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 on VAX (Video/Audio to X) that bootstraps privacy-aware sensors for human activity recognition is accepted to UbiComp 23! Congrats Prasoon!


Paper on context detection using temporal analysis and ontology is accepted to UbiComp 23! Congrats Sudershan and Prasoon!


Professor Yuvraj Agarwal attended the launch event of the "US Cyber Trust Mark" for IoT Devices at the White House. The live streamed event featured our video envisioning the consumer journey for an IoT label, and his statements on camera on our IoT label research at CMU. See the CyLab Article for details!


Congratulations to Tianshi Li on her faculty job search! Tianshi will join Northeastern/CS as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2024!


Paper on students' perceptions of smart classrooms is accepted to DIS 2023! Congrats Tracia, David, Prasoon!

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