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Intro


THE TECH IS OUT THERE.

 

 

 

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Intro


THE TECH IS OUT THERE.

 

 

 

 

NASA iTech is a unique initiative to find innovative ideas that address critical problems here on Earth that also hold great potential to solve critical technology challenges in future space exploration.

Those ideas may come from small or large businesses, academia, other government organizations – or others who may not have previously had a forum to present their solutions to NASA leadership or their industry partners.

Finalists from across the U.S. have represented 20 of their most promising innovative technologies at the NASA iTech Forum during Cycles 1 and 2. Now, Cycle 3 is open for new ideas in challenge focus areas including Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality Advancement, Autonomy, High Performance Computing, Medical Breakthrough and more.


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The call for papers for NASA iTech's Cycle 3 is open now through October 20, 2017.



Want to know more about NASA iTech?

 Visit the "ABOUT" link at the top of this page to learn more about the benefits of participating in NASA iTech and how to enter Cycle 3, including guidelines and frequently asked questions.

Or, find out other ways to get involved by signing up for the latest news and information at the button below.


 
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Cycle 3 Focus Areas


Cycle 3 Challenge Focus Areas

Cycle 3 Focus Areas


Cycle 3 Challenge Focus Areas

The six challenge focus areas for NASA iTech Cycle 3 are:


Artificial Intelligence: Increased efficiency in data mining of large data sets

There was a time when collecting a huge data set was as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack, but as technology has developed, that is no longer an issue.  Today’s challenge is identifying a specific needle in a pile of needles and being able to extract and utilize the data.  For example, in a massive weather dataset, how do we find a tropical cyclone among all of the other data?


Augmented Reality Advancement: Virtual worlds for medical, physiological, and/or physical training

Deep space exploration creates challenges that augmented reality tools may be able to address.  Examples include assisting with medical procedures; addressing psychological issues when time is limited and distance from physicians and families is great; and/or providing computer-generated physical training capabilities. Solutions should help minimize risk for future missions.


Autonomy: Success in the face of limited data

Today we train machines to “learn” through thousands–even tens of thousands or millions–of examples. But, the challenges of future space exploration are unprecedented. How do you equip machines and computers to make smart decisions when there aren’t millions of examples to learn from – and tech support is literally millions of miles away? If you know how to teach machines to make the best decisions with limited data, we want to hear from you.


High Performance Computing: Improved performance/lower cost

With the creation of massive datasets, we now need to process that data more cost-effectively to make efficient use of it.  How can we significantly drop the cost and increase the speed of processing – perhaps by an order of magnitude?


Medical Breakthrough: New approaches that will revolutionize human health and healthcare

Examples include, but are not limited to, lab analysis technologies, flexible ultrasound technologies, in-situ production capabilities for medicine or food, and technologies that can extend the life of medicine and/or food.  Give us your best ideas.


X-Factor: Innovations so compelling NASA should know about them

You have something–you know you do–something so cool something so revolutionary that we didn't even know to ask for it, "but NASA has got to know!”  If that’s your response, and your innovation doesn't fit with another Cycle 3 category, please submit your idea to this category.


Submit Your Cycle 3 Entry by clicking the button below or visiting the "Submit White Paper" link in the banner at the top of this page.

For additional guidelines, click here.


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Cycle 3 Timeline


NASA iTech Cycle 3 Timeline

Cycle 3 Timeline


NASA iTech Cycle 3 Timeline

Proposed Timeline - Subject to Change