Harsh Sandesh Desai

About Me


Hi, I'm a second-year Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department.

I design tiny sensing computers that work without batteries, as a part of the ABSTRACT research group led by Prof. Brandon Lucia

Research Interests

I am interested in the design, development and deployment of ultra-low-power sensing computers.

This class of cheap & tiny sensors will drive the ubiquitous sensing applications of tomorrow.

My research involves building hardware prototypes of such ultra-low-power sensing systems, crafting software to run on their resource-constrained processors and designing the system architecture to optimize runtime performance according to application requirements

Here's an example of my most recent work:

This is Camaroptera: a batteryless, wireless, long-range smart camera.
It can image it's environment and, using a local CNN inference engine, determine the presence of people around it.
It sends the images it finds to be interesting to a remote server using a LoRa radio.


  • Camaroptera: a Batteryless Long-Range Remote Visual Sensing System
    Matteo Nardello, Harsh Desai, Davide Brunelli, and Brandon Lucia
    Energy Harvesting & Energy-Neutral Sensing Systems (ENSsys’19), New York, NY, USA. [paper]
  • Powering Pipeline Monitoring Sensors Using Locally Available Energy
    Harshit Shukla, Kalyan R. Piratla, Harsh Desai, and Jacob Sorber
    Pipelines 2019 [paper]
  • Evaluation of Energy Harvesting Potential in Water Pipelines to Power Sustainable Monitoring Systems
    Harshit Shukla, Harsh Desai, Jacob Sorber, and Kalyan R. Piratla
    Construction Research Congress 2018 [paper]