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Assistant Research Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering and CyLab
Carnegie Mellon University
Office: 2217 Collaborative Innovation Center
Phone: (412) 268-4856
Fax: (412) 268-5531
Postal: CIC 2217
4720 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Research Interests

My research focuses on networked real-time embedded systems for sensing and control applications. We are seeing an increasing number of new systems that interact directly with the environment where poor performance, unanticipated results and failure can be catastrophic. In the spirit of systems research, I like to design, implement and evaluate these types of systems in order to truly understand them.

Recently, I have been working on developing large-scale sensor networks and their supporting technologies that are energy-efficient and provide real-time properties. Sensor networks are a practical mechanism for bringing contextual information and new abilities to the already numerous embedded systems that surround us. They have the potential to revolutionize a wide range of application areas ranging from transportation and critical infrastructure monitoring to smart buildings and microgrids.

For more information about my group, please visit the Wireless, Sensing and Embedded Systems (WiSE Lab) webpage.


  • June 17th, 2014: New NSF project about keeping track of time in Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • Apr 23rd, 2014: Co-chairing ACM/IEEE IPSN 2015 in Seattle
  • Apr 14th, 2014: New ALPS hardware came in a respectable 4th in the IPSN localization competition for infrastructure-based solutions.
  • Apr 1st, 2014: Two new IPSN papers to be presented at CPS week.
  • Dec 6th, 2013: New DOE project on programmable buildings
  • Dec 2nd, 2013: Two new papers at RTSS
  • Aug 20th, 2013: Deployed a wirelessly controlled micro-grid in Les Anglais Haiti. More details in this paper.
  • Aug 17th, 2013: Our CMUcam5 kickstarter is funded! Thanks for the support: Gizmodo, EE Times, Hack-a-day, Techcrunch, Azosensors, PCWorld,!, Solid State Technologies, Ubergizmo, Electronics Weekly and WSJ Marketwatch.
  • Jan 17th, 2013: The TerraSwarm Research Center awarded $27.5M.
  • Nov. 6th, 2012: SenSys paper on ultrasonic ranging of smartphones.
  • Mar. 21th, 2012: CMUcam4 now on sale!
  • Nov. 16th, 2011: Appliance Classification using multi-modal sensing won best poster at BuildSys 2011
  • Nov. 11th, 2010: Some Sensor Andrew making its way to the local press.
  • Nov. 8th, 2010: CMU story on SAGA
  • Nov. 2nd, 2010: EMF-based appliance state detection got voted Best Paper by the crowd at BuildSys 2010.
  • Jan. 4th, 2010: NSF video piece on energy management.
  • Nov. 12th, 2009: Syntonistor wins SenSys 2009 best paper award.
  • Feb. 3th, 2009: 'Smart' buildings, structures may save billions article about Sensor Andrew.
  • Dec. 6th, 2008: Nano-RK gets an energy boost from Rate-Harmonized Scheduling at RTSS.


  • Spring 2015: Embedded Systems Design (capstone)
  • Fall 2014: 19-848c Networked Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Spring 2014: 15/18-213 Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Fall 2013: 18-848c Networked Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Fall 2012: 18-648 Real-Time Embedded Systems
  • Spring 2012: 15-213/18-213 Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Fall 2011: 18-848c Networked Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Spring 2011: 15-213/18-243 Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Fall 2010: 18-848c Networked Cyber-Physical Systems

Current Students

  • Maxim Buevich (Ph.D.)
  • Patrick Lazik (Ph.D.)
  • Niranjini Rajagopal (Ph.D.)
  • Oliver Shih (Ph.D.)
  • Frank Mokaya (Ph.D. co-advised with Pei Zhang)
  • Luis Pinto (Ph.D. co-advised with Joao Barros)
  • Adwait Dongare (Ph.D.)

Previous Students (detailed)

  • 2013 Nat Storer (U.G.), Kwabena Agyemen (U.G.), Steven DeVincentis (U.G.)
  • 2012 Amey Asgaonkar (M.S.), Str Bargav (M.S.), Abhijeeth Nuthan (M.S.), Shyama Asokan (M.S.)
  • 2011 Vishakh Rao, M.S., Xianliang Li, M.S., Xu Zhang, M.S.
  • 2009 Yi-Zhi Wu, M.S., Pavan Rao, M.S.
  • 2008 Aditya Bhave, M.S., Gurpreet Singh, M.S.


2015 TPCs: IPSN (co-chair), RTAS, RTSS
2012 TPCs: SenSys, IPSN, RTAS (WSN chair), RTSS
2011 TPCs: SenSys, BuildSys, RTSS, RTAS, ICDCS, IGCC
2010 TPCs: RTSS (WiP), SUTC

I have been a regular reviewer for ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, INSS, IEEE Pervasive Computing and IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computing (ISWC).

I have information and photos for talks on my bio page.