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.


[Fall 2020] 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?

Our VMCAI paper on creating probabilistic stateful models for networks is accepted! Congratulations Han,Arthur and Chi!


Our IMC paper on analyzing the dependecy of the most popular websites on 3rd party DNS, CDN, and OCSP services is accepted! Congratulations Aqsa!


Our journal extension of our BRICK+ paper is accepted to the Frontiers of the Built Environment! Congratulations Gabe, Jason, Shreyas and Charlene!


Our IoT Security/Privacy Labels website includes a Label Generator - check it out. Well done Shreyas and Pardis!


Our paper on ACES, a Reinforcement Learning based approach towards energy harvesting based sensors is accepted to TOSN'20! Congratulations Francesco and Bharath!

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