The Multimission VICAR Planner: Automated Image Processing for Scientific Data Analysis

Steve A. Chien and Helen B. Mortensen, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

The Multimission VICAR Planner (MVP) system is an AI planning system which constructs executable image processing programs to support Operational Science Analysis (OSA) requests made to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Multimission Image Processing Subsystem (MIPS). MVP accepts as in- put: image files and a high-level specification of de- sired corrections, enhancements, output properties (such as for mosaics). MVP then derives: unspec- ified but required processing steps, relevant image processing library programs, and appropriate pa- rameter settings for such programs - constructing an executable image processing program to fill the image processing request. MVP is currently avail- able to analysts to fill requests and reduces the ef- fort to fill radiometric correction, color triplet re- construction, and mosaicking tasks by over an order of magnitude.

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