Daniel Lee Elected AAAI Fellow

George PappasDaniel Lee, UPS Foundation Professor in Transportation with appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Computer and Information Science, has been elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Each year the AAAI recognizes individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence as Fellows. The Fellows program, honors a small percentage of the AAAI membership for providing intellectual leadership and making significant research or service contributions to the field over many years. AAAI Fellowship is a lifetime honor.

Lee 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. Lee served from 2008-2011 as Evan C Thompson Term Professor for Distinguished Teaching and was appointed to his UPS Foundation Professorship in June 2015.

In 2006, Lee also received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Penn’s highest cross-university teaching award.

Lee 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. 

Lee 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.

For more informaton about Daniel Lee and his research, please visit his faculty profile.