The hunt for life in extraterrestrial environments and in extreme environments on Earth presents challenging problems in exploration strategy, engineering, and science. Our success depends on the magic that happens when new tools and techniques are developed, which allows us to look at the world in new ways and from new perspectives.
In this talk, Dr. Boston discusses issues and new directions in robotics, machine learning, and life detection technologies that are changing the way NASA explores our universe for other lifeforms.
Dr. Boston is Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which supports the study of the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. From 2002-2016, Dr. Boston was the Associate Director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and Professor and Chair of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept. at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Dr. Boston received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and was awarded the “Caving Legend Award” from the Ft. Stanton Cave Study Project/Bureau of Land Management.