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 2022/23] 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 Pekaboo, a new programming framework for private IoT apps is accepted to Oakland S&P 2022! Congrats Haojian!


Paper on Ephemeral Ownership of IoT Devices (TEO) is conditionally accepted to MobiSys 2022! Congrats Han!


Paper on Privacy Protective Behaviors in Smart Homes accepted to CHI 2022! Congrats Haojian, Boyuan, Rituparna, Yaxing!


Paper on iOS Privacy Nutrition Labels uptake accepted to CHI 2022! Congrats Yucheng, Deyuan, Tianshi!


Brick Consortium Announces Inaugural Commercial Members: Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Mapped, Clockwork Analytics and Carrier! Really proud of the work the core members of our consortium have done over the past several years on Brick!

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