Pete Bonasso

Used to hack intelligent architectures for mobile robots for TRACLabs at NASA Johnson Space Center's Robot Architectures Laboratory. Now he does fun Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) AI work for NASA and other government groups at TRACLabs

He also writes fiction in his spare time .


E-mail: bonasso@traclabs.com
Mail: TRACLabs, Inc. 16969 N. Texas Ave, Suite 300, Webster, TX 77586
Fone: (281) 461 7886 x708 Fax: (281) 557-2374

Short Biography

Pete Bonasso is a senior consultant for artificial intelligence and robotics in the Texas Robotics & Automation Center Laboratories (TRACLabs), in Houston, TX. Currently, he is conducting research in planning and procedure execution for humans and robots in space and in ontological modeling of space environments.

A co-designer of the 3T layered intelligent control architecture, in past work for NASA he has has investigated the application of 3T to NASA autonomous robots, such as the RMS Assistant and advanced life support monitoring and control, such as that for a plant nutrient delivery system, an advanced air revitalization system (ARS), an integrated water recovery system (WRS) and a cascade distiller system (CDS). He developed the system planner for managing crew/plant gas exchange during a ninety-one day, human-rated Lunar-Mars Life Support Test.

He has served on the program committees for the National AI Conference and the annual Agent Theory, Architectures, and Languages conference, and was the co-organizer of the first AAAI Mobile Robot Competition in 1992. He is also an editor of Artificial Intelligence and Mobile Robots, with David Kortenkamp and Robin Murphy, published by the MIT Press in 1998.

Pete received his B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy in 1968 and masters degrees in computer utilization and operations research from Stanford University in 1974.


Co-editor, Artificial Intelligence and Mobile Robots available from MIT Press.

Past publications on line.

  • Bonasso, R.P. and Schreckenghost, D. Re-planning for Anomalies Using Discourse in IWPSS 2019 2019. Berkeley, CA.
  • Bonasso, R. Peter CASE: A HAL 9000 for 2021 in ScienceRobotics Magazine Vol 3, #24 2018.
  • Bonasso, R. Peter, Hart, S., Kramer, James, Huaman, Ana CASE: A Cognitive Architecture for Space Exploration in i-SAIRAS 18 2018. Madrid, Spain.
  • Bonasso, R. Peter, Kortenkamp, David, MacIntyre, Blair, Wolfe, Bryn Alternate Realities for Mission Operations Plan Execution in ICAPS Workshop on User Interfaces and Scheduling and Planning (UISP) 2017. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Bell, Scott, Pete Bonasso, Mark Boddy, Dave Kortenkamp and Debra Schreckenghost.. PRONTOE: A case study for developing ontologies for operations. in International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development (KEOD 13) 2013. Vilamoura, Portugal.
  • Bonasso, R.P., Mark Boddy, Dave Kortenkamp, Scott Bell. Ontological Models To Support Planning Operations. in Internation Workshop on Planning and Scheduling in Space (IWPSS 13). 2013. Mountain View, CA.
  • Pete Bonasso, Debbie Schreckenghost and Tod Milam. Intelligent Agents for Scheduling Space Communications, in Proceedings of International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space i-SAIRAS-2012, Turin, Italy, Sep 2012.
  • Pete Bonasso and Mark Boddy. Eliciting Planning Information from Subject Matter Experts, in Proceedings of the Workshop on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling, ICAPS-2010,Toronto, Canada, May 2010.
  • Mark Boddy and Pete Bonasso. Planning for Human Execution of Procedures Using ANML, in Proceedings of the Scheduling and Planning Applications woRKshop, ICAPS-2010,Toronto, Canada, May 2010.
  • Pete Bonasso, Mark Boddy and David Kortenkamp. Enhancing NASA's Procedure Representation Language to Support Planning Operations, in Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Planning & Scheduling Systems, IJCAI-09, Pasadena, CA, July 2009.
  • Pete Bonasso, Teaching Humans to Talk to Robots, in Working Notes of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Natural Dialogues with Practical Robotic Devices, Stanford, Mar 2000.
  • Schreckenghost, D; Bonasso, P.; Kortenkamp, D.; and Ryan, D. Three Tier Architecture for Controlling Space Life Support Systems . IEEE Symposium on Intelligence in Automation and Robotics. May,1998.
  • R. P. Bonasso, D. Kortenkamp and T. Whitney Using a Robot Control Architecture to Automate Space Shuttle Operations, 9th Conference on Innovative Applications of AI (IAAI97) , July, 1997.
  • R. P. Bonasso, R. J. Firby, E. Gat, David Kortenkamp, D. Miller, and M. Slack, Experiences with an Architecture for Intelligent, Reactive Agents, in Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence , January, 1997.
  • Other Publications

  • Pete Bonasso, Tom Dean. A Retrospective on the AAAI Robot Competitions & Exhibitions, AI Magazine , Spring 1997.
  • D. Kortenkamp and E. Huber and R. P. Bonasso. Recognizing and Interpreting Gestures on a Mobile Robot In Proceedings AAAI-96 , August, 1996.
  • R. P. Bonasso and D. Kortenkamp. Using a Layered Control Architecture to Alleviate Planning with Incomplete Information In AAAI Spring Symposium on Planning with Incomplete Information for Robot Problems , March, 1996.
  • R. P. Bonasso. Using Adjustable Autonomy to Extend the Independence of the Elderly, Working Notes: 1996 AAAI Fall Symposium on Developing Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities , Nov, 1996.
  • R. P. Bonasso and D. Kortenkamp. Characterizing an Architecture for Intelligent, Reactive Agents Working Notes: 1995 AAAI Spring Symposium on Lessons Learned from Implemented Software Architectures for Physical Agents, March, 1995.
  • R. P. Bonasso. Integrating Deliberation in an Intelligent Agent Architecture, Working Notes: 1995 AAAI Spring Symposium on Integrated Planning Applications, March, 1995.
  • R. Peter Bonasso and D. Kortenkamp. An Intelligent Agent Architecture In Which to Pursue Robot Learning. In Working Notes: MCL-COLT '94 Robot Learning Workshop. , July, 1994.
  • R. Peter Bonasso and Jeff Barratt . A Reactive Robot System for Find and Visit Tasks in a Dynamic Ocean Environment. In Proceedings of the 8th Intern'tl Symp on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology, IEEE Oceanographic Society,Sep, 1993.
  • Dean, T.L., and Bonasso, R. P. A Report on the First AAAI Robot Competition and Exhibition. AI Magazine, Spring 1993.
  • R. Peter Bonasso. Using Parallel Program Specifications for Reactive Control of an Underwater Vehicle, The Journal of Applied Intelligence, June 1992.
  • Bonasso R. P., Antonisse, H.J., and Slack M.G. 1992. A Reactive Robot System for Find and Fetch Tasks in an Outdoor Environment. In Proceedings of the 10th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. San Jose, CA, July . AAAI Press.
  • Bonasso, R. P. 1991.Integrating Reaction Plans and Layered Competences Through Synchronous Control, In Proceedings of the 12th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Sydney, Australia.