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Dan Levine


4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 198-219

Pasadena, CA 91101

Member of:

347J - Perception Systems

Dan Levine, PhD

Robotics Technologist


Dan Levine is a robotics technologist in the Perception Systems group. He is generally interested in applications of computational statistical methods to challenging problems in robotic perception, inference, and control. Dan is currently a software developer for the Mars 2020 rover Sampling and Caching Subsystem. He is additionally developing perceptual reasoning algorithms to automate MSL rover planning.


PhD Computational Statistics, 2014, MIT
SM Aeronautics & Astronautics, 2010, MIT
SB Aerospace Engineering, 2008, MIT

Research Interests

Embedded software
Statistical inference
Information theory
Perceptual reasoning about natural terrain


  1. Arturo Rankin, Mark Maimone, Jeffrey Biesiadecki, Nikunj Patel, Dan Levine, Olivier Toupet, "Mars Curiosity Rover Mobility Trends During the First 7 Years," Journal of Field Robotics, 09 January 2021.
  1. A. Rankin, M. Maimone, J. Biesiadecki, N. Patel, D. Levine, O. Toupet, "Driving Curiosity: Mars Rover Mobility Trends During the First Seven Years," 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 March 2020.
  1. O. Toupet, J. Biesiadecki, A. Rankin, A. Steffy, G. Meirion-Griffith, D. Levine, M. Schadegg, and M. Maimone, "Traction Control Design and Integration Onboard the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 01 January 2018.