Data Science

Role in Scientific Discovery

Data Science

Data science provides the tools to generate scientific inferences while reducing uncertainties.


Benefit to JPL Mission

Data science enables safer, more efficient, and more productive design and operation of all missions. Data science provides deep insights into system behavior and drives autonomy.



Data collection is outpacing current approaches to data infrastructure, computing processes, computing power, and data security. The traditional approach to scaling data systems—increasing computation—is becoming untenable, for both ground and space operations. 



  • Data Management and Compute-Intensive Architectures and Ecosystems: data infrastructures, compute infrastructures, data models, cybersecurity

  • Data Analytics: analysis-ready data environments, exploratory data analysis

  • Uncertainty Quantification: surrogate models or emulators, model comparison, observation selection


Read more about this topic in JPL's 2019 Strategic Technologies document.