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GRASP Lab’s New Director
April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31



Dr. Kostas Daniilidis, associate professor of computer and information science, has been appointed the new director of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, effective January 1, 2008, replacing Dr. George Pappas, who stepped down to become Deputy Dean of Penn Engineering.  “Kostas’s scholarly standards and leadership capabilities will carry GRASP to new research heights,” said Dean Eduardo Glandt.  “His commitment to GRASP and its interdisciplinary environment is extraordinary.” 

Dr. Daniilidis obtained his PhD in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and joined Penn Engineering in 1998 as assistant professor in computer and information science. Dr. Daniilidis’s research focuses on the visual perception of space and motion by machines. He is a world expert in the areas of omnidirectional vision, tele-immersion, robot localization, and mapping.  Dr. Daniilidis also works with archaeologists on 3-D modeling of cultural heritage.

The GRASP Laboratory, founded 1979 by Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy, focuses on interdisciplinary aspects of the science of robotic and intelligent machines.  Dr. Daniilidis will direct the laboratory of 13 faculty members who are world leaders in robotics and perception, and with over $10 million of externally-sponsored research.




Almanac - April 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 31