Activity Planning Software Tool – Penn State Behrend

INSTITUTION

Penn State Behrend

CLASS

Nickel Class (2020 – 2021)

STUDENT TEAM

Cameron Watson, Software Engineering
Jonathan Williamson, Software Engineering
Keith Stanton, Software Engineering
Roger Branham, Software Engineering

TECHNICAL GUIDANCE

Shaheer Khan, Mission Planning and Sequencing Team Lead, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Chris Lawler, Planning & Execution Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

ACADEMIC GUIDANCE

Dr. Naseem Ibrahim, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Penn State Behrend
Dr. Meng Su, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Penn State Behrend
Dr. Wen-Li Wang, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Penn State Behrend

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Science Planning team members from the Psyche mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) requested the capstone team to design and build a software tool to help science planners visually ‘diff’ two plans. In other words, given two plans (time-lists of activity instances), the tool would show science planners, in some way, a timeline with visual indicators of how activities moved (or were added/removed) between one version of the plan and another. The student team implemented a solution, guided by direct feedback from JPL science planners. The Psyche science planners provided sample input files as well as sketches of what would be useful for the final diffs to look like.

PROJECT Summary Video

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Penn State Behrend Capstone Courses. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission (https://psyche.asu.edu). “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.