Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

GRASP Faculty Member until '18, Executive Vice President, Samsung Research

Dr. Daniel Lee left Penn in 2018, to see more information about his new position visit:

Dr. Daniel Lee was the UPS Foundation Professor in Transportation of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Director of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab. He joined the Penn faculty in 2001, after six years in the Theoretical Physics and Biological Computation departments of Bell Labs. His research focuses on improving the speed and efficiency with which computers and other artificial systems process information, in part by using biological systems as a model for intelligent robotic systems that can learn from experience.
As Director of the GRASP Lab, he leads a $13 million research center that integrates computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering to develop technological innovations. GRASP researchers have pioneered such vital areas as building autonomous vehicles and robots, developing self-configuring humanoids, and making robot swarms a reality. Dan served from 2008-2011 as Evan C Thompson Term Professor for Distinguished Teaching and in 2006 received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Penn’s highest cross-university teaching award.
Dan is also the co-director of the CMU-Penn University Transportation Center, his group focuses on understanding general computational principles in biological systems, and on applying that knowledge to build autonomous systems. Dan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and in 2004 received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation. He earned a PhD in Physics (1995) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an AB summa cum laude in Physics (1990) from Harvard University.
The UPS Foundation Chair in Transportation, one of three UPS Foundation Chairs at Penn, supports studies of transportation management as enabled by technology. The UPS Foundation was established in 1951 with a mission to help build stronger and more resilient communities around the world, focusing on: Diversity, creating opportunities for underrepresented communities; Volunteerism, promoting volunteerism and building capacity within the nonprofit sector; Community Safety, enhancing community well-being through road safety and humanitarian relief; and Environment, supporting energy conservation and reforestation.

Research Groups


Assumed density filtering Q-learning

Publisher International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)

Learning Q-network for Active Information Acquisition

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Online self-supervised monocular visual odometry for ground vehicles

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)



GRASP Director Dan Lee Elected AAAI fellow!

February 21, 2016


GRASP goes to China

June 24, 2015

Faculty News

Sander Olson Interviews Roboticist Daniel Lee

February 4, 2011


Penn Takes Second Place at MAGIC 2010

November 18, 2010

Faculty News

“Making Robots More Like Us”

August 10, 2009

Ph.D. Students

Steven Weyhan Chen

PhD, CIS (on leave of absence)


Alexander Ryan Baucom

Robotics MSE '17 - Software Engineer, Waymo

Brendan Callahan

Robotics MSE '17 - Machine Learning Engineer, ASAPP

Xiang Deng

Robotics MSE '17- ETH Zurich

Kashish Gupta

Robotics MSE '18 - Hightouch

Varun Gupta

Robotics MSE '18 - Rivian

Rachel (Qiao) Han

Robotics MSE '20 - TruckSmarter

Jinwook Huh

PhD, ESE '19

Heejin Jeong

Robotics MSE '16; PhD, ESE '20 - Together AI

Arbaaz Khan

Robotics MSE '18, PhD ESE '21 - Applied Scientist at Amazon

Daewon Lee

PostDoc, ESE '18 - Senior Research Scientist, Samsung Research NY

Bhoram Lee

PhD, ESE '19

Yiren Lu

Robotics MSE '17 - Software Engineer, Waymo

Stephen McGill

Robotics MSE '11; PhD, ESE '16; Manager, Driver Risk Assessment, Toyota Research Institute

Yung-Kyun Noh

Visiting Scholar under D. Lee '09

Daniel Pak

Robotics MSE '18 - Yale Ventures

Mohammad Rostami

Robotics MSE '16, PhD ESE'19, Faculty member at USC CS department

Nitin Jannatha Sanket

Robotics MSE '16; Assistant Professor Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Director of Perception and Autonomous Robotics Group(PeAR)

Omkar Savant

Robotics MSE '20 - Adept AI Labs

Joseph Trovato

Robotics MSE '15 - Beta Technologies

Andy Ye

Robotics MSE '19

Seungjoon Yi

PostDoc, ESE '13-'16 - Faculty, Pusan National University

Zhiheng Zhang

Robotics MSE '18 - Apple

Clark Zhang

Robotics MSE '19; PhD, ESE '21

Xin Zhang

Robotics MSE '17; Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Lee