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63 Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Includes feedback and control theory, information theory, machine learning, and expert systems. For related information see also 54 Man/System Technology and Life Support.


Cybernetics – The study of methods of control and communication which are common to living organisms and machines. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use. Wm. H. Allen, ed., 1965. NASA SP-7.

Artificial Intelligence – A discipline concerned with the development of computer and extended-robotic systems that can exhibit intelligent action. May also be defined as a sub field of computer science concerned with concepts and methods of symbolic inference by a computer and the symbolic representation of the knowledge to be used in making inferences.

Robotics – A discipline that employs the principles and techniques of mechanical and electrical engineering and artificial intelligence to develop programmable or self-controlled machines that often include sensory systems and a degree of intelligence. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : All aspects of cybernetics, artificial intelligence, and robotics that relate to aerospace activities.

Selective Interest : Cybernetics, artificial intelligence, and robotics of interest to non-aerospace activities that have potential aerospace application.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • adaptive control theory
  • artificial intelligence
  • automata theory
  • automatic control
  • computer vision
  • control systems design
  • control theory
  • cybernetics
  • expert systems
  • feed forward control
  • feedback control
  • filter theory (control)
  • information theory
  • knowledge based systems
  • knowledge representation
  • machine learning
  • model order reduction (control theory)
  • multivariable control
  • neural networks
  • optimal control
  • pattern recognition
  • remote manipulator arms (robotics)
  • robot control
  • robot dynamics
  • robot sensors
  • robot vision
  • robotics
  • scene analysis (robotics)
  • speech recognition
  • support vector machines
  • telerobotics
  • teleoperators (robotics)
  • virtual reality