A report discusses the potential application of artificial intelligence (AI) to planning, scheduling, and control of the optical configuration and other aspects of the operations of a large astronomical interferometer. Scientific demand and technical requirements necessitate streamlining and optimization of the operation of such an interferometer, but it is difficult and often impossible to achieve the streamlining and optimization manually.

This work was done by Andrew Booth, Gregg Rabideau, Leonard Reder, and Steve Chien of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. To obtain a copy of the report, "Automated Planning for Interferometer Configuration and Control," access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.nasatech.com/tsp  under the Information Sciences category.

This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Don Hart of the California Institute of Technology at (818) 393-3425. Refer to NPO-21179.

This Brief includes a Technical Support Package (TSP).
Automated Planning and Scheduling for a Large Interferometer

(reference NPO-21179) is currently available for download from the TSP library.

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