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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

Research in biomedical engineering emphasizes balanced, collaborative research from tool development, basic principles, to clinical applications. Basic research emphasizes cellular and cardiovascular mechanics, which interacts synergistically with technology development in imaging, computation, and micro/nano technologies. Translational research then applies basic principles and technologies to important clinical problems including medical imaging and diagnosis, drug delivery, and medical devices particularly ventricular assist devices. The department maintains close collaborations with 13 other departments/institutions and 8 interdepartmental research centers throughout the campus.

Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering Faculty has 22 professors, 2 research professors, and 2 teaching professors. Of these, 6 have joint appointments in other CMU departments (Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy). The research foci of the department are: process systems engineering, complex fluids engineering, catalysis and surface science, bioengineering, enviro-chemical engineering, and energy science and engineering.

The department facilities have been renovated recently to create collaborative multi-user laboratories for each of the research focus areas. The department is home to serveral CMU research centers.

The Center for Advanced Process Decision Making, the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies, the Center for Complex Fluids Engineering, and the CMU portion of the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory - Regional University Alliance (NETL-RUA).

Chemical Engineering faculty members also have affiliations with the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC), the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and the Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technology.

Civil and Environmental

The department research is organized into three major groups of activity:
• Advanced Infrastructure Systems - planning, design, construction, and management/operation of built facilities and infrastructure, with emphasis on: 1) sensing, information modeling, advanced analytics and visualization for the construction, operation and maintenance phases of infrastructure systems; 2) new models, methods and tools for planning, design, project management and facility/infrastructure management; and 3) developing more sustainable processes and components that can be used in the built infrastructure
• Environmental Engineering, Sustainability and Science - air and water quality engineering, science, and modeling; environmental nanotechnology; environment-energy studies, including, bioenergy, carbon capture and sequestration, shale gas; environmental sensing; green design and construction; industrial ecology; life cycle assessment; remediation; risk assessment; sustainable engineering; climate change
• Mechanics, Materials and Computing - modeling and large-scale computer simulation; with emphasis on mechan¬ics of crystalline, granular, and amorphous materials; dislocation mechanics; phase transformations; atomistic simulation; electromechanics of ‘smart’ materials; rheology of complex fluids; mechanics of soft-matter; engineering seismology and earthquake engineering.

Computer Science

The SCS community is home to the following interdisciplinary areas: Algorithms; programming language, logics, and semantics; systems; security and privacy; robotics; medical; computational biology; vision and language acquisition; learning and cognition.

Dean's Office

College of Engineering facilitates interdisciplinary research across the university. The research is described in detail in the individual research center description.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Carnegie Mellon ECE defines its broad research agenda in terms of eight cross-cutting areas that are well-established within ECE at Carnegie Mellon, are growing, or represent where the department sees its greatest opportunities to expand and evolve its research impact. These areas include biomedical applications, computing performance, cyber-physical systems, cybersecurity, energy systems, information storage, large scale complex systems and nanoscale systems. These are not research centers, but areas where important problems can be addressed and where vital applications of technology reside. Through efforts in these areas, ECE at Carnegie Mellon is helping to define, impact and lead in the ECE field; and creating research programs and educational experiences for students that will influence the direction of the field and society. The department also uses these cross-cutting areas as a guide as it works to advance and develop methodologies and technologies to build devices for sensing, computing, communication, and storing information; and to build systems of computers and systems with computers for computing, sensing, communication, control, storage, and intelligent processing of information.

Engineering and Public Policy

Research in the department addresses problems in four areas: 1) energy and environmental systems; 2) information and communication technology policy; 3) risk analysis and communication; and, 4) technology policy and management (including technological innovation and R&D policy). Across these four focal areas, the department also addresses issues in security in engineered civil systems, as well as technology and organizations and technology and economic development, focusing in particular on India, China, Brazil and Mexico. It frequently develops new software tools for the support of policy analysis and research and for the study of social systems.

Information Networking Institute

The Information Networking Institute (INI) was established by Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 as the nation's first research and education center devoted to information networking. As an integral department of the College of Engineering and a collaboration of the School of Computer Science, the Tepper School of Business, and the Heinz College, the INI's professional graduate degree programs represent an exceptional fusion of technologies, economics and policies of secure communication networks and systems.

The INI also promotes safe and responsible online behavior to citizens at all levels and partners with like-minded organizations to extend cyberawareness educational and outreach programs to the broad audience of people using information networking as part of their daily lives.

The INI programs at global partner institutions have become a paragon for international education within Carnegie Mellon and around the world. Using advanced facilities and resources, the programs combine local and distance education to train students in cutting-edge technologies.

Top students from around the world attend the INI, seeking the broadened perspective and enriched skill sets necessary to design solutions, manage teams and lead enterprises in today's global networked information technology marketplace.

Integrated Innovation Institute

The Integrated Innovation Institute is a joint initiative of the College of Engineering, the College of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Tepper School of Business. The Institute is built on primary disciplines in product and service innovation covering functional performance (engineering), human interface (design), and economic value (business). The Institute focuses on education and research in innovation methods and practice. It is unique among top educational institutions in that it unites the three disciplines to cross train students to become elite innovators, which enhances the effectiveness of thinking and generating results.

Materials Science and Engineering

Major areas of active research is Materials Scence and engineering include materials for energy systems; electronic, optical and magnetic Materials; metallurgical processing; soft materials and biomaterials. the department is engaged in the study of a wide range of phenomena, such as phase transformations, processing-microstructure-property relathionships, solidifications, mechanical behavior, nantechnology, surface and interface phenomena, defect erlated phonomena, electronic and optical processes in solids. Applications include high temperature power systems, date storage fuel cells batteries, automobiles, and micro-electronics.

Mechanical Engineering

Research in the department of Mechanical Engineering ranges from traditional mechanical engineering disciplines such as fluid mechanics, heat transfer, solid mechanics, acoustics, vibrations, dynamics, and controls to projects of a more applied nature including biothermal technology, computational thermal-fluid analysis, energy and the environment, computational design tools, design theory, methodology, practice, manufacturing sciences, robotics, biomedical engineering, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) (including microfluids) nanotechnology and tribology.


Carnegie Mellon, in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, has embarked on an exciting opportunity to transform graduate education in East Africa. With a history of excellence in higher education and as a global thought leader in technology innovation, Carnegie Mellon is the first U.S. research institution offering degrees in Africa with an in-country presence.
Rwanda is poised to become East Africa's technology hub. However to ensure healthy growth in the nations ICT sector and overall economy, a well trained workforce is essential. The ICT industry needs leaders who understand the balance between technology, business and innovation.
Addressing this need Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) is offering a Master of Science degree in Information Technology (MSIT) with a multidisciplinary curriculum that strikes a fine balance between technology, business, and innovation, preparing the next generation of IT leaders in East Africa.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Chip Test Laboratory

The Advanced Chip Test Laboratory (ACTL) at Carnegie Mellon researches, develops and implements new methodologies for detecting, characterizing, and coping with integrated circuit (IC) failures. Our research involves hardware design, algorithmic development, simulation, and real silicon experiments with various industrial partners. The lab’s founder and head of ACTL is Prof. Shawn Blanton

Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center

The mission of Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center is to: Work with companies, labor, regulators, the financial community, consumers, and technologists to make the electricity industry more competitive and its systems more reliable and secure, to create wealth, and to serve the public interest better by enhancing human resources, speeding organizational learning, improving its regulatory environment, and expediting new approaches to the generation, transmission, distribution, marketing, and use of electricity.

Center for Advanced Process Decision Making

The Center for Advanced Process Decision Making (CAPD) deals with the development of computational methodologies and for the design, control, and optimization of process industries. There are 20 member companies participating. The major areas of research include: process synthesis; process optimization; control, modeling and simulation, enterprise-wide optimization, scheduling and planning; energy systems, and molecular computing.

Center for Atomspheric Particle Studies

We have a simple mission. We strive to be world leaders in science, engineering, and policy covering the full role of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. Our goal in research is to substantially advance the state of knowledge across this spectrum, and to provide both policy-relevant research and to participate directly and actively in the evolution of environmental policy related to particulate matter.

Center for Bio-Robotics

This interdisciplinary center will bridge robotics efforts within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and with other departments and institutes at Carnegie Mellon, such as Robotics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, as well as with similar centers within the U.S. and abroad.

Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making

Decisions in climate and energy involve multiple factors, with each having aspects unique to it, due to the variety of decision-makers, time horizons, and uncertainties involved. The spectrum of factors ranges from the multitude of strategies available to reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the next fifty years to how to decide which marine ecosystems to protect from an increase in the oceans’ pH levels.

This center and its graduates will develop and promulgate new and innovative, behaviorally and technically informed insights involving the intersection points between climate and energy. It will also generate methods to frame, analyze, and assist key stakeholders in addressing important decisions regarding climate change and the necessary transformation of the world's energy system.

Center for Complex Fluids Engineering

The research theme that unifies the research in the CCFE is that in order to understand and control macroscopic complex fluid processes, one must understand and control physical forces on the nanometer scale. The goal of the CCFE is to discover and control the intertwined links between the nano-, micro-, and macro-scales in order to more effectively engineer the myriad fluid processing technologies they control. The Complex Fluids Engineering group conducts scientifically challenging, fundamental research on supramolecular engineering of interface structure via polymer/surfactant complexation and co-adsorption, colloidal forces and aggregation dynamics, electrophoretic deposition of colloidal crystalline arrays for display technologies, functionalized lipids for drug delivery and DNA separation, shear-induced structural transitions in self-assembling liquids, and the rheology of dense suspensions.

Center for Enhanced Resilience and Climate Adaptation

CERCA is an interdisciplinary research center committed to developing a suite of novel methods, tools, and analyses needed to incorporate climate change impacts into engineering infrastructure designs and decision-making. Headquartered in Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, we draw on world-class faculty from around the University to advance the state of knowledge in engineering and resilience for climate adaptation through cutting edge research. Our work will enhance resiliency to increased threats, maximize benefits, and inform local, regional and national infrastructure decisions for climate change adaptation.

CERCA aims to:

Create tools that will maximize infrastructure performance under climate change by developing adaptive capacity and assessing tradeoffs

Maximize net benefits of projects by minimizing life cycle costs, capturing benefits, and develop multi-use/multi-task infrastructure under uncertainty

Train the next generation of engineering human capital for climate adaptation

Center for Environmental Implication of Nanotechnology

Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT) is an interdisciplinary center within ICES. Our vision is to elucidate the relationship between the vast array of nanomaterials and properties to their environmental and human health risks. Graduate students and faculty from seven departments within the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Mellon College of Science including Civil & Environmental Engineering, Engineering & Public Policy, Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry study the occurrences, transport, transformations, fate, and toxicity of engineered nanomaterials in the environment, aiming to understand the potential environmental exposure, biological effects, and ecological consequences.

Center for Implantable Medical Microsystems

The Center for Implantable Medical Microsystems (CIMM) is a center in ICES with the vision to impact medical practice and quality of life through the use of implantable microsystems for early diagnosis and for precision intervention in the treatment of disease and trauma. Envisioned implantable microsystems resulting from the center’s activities include electronic sensing and stimulation systems that are ultra-miniature, ultra-low power, and largely or completely biodegradable. In specific cases, these systems will be engineered to safely and controllably degrade in the body after the system is no longer needed.

Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research

The Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research areas include the development of ironmaking, steelmaking and continuous casting. Particular projects cover such subjects as inclusion removal and control, environmentally sensitive processing, recycling, smelting, blast furnace productivity and strip casting. Projects are fundamental in nature and are based upon an understanding of the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of steel processing.

Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies

The mission of the Center for Nano-Enabled Device and Energy Technologies (CNXT) is to work on real-world problems that can potentially be solved with appropriate nano-enabled technologies, drawing on expertise from departments across the colleges of engineering and science. The center’s unifying theme is nanometer-scale materials that are deliberately synthesized, self-assembled, assisted to self-assemble, or structured by engineering know-how to create novel properties, processes, or principles, which are used in the design and engineering of innovative devices, an array of devices, and ultimately, systems.
The current focus of the center is on nano-enabled sensor and energy technologies. This focus is intended to address some of society’s most important problems. Energy, as an example, is probably one of the most pressing issues of our time. The center addresses dwindling energy resources, the quality of the environment, water, food, and more recently, terrorism and war. Nano-enabled sensor technologies can be brought to bear on some of the latter problems. The sensor work at the center is on chemical and biological sensors, physical sensors, and imaging sensors. In energy, the interest is on technologies for clean energy generation and storage. Specifically, there are ongoing projects in the generation of hydrogen as a fuel for fuel cells. There are also projects on novel fuel cell technologies. In addition, there are other projects on spectrally broadband photovoltaic cells for solar energy conversion.

Center for Product Strategy and Innovation

The Center for Product Strategy & Innovation (CPSI) researches and formalizes approaches and methods to navigate the gap between R&D and market penetration. Efforts define and refine corporate value and branding propositions, elicit unmet marketplace needs, strategize product and technology planning, develop and refine the early product development process to deliver on a value proposition, and create tools to fulfill marketplace needs. The result is a scientific and practical understanding and implementation of pragmatic innovation strategies.

Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research

The Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research (CenSCIR) at Carnegie Mellon University is working to deliver electronic “nervous systems” to critical infrastructure through the use of sensors systems, processes and technologies. This center performs research that explores the need for this technology, provides design guidance for it, and gives clear justification for implementers, operators and future designers of these “sensed” critical infrastructure systems.

Center for Silicon Systems Implementation (CSSI)

The Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI) focuses on all aspects of integrated system design and manufacturing, including topics ranging from network-on-a-chip architectures and self-adaptable analog and digital circuits to ultra-low-power nanodevices, bio chips and the CAD methodologies that enable them. The center’s 18 faculty researchers span several CMU departments that include electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering. The center has more than 80 graduate students working in or across various areas that include manufacturing, circuits, systems and other emerging technologies. Founded in 2000, CSSI builds on more than 25 years of experience in the electronic design automation and fabrication industry that began with a sustaining grant from the Semiconductor Research Corporation. The broader focus of CSSI is now funded by a combination of contracts and grants from the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation (MARCO), the SRC, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other forms of industry support. The unique range of expertise within CSSI goes from system-level architectures and analog/digital system design to physics and cost modeling of semiconductor manufacturing.

Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems

Living systems interact with their environment in a tremendous diversity of ways. Mechanical signals are now recognized as a major mechanism of communication, which can influence cell migration, growth, and differentiation. The vision of the Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems is that a comprehensive understanding of the input and output of mechanical signals inside living cells, and between cells and the environment is essential in numerous areas. Significant improvements in the prevention and treatment of cancer, birth defects, and aging, as well as novel applications such as engineered tissues, nutrition and biological nanomachines, may be achieved by manipulating mechanical interactions in integrated biological systems at the molecular, cellular, and multi-cellular scales. Through leveraging the long-standing transdisciplinary culture of Carnegie Mellon University, the Center is built upon strengths in engineering, physics, life sciences, and computation across multiple departments and colleges.

Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems

The Center (WaterQUEST) is a multidisciplinary center housed in the Carnegie Institute of Technology with participating faculty from four colleges and eight departments. The mission of WaterQuest is to advance the scientific basis for management of inputs and inventories of contaminants in urban watersheds.

Computer Architecture Laboratory

The Computer Architecture Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon (CALCM) is composed of ten participating faculty and approximately 40 graduate students from the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

CALCM was founded in 2001 to bring together researchers at Carnegie Mellon interested in computer architecture from several related and connected disciplines to bridge and complement the research strengths in computer systems at Carnegie Mellon. CALCM researchers lead the academic and research communities with interdisciplinary projects ranging from programming paradigms and architectures for massively-parallel single-chip systems, circuit- and technology-aware chip architectures for technologies at nanoscale CMOS level and beyond, and fully-synthesizable integrated hardware and software solutions for signal processing applications.


Carnegie Mellon CyLab is a bold and visionary effort, which establishes public-private partnerships to develop new technologies for measurable, secure, available, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems. CyLab is a world leader in both technological research and the education of professionals in information assurance, security technology, business and policy, as well as security awareness among cybercitizens of all ages.

Building on more than two decades of Carnegie Mellon leadership in Information Technology, CyLab is a university-wide initiative that involves more than 50 faculty and 100 graduate students from more than six different departments and schools.

CyLab provides technology resources and expertise in four areas:

Technology transfer to and from the public sector
Technology transfer to and from the private sector
Development of Information Assurance professionals
National awareness programs and tools

CyLab was founded in 2003 and is one of the largest university-based cybersecurity research and education centers in the U.S. Here are some quick facts - CyLab is:

A National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberTrust Center
Affiliated with CERT, at the Software Engineering Institute
A key partner in NSF-funded Center for Team Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology
A National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and a Center for Academic Excellence in Research

CyLab Biometrics Lab

The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Biometrics Center is an inter-disciplinary center that cuts across many departments of Carnegie Mellon University, including Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science, The Robotics Institute, Statistics, Mathematics, Human Computer Interaction and the Language Technology Institute. The center currently has around 10 PhD students working on the areas of biometrics, pattern recognition and machine learning. There are also several research faculty, system scientists and post-doctoral researchers working at the center to push the boundaries of biometrics technology. The center has a proven track record in developing cutting edge research, in the rapid prototyping of algorithms, and in the delivering of real-world systems to its customers.

CyLab Mobility Research Center

The Center's research program is intrinsically multi-disciplinary and experimental, combining innovative research in technology, usability, behavior, business and policy. Application-driven research and systems prototyping, along with large-scale pilots, will provide a context to drive the integrated experimental research into technology, usability, business, and policy. This effort is unique in examining these forces in a unified way.

In addition to advancing hardware and software technology, the Center’s research will include studies of how people work, play, shop and collaborate within the test-bed, and how new applications and services can change their lives. The Center will conduct usability studies to improve the value and ease of use for different populations and will build-on existing software engineering expertise to improve ways of developing such applications. The Center will study business and organizational issues related to mobility, including new ways of monetizing services, managing distributed mobile development and dynamically allocating resources to enhance mobile services.

CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory

The CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) brings together researchers working on a diverse set of projects related to understanding and improving the usability of privacy and security software and systems. The privacy and security research community has become increasingly aware that usability problems severely impact the effectiveness of mechanisms designed to provide security and privacy in software systems.

Data Center Observatory

The Data Center Observatory (DCO) is a centerpiece of Carnegie Mellon’s attack on ever-growing data center operational costs. As a data center, it will provide a computation and storage utility to resource-hungry research activities such as data mining, design simulation, network intrusion detection, and visualization. As an observatory, it will provide invaluable real data to systems researchers seeking to understand the sources of operational costs and to evaluate novel solutions. Combining the two builds on Carnegie Mellon's tradition of actively using and show-casing new computing approaches, even as we invent them, allowing us to push the frontiers and stay at the forefront of technology.

Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC)

The Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) is a world-leading research institution in magnetic data storage technology. Sponsored by almost all the hard disk drive and component companies worldwide, the center’s research focuses on developing current and future advanced hard disk drive technologies and novel nonvolatile solid-state memories. The DSSC has contributed some of the most critical technologies pivotal to the tremendous advancement of hard disk drives in the past quarter century, as well as to the commercial success of magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM). The DSSC’s education and research efforts have directly contributed to the transformation of the hard disk drive industry, enabling the technological success the world has enjoyed in the past two decades. The DSSC’s research projects are highly interdisciplinary and often involve faculty members from multiple departments in the College of Engineering and the Mellon College of Science. Over the years, the DSSC has funded faculty members in electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, physics, and chemistry.

Engineering Research Accelerator

The Engineering Research Accelerator, which is a part of the College of Engineering, provides an integrated, coordinated, and college-wide set of services for research incubation, acceleration, and support. These functions include research administration, corporate partnership, funding opportunities, business support, and research incubation and acceleration activities. The Accelerator enables continuous assessment of current activities and clusters, as well as the identification and fostering of high-potential, cross-cutting, emerging research directions to maintain the College’s competitive advantage.

General Motors - Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Laboratory

The General Motors - Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Laboratory (AD-CRL) was established in June 2008 after Carnegie Mellon’s Tartan Racing team won the top $2 million prize in the DARPA Urban Challenge for autonomous vehicles. The AD-CRL is based in ECE, but includes several faculty members from the Robotics Institute. The laboratory aims to “make autonomous driving practical " quickly " reaping benefits along the way.” The AD-CRL currently focuses on four research thrust areas: architecture, planning, behaviors and computer vision.

Green Design Institute

Green Design is a major interdisciplinary effort with impact nationally & internationally. The main focus is to develop pioneering design, construction, management, & manufacturing processes that can improve environmental quality & product quality, while enhancing economic development. This effort is being pursued by forming partnerships with companies, government agencies, & foundations who can provide valuable input to the research efforts & help put the results of the research into practice.

Human Computer Interaction Institute

HCII research and educational programs span a full cycle of knowledge creation. The cycle includes research on how people work, play, and communicate within groups, organizations, and social structures. It includes the design, creation, and evaluation of technologies and tools to support human and social activities.

Information Communication Technology Institute

The Information Communication Technology Institute (ICTI) is an international virtual organization by which, the Government of Portugal, through the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), a public body of the Ministry for Science and Technology and Higher Education arranged under the laws of the Government of Portugal; and Carnegie Mellon University, a United States institution of higher education located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; manage a joint international partnership to collaborate on research and educational programs in key areas of mutual interest.

Institute for Software Research

The Institute for Software Research (ISR) in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science (SCS) is the focal point for research and education in Software Engineering and Computation, Organizations and Society. ISR hosts Ph.D. programs in both of these areas, and more than five separate professional MS programs including the Masters in Software Engineering (MSE) program which will shortly celebrate its 25th anniversary.

ISR is home to approximately thirty faculty members, seventy visitors and staff, forty Ph.D. students, and more than one hundred MS students. ISR is also a focal point in SCS for industry and international collaboration.

Research areas in Software Engineering include software architecture specification and analysis, team coordination and distributed development, software analysis and assurance, embedded and real-time, and aspects of cybersecurity. Research areas in Computation, Organizations and Society include social network analysis, privacy technology and policy, IT-enabled sourcing and supply chain operations, mobility and location, and aspects of cybersecurity.

ITRI Research Lab

ITRI@Carnegie Mellon was established in 2003 as part of an agreement between the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan and Carnegie Mellon to facilitate interactions and collaborations between the two organizations. Specific areas of research collaborations have included visual computing technologies, security and surveillance, multiview imaging, robotic vision, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), inertial sensors and applications, CMOS-MEMS design, integrated MEMS design methodology, system-on-a-chip (SoC) design and methodology, mixed-signal design, and energy-aware design. The CMU-ITRI collaboration constantly explores new directions of mutual interest to best leverage each other’s strength and position in academic and industrial research. Promising new candidate areas include biomedical engineering, energy and power, and cyber-physical systems.

Lane Center for Computational Cancer Research

The Lane Center for Computational Biology at Carnegie Mellon University seeks to realize the potential of machine learning for expanding our understanding of complex biological systems. A primary goal of the center is to develop computational tools that will enable automated creation of detailed, predictive models of biological processes, including automated experiment design and data acquisition. We anticipate that these efforts will not only lead to deep biological knowledge but also to tools for individualized diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases. The Lane Center builds on the strong history of computational and interdisciplinary research at Carnegie Mellon.

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Lab

The Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Laboratory is associated jointly with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Robotics Institute (part of the School of Computer Science), and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.

In the MEMS Laboratory, we are developing miniature sensor and actuator systems made using batch-fabrication processes, especially integrated-circuit fabrication processes. Research in this area is motivated by the potential to produce high-performance, low-cost, miniature sensors and actuators. Smart sensors are made by combining microstructures and circuits on a single silicon chip. Specific research areas of interest include nanometer-scale data storage, microsensors and microactuators, MEMS design tools, micromechanical component modeling, embedded microinstruments, and microrobotics.

Mobility Data Analytics Center

The Mobility Data Analytics Center (MAC) aims to collect, integrate and learn from the massive amounts of mobility data and contribute to the development of smarter multi-modal multi-jurisdictional transportations systems. The ultimate objective of MAC is to,

Provide archived and real-time traffic data of every element of multi-modal transportation systems

Reveal the behavior information for both passenger transportation and freight transportation

Serve as a key instrument for managing transportation systems

Target a range of users including legislators, transportation planners, engineers, researchers, travelers and private companies.

Molecular Biosensor Imaging Center

The Center for Light Microscope Imaging and Biotechnology, established through a National Science Foundation grant, is one of 25 NSF Science and Technology Centers in the United States. Research here focuses on the development of advanced light microscopy and imaging technology, along with fluorescent, photochemical and biological probes. Biological problems under investigation include cell motility, endocytosis, cytoskeletal structure, organelle biosynthesis, embryonic and neural development, and antigen processing and presentation. Most researchers in the Department of Biological Sciences take advantage of the opportunity to use the reagents or facilities of the center, which in 1996 received the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Science. The center was honored for its efforts to integrate robotic light microscopes and digital imaging technologies with novel fluorescent chemicals used as sensors of living cell functions.

NETL - Regional University Alliance

Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, the West Virginia University, Penn State University and University of Virginia have formed the NETL-Regional University Alliance (RUA) to facilitate research collaboration with the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory. This funds a wide range of energy related research programs impacting fossil energy utilization. Research thrust areas include: materials for energy technologies, dynamic systems modeling, catalysis and reactor design, carbon management, sensors for energy systems, energy conversion devices, and gas hydrates.

Parallel Data Lab

Since 1993, the Parallel Data Laboratory (PDL) has led academic research in storage systems and information infrastructures. With contributions from more than 20 faculty members, 30"40 students and nine staff members, the PDL’s multifold research agenda includes projects in several areas, including data-intensive computing, cloud computing, new storage technologies, storage administration, data center operations, survivable distributed storage and storage experimentation tools. Major recent projects include the PDL’s Network-Attached Secure Disk
(NASD) project, which developed the architecture underlying today’s object-based storage. The PDL’s Active Disk and Self-Securing Devices projects explored migration of intelligence and intrusion tolerance into infrastructure devices, while its Self-*Storage project developed automation approaches for scalable storage.

Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator

The Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII) is researching cyber-physical infrastructure systems collaboratively with industry partners. Tomorrow’s infrastructure will blend traditional physical-infrastructure (transportation and transit systems, buildings, pipes, power grid, concrete and steel) with cyber-infrastructure (computers, networks and sensors) in ways that are just emerging. Pennsylvania has a wealth of companies, universities and institutions that are inventing many of these emerging technologies that will build or re-build the world’s transportation, civil, manufacturing and other infrastructure. The PSII will help to bring those organizations together to leverage and highlight this hidden secret to help to make Pennsylvania a visible leader in these critical emerging technologies. These technologies will also need a new generation of employees to design, operate and maintain these new cyber-physical infrastructure systems and we will help Pennsylvania be a leader in educating these workers to meet the demand.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) provides academic, government, and industrial researchers with access to the most powerful public resource in the United States for high-performance computing, communications and data-handling. PSC advances the state-of-the-art in high-performance computing, communications and informatics and offers a flexible environment for solving the largest and most challenging problems in computational science. Research at the PSC has advanced fundamental science, spurred the development of new computational technologies, and improved the competitiveness of American manufacturing. The PSC's computing environment, which includes the 6 teraflop Terascale Computing System as well as a Cray T3E has enabled scientific breakthroughs in many fields.

Robotics Institute

Carnegie Mellon has been in the forefront of robotics research since the founding of the Robotics Institute in 1979. Our research ranges from the fundamentals to the applications. Our main research areas span all of robotics: ~ Sensing: calibrated imaging, innovative laser range-finders, computational sensors, high-speed vision, ubiquitous stereo vision ~ Planning and Thinking: image understanding cased-based reasoning, intelligent agents, machine learning and data mining; intelligent control; intelligent scheduling. ~ Systems: mobile robots ranging in scale from the millibot to robot busses, backhoes, and coal mining machines; computer-assisted surgery; video surveillance and monitoring, applications for face recognition and interpretation of broadcast television news, a children's reading tutor; robot museum guides; micro- electro-mechanical systems; and advanced CAD/CAM.

Software Engineering Institute

The SEI works with government, industry, and academe to advance software engineering from an ad hoc, labor-intensive activity to a well-managed, technology-supported discipline. SEI activities in software process, real-time distributed systems, risk management, and engineering techniques are reinforced by education efforts designed to increase the ranks of qualified software engineers.

Steinbrenner Institute

The Steinbrenner Institute (SEER) was formed to facilitate, promote, and advance Carnegie Mellon educational and research initiatives and campus operational practices related to the environment. The Steinbrenner Institute’s primary mission is to support and advance environmental research through competitively awarded seed funding and graduate fellowships, through cooperative projects with industry, and through catalyzing interdisciplinary research initiatives. A synergistic partnership with ICES enhances and leverages the activities of the Steinbrenner Institute.

Visual Intelligence Studio

At CyLab’s Visual Intelligence Studio, research in this dynamic and evolving field of study more specifically focuses on instinctive computing as the foundation for ambient intelligence. Instinctive computing is founded on the premise that the fundamental difference between living beings and computers instinct, which profoundly influences how people look, feel, think, and act. Computers can be made to be genuinely intelligent and interact more naturally with people by developing ways to computationally simulate biological and cognitive human instincts such as recognition, understanding, and other more primitive human instincts.

Western PA Brownsfield Center

Carnegie Mellon University’s Western Pennsylvania Brownfield Center (WPBC) helps to promote the value of underutilized sites in the region by acting as a regional resource to help communities and small businesses realize the inherent benefits of brownfields and eliminate redevelopment barriers. The WPBC brings together a variety of stakeholders, including researchers, public officials, property owners, and developers, to uncover opportunities and strategies for continued development of the region’s brownfields. Supported by the Small Business Administration, the WPBC applies academic research and decision-support tools to real-world problems facing public and private investors.

Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is focused on developing and demonstrating the technologies, systems and policies needed to make the transition to a sustainable energy future.
Using Carnegie Mellon University’s expertise in integrated systems"which includes problem solving"and an understanding of the intersection of energy and public policy, the institute concentrates on energy efficiencies and reliability, as well as smart operations, materials and processes.