Prof. Dongheui Lee

Associate Professor

Human-centered Assistive Robotics

Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

The research interests of Prof. Lee (b. 1977) encompass machine learning for robots and cognitive robotics. She also evaluates and analyzes human motion and human-robot-interaction. In recognition of her achievements in research, Dongheui Lee was named a Carl von Linde Junior Fellow of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study in 2011.

Prof. Lee studied mechanical engineering at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, and did her doctorate at the University of Tokyo in 2007. From 2001 to 2004, she was a research fellow at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), where she developed a navigation algorithm for mobile robots. After her doctorate, she worked as project assistant professor at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Mechano-Informatics (2007-09). Since 2009, Prof. Lee has been junior professor of dynamic human-robot interaction at TUM. She conducts research as part of the Cognition for Technical Systems (CoTeSys) cluster of excellence.


  • Outstanding Paper Award, International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence (2017)
  • Helmholtz Professorship prize (2015)
  • Best Video Presentation Award, International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence (2014)
  • Carl von Linde Junior Fellow (2011)
  • Finalist for the KUKA Service Robotics Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (2009)

Key Publications

Lee D, Soloperto R, Saveriano M: "Bidirectional Invariant Representation of Rigid Body Motions and its Application to Gesture Recognition and Reproduction". Autonomous Robots. 2017.


Calinon S, Lee D: "Learning Control, Humanoid Robotics: a Reference". Springer, 2016.

Lee D, Ott C: "Incremental Kinesthetic Teaching of Motion Primitives Using the Motion Refinement Tube". Autonomous Robots. 2011; 31(2): 115-131.


Lee D, Nakamura Y: “Mimesis Model from Partial Observations for a Humanoid Robot”. The International Journal of Robotics Research. 2010; 29(1): 60-80.


Lee D, Ott C, Nakamura Y: “Mimetic Communication Model with Compliant Physical Contact in Human-Humanoid Interaction”. The International Journal of Robotics Research. 2010; 29(13): 1684-1704.