Daniel E. Koditschek

Alfred Fitler Moore Professor
Electrical & Systems Engineering,

School of Engineering and Applied Science,
University of Pennsylvania

Penn Engineering Research & Collaboration Hub (PERCH)
3401 Grays Ferry Ave.
Pennovation Center, Building 6176, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Email: kod@seas.upenn.edu

Walk in Office Hours Spring 2018

Tuesdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Pennovation, Room 202

Thursdays 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Moore 201G

If these don’t fit your schedule, then please work with Diedra to find an individual appointment kodadmin@seas.upenn.edu.

A bit about me

Over the past two decades it has been my exciting pleasure to lead a research group that we have loosely come to call “kodlab.” Some of our publications are now online (also becoming available through the Penn Scholarly Commons), and I am gradually bringing my teaching materials into a readily accessible format as well.

I am married to Anne Teitelman whose research focuses on HIV prevention among adolescents and in understanding intimate partner violence as an HIV risk factor. Our son, Ben, is excited about design and ultimate frisbee. Our son, Alex, is excited about too many things to yet find expression on the web.



Spring 2010
We are running a second administration of the new course ESE 250, (“Digital Audio Basics”), developed by Andre’ DeHon, intended as a motivating introduction to the new Computer Engineering Major (a revised version of the old CTE Major) within ESE.We will plan to run ESE 313 once again in a year’s time, in the Spring 2011 semester.

Fall 2009
I am assisting Andre’ DeHon in the development and pilot delivery of his exciting new course, ESE 250, (“Digital Audio Basics”), intended as a motivating introduction to the new Computer Engineering Major (a revised version of the old CTE Major) within ESE.

Spring 2009
ESE 313 ran in its first regular admission for Spring ‘09. My TA, Sam Russem, and I share a pedagogical interest in developing lifelong learning skills using the paradigm of a research scientist as the basis for a laboratory-focused learning experience addressing the challenges and opportunities of bioinspired robotics.Here are some samples of class assignments and pointers to some of the students’ class work.


My collaborators and I developed a new freshman introduction to Electrical Systems and Engineering. Supported initially by an NSF DLR grant, we developed an inquired based approach which has attracted attention in the local Penn press for its novel robot-focused laboratory and popular public events. The class has morphed into the now stable ESE 112 whose associated curricular materials are collected here. A brief account of the evolution of the course and some preliminary assessment of its efficacy is presented in a recent conference paper.I have taught a wide variety of courses ranging from discrete mathematics and dynamical systems theory to circuits and even introductory automata theory. To support some of the new interdisciplinary courses I hope to develop in future years, I will be slowly posting materials from these past classes as time permits.


Daniel E. Koditschek is the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, within the University of PennsylvaniaSchool of Engineering and Applied Science where he serves as Director of the Penn Engineering Research Collaboration Hub (PERCH). Koditschek received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Applied Science and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1981 and 1983, all from Yale University. He served on the Yale Faculty in Electrical Engineering until moving to the University of Michigan a decade later. In January 2005, he moved to Penn as Chair of the recently formed Electrical and Systems Engineering Department, a position which he held through 2012.

Koditschek’s research interests include robotics and, more generally, the application of dynamical systems theory to intelligent mechanisms. His more than 200 archival journal and refereed conference publications have appeared in a broad spectrum of venues ranging from the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society through The Journal of Experimental Biology, with a concentration in several of the IEEE journals and related transactions. Various aspects of this work have received mention in general scientific publications such as Scientific American and Science as well as in the popular and general lay press such as The New York Times and Discover Magazine. Here is a sample of some recent mentions in the popular press.

Dr. Koditschek is a member of the AMSACMMAASIAMSICB and Sigma Xi and is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS. He was awarded the 2016 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award. Koditschek holds secondary appointments within the School of Engineering and Applied Science in the departments of Computer and Information Science and Mechanical Engineering.