Synergy Labs

The Systems, Networking, and Energy Efficiency (Synergy) lab is at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. It is led by Professor Yuvraj Agarwal.

Our primary research interests are in the broad area of systems - especially at the intersection of hardware and software systems. In recent years, we have worked on topics related to Energy Efficient Computing in Buildings and the Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile Systems, with a significant cross cutting interest on Security and Privacy issues.


[Spring/Fall 2024] We are looking for 1 PhD student and 1-2 stellar M.S. or undergraduate students to join our lab. We have several relatively new projects in the Internet of Things and the Mobile Computing space, particularly looking at privacy and security challenges. We also have a newish project on EduSense, where we are building the classroom sensing fabric for the future of smart campuses classrooms! We also have a longer running project to build the software stack and the apps on top of it for IoT and Smart Buildings. The Research and the Publications tabs on the website summarize the current research directions of our lab. If you are awesome and are motivated to work on the exciting and socially relevant projects at the intersection of hardware and software systems, contact Yuvraj by email. If you are a PhD student, there are multiple programs at CMU that you can apply to and work with us. If you are already at CMU, please drop by Yuvraj's office.

What's new?

Paper studying the efficacy of different IoT label complexity, particularly one with the US Cyber Trust Mark and QR code is accepted to CHI'24! Congratulations Claire, Dillion, Alexandra, Hamsini!


Paper on ThingPoll, a system to scaffold privacy negotiation for IoT device settings is accepted to CHI'24! Congratulations Haozhe!


Paper on Matcha, an IDE Plugin and system to help devs cereaet accurate mobile privacy lables is accepted to UbiComp 24! Congratulations Tianshi!


Paper on Kirigami, a framework to study the privacy implication of audio based sensing and an edge speech filter accepted to UbiComp 24! Congratulations Sudershan, Haozhe!


Professor Yuvraj Agarwal was interviewed with Bart Zeigler at Wall Street Journal about IoT devices and what consumers should think about when purchasing these devices, covering our IoT Security and Privacy Label research and the upcoming U.S. Cyber Trust Mark effort.

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Our lab is located at TCS 235, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.