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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 16, 1998

RICHARD DOYLE TO HEAD JPL'S INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

       Dr. Richard Doyle has been named manager of the Information Technologies and Software Systems Division at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. He replaces Chris Carl, who has retired.

       Doyle, 40, was previously manager of the Information and Computing Technologies Research Section and assistant manager for the Autonomy Technology Program at JPL. He served as supervisor of the Artificial Intelligence Group at JPL from 1989 to 1995. In 1993-94, he spent six months as a visiting scientist in the Mission Operations Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.

       He was U.S. program chair for the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation for Space, held in Tokyo in July 1997 and will serve in this role again at No÷rdvijk, The Netherlands in June 1999. In July 1997, he spoke on the topic of "The Emergence of Spacecraft Autonomy" as an invited speaker at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Providence, RI .

       Doyle received his doctorate in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in 1988, his master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1984, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics, summa cum laude, with a minor in astronomy, from Boston University in 1980. He originally worked at JPL from July 1980 to December 1991 as an analyst and programmer in the Navigation Systems Section. While earning advanced degrees, he returned to JPL during summers to work in the Artificial Intelligence Group.

       Doyle was born in Middletown, CT and now resides in La Crescenta, CA.

       JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

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