Affiliated Centers & Institutes

For complete descriptions of our affiliated Engineering centers and institutes, see the summaries below.

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GRASP | IRCS | LRSM | NBIC | Pennergy | PRECISE | Warren

General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab

Dan Lee, Director
The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab is a truly inter-disciplinary research center at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1979, the lab has grown today to be one of the premier research centers focusing on fundamental research in robotics, vision, perception, control, automation and learning. Learn more.
   

Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS)

John Trueswell, Director
The Institute for Research in Cognitive Science fosters the development of a science of the human mind through the interaction of investigators from the disclipines of Linguistics, Mathematical Logic, Philosophy, Psychology, Computer Science, and Neuroscience. Learn more.
   

Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)

Arjun G. Yodh, Director
The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) is the intellectual focal point of materials research at Penn. It hosts the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC), which consists of five Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) plus selected seed projects. The MRSEC provides crucial support for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students drawn from different disciplines, to tackle complex materials science projects that can only be addressed in a truly collaborative mode. Learn more.
   

Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC)

Charlie Johnson, Director
The Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) that exploits Penn's internationally recognized strengths in design of molecular function and quantification of individual molecules. The Center unites investigators to provide, not only new directions for the life sciences, but also for engineering in a two-way flow essential to fully realizing the benefits of nano-biotechnology...Learn more.
   

Penn Center for Energy Innovation (Pennergy)

Cherie Kagan and Andrew Rappe, Co-Directors
The Penn Center for Energy Innovation (Pennergy) brings together world-class researchers to solve scientific and technological problems enabling the efficient use of current energy sources, the practical use of more sustainable energy, and the facile conversion of energy to different forms.  The Center researchers and educators integrate and share their knowledge through energy research, educational, and outreach activities that impact researchers, students, and our community. Learn more.
   

Penn Research in Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering (PRECISE)

Insup Lee, Director
PRECISE is the point of convergence for several related research efforts by theaffiliated faculty in the areas of cyber-physical systems, distributed, real-time, and embedded systems, formal specification and verification, control theory, and trust management. Comprised of researchers from the departments of Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering, the center also collaborates closely with researchers in Robotics, Bioengineering, the School of Medicine, and Wharton. PRECISE research is being applied to several application domains, including embedded software-intensive medical devices, embedded software design and verification, wireless sensors, and robotics. Learn more.
   

The Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences

Michael Kearns, Director, and Rakesh Vohra, Co-Director
The Warren Center for Data & Network Sciences is an incubator of forward-thinking research, culturally impactful innovation, and potent interdisciplinary collaboration that challenges how the world views technology. High-caliber faculty members from across the university have a place to centralize, share and develop their wide range of approaches to network science, from economics to sociology to cryptography and more. Here, the brightest data-centric minds at Penn spearhead collaborative research projects, generating collective solutions from once disparate schools of thought. Learn more.