal Processing: Evolutions in Remote Sensing. Download PDF (CL#11-1494)

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Randall B. Wayth and Adam Deller and Walter Brisken and Walid A. Majid and David R. Thompson and and Steven Tingay and Kiri L. Wagstaff. V-FASTR: The VLBA Fast Radio Transients Experiment. The Astrophysical Journal, 735, 97. 2011. Arxiv preprint (CL#11-1798)

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David R. Thompson and Kiri L. Wagstaff and Adam Deller and Walter Brisken and Walid A. Majid and Steven Tingay and Randall Wayth. Detection of Fast Transients with Multiple Stations: A Case Study with the Very Long Baseline Array. The Astrophysical Journal, 735, 98. 2011. Arxiv preprint (CL#11-0600)

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David R. Thompson and David S. Wettergreen and Francisco J. Calderon Peralta. Autonomous Science during Large-Scale Robotic Survey. Journal of Field Robotics, July/Aug 2011. Download PDF (CL#11-1223)

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David R. Thompson and Melissa Bunte and Rebecca Castano and Steve Chien and Ronald Greeley. Onboard Image Processing for Autonomous Spacecraft Detection of Volcanic Plumes. LPSC, March 2011. Download PDF (CL#11-0001)

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Melissa Bunte and David R. Thompson and Rebecca Castano and Steve Chien and Ronald Greeley. Enabling Europa Science through Onboard Feature Detection in Hyperspectral Images. LPSC, March 2011. Download PDF (CL#11-0026)

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David R. Thompson and Martha Gilmore and Lukas Mandrake and Rebecca Castano. Automatic Detection of Water and Mafics in M3 Radiance Images. LPSC, March 2011. Download PDF (CL#11-0002)

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David R. Thompson and Lukas Mandrake and Martha Gilmore and Rebecca Castano. Superpixel Endmember Detection. Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 48(11):4023-4033, Nov. 2010. Download PDF (CL#10-2172)

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David Hayden, Steve Chien, David R. Thompson, Rebecca Castano. Using Onboard Clustering to Summarize Remotely Sensed Imagery. IEEE Intelligent Systems, May/June 2010. Download PDF (CL#09-3096)

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Jean-Pierre Macquart, the CRAFT collaboration: M. Bailes, N.D.R. Bhat, G.C. Bower, J.D. Bunton, S. Chatterjee, T. Colegate, J.M. Cordes, L. D'Addario, A. Deller, R. Dodson, R. Fender, K. Haines, P. Hall, C. Harris, A. Hotan, S. Johnston, D.L. Jones, M. Keith, J.Y. Koay, T.J.W. Lazio, W. Majid, T. Murphy, R. Navarro, C. Phillips, P. Quinn, R.A. Preston, B. Stansby, I. Stairs, B. Stappers, L. Staveley-Smith, S. Tingay, D. Thompson, W. van Straten, K. Wagstaff, M. Warren, R. Wayth, L. Wen. The Commensal Real-time ASKAP Fast Transients (CRAFT) survey. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 27(3), p. 272-282, June 2010. PDF on PASA's site (CL#10-0436)

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Lukas Mandrake, David R. Thompson, Martha Gilmore, Rebecca Castano, Eldar Z. N. Dobrea. Automated Neutral Region Selection Using Superpixels. Proceedings of the IEEE WHISPERS conference, June 2010. Download PDF (CL#10-0557)

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L. Mandrake, D. R. Thompson, M. Gilmore, R. Castano. Hii-HAT: an IDL/ENVI Toolkit for Rapid Hyperspectral Inquiry. 41st Lunar and Planetary Sciences, March 2010. Download PDF (CL#10-0569)

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David R. Thompson, Rebecca Castano, David Wettergreen. Compression Ratio as Indicator of Scientist Preferences for Rover Images. 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2010. Download PDF (CL#09-5087)

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David R. Thompson, Steve Chien, Arjuna Balasurayia, Stephanie Petillo, Yi Chao, Peggy Li, Bronwyn Cahill, Julia Levin, Michael Meisinger, Matthew Arrott, Oscar Schofield. Spatiotemporal Path Planning in Strong, Dynamic, Uncertain Currents. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2010. Download PDF (CL#10-0420)

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David R. Thompson, Robert C. Anderson, Benjamin Bornstein, Nathalie A. Cabrol, Steve Chien, Tara Estlin, Terry Fong, Robert Hogan, Ralph Lorenz, Daniel Gaines, Martha S. Gilmore, Mario Parente, Liam Pedersen, Ted L. Roush, Giuseppe Marzo, David Wettergreen. Onboard Science Data Analysis: Implications for Future Missions. Whitepaper submitted to the National Academy of Science's Planetary Science Decadal Survey. Download PDF (CL#09-3684)

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David R. Thompson, Steve Chien, Matthew Arrott, Arjuna Balasuriyai, Yi Chao, Peggy Li, Stephanie Petillo, Oscar Schofield. Mission Planning in a Dynamic Ocean Sensorweb. Proceedings of the International Conference on Planning and Scheduling, SPARK Workshop. Download PDF (CL #09-3134)

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David Hayden, Steve Chien, David R. Thompson, Rebecca Castano. Onboard Clustering of Aerial Data for Improved Science Return. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Workshop on AI in Space, August 2009. Download PDF (CL #09-3096)

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David R. Thompson, Lukas Mandrake, Martha Gilmore, Rebecca Castano. Superpixel Segmentation for Endmember Detection in Hyperspectral Images. Proceedings of the American Geophysical Union conference, December 2009. Download PDF ()

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David R. Thompson, David Wettergreen and Rebecca Castano . Adaptive Subsampling of Image Sequences for Remote Exploration. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Workshop on AI in Space, August 2009. Download PDF (CL #09-2173)

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David R. Thompson, Nathalie A. Cabrol. Fast Texture Analysis for Remote Exploration. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence Workshop on AI in Space, August 2009. Download PDF (CL #09-2025)

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David R. Thompson, Rebecca Castano and Martha S. Gilmore. Sparse Superpixel Unmixing for Exploratory Analysis of CRISM Hyperspectral Images. IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing, August 2009. Download PDF (CL #09-1930)

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David R. Thompson. Aspen Glider Mission Planning. OSSE Demo video, July 2009. Download MOV (CL #09-2439)

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David R. Thompson. Domain-Guided Novelty Detection for Autonomous Exploration. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), July 2009. Download PDF (CL #09-1311)

David R. Thompson. Intelligent Mapping for Autonomous Robotic Survey. Doctoral Dissertation, The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, July 2008.

David R. Thompson and Trey Smith and David Wettergreen. Information-Optimal Selective Data Return for Autonomous Rover Traverse Science and Survey. IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2008.

David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen. A Tale of Two Rovers: Mission Scenarios for Kilometer-Scale Site Survey. IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation Rover Workshop (Abstract), 2008.

Francisco Calderon Peralta and David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen. Autonomous Rover Reflectance Spectroscopy with Dozens of Targets. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (ISAIRAS) 2008.

David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen. Intelligent Maps for Autonomous Kilometer-Scale Site Survey. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (ISAIRAS), 2008.

Trey Smith and David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen. Generating Exponentially Smaller POMDP Models Using Conditionally Irrelevant Variable Abstraction. 18th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 2007.

Heather Dunlop and David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen. Multiscale Features for Detection and Segmentation of Rocks in Mars Imagery. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2007.

David R. Thompson and Rebecca Castano. A Performance Comparison of Rock Detection Algorithms. IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky Montana, 2007.

David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen. Spatial Point Process Models for the Distribution of Northern Plains Boulders. 38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2007.

Trey Smith and David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen and Nathalie Cabrol and Kimberly Warren-Rhodes and Shmuel Weinstein. Life in the Atacama: Science Autonomy for Improved Data Quality. Journal of Geophysical Research vol. 112, G04S03, 2007.

Trey Smith and David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen. Automatic Chlorophyll Detection and Followup Applied to the Search for Life in the Atacama. 37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2006.

David R. Thompson and Trey Smith and David Wettergreen. Automatic Detection of Novel Biologic and Geologic Images in Atacama Desert Rover Traverse Imagery. 37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2006.

David R. Thompson, Trey Smith, and David Wettergreen. Data Mining during Rover Traverse: From Images to Geologic Signatures. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, 2005.

David R. Thompson, Scott Niekum, Trey Smith, and David Wettergreen. Automatic Detection and Classification of Geologic Features of Interest. IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky Montana, 2005.

David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen. Multi-Object Detection with Multiple-View Expectation Maximization Clustering. IEEE Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems, 2005.